The Dutch ensemble is the recipient of the 2023 Kersjes Prize, which supports emerging young artists


Animato Quartet © Sarah Wijzenbeek

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The Animato Quartet has been named as the recipient of the 2023 Kersjes Prize by the Kersjes Fund, one of the Netherlands’ largest private incentive funds for music. The quartet will receive a cash prize of €50,000 at an awards ceremony, which will be held on 27 November 2023 at De Duif, Amsterdam.

Based in the Netherlands, the Animato Quartet, comprising violinists Inga Våga Gaustad and Tim Brackman, violist Elisa Karen Tavenier and cellist Pieter de Koe, have been recognised for their work combining classical works with contemporary compositions. The quartet has won prizes at the Trondheim  International Chamber Music Competition and International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition, participated in the Verbier Festival Academy and received the Christine and David Anderson Career Development P`ize from the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Having followed the Animato Quartet throughout its career, the Kersjes Fund commented on its motivation for selecting the ensemble: ’The four players, each maintaining and deploying their individual expression, have developed as a quartet a layered and intense playing with a broad palette of colours. With their vibrant and glowing renditions of music from different periods, they know how to enchant the audience.’

The Kersjes Fund was founded in 1994 by conductor Anton Kersjes and his wife Margreet van de Groenekan. It awards €350,000 annually in scholarships and awards to support young talent and original intiatives. Previous recipients of the Kersjes Prize include Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Ruysdael Quartet, Ragazze Quartet and Matangi.

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