studied under Dmitri Ferschtman in Amsterdam, Melissa Phelps in London, and Philippe Muller in Paris. She was awarded the Prize for an Outstanding Cellist on two occasions during the Tanglewood Festival in the United States. She has performed not only the standard solo concertos but also works such as Henriëtte Bosmans’s Poème, Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto, the original version of Martinu’s First Cello Concerto, Britten’s Cello Symphony, and Ligeti’s Cello Concerto. She has performed the Ligeti concerto with the ASKO | Schönberg; she has been a member of this ensemble and premiered cello concertos by Dmitris Andrikopoulos, Martijn Padding and Chiel Meijering and Seung-Ah Oh. She was also a member of the Leo Smit Ensemble for many years and is now member of the Stolz Quartet. She plays a Bernardel cello made available to her by an admirer.
Frans van Ruth
began his education under the pianist and composer Hans Osieck. He studied linguistics and literature at the Universities of Utrecht and Paris while continuing his study of music under Herman Uhlhorn (piano) and Eli Goren (chamber music) at the Utrecht College of Music. A jury including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Mitsuko Shirai, and Harmut Höll awarded him the prize as the best song accompanist at the Hugo Wolf Competition in 1987. Since the 1980s he has occupied himself intensively with the seriously neglected musical past in his own country. He co-founded the Leo Smit Foundation in 1995 and until 2004 served as the artistic director of the concert series organized by the foundation, performing demanding solo works such as Erwin Schulhoff’s Jazz Études and Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Second Piano Sonata in connection with these concerts. In 2011 he co-edited a new three-volume edition of the collected songs of Leander Schlegel.
Both musicians teach at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Music Faculty of the Amsterdam School of the Arts).
Over the years Doris Hochscheid and Frans van Ruth have mastered a common repertoire of almost a one hundred and fifty compositions ranging from the gamba sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach to a steadily increasing number of works composed especially for them.
2003 Doris Hochscheid and Frans van Ruth performed Matthijs Vermeulen’s Second Cello Sonata in 2003 on the occasion of the presentation of a new edition of his chamber music and his First Cello Sonata in 2006 on the occasion of the unveiling of a bust in his honor in Helmond, his birthplace. A compact disc released in 2003 with works by Henriëtte Bosmans and Lex van Delden was termed »passionate« and »of an extraordinary level« in the Dutch press. All of this led to the founding of the Dutch Cello Sonata Foundation in 2007. One of the activities of the foundation – in cooperation with MDG – has been an extensive CD project documenting Dutch music for violoncello and piano. Their recently published CDs have been particularly successful and have been rated 10 by Luister, chosen as CD of the month by Opus Klassiek, as CD of the week by the Dutch classical music station Radio 4, awarded an Opus d’Or by Opus HD, given a five-star rating in Audiophile Audition and highest rating in Ensemble. Vol. 2 was chosen as the best chamber music CD in 2009 by the audience of the Netherlands Classic Radio R4.
For the foundation’s ALBUM project (2912), numerous prominent Dutch composers have written short pieces for cello and piano that can be played by children and amateurs. Donemus published a new international edition of these pieces in 2015.
The Friends of Dutch Music Foundation awarded Doris Hochscheid and Frans van Ruth the Friends Prize in 2014. They also demonstrated their interest in exploring new musical terrain in 2015 when they premiered two new Indonesian compositions during a performance tour in Indonesia.
Source: Audiomax (Dabringhaus und Grimm)