Northsea String Quartet | © Pablo Rodriguez Northsea String Quartet | © Pablo Rodriguez
© Pablo Rodriguez
North Sea String Quartet
19 October 2023 · 23:30 - 00:30 · Kollegienkirche

North Sea String Quartet

George Dumitriu: violin | Pablo Rodríguez: viola | Yanna Pelser: viola | Thomas van Geelen: cello |

Chamber jazz, folk-fusion, world music improvisation – the North Sea String Quartet from Rotterdam has already experienced many definition attempts. Ultimately, no-one really quite manages to capture their compositions which are inspired by classic, world, folk and jazz music and are always open to the improvisation of violinist George Dumitriu and Pablo Rodríguez as well as Yanna Pelser on the viola and Thomas van Geelen on the cello. Using new playing techniques, they transpose music to a string quartet format of which no-one would think it possible. They do so alone as well as in collaborations initiated by them, for example with Brazilian singer Lilian Vieira, American singer and violinist Roland Satterwhite and Canarian guitarist Javier Infante and most recently with the Trio da Kali from Mali with which the North Sea String Quartet is regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative acts of their kind.


Kollegienkirche | © Henry Schulz


The baroque University Church is one of the most important sacred buildings in the city. Fischer von Erlach built the church from 1696 onwards in favour of experiencing the total work of art. This idea manifests itself not only in the magnificent façade, but also in the impressive church interior, the artistic details and the current programme arrangements. As a place of meditation and music, but also a fixed point of modernity, the Kollegienkirche offers a fitting setting for musical improvisations. 
During the festival, the church will be a workshop and performance space at the same time: music, dance, projections - everything is possible.


The Kollegienkirche is barrier-free accessible. Barrier-free access is located to the right of the main entrance, through the passageway towards Furtwänglerpark. Barrier-free access is possible with a Euro-Key.