About us

The Lazarus String Quartet was founded in 2007, by graduates of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, with the important support of the Pettman Foundation. The ensemble began with great success both at home and internationally, performing regularly at important festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe, the Heidelberger Frühling and the Muziktage in Hitzacker and winning the Royal Overseas League Competition in 2010, all before their move to Germany in 2011. After graduating with a Chamber Music Masters from the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover, the quartet now comprises of members from all corners of the globe. Mayumi Kanagawa (USA/Japan), Jos Jonker (The Netherlands), Albin Uusijärvi (Sweden), and Alice Gott (New Zealand).

The Lazarus String Quartet has been a part of the ProQuartet organisation in Paris since 2013, where they perform concerts and take part in masterclasses. A highlight from these concert series was the premiere of Arnold Schönbergs “Ein Flüstern in der Nacht” in Salle Gaveau, Paris, where they performed together with baritone singer Samuel Hasselhorn.

All four members of the Quartet have many influences collectively, of which much appreciation goes especially to Prof. Eberhard Feltz and Prof. Oliver Wille. The Quartet are prizewinners of the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation and the Regionsstipendium Hannover. They continue to have the ongoing and  generous support of the Pettman Foundation.

 Mayumi Kanagawa is a Japanese-American violinist currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik “hanns eisler” Berlin with Kolja Blacher. Recipient of the second prize and prize for best concerto at the 2018 Long-Thibaud Crespin competition in Paris, she is also the first prize winner of the 2016 Princess Astrid Competition in Trondheim, 2013 Jascha Heifetz Competition in Vilnius, and the 2011 Irving M. Klein Competition in San Francisco, Mayumi has soloed with many orchestras including the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony, among others. Upcoming concerts include her debut with the Belgian National Symphony and Hugh Wolff, as well as a return to the Lithuanian National Orchestra.

Mayumi has a unique talent for communicating her love and joy of music making, in varied repertoire and venues. She is described as an open and virtuosic musician with a rare effortlessness in her playing, where the audience leaves the concert hall energized and inspired.

Chamber music and outreach programs have brought Mayumi to the Trans-Siberian festival, Verbier festival, Chanel Pygmalion chamber music series in Japan, and TONALi tours throughout Germany.

Mayumi’s former teachers include Yoshiko Nakura, Masao Kawasaki in the Juilliard Pre-College division, and Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School.

Mayumi performs on a Petrus Guarnerius (Mantua, late 17th century) violin, on generous loan from the Deutsche Musikinstrumentenfond of the Deutsch Stiftung Musikleben.

Jos Jonker (1992) recently finished her Master’s degree in Violin under Professor Sebastian Hamann at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. In 2014 she obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the Conservatory of Amsterdam under Ilya Grubert and prior to that, she studied from age eleven with Thijs Kramer at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. Until 2017 she was a member of the Acanthus Quartet who were part of the Dutch String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam studying under Marc Danel and Stefan Metz.

From a young age, Jos has enjoyed and had great success playing in orchestras. She was concert master of two of the top youth orchestras in the Netherlands: the Netherlands Youth Orchestra and the Netherlands Student Orchestra. In 2016, Jos was accepted into the prestigious Ferenc Fricsay Orchestra Academy of the “Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin”. She is currently acting as second concert master in the “Philharmonisches Orchester Landestheater Coburg” in Germany.

Jos plays a Spirito Sorsana violin, loaned to her by the Netherlands “National Musical Instruments Foundation”. She also uses a Sartory bow, that she was able to buy with the generous support of the “Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument” and “Ars Doniandi”.

Albin Uusijärvi (1995) began his Bachelor Program at the Hochschule für Musik ”Hanns Eisler” in Berlin under Professor Walter Küssner in 2014. While there, he took master classes and lessons with Tatjana Masurenko, Alexander Zemtsov, Tabea Zimmerman, Jean Sulem and Lars-Anders Tomter. He eventually entered the viola class of Tabea Zimmerman, where he now continues with his Bachelor studies.

In 2014 Albin won the Polstjärnepriset (Polar Star Prize) in Sweden, which gave him a ticket to the international competition “Eurovision Young Musicians”, which was broadcast live from Cologne, Germany in all European countries.

Albin has toured the USA and India with the Swedish National Youth Orchestra and played in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Strathmore Center and Chicago Symphony Hall. He has also performed with the Orchester-Akademie of the Berliner Philharmonie and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Albin has been awarded several scholarships including the Ingrid och Per Welins Ungdomsstipendium and the Hans Dalborgs Musikstipendium he has the privilege to play on a viola that was especially built for him in 2012 with the support of the Instrument Foundation Per Welin.

Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, Alice Gott (1990) began the cello at age five. She was accepted into the class of Euan Murdoch as part of the “Young Musicians Programme” at the New Zealand School of Music and she went on to complete her undergraduate studies at the age of nineteen from the University of Canterbury under Edith Salzmann. Thereafter, she moved to Germany where she studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold under Xenia Jankovic, and was very quickly immersed into a new world of incredible musical possibilites.

As both soloist and founder of the Lazarus String Quartet, Alice has had many successes; winning international prizes and scholarships and being invited to a large variety of chamber music festivals. She graduated from the prestigious Quartet Masters Programme in Hanover, Germany under Professor Oliver Wille in 2017.

Alice is heavily involved in the European chamber music scene, playing regularly with other fantastic ensembles such as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the London Cello Orchestra and the Kammerakademie Potsdam (Berlin).

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