Quartet With A Twist is een strijkkwartet gevestigd in Amsterdam, bestaande uit studenten van verschillende conservatoria in Nederland. Quartet With A Twist is een strijkkwartet uit Amsterdam dat bestaat uit een internationale groep jonge professionals.
Het kwartet in zijn huidige bezetting werd opgericht in 2020 en zag een gat in de markt op het gebied van live-evenementen en bruiloftsmuziek. Vanwege het eerdere succes in hun thuisbasis Perth, West-Australië, besloot het kwartet een nieuwe doorstart te maken in Nederland en daarmee hun kennis over de hele wereld te brengen.
De "Twist" in de naam van Quartet With A Twist staat voor hun unieke instrumentatie – in plaats van de standaard twee violen, altviool en cello, is de cello vervangen door een contrabas! Als gevolg hiervan is het geluid van QWAT uniek en onderscheidt het zich van andere strijkkwartetten.
Enkele van de meest memorabele muzikale momenten van het kwartet zijn de optredens in het Amerikaanse televisieprogramma The Bachelorette (2022) en het optreden in het Vredespaleis in Den Haag voor de Solemn Sitting ter gelegenheid van het 100-jarig bestaan van The Hague Academy of International Law (2023).
Quartet With A Twist is a string quartet based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, composed of an international group of young professionals. Forming in 2020, the quartet saw a gap in the market for specialised live event and wedding music and, since its success from its origination in Perth, Western Australia, decided to bring that knowledge across the globe.
The 'Twist' in Quartet With A Twist's name stands for their unique instrumentation – instead of the standard two violins, viola and cello, the cello has been replaced with a double bass! As a result, Quartet With A Twist's sound is unique and sets them apart from other string quartets.
Some of the quartet’s most memorable performances include being featured on the American television show The Bachelorette (2022), and performing at the Peace Palace, The Hague for the Solemn Sitting of the 100th year anniversary of The Hague Academy of International Law (2023).
MEET THE MUSICIANS
Originally from Poland, Karina completed 13 years of musical education at the Music School in Gdynia under Professor Małgorzata Skorupa. Karina has won awards in many international and Polish competitions for both solo and chamber music performances, and was awarded scholarships for artistic achievements of the Mayor of Gdynia five times. Karina currently focuses on playing concerts in the Netherlands and trying to deepen her historical performance skills. She performs with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and De Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht. Karina completed her Bachelor studies under Eliot Lawson in June 2020 and is now continuing with her Masters at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Currently based in Amsterdam, violinist Alyssa Wright specializes in historical performance. Born and raised in Japan to a Thai mother and American father, Alyssa studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, and a Professional Studies Diploma in Historical Performance. She earned a Master of Music in Baroque Violin at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Alyssa has had the privilege of performing in a diverse range of settings, ensembles, and genres. She has concertized in Japan, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Belgium, and Germany. She has had the privilege of performing with ensembles such as the Netherlands Bach Society, Luther's Bach Ensemble, and Pearls in Baroque Ensemble. She is a member of the inaugural Jeune Orchestre de Baroque Européen.
Outside of music, Alyssa enjoys practicing yoga, tasting wine and cheese, and staying up to date on the newest content on Netflix.
Lilian Haug is a Swiss violist currently living in Amsterdam. Currently, she is pursuing her master's studies with Marjolein Dispa-Knaven and Francien Schatborn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
She performs in various countries, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and has experience as an orchestra player. Over the past year, she has worked with and substituted for different orchestras, including the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Residentie Orkest, het Balletorkest, and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Most recently, Lilian was invited to perform at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and the Lucerne Festival. As a participant in the Lucerne Festival Academy, she furthered her knowledge in contemporary music.
In addition to her classical music expertise, Lilian is also at ease in other musical styles. She holds an education in jazz drumming and is frequently hired as a multi-instrumentalist for theatre projects, where she plays the viola, drums, piano, and guitar.
The founder of Quartet With A Twist, Ebony currently resides in Amsterdam, where she is pursuing her studies in early music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, The Hague.
Her prior academic achievements include earning a Bachelor of Arts (Specialist Music Studies and Music Studies), as well as obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Education, both from The University of Western Australia.
Before moving to The Netherlands, she taught double bass through the Instrumental Music School Services through the Department of Education, Western Australia, whilst also freelancing with both professional and community orchestras.
She continues to freelance in the Netherlands and is also currently the General Director (COO) of the Zemlinsky Chamber Orchestra.