ageet zweistra . cello

Ageet Zweistra 1 ©Gaby Merz
©Gaby Merz

Dutch cellist Ageet Zweistra studied modern cello with Anner Bijlsma at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she discovered the world of period-instrument practice. While still studying she is asked to become a member of Collegium Vocale Gent and La Chapelle Royale (Philippe Herreweghe), the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman) and l’Ensemble Mosaïques (Christophe Coin). Much asked as continuo-player, she accompanies Rene Jacobs, in his countertenor years, Christophe Coin, Anner Bijlsma, the Hantaï brothers, Marcel Ponseele, Philippe Pierlot among others, and is to be heard on all Philippe Herreweghe’s Bach recordings, and in 1991 she is co-founder and solo cellist ever since of his Orchestre des Champs Elysées. She participated in more than 120 cd’s, travelled the 5 continents and plays 5 centuries of music history.

 Chamber music plays the most important role in her life, she was member of the Turner Quartet from 1986 till 2006, and from then on plays in the Edding Quartet, and has recorded string quartets by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.

 She teaches the classical and romantic repertoire on period instruments in the Abbaye aux Dames in Saintes (France) to young musicians from all over the world for the pedagogical program of l’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, and has given masterclasses in France, Taiwan, Japan and Colombia.