fuse #about

Meet the members and read about our origins. For promotional materials please contact us. 

English

With their bold approach to string music and a matching stage presence, Fuse rapidly became a one-to-watch formation on the cutting edge of Dutch musical life. They performed over 400 shows in nearly 5 years, at a wide range of stages: festivals, concert halls, churches and theaters all over the Netherlands.

The 6 young professional musicians with backgrounds equally in classical- and jazz music, show outstanding instrumental and artistic talent combined with a modern, entrepreneurial attitude. Fuse’ unusual line up – a string quartet with double bass and percussion – enables them to develop a unique melting pot of styles and genres. Their approach results in a qualitative and sincere crossover experience.

Back home in Holland, Fuse is a regular guest on popular tv-show Podium Witteman; a weekly live broadcast in which Fuse performs and presents their favorite music. Also, the group performed multiple times on daily talkshows and featured on public radio, in newspapers and magazines. Noteworthy performances by Fuse include concert series for the Royal Concertgebouw (Tracks and SummerNights) and concerts at Festival Classique, the Amsterdam Canal Festival and international showcase conference Classical:Next. During season 2016/2017 Fuse performed in over 80 cities in The Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden. Furthermore, Fuse collaborated with the renowned Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, Anne Sofie von Otter and composers JacobTV and Tom Trapp.

Music
Late 2016, Fuse released their debut album Studio, consisting of unique arrangements and music by Bartók, Shostakovich, André Previn, Frank Zappa, Dave Brubeck, Nils Frahm a.o. The album was recorded at Studio Fattoria-Musica in Osnabrück and the Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum. In 2017 The album was nominated for an Edison Award (Dutch Grammys)

Fuse: Julia Philippens (violin), Emma van der Schalie (violin), Mascha van Nieuwkerk (cello),
Adriaan Breunis (viola), Tobias Nijboer (doublebass), Daniel van Dalen (percussion).

Dutch

Voor kijkers van het tv-programma Podium Witteman behoeft Fuse vrijwel geen introductie meer. Het Amsterdamse zestal is een vaste toevoeging aan het format en laat al jaren hun veelzijdigheid zien in de muzikale liveshow over klassieke muziek en verwante genres. Maar weinig mensen kennen de route die Fuse sinds 2012 heeft afgelegd: honderden optredens; van rokerige clubs en serene kerken, tot festivalweides en concertgebouwen. De uren op het podium, onder de televisielampen en experimenterend in hun repetitiehok zitten inmiddels in het DNA van Fuse gesleten. Het maakt de groep virtuoos, aanstekelijk op elkaar ingespeeld en overtuigend enthousiast over de muziek die ze je voorschotelen.

 Het podium is voor Fuse altijd een plek voor experiment geweest, geen concert is hetzelfde. Toch hebben ze hun favoriete muziek vastgelegd op debuutalbum Studio. Op dit album staat muziek die Fuse in de afgelopen jaren het meest is bijgebleven en heeft gevormd; een eigenwijze verzameling stijlen en genres met een herkenbare eigen sound. Studio werd in 2017 genomineerd voor een Edison Publieksprijs.


“Virtuoos, technisch begaafd en vooral tot op het merg muzikaal”
– Haarlems Dagblad

“Nederlands meest veelzijdige ensemble”
– Het Concertgebouw

 “Kwaliteit en swingende passie”
– Leeuwarder Courant

 “Fuse blaast klassiek nieuw leven in”
– Paul Witteman

Fuse: Julia Philippens (violin), Emma van der Schalie (violin), Mascha van Nieuwkerk (cello),
Adriaan Breunis (viola), Tobias Nijboer (doublebass), Daniel van Dalen (percussion).

fuse #Squad

ADRIAAN BREUNIS

VIOLA

JULIA PHILIPPENS

VIOLIN

DANIEL VAN DALEN

PERCUSSION

MASCHA VAN NIEUWKERK

CELLO

EMMA VAN DER SCHALIE

VIOLIN

TOBIAS NIJBOER

DOUBLE BASS

origins

Emma, Julia and Mascha founded Fuse in 2012, after they got befriended at the Amsterdam Conservatory, while studying classical- and jazz music. “We started off as a collective of musicians that share interest in all kinds of music. Our main goal: play all the music we love, no matter what background or tradition it represents.” 

To get things started, the group organized their own concert series titled ConFuse. In two years, nine editions took place, at an underground nightclub in Amsterdam. ConFuse became a creative playground for the young ensemble; experimenting with all kinds of musical genres and performing arts. Fuse worked with over 150 artists; dancers, musicians, actors, comedians, storytellers, musicians, painters and performed over 120 pieces of music. It was the perfect way for gaining the nessessary experience and motivation to kickstart an exciting endevour.  During this period the group also found it’s final shape with the joining of Adriaan (viola) Tobias (doulebass) and Daniel (percussion) 

“We started off as a collective of musicians that share interest in all kinds of music. Our main goal: play all the music we love.” 

Some highlights [2012-2018]

Amsterdam Canal Festival
Wonderfeel festival
Royal Concertgebouw TRACKS series
Royal Concertgebouw Robeco SummerNights series
World Harbour Days
SAIL Amsterdam
Classical:Next International showcase festival
Buma Classical Convention showcase festival
Reuring festival
Vondelpark Openluchttheater
De Kleine Komedie
Deventer Schouwburg
Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Uitmarkt Amsterdam
Leeuwarden Proms
Zeeland Nazomerfestival
Theaters Tilburg
Philharmonie Haarlem
Nieuwe Kerk Den Haag
Festival Classique
Carré Amsterdam
Oranjewoud Festival

origins

Emma, Julia and Mascha founded Fuse in 2012, after they got befriended at the Amsterdam Conservatory, while studying classical- and jazz music. “We started off as a collective of musicians that share interest in all kinds of music. Our main goal: play all the music we love, no matter what background or tradition it represents.” 

To get things started, the group organized their own concert series titled ConFuse. In two years, nine editions took place, at an underground nightclub in Amsterdam. ConFuse became a creative playground for the young ensemble; experimenting with all kinds of musical genres and performing arts. Fuse worked with over 150 artists; dancers, musicians, actors, comedians, storytellers, musicians, painters and performed over 120 pieces of music. It was the perfect way for gaining the nessessary experience and motivation to kickstart an exciting endevour.  During this period the group also found it’s final shape with the joining of Adriaan (viola) Tobias (doulebass) and Daniel (percussion) 

“We started off as a collective of musicians that share interest in all kinds of music. Our main goal: play all the music we love.” 

Some highlights [2012-2018]

Amsterdam Canal Festival
Wonderfeel festival
Royal Concertgebouw TRACKS series
Royal Concertgebouw Robeco SummerNights series
World Harbour Days
SAIL Amsterdam
Classical:Next International showcase festival
Buma Classical Convention showcase festival
Reuring festival
Vondelpark Openluchttheater
De Kleine Komedie
Deventer Schouwburg
Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Uitmarkt Amsterdam
Leeuwarden Proms
Zeeland Nazomerfestival
Theaters Tilburg
Philharmonie Haarlem
Nieuwe Kerk Den Haag
Festival Classique
Carré Amsterdam
Oranjewoud Festival

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