The Dutch cellist Quirine Viersen, born in 1972, is one of the foremost musical personalities of the younger generation on the international music scene today. Her intense, powerful and virtuoso playing has thoroughly convinced her colleagues, the press and the public of her great musical talent and strength.
Quirine Viersen is often among the winners in international competitions, including the 1990 Rostropovich Competition in Paris and the 1991 International Cello Competition in Helsinki. In 1994, Quirine became the first Dutch musician to win a prize at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition. The biggest award that Quirine Viersen has won thus far was the 2000 Young Artist Award, awarded by the Credit Suisse Group. This award came complete with a concert appearance with the Wiener Philharmoniker under conductor Zubin Mehta during the 2000 Luzerner Festival.
She was given her first cello lessons by her father Yke Viersen, a cellist with the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. At the conservatory in Amsterdam, she started with Jean Decroos and later Dmitri Ferschtman as her teachers. She finished her studies in 1997 as a pupil of Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Varied concerts with the biggest Dutch orchestras as well as with major international orchestras laid the foundations for the development of her musical personality and career, turning Quirine Viersen into a soloist in great demand.
Some of the most important orchestras and conductors she has worked with include the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest with Herbert Blomstedt and Bernard Haitink, the Hessischer Rundfunkorchester with Hugh Wolff, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra with Jean Fournet and the Wiener Philharmoniker with Zubin Mehta. Quirine is also highly sought after in terms of chamber music. She is a much-coveted guest at festivals such as the Delft Chamber Music Festival, the Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz and the Mondsee Tage and the Salzburger Festspiele.