© Den Haag Piano Quintet
Den Haag Piano Quintet has been established 2009 in The Hague in the Netherlands, by musicians who met in Royal conservatory in the Hague. Growing interest on performing early romantic music on period instrument inevitably lead us to research and challenge this Piano Quintet repertoires, which has not been discovered so much yet.
Our aim is to reveal the messages from them by our experiences on performing baroque and classical music of new generation musicians.
They made their debut at the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht in August 2009. In 2010, they were invited to the concert series of “Spotlight on young artists” for the Early Music Festival in Saintes in France, and gave some concerts in Spain as one of the selected groups of MUSICA ANTIQVA 2010. They were also selected as “Promising Ensemble 2010” for IYAP (International Young Artists Presentation) in Antwerp.
In 2011, they were selected as a finalist for York Early Music Young Artists
Competition in England.
In November 2011, they won the 16th International Van Wassenaer Competition in the Netherlands.
In 2012, their first CD recording “The brilliant world of the Piano Quintets in 19th century” will be released by MA Recordings.
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-Early Music Review 143, August 2011-
They focus on the relatively little-known repertoire of the piano quintet, playing examples by J.L.Dussek and J.N.Hummel in their concerts. Both works were written by virtuoso pianists who naturally kept the focus on the piano, here played with superb combination of sensitivity and virtuosity by Kae Ogawa...
...The string players showed due deference to the key role of the piano, maintaining an excellent balance throughout, all recognising the moments when the piano figuration could fade into the background.
They had a fine sense of rhetoric, without venturing into the romantic style which was yet to fully develop.
...There are apparently more than 35 works for this combination of instruments, most completely unknown, and this group is making an important contribution to awakening interest in an important corner of the repertoire of that fascinating period on the cusp of the classical and romantic eras.
- Andrew Benson-Wilson