Biography

With fresh eyes, the ADAM Quartet is looking for ways to shine its own light on the string quartet while staying true to the essence of the genre.

The ADAM Quartet is part of the Netherlands String Quartet Academy (NSKA), where it has been following the full-time two-year postgraduate course since 2022. In 2023, the quartet was selected to be part of the Music Cultural Heritage Talent Platform (MERITA) and in 2024 they will Artist in Residence are during the Zeister Music Days.

Full of guts and enthusiasm, ADAM debuted on major Dutch stages and festivals, including The Concertgebouw, Tivoli Vredenburg, String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, Grachtenfestival, Stift Festival, Klassifest, Down the Rabbit Hole, Schiermonnikoog Festival and the Storioni Festival. In 2021, the quartet received the String Quartet Stipendium from the Kersjes Fund. The ADAM Quartet received master classes from members of Quatuor Danel, Quatuor Ébène, Ysaÿe Quartet, Quartetto di Cremona and the Jerusalem Quartet, among others.

The ADAM Quartet's contemporary perspective has already led to many interesting collaborations and crossover programmes where they enjoy exploring other musical styles and disciplines. In addition to the traditional repertoire, the quartet enjoys premiering music by contemporary composers.

Ensemble

Margot Kolodziej

Margot Kolodziej (born 1993) received her master's degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in June 2018. She is a versatile musician. Besides her role as first violinist of the ADAM quartet, she is active as a soloist and chamber musician and regularly substitutes with various chamber and symphony orchestras.

Margot Kolodziej (Leiden, 1993) started playing the violin at the age of seven. In 2011, she was admitted to the School for Young Talent, part of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where she took lessons with Koosje van Haeringen. In 2012, Margot started the Bachelor programme at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. There she studied with Kees Koelmans. After obtaining her Bachelor's degree in 2016, she was admitted to the Master's where she studied with Ilya Grubert.

Margot gave several solo performances with the Groene Hart Orchestra, Symfonieorkest Rijnstreek and members of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, among others. She was concertmaster of the Nationaal Jeugdorkest, deputy leader second violins of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and academist with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Besides her performances with the ADAM quartet, she is part of rebel collective Pynarello, chamber music ensemble Project 5 and is active as a remplaçant with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Phion.

Margot has been invited to masterclasses and festivals, such as the BMI Performance Artist Masterclasses in Berlin (2019), the International Masterclasses Apeldoorn (2017), Suonarte Masterclasses (2016), Branimir Slokar Academy (2017), Festival Jong Talent Schiermonnikoog (2022) Grachtenfestival (2021), Storioni Festival (2021), Stift Musical Encounters (2021), where she received masterclasses from Ivry Gitlis, Liviu Prunaru, Ilya Grubert, Philippe Graffin, Emmy Verheij, Dmitri Ferschtman, Marc Danel and Vera Beths, among others.

Margot plays on a violin built by Ettori Soffriti in 1927. This violin was offered to her by the National Musical Instruments Fund.

Minna Svedberg

Swedish viola player Minna Svedberg grew up in a musical family in Stockholm and has built an extensive professional network throughout Europe, but is now based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She studied with Lars Anders Tomter at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin and at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Nobuko Imai and Marjolein Dispa. She played in the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2010 to 2014, an experience that greatly influenced both her musical and professional life.

Minna strongly believes in the community-building power of music and has worked as a teacher with the Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra, El Sistema Stockholm and MusikSak Aarhus.

She holds a permanent position in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra while maintaining an active freelance career in Copenhagen, Amsterdam and London. She plays regularly with orchestras such as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Pynarello, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Minna is a member of the ADAM Quartet, one of the most versatile string quartets in the Netherlands, and is also a board member and performer at the Equinox Chamber Music & Dance Festival in Copenhagen.

Minna plays a viola by Celestino Farotto, built in 1950, generously loaned by Dextra Musica.

 

 

Renée Timmer

Renee Timmer (b. 1994) graduated from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in June 2019. During her studies, she developed as a cellist as versatile as possible. Thus, she enjoys playing modern and contemporary music, remplacing in various professional orchestras, being part of projects collaborating with other art forms and playing in different styles in order to explore the boundaries of (classical) music.

Renée Timmer (Groningen, 1994) started cello lessons at the age of four, which she received from Alexandra Vierkant in Groningen. In 2012, she began her studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Maarten Mostert. She then completed her master's with Mick Stirling in 2019. She was leader of the cello section in the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest and, as a soloist, took master classes with Dimitri Ferschtman, Frans Helmerson, Torleif Thedéen, Jakob Koranyi and Reinhard Latzko, among others. Even during her studies, she wanted to develop as a cellist who is as versatile as possible. Thus, she enjoys playing modern and contemporary music, substituting with various professional orchestras, collaborating with other art forms and playing in different styles in order to explore the boundaries of (classical) music. Besides the ADAM Quartet, she enjoys playing in several ensembles and orchestras. For instance, she is part of the chamber music ensemble Project 5 and does projects with Cello octet Amsterdam and Pynarello. As a substitute, she plays in the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Noord Nederlands Orkest and Phion. 

Renée plays on a cello built by Hein Woldring, funded with support from the Own Musical Instrument Foundation. Her bow was loaned to her by the National Musical Instruments Fund.

Portraits Margot, Hannelore and Renée: Foppe Schut - Portrait José: Juri Hiensch

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