The Rietveld Ensemble is a chamber music group  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, 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. Besides  performing chamber music  from the Classical period, the Romantic period and the 20th and 21st centuries,  the ensemble also enjoys  a close working relationship with a number of  living composers and regularly gives world premiere performances of their works. 

 

Since September 2014, they have hosted  the concert series "Rietveld Ensemble and Friends," which takes place at the Kathedrale Koorschool in Utrecht and at The English Reformed Church in Amsterdam. In these free concerts the group performs works for strings, winds, voice  and piano with instrumentations ranging from solo pieces to nonets. 

The ensemble regularly invites exceptionally talented young players to join them, creating a training ground for chamber music skills.

At most concerts outstanding guest musicians perform with the ensemble,  bringing variety and inspiration to the series.

 

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.