The Pelargos Quartet was founded in 2016 and consists of violinists Stephanie van Duijn (1998), Kaja Majoor (1998), violist Anna Jurriaanse (1997) and cellist Diederik Smulders (1997). All members are currently studying at or recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

The Pelargos Quartet has a natural love for the standard string quartet repertoire, but also has a great interest for modern and living composers. They enjoy playing quartet a lot and it plays a big role in their lives. They learn from each other as musicians, colleagues and friends.

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Stephanie van Duijn

Violin I

Stephanie van Duijn (1998) was born in Fort Myers, Florida to Dutch parents, and began playing violin at the age of 7.

She is currently studying with Peter Brunt at the Conservatory of Amsterdam since 2017. In 2021, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and is now studying for the Master’s. Her most recent orchestral experiences include Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra 2017 and seven projects with the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2020,

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Kaja Majoor

Violin II

Kaja Majoor (1998) is currently studying with Arisa Fujita at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Within her master she is doing a NAIP specialization (New Audiences and Innovative Practice) to combine her musical and artistic skills – next to violin, she also studied illustration/design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Kaja has a big love for chamber music and the classical repertoire, but next to that she also has a big passion for jazz and contemporary music.

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Anna Jurriaanse

Viola

Anna Jurriaanse (1997) graduated from her bachelor in June 2020 with a 9. She’s always been very passionate about chamber music, especially as a violist she enjoys being able to change roles. To lead, follow, accompany, communicate and inspire. Anna loves playing all kinds of music in different settings, but she has a preference for the more late romantic/contemporary repertoire.

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Diederik Smulders

Cello

Diederik Smulders is a versatile cellist who likes to have as diverse a repertoire as possible on his music stand, from baroque to jazz and from solo to orchestral work. He graduated cum laude and with distinction from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with teacher Lucia Swarts. Diederik completed his bachelor studies at the Fontys Conservatoire in Tilburg with teacher Paul Uyterlinde. During his studies in The Hague, Diederik followed a specialisation programme in modern music with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble and the New European Ensemble.