The Rietveld Ensemble is a chamber music ensemble made up of top-level musicians with international backgrounds based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Its members are conservatory professors, soloists and principal players in major Dutch orchestras including Elisabeth Perry, concertmaster of the Radio Philharmonic and professor of violin at the Utrecht Conservatory, Chris Duindam, professor of violin at the Conservatories of Utrecht and Tilburg, Richard Wolfe principal viola of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and professor of viola at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht, Matthias Naegele, international cello soloist and chamber musician and Nancy Braithwaite, professor of clarinet and chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory, Codarts. They are dedicated to performing chamber music by composers from the classical period of Mozart and Haydn to living composers and they have a special relationship with the Utrecht based Dutch/ Argentinian composer Carlos Michans (www.stichtingkaleidos.nl).
Since September 2014, the group has hosted "Rietveld Ensemble and Friends," a concert series which takes place at the Kathedrale Koorschool in Utrecht. In these free concerts the group performs works for strings, winds and piano with instrumentations ranging from solo pieces to octets. The ensemble regularly invites exceptionally talented young players to join them in these performances creating a training ground for chamber music skills.
The name of the ensemble is inspired by the famous Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964) who lived and worked in Utrecht. Much of the repertoire for the Rietveld Ensemble was written during his lifetime.