INGUZ Quartet and INGUZ Artists
“Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul”.- Plato
INGUZ Quartet is a newly established European string quartet by 4 professional musicians of different nationalities Juliya Belyanevich (Ukraine), Francisca Simonis (Holland), Estela Briceño Mezquita (Spain) and Olsi Dhami (Albania). Musicians met each other in the Netherlands and journey has began in mid-2018.
INGUZ owes its name to the Norwegian god “ING”, who stands for the continuity, development and growth as the INGUZ artists too, aiming to broader their personal and artistic growth through their collective chamber music vision and to convey their love and passion for music to wide audience.
First performance of INGUZ Quartet
In November 2018, INGUZ Quartet debuted in the Old Catholic Church in The Hague with the advanced program: Haydn – “The Lark”; A.Dvorak – “American” quartet; A.Webern – “Langsamer Satz”; J.Turina – “La oración del torero”.
In December 2018, the quartet concluded the Winter Sounds Festival in Gorinchem with A.Dvorak Piano Quintet in a major Op.81 in collaboration with Natalia Ivashina.
In February 2019, INGUZ Quartet presented a very special Adagio program , prepared for Saint Valentine’s Day at the Old Catholic Church in The Hague, including Barber’s Adagio, Schumann Adagio, as well and Debussy’s String quartet.
INGUZ Quartet performed at the opening of the series “Kamermuziek in de Sint Janskerk” in Gouda on April 2019 to present their spring program (with special emphasis on String quartet No.8 in C-Minor by Dmitri Shostakovich) which was received with great appreciation and emotional resonance.
Coming performances will include the string quartet nº1 by B. Smetana and the string quartet op.44 nº2 by F. Mendelssohn.
Replacement of Viola player
Oksana was born in 1992 in Kiev, Ukraine. Her music discovery started since she has become 6 y.o. After graduating from the Special Secondary Music School named after Lysenko in Kiev as a violinist, Oksana began studying viola at the age of 18 at the National Academy of Music of Ukraine in Kiev. In 2014 she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Music Academy in Kiev. Since 2015 Oksana has continued her study in The Netherlands with the famous viola player, conductor and a teacher Mikhail Zemtsov at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. During the years she has built a special bond with Mikhail and she remain loyal to his music mastery and working with Mikhail on many projects. Oksana has given many concerts in several famous concert halls around the world and participated in various International music festivals. She played in the symphony-, chamber- and string orchestras conducted by Valery Gergiev, Lev Markiz, Mikhail Zemtsov, Jac Van Steen, Andris Vecumnieks, Petr Popelka, Dorian Keilhack, Levente Török, Gabriel Bebeselea, Igor Gruppman, Sergei Solonko, Igor Andrievsky
Currently Musicians working on a diverse program of string quartets by L.v Beethoven nº10 “Harp”, A.Borodin String quartet nº1 and Piano quintets by J.Zarebski & D.Shostakovich. These compositions are the major one of the repertoire for 2020. For piano performances INGUZ Quartet remains conservative and continue its cooperation with Natalia Ivashina .
In February 2020 Ephraim van IJzerloij has joined INGUZ artists as to replace a cello player Olsi Dhami.
2020 was a year of cultural struggle all over the world caused by political pandemic called CORONA 19.
INGUZ artists had adjusted to a new challenge and despite the circumstances INGUZ recorded their program: Haydn String Quartet “Sunrise”; Beethoven String Quartet No10; Borodin String Quartet No1. 2020 became also a year of issuing the first 2 audio Analogue albums by a recording company JBRDG – New Analogue.
The year promises to be intense and distinctive.
As INGUZ Artists in 2020 have taken a start of recording Albums on reel-to-reel tapes, in 2021 we continue our aspiration and planning to deliver an advance concert program of classical music. Program will include wide range of chamber compositions of Duos, Piano Trios, String Trios, Piano Quintets, Piano Quartets and certainly String quartets.
INGUZ Quartet looking forward to present earlier this year the 2nd Borodin String Quartet. Also we have planned Grechaninov’s String Quartet No.2 and Zemilnskiy’s String Quartet No.1.
To honour Beethoven’s 250th birthday we continue working with the compositions of this genius person and working on his 15-th String Quartet.
Piano Trios and more
INGUZ Artis this year will try to embrace a few Piano Trios: Beethoven’s No5, Schostakovich’s No1, Smenata’s and others
Mahler’s Piano Quartet, Granados’s Piano Quintet
Piano concert No.1 by Beethoven
and Finally but not the least as to celebrate Dvorak’s 180th birthday anniversary, INGUZ Artists enriched the program with Piano Quintet No2.
The great deal of Piano program in 2021 will be prepared in cooperation with Kazakh pianist, Gulmira Issabekova.
Gulmira started her general and musical education at age of 5. At the age of 9 she participated and won her 1 serious piano competition. Since then she was travelling and performing a lot in Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and later abroad.
After graduating the Academy of Music in Astana in 2008 she continued her
studies at the Collage by Music Academy “P.I . Tchaikovsky “, and a year later she was admitted to States Moscow Conservatory where she studied the solo piano and in 2014 graduated with honour.
During her studies she performed in different concert halls: Bolshoi hall, Small philharmonic hall, Rachmaninov. She gave concerts in various cities of Russia and Kazakhstan (Astana, Karaganda, Almaty, Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Cheboksary) and was invited to participate in various festivals (Canetti festival in Versal, Canetti festival in Turkey, Festival of chamber music in Saint Petersburg etc.)
In the Netherlands Gulmira mainly pursues her soloist career and occasionally works with chamber ensembles.
Furthermore INGUZ Artists are:
Juliya Belyanevich Violin, Francisca Simonis Violin, Oksana Mukosii Viola, Ephraim van IJzerlooij Cello, Natalia Ivashina Piano
2021 – a vulnerable year that turns into the year of changes
Everything that has an ending has a beginning.
And so Inguz-Quartet has appeared at the frontier of changes.
As a violinist he has attended master classes with professors Maria Milstein, Kees Koelmans, Johannes Leertouwer, Peter Brunt, Chris Duidam, Elisabeth Perry and Eeva Koskinen andAs a viola player he has attended master classes with Professors Mikhail Zemtsov, Richard Wolfe, Marjolein Dispa, Julia Dinerstein, March Sabbah, Jannifer Stumm and Mikhail Kugel.
He has given 20 solo concerts, in addition to 6 concert classes of Prof. Madlen Stokic-Vasiljevic. From 2011 he was a member of Belgrade Youth Orchestra with which he has played in major Serbian halls like Nacional Theater, Kolarac, “Sava” Centrum, Russian home. He was soloist and concertmaster of the above orchestra for a long time. Cirkovic also enjoys chamber music. He was a member of Pancevo chamber ensembles (Camerata Pancevo, Academic Orchestra “Jovan Bandur”), the leader of the string quartet “Maestoso” with which he achieved excellent results at home and abroad, and has collaborated in the Rotterdam Sinfonia Orchestra with Dutch conductors such as Peter Dijkstra, Jac van Steen and Conard van Alphen and violinist Antje Weithaas.
Music performed by the INGUZ Quartet
The recent live recorded concerts’ sounds:
D.Shostakovich – ‘String quartet No.8’ op.110
J.Haydn – String quartet No.5 op.64 ‘The Lark’
A.Dvorak “American” No.12 Op96
J.Turina “La oracion del torero” Op34
D.Shostakovich – Piano quintet in g – ”Prelude”
J.Haydn is the king of string quartet genre
A.Borodin – Scherzo from String quartet No.1