The Sonoro Quartet is an outstanding young string quartet based in Amsterdam that features Cork violist Séamus Hickey, winner of second prize in the 2019 Amsterdam National Viola Competition, who is emerging as one of Ireland’s finest young musicians. For this concert, the group will perform string quartets by Beethoven and Bartók, plus a new work by Cork composer and jazz performer Cormac McCarthy.
Beethoven: Quartet in F minor Op.95
Cormac McCarthy: ‘Murus’
Béla Bartók: Quartet No.1
Mona Verhas, violin | Jeroen De Beer, violin
Séamus Hickey, viola | Paul Heyman, cello
The Sonoro Quartet are an outstanding young string quartet based in Amsterdam and setting out on an exciting career with the backing of the Netherlands String Quartet Academy. The quartet was founded in 2019 in Belgium by violinists Mona Verhas and Jeroen De Beer, violist Seamus Hickey and cellist Paul Heyman. Despite the fact that they are a relatively young ensemble, they already made a name for themselves playing on national and international stages.
The quartet will travel on to Budapest after this tour to take part in the 2021 Bartok World Competition for string quartets. Their programme will include the premiere performances of ‘Murus’, a new work by Cork composer and jazz performer Cormac McCarthy, commissioned for this tour by the Foundation with funds from the Arts Council and Cork Orchestral Society.