The quartet

Tommaso Fracaro, violin
Dmitry Ivanov, violin
Sylvain Dessane, viola
Otto Bakker, cello

The Aristos Quartet was founded in 2008 by Evelien Jaspers and Otto Bakker.
After the summer of 2012 Dmitry Ivanov, born in Uzbekistan, and Sylvain Dessane, born and raised in France, joined the ensemble.

In June 2015, the Aristos Quartet was the first ensemble to graduate from the String Quartet Master studies, a collaboration between the NSKA and the Conservatory of Amsterdam. During this two-year study they were taught by Dmitry Ferschtman, the members of the Quator Danel, Stefan Metz, Peter Cropper, Eberhard Feltz, Johannes Meissl and Luc-Marie Aguera.

Between 2015 and 2017 the Aristos Quartet followed the post-academic full-time course at the Dutch String Quartet Academy (NSKA).
During this two years they had the opportunity to be coached by Marc Danel, his colleagues from Quator Danel and Stefan Metz.
The quartet also attended different masterclasses by international guest teachers such as Eberhard Feltz and Luc-Marie Aguera.

The Aristos Quartet has participated in several courses (the International Summer Academy in Nordhorn, Germany, the Zeister Muziekdagen, Chamber Music Atelier Delft, the Tiberius Week in Romania, the Orlando Festival, the Cuarteto Casals International Quartet Academy in Spain and the International Chamber Music Campus in Weikersheim, Germany) where they worked with Rainer Schmidt, Eberhard Feltz, Heime Müller, Sandor Devich, Pavel Fischer, the Cuarteto Casals, Cuarteto Quiroga and the Schumann Quartet.

The Aristos Quartet performs regularly both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Besides their quartet repertoire, they have already done several special projects in collaboration with the Dutch Don’t Dance Division and performed together with Tania Kross, Jean-Pierre Cnoops, Konstantyn Napolov, the Matangi quartet, the Dudok quartet, Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, Frans Douwe Slot, Paul de Leeuw and Ellen ten Damme.
In 2014 the Aristos Quartet gave a special performance for King Willem Alexander and Prince Albert of Monaco at Paleis ‘t Loo during the opening of the exhibition about Grace Kelly.
The Aristos Quartet has also collaborated with jazz musicians and contemporary composers.

The quartet has performed at various festivals such as Festival Classique, the Grachtenfestival, the Kamermuziekfestival in Utrecht, the Tiberius Week (Romania), the Edinburgh Festival (Scotland); they also collaborated several times with the association Live Music Now and regularly perform for Kunst in de kamer.
The quartet also went on tour to France several times.

Since 2015, the Aristos Quartet has been part of the ProQuartet foundation, that allows them to give concerts and participate in masterclasses around Europe.
The Aristos Quartet was rewarded with scholarships by both the Kersjesfonds and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds to support their studies and career.

During the season ’18 / ’19, violinist Evelien Jaspers is replaced by the Italian violinist Tommaso Fracaro because of an injury. The Aristos Quartet met him a few years ago at the Internationales Sommerakademie in Weikersheim, where Tommaso participated with the Quartetto Taag. With the Taag Quartet, Tommaso won prizes at various international competitions. Tommaso studies with Heime Müller (Artemis Quartett) in Lübeck.

In January 2019 the quartet traveled to Prague to work with Pavel Fischer (Skampa Quartet) on his first string quartet ‘Morava’ and on their Czech repertoire.

Since November 2018 the Aristos Quartet is kindly endorsed by Jargar Strings.