The Groningen-based Minerva Quartet is a string quartet. Its members are:
Hanneke van Ulsen – violin
Oktje Lambermont – violin
Maaike ten Wolde – viola
Michelle van de Braak – cello
Minerva symbolises the divine power of knowledge, arts and crafts, resourcefulness, and wisdom. The ancient Etruscans acknowledged her as the one who gave everything useful and pleasurable to the civilised world.
Minerva in 2017 musically speaking stands for dynamic, expressive, divers, intellectual and inquisitive.
The Minerva Quartet plays repertoire from the early classical period up to contemporary music.
The Minerva Quartet also takes part in special projects like currently: the Somme 100 Noord project: 100-year old filmfragments shot in the days just before the Battle at the Somme are screened under accompaniment of live music. Later this spring the beautiful Stabat Mater van Pergolesi, die 7 letze Worte van Haydn and the Gloria by Vivaldi are scheduled.
The Minerva Quartet is being coached by the Prague Bennewitz Quartet.