The Rijks Quartet is a string quartet that consists of four young musicians who met each other in 2019 during their studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Laura Soeters (violin), Nata Roinishvili (violin), Ana Maria Sousa Castro (viola) and Nathalie Flintrop (cello) decided to combine forces. They play with a lot of enthusiasm and are building a classical repertoire with music of a.o. W.A. Mozart, M. Ravel, F. Mendelssohn and A. Dvorák, while being coached by teachers like Dmitri Ferschtman, Pieter Wispelwey, Francien Schatborn, Henk Guittart, Peter Brunt, Mick Stirling, Maria Milstein and Johannes Leertouwer. In December 2021, the Rijks Quartet played their tv debut at Podium Witteman, which led to many concerts. In June 2022, they made their international debut with a tour to Portugal, performing, among others, at the CIMS Festival in Porto.
Nata Roinishvili (1999) was born in a family of musicians in Tbilisi, Georgia. Growing up at the opera house, she attended all rehearsals and concerts from a young age. By the time she was 4 years old, she started playing the violin. Soon she started taking part in competitions and festivals in Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and so on... She performed the Brahms violin concerto in D major with a symphonic orchestra when she was only 13 years old, followed by the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky violin concertos. Since 2018, Nata is studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with a full scholarship. Nata has had masterclasses with, among others, Christian Altenburger, Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert.
Laura Soeters is a Dutch violinist who is currently studying at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Maria Milstein. Before, she went to the School for Young Talent in The Hague, where she was taught by Kerstin Hoelen, Koosje van Haeringen, and Janet Krause. Furthermore, she received lessons from violinists Nicholas Wright, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Moshe Hammer, Daniel Rowland, and Mathieu van Bellen. She participated in several masterclasses, amongst others, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute, the Aurora Music Festival in Sweden, and het Peter de Grote Festival. Laura is currently playing a violin of Marten Cornelissen (NMF) and a Sartory bow, in free loan of the Gagliano String Instruments Foundation.
Ana Maria Sousa CastroViola
Ana Maria Sousa Castro was born in 2001 in Oporto, Portugal. She began her musical studies at the age of 6. In the Peter de Grote festival, she was awarded for Outstanding Musicianship and, in 2018, she was one of the prizewinners of Labberté- Hoedemaker Awards. In 2019 Ana won the 1st prize at the 5th edition of Vasco Barbosa National Strings Competition, in Lisbon, Portugal, and played as soloist with “Camerata Atlântica” at CCB’s concert house and with "Orchestra Artave". Later that year she was also awarded for being the best string instrumentalist of her class. She is now doing her bachelor in Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Francien Schatborn and Nobuko Imai and is a member of the EUYO Orchestra.
Nathalie Flintrop (2000) is a Belgian-Dutch cellist that moved from Antwerp
to Amsterdam in 2018 to study with Mick Stirling. She will now spend the last year of her bachelor
studies in the class of Pieter Wispelwey. Nathalie was the principal cellist in the Euregio Youth
Orchestra, which won the National Competiton for Youth Symphony orchestras in 2018. Since 2020, she
is a member of the Dutch National Youth Orchestra.
Nathalie regularly plays as a substitute with the Cello Octet Amsterdam and the Ragazze string quartet.
In 2017, Nathalie participated in Dezeslessix, the youth panel of the Flemish Radio and Television Broadcasting at the Queen Elisabeth Competition for cello.