The Erasmus Quartet was founded in September 2020 as a string quartet at Codarts, University of the Arts (Rotterdam). Since then, the quartet has been featured on RTV Rijnmond, and has performed in De Doelen.
Striving despite the covid-19 pandemic, the quartet has been actively looking for opportunities to both develop their playing, and to share their music. They have received coachings from Gijs Kramers and Joachim Eijlander, and recently participated in a masterclass session with Marc Danel.
The quartet has been awarded a grant by the foundation Droom en Daad to accomplish their performance “On Life and Death: timeless reflections”, a project with the goal of contributing to the artistic life of Rotterdam during the pandemic.
Our members are:
Julia Hernández Sánchez was born in Salamanca (Spain). In 2020 she graduated from a Bachelor in violin performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), where she studied with Simon Fischer and Pavlo Beznosiuk. Directly after, she started her Master studies at Codarts, University of the Arts (Rotterdam), working with Hed Yaron-Meyerson and receiving baroque violin lessons from Ryo Terakado. Julia is passionate about chamber music, and in addition to being a member of the Erasmus Quartet, she is also a co-founder of the ensembles Floros Ensemble and Celeritas.
Alejandro Trigo Asensio. Born in Madrid (Spain) in 1996. Alejandro finished his violin Bachelor studies in Madrid with professor Valeria Zorina. Alejandro has recently been concertmaster of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE), and he has been a member since 2015. He has also been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) since 2020. He is now studying a Master Program in Codarts, Rotterdam with Professors Gordan Nikolic and Goran Gribajčevič.
Bart Folkers. Bart Folkers is a Dutch viola player born in Almelo, and graduated from HKU Utrechts Conservatorium in 2019 with Mikhail Zemtsov. Bart is now in the final year of the master program at Codarts. He also is a member of Dutch National Youth Orchestra, where he worked as principal for several projects. Despite being a classical musician, Bart also worked several times with the Metropool Orkest. In chamber music, Bart really enjoys cross-over projects to find new connections to the tradition we inherited.
Celia Camacho Carmena. Born in Toledo (Spain) in 1998. She graduated from her violoncello Bachelor studies in 2019 in Madrid with Professor Michal Dmochowski. She has been a member of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE) since 2018 and also a Reserve Member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) since 2020. She is currently studying a Classical Music Master Program with Professor Jeroen den Herder at Codarts, Rotterdam.