The name “Nerida” has been chosen in reference to the nereides of ancient Greek mythology, symbolizing the flowing and ever-changing element of water.
Founded in autumn of 2018, the Nerida Quartet unites four highly individual and motivated musicians in one musical mission. Its members study in music conservatories in Bern, Hannover, and Stuttgart, and frequently meet for intense rehearsal sessions. They perform regularly in Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
The quartet has benefited from lessons by Jean-Guihen Queyras, Peter Rainer, Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartett), Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett), Gregor Sigl and Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartett). Currently, they are being coached by the violist Patrick Jüdt. In a short time, the ensemble has mounted a wide range of repertoire from early classical to late 20th century music.
In 2019, the ensemble was accepted into the foundation “Le Dimore del Quartetto” and performed at the festival “Music with Masters” in Pistoia. In 2020, the ensemble received a scholarship for the “Musique à Flaine” academy and was a scholarship holder at the Chamber Music Campus of Jeunesse Musicale Germany the following year. In 2021,the quartet was accepted into the renowned European Chamber Music Academy, and in 2022, they were accepted into the inaugural MERITA Platform programme.
In November 2019, the ensemble won the sponsorship prize at the Boris Pergamenschikow Prize for Contemporary Chamber Music Competition at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin and was awarded 1st prize at the Swiss Chamber Music Competition ORPHEUS. Several invitations to Swiss music festivals followed, with the four musicians performing at the Swiss Chamber Music Festival Adelboden and the Ernen Music Festival in September 2020. The NERIDA Quartet was also a finalist at the Prix Credit Suisse “Jeunes Solistes” 2020 and is a prizewinner at the Schenk Foundation Competition 2021.
In 2021, the quartet was a guest at the Zunftkonzerte Zurich and the klangundszene Zurich chamber music festival, among others.
The name „Nerida“ has been chosen in reference to the nereides of ancient Greek mythology, symbolizing the flowing and ever-changing element of water.
Inspired by the Nereids, the quartet is ever changing and reinventing.
Their musical projects and passions are constantly taking new shapes and formations, and they aspire to make thought-provoking and compelling programme combinations to reflect the groups diverse interests and abilities. Projects have ranged from J.S Bach and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina to György Ligeti and George Crumb, as all genres are considered and met with enthusiasm and curiosity.
- Joseph Haydn: 'Rider' String Quartet in g minor, op.74, no.3; Largo assai
- Joseph Haydn: 'Rider' String Quartet in g minor, op.74, no.3; Finale - Allegro con brio
- Antonín Dvořák: 'American' String Quartet in F major, Op. 96; Finale - vivace ma non troppo
- György Ligeti: String Quartet No.1, Métamorphoses nocturnes
- Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition 2023: Semi-finals
- George Crumb: Black Angels - Thirteen Images from the Dark Land