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Photo: Jet Siemons
Photo: Jet Siemons

About us

The Dostojevski Quartet is a promising Dutch string quartet, praised for their energetic performances and exciting interplay. Founded in 2014, the ensemble consists of violinists Charlotte Basalo Vazquez and Julia Kleinsmann, violist Francesca Wiersma and cellist Emma Kroon. In 2020 the quartet was awarded the prestigious string quartet scholarship by the Kersjes Foundation. 

Lately, the quartet has been making promising steps towards an international career. They started their masters studies  at the renowned Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg under the tutelage of prof. Lukas Hagen and prof. Rainer Schmidt, and will make some exciting (inter)national debuts, performing in the concert series “KlangReisen” in Salzburg (AT), at the Hohenloher Kultursommer (DE), the MIRY concert hall in Gent (BE) and at the Zeister Muziekdagen.

Within the Netherlands, the Dostojevski Quartet has performed in the main concert halls, such as the Concertgebouw, De Doelen, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ and TivoliVredenburg. They have played  on major festivals including the Grachtenfestival, the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht and the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam and made  their appearance on Dutch radio and tv. 

Since 2016 they have also been attached to the Netherlands String Quartet Academy, where they regularly work with renowned chamber musicians such as Marc Danel (Quatuor Danel), Eberhard Feltz and Luc-Marie Aguera (Quatuor Ysaye). 

More recently, in summer 2021 they received masterclasses with the Jerusalem Quartet at the Zeister Muziekdagen and attended the Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus in Weikersheim (DE), where they worked intensively with Günther Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet) and Cuarteto Casals.

"The Dostojevski Quartet is a promising Dutch string quartet, praised for their energetic performances and exciting interplay."

Charlotte, Julia and Emma are playing  on Dutch Cuypers instruments, partly on loan  by the Dutch  Instruments Foundation.

The Dostojevski Quartet is able to continue their education at the Mozarteum in Salzburg thanks to the support of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (the Engbertha Loman Fonds, the Wijdeveld-Polée Fonds and the Polak-van Weel Fonds).