© Marten Root

© Marten Root

Viola de Hoog, cello


Viola de Hoog ( has an international career not only in the world of Early Music, but also as a member of the most renowned Dutch Schoenberg String Quartet with which she has traveled the world over during 20 years.

In 1986 she was a finalist in the First International Baroque-cello Competition held in Paris.

In the orchestral world of Early Music she has been working as principal cellist with a.o. Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Jos van Veldhoven and Jos van Immerseel, currently with The King’s Consort and Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht.

Her chamber groups Ensemble Schönbrunn (since 1987) and Schoenberg String Quartet (1989-2009) have specialized in performing repertoire ranging from the early 17th century up to the 20st century.

After the end of the Schoenberg Quartet’s existence in 2009, Viola de Hoog founded the Narratio String Quartet with the aim of playing Beethoven’s String Quartets on period instruments.

As a soloist Viola de Hoog has been performing series of Bach’s 6 Suites for cello solo in Japan, in Amsterdam and Paris, her recent recording of the suites for VIVAT has been received with enthousiasm:

“A formidable player…fine sound…elegance and finesse…entirely convincing” (Gramophone)

“outstanding … first class recording … among the very best versions ***** ” (BBC Music Magazine) 

Viola de Hoog is playing a cello built by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Milano ca.1750, made available by the ‘Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds’.

Viola de Hoog is teaching at the Utrechts Conservatory since 1990, the HfK Bremen since 2003 and the Conservatory of Amsterdam since 2007.