Viola de Hoog
Viola de Hoog has an international career not only in the world of Early Music, but also as a member of the renowned Dutch Schoenberg String Quartet with which she has traveled the world over.
After finishing her studies in Amsterdam with Anner Bijlsma with a solo and chamber music degree in 1983 she has concentrated mainly on playing chamber music, both on modern and Baroque cello. In 1986 she was a finalist in the First International Baroque Cello Competition held in Paris.
She has performed as principal cellist with conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Robert King and Jos van Immerseel in orchestras such as Anima Eterna, Tafelmusik, The Baroque Orchestra of the Netherlands Bach Society, Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Concerto Köln, Al Ayre Espagnol, Kölner Akademie, Kings Consort, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and English Baroque Soloists. Her chamber groups Ensemble Schönbrunn (since 1987) and Schoenberg String Quartet (1990-2009) have specialized in performing repertoire ranging from the early 17th century up to the 20st century. With these groups she has produced an impressive discography. The Friends of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles awarded the Schoenberg Quartet Honorary Life Membership, an honour previously accorded to artists such as Pierre Boulez, Felix Galimir and Eugene Lehner.
In 2009 Viola de Hoog founded the Narratio String Quartet with the aim of playing Beethoven’s String Quartets on period instruments. As a soloist Viola de Hoog has performed the Bach’s six Suites for cello solo in Japan, in Amsterdam, and Paris.
Viola de Hoog has been teaching at the Utrecht Conservatory since 1990, the Hochschule für Kunste in Bremen since 2003 and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam since 2007. She gave workshops and summer courses in Vancouver, Jerusalem, Jakarta, Bucharest, Teheran, several cities in Spain and in Salzburg.