For Maarten ter Horst (Eindhoven, 1987), composing is a way of sharing emotions. He starts from recognizable melodies and writes parts that drive each other up in a quest in which dreams and longings try to reconcile themselves with reality.
Ter Horst started composing at the age of 16, then took a different direction, but felt the urge to write music again at the age of 30. This resulted in his two highly autobiographical string quartets, which he completed during the lockdown in 2020. The Helikon Quartet will record Ter Horsts String Quartets No. 1 and 2 in 2021 on the Cobra Records label.
In the words of the Helikon Quartet: “A promising young composer with a strong personal message and gift for compositional storytelling.”
This is an exciting period, in which Ter Horst's music will be heard on an album for the first time: both on CD and on Spotify, Apple Music and high-quality digital download. The Helikon Quartet will also perform Ter Horst's String Quartets at a number of concerts throughout the Netherlands.