Meet the members of the Arethusa Quartet
The four members of the Arethusa Quartet have distinguished careers as soloists and chamber musicians. Read more about Maja, Dana, Floor and Daniel here.
Daniel Rowland has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, communicative, charismatic and adventurous performer.
In recent seasons, Daniel has performed with orchestras from Tromso in the north of Norway to Cape Town in South Africa. He regularly performs violin concertos ranging from Beethoven and Brahms to Elgar, Berg, Korngold, Weinberg, Prokofiev and Schnittke. He has worked with conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Jaap van Zweden, Francois Xavier Roth, Lawrence Foster, Anthony Hermus, Rossen Milanov and Andrey Boreiko. Daniel also loves championing contemporary composers and is a passionate advocate of Vasks, Lindberg, Glass, Saariaho and Van der Aa's violin concertos. A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with artists as diverse as Martha Argerich, Ivry Gitlis, Heinz Holliger, Jörg Widmann, Lars Vogt and Elvis Costello. He is also a frequent guest at the international chamber music festivals.
In 2005, Daniel founded the Stift International Music Festival, which has garnered great acclaim as one of great intimacy, adventure and atmosphere.
Daniel was the leader of the Brodsky Quartet for twelve years, performing all over the world, and making numerous recordings, including the celebrated Shostakovich Cycle. He teaches at a.o. the Royal College of Music in London, the Dutch String Quartet Academy (NSKA) in Amsterdam, and the Davidsbündler Music Academy in The Hague.
Daniel was born in London and studied with Jan Repko, Davina van Wely, Herman Krebbers, Viktor Liberman and Igor Oistrakh. Meeting Ivry Gitlis in 1995 was of great significance, leading to lessons in Paris and, later, to musical collaborations. His violin is by Lorenzo Storioni (Cremona 1796), and his bow is a Maline, kindly loaned by the Dutch Instrument Foundation. Daniel lives in Amsterdam with his wife, cellist Maja Bogdanovic, and their two daughters.
Dana Zemtsov is one of the most promising viola soloists of her generation. Gramophone Magazine has celebrated her playing as being “so perfectly tuned, so varied in color and with such considerable distances in the intervals between the notes, that you would be forgiven for thinking it sounded more like a chamber orchestra”.
Dana regularly performs in concert halls such as the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, The Opera House in Tel Aviv, and Carnegie Hall in New York. She has played chamber music with Janine Jansen, Giovanni Sollima, Martin Frost, Anna Fedorova, Ilya Gringolts, Boris Berezovsky, and many others. As a soloist, Dana has performed with symphony orchestras in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, US, Brasil, Mexico, Ukraine and Estonia, under the baton of Leif Segerstam, Otto Tausk, Daniel Raiskin, Massimo Quarta, Marco Parisotto, and Fabio Mechetti.
Upcoming highlights include performances of various viola concertos with the Bath Festival Orchestra at the Southbank Centre in London, Orchestre National de Cannes, and Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin.
Dana is 1st Prize laureate of several competitions in Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Germany, Portugal, and the Netherlands. In 2010 she was awarded the Dutch Young Musician of the Year. She represented The Netherlands at the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna. She has also been awarded the prestigious Kersjes Prize, granted every year to an outstanding young musician in the Netherlands.
So far, Dana has released five critically acclaimed albums: ‘Enigma’ (solo, 2014), ‘Romantic Metamorphoses’ (with Cathelijne Noorland, 2015), ‘Essentia’ (with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Daniel Raiskin, 2018), ‘Silhouettes’ (with pianist Anna Fedorova, 2020), ‘Dutch Hidden Gems’ (2022), and 'Fathers & Daughters' (with Anna Fedorova, Borys Fedorov and Mikhail Zemtsov, 2023), all on the Channel Classics Records label.
Floor Le Coultre
Violinist Floor Le Coultre won the Young Dutch Music Talent title in November 2011, and has since established herself as a passionate and profound chamber musician. Floor began playing the violin at the age of four with her aunt as her first mentor. She continued her studies with Joyce Tan, Ilona Sie Dhian Ho, Pavel Vernikov and Ilya Grubert. In 2014 she finished her masters with distinction for her compelling musicianship. She received lessons from a.o. Svetlana Makarova, Mauricio Fuks, Patinca Kopec, Philippe Graffin, Stephan Picard, Gerhard Schultz and Eszter Haffner.
Floor has won prizes at various competitions and has performed in concert halls across Europe, China, USA and South-America. She regularly appears at prestigious festivals such as the International Heifetz Institute in New Hampshire (USA), Villefavard, Kronberg Academy (Germany), Kuhmo Festival (Finland) and Vernikov Masterclasses (Switzerland).
Floor performs regularly with guitarist Martin van Hees, both as a violinist and violist. She is a member of ACE (Amsterdam Chamber Ensemble), a duo partner with pianist Maarten den Hengst, and duo partner with violinist Tim Brackman.
Floor plays a French violin by Gand/Lupot from 1813 and a bow by J. Tubbs from around 1890.
Following her recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, The Strad hailed Maja Bogdanovic for “an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty and great maturity of interpretation.” Since then, she has taken her place among today’s foremost cellists.
Concerto engagements have included the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Tokyo Philharmonic, Minas Gerais Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, and the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the U.S., Maja made her debut at the 2017 Grand Teton Music Festival under the baton of Cristian Macelaru. She has also performed with the Forth Worth Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Portland Symphony, Columbus Symphony and Princeton Symphony.
An avid chamber musician, Maja is a frequent guest at the world's leading chamber music festivals and venues such as Kuhmo Festival in Finland, Amsterdamse Cello Biënnale, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Folle Journée/Nantes, Storioni Festival, and the Stift International Chamber Music Festival in The Netherlands. She has performed with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin, Nino Gvetadze, Daniel Rowland, Nemanja Radulovic and Marianna Schiriniyan.
For her latest album Saint-Saëns and Lalo cello concertos, Maja is admired in the international press for her 'deep, shimmering tone' and for knowing 'how to touch the soul of the listener'.
Maja lives in Amsterdam with her hubsand, violinist Daniel Rowland, and their two daughters.