Biography

The Hague String Trio was founded by Justyna, Julia & Miriam in 2006. After years of study and working in many countries, including Russia, Mexico, Norway, England, Germany and The Netherlands, all three settled in The Hague. They came together to share their love for chamber music and have formed a strong bond over their many years as an ensemble. The trio enjoys exploring the extensive string trio repertoire, from treasured masterpieces to lesser known compositions which they feel deserve more recognition. They also work closely with composers such as Robin Holloway, Kerry Woodward, Arne Werkman and Reza Nakisa as well as fellow musicians, including oboist Pauline Oostenrijk & pianist Daniël Kramer with whom they play regularly. 

The Hague String Trio performs throughout The Netherlands, and gives concerts every year in England and Germany, where it has built up devoted followings. 

In February 2019 their CD After the Darkness was released, featuring music by Jewish composers whose lives were destroyed in the Second World War through persecution, murder or exile.

Justyna & Miriam are both members of the Residentie Orkest, The Hague and Julia is a sought after viola pedagogue in many conservatoires in The Netherlands.

Justyna Briefjes - violin

Justyna studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Peter Brunt, Kees Hülsmann and Janet Krause. During her study she also studied History of Art for two years at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in 2004 from the Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Justyna is frequently asked to play as guest principal in various orchestras in the Netherlands such as the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the former Radio Chamber Philharmonic and Nieuw Ensemble and joined the Residentie Orkest, The Hague in 2004 as assistant principal second violin. As well as performing in The Hague String Trio, Justyna is a member of the ensemble Revolve and enjoys playing chamber music in many different groups. Justyna took part in masterclasses with Mauricio Fuks, Herman Krebbers and Alexander Kerr. She plays on a violin from the Panormo School (London ca. 1790), made available to her by the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.

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Julia Dinerstein - viola

Julia Dinerstein began her studies on the violin with Boris Dinerstein and then at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow with Elizabeth Gilels and Andrei Korsakov. Subsequently she studied the viola at the Maastricht Conservatoire with Mikhail Kugel.

As a soloist and chamber music player she has participated in many international music festivals.

Since 2002 Julia lives in The Hague, the Netherlands. She is a keen chamber musician and, as well as playing in The Hague String Trio, is also a member of the Zemtsov Viola Quartet. She has recorded CDs with both ensembles.

Julia Dinerstein is a sought after viola pedagogue in the Netherlands and teaches at the Codarts University for the Arts in Rotterdam, ARTEZ Conservatorium in Arnhem and Zwolle, Maastricht Conservatoire, Hellendaal Music Institute in Rotterdam and Academy for Musical Talent in Utrecht. Julia is also in high demand as a visiting professor at European summer academies.

A number of Julia’s pupils and students have been prize winners in national and international competitions.

Julia won 2nd prize in the Beethoven International Viola Competition in Austria.

Miriam Kirby - cello

Miriam Kirby has lived and worked in England, Germany and the Netherlands. She studied with Joan Dickson at the junior department of the Royal College of Music where she won the concerto prize. Miriam took lessons for many years with William Pleeth and won a scholarship to study with Melissa Phelps at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won the chamber music and cello sonata prizes. Miriam continued her studies as a DAAD scholar with Johannes Goritzki at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. She has also had lessons with Robert Cohen and Shunske Sato. Miriam took part in master classes with Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, Dorothy De Lay, Menahem Pressler and the Tákàcs Quartet. In England she worked regularly with the English Chamber and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. In Germany she was co-principal cello of the Deutsche Kammerakademie and since 1998 has been a member of the Residentie Orkest, The Hague. Miriam plays on a cello made by Bronek Cison in 1996.

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