meet our members
Hanna Shybayeva piano
Rada Ovcharova violin
Mihkel Kerem violin
Emlyn Stam viola
Willem Stam cello
Jacob Kellermann guitar
Ryan Linham trumpet
Felicia van den End flute
Christopher Bouwman oboe
James Meldrum clarinet
Ryanne Hofman bass clarinet
Jose ‘Pepe’ Garcia Rodriguez percussion
Amber Mallee Bassoon
Astrid Haring harp
Rada Ovcharova, born in Sofia, Bulgaria is active as a chamber musician and recitalist with performances throughout the Netherlands and across Europe. She made numerous recordings for television and radio in both the Netherlands and Bulgaria. She has also appeared as a soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Bulgaria and the Delft Symphony Orchestra.
Rada Ovcharova has performed at numerous festivals, such as the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam (NL), International Chamber Music Festival (Utrecht), Music and Art Around (SE), Festival Dag in de Branding (NL) and the Saariaho Festival The Hague (NL). She is a founding member of both the Ysaÿe Trio and the New European Ensemble and regularly performs in the Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria and Germany with these ensembles.
Rada Ovcharova won numerous competitions including both second and first prizes at the international ‘Young Music Talents’ competition in Sofia. She received a prestigious scholarship from the Labberté Foundation to study in the Netherlands where she completed both a Bachelor of Music degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and a Master’s degree at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Her teachers have included Thomas Brandis, Phillipe Graffin, István Párkányi, György Pauk and Gordan Nikolic.
questions & amswers
how did you get interested in new music?
It was Gilius van Bergeijk who tickled my interest for contemporary music. His theory class ‘20th century analysis’ at The Hague’s conservatory was the favourite class of my entire bachelor programme. A composer himself, he had a very personal perspective of the pieces we were reviewing, including works by composers who were his fellow colleagues.
What makes playing new music in the New European Ensemble satisfying and worthwhile?
Playing in the ensemble is extraordinarily satisfying. I think it’s because of a combination of two things. The pieces that we choose are often on the edge of what is physically possible, where the possibility of tackling them often seems out of reach at first. But what is even more extraordinary is the way my colleagues take the challenge, with an admirable determination and passion. That is what in my opinion binds us as a group – that makes it so worthwhile to take a part in it. The other thing is that over the years we all became close friends, which makes it even more satisfying and above all fun to come together and enjoy playing.
New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague