Pentachord Ensemble


Pentachord, a row of five strings. Five renowned musicians founded this ensemble sharing a passion for piano quintets and chambermusic.
- Effacta Productions

For bookings or information please contact Effacta Productions:

Guido Nederlof
 T  +31 23 - 532 4690


The Pentachord Ensemble
Maarten den Hengst - piano
Emi Ohi Resnick - violin
Mikhail Zemtsov -viola
Pamela Smits - cello
Quirijn van Regteren Altena - double bass
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Program proposals:

Program Purcell, Arensky, F. Martin or Mahler and Trout
Program Piano quintets of Vaughan Williams and Schubert
Program Duo's and Schubert or Vaughan Williams piano quintet

Program Penta Plus. Mozart and Dvo?ák stringquintets and Mendelssohn pianosextet with Giles Francis violin and viola.


 Download Portfolio hr.-photos of the Pentachord Ensemble

"From the first note of the famous quintet the Pentachord Ensemble overwhelmed with their lightness, precision and very agile way of playing. Schubert escaped from all the clichés. Also is in all their smaller group arrangements The Pentachord a joy to the eye and ear, because of the dedicated music making of the musicians. A sparkling ensemble that left the audience of the museumchurch of Schokland in awe."

-from a review of the Noordoostpolder newspaper.


"The Trout Quintet can be reckoned among the gems of classical music. Of the Dutch music ensembles the Pentachord threads a long chain of gems with their way of playing. Moreover, for the entire ensemble applies that they posses a special musical gift and that they feel intensely connected to their instruments, one can see that, one can hear that." 

-from a review of the Nieuwe Meerbode, Aalsmeer (NL)



Program Purcell, Arensky, Martin/Mahler and Trout


Henry Purcell  Fantasia for violin, viola, cello and double bass
Anton Arensky   Variations on a theme of Tchaikovsky Opus 35a for violin, viola, cello and double bass   
Frank Martin Piano trio on Populair Irish Folk tunes
  Allegro moderato
  Gigue. Allegro
Gustav Mahler Pianokwartet in A minor
Franz Schubert Trout quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass in A major, Opus posthume 114, D667
  Allegro vivace
  Scherzo. Presto-Trio
  Thema. Andantino met variaties
  Finale. Allegro giusto


Piano quintets of Vaughan Williams and Schubert

Ralph Vaughan Williams  Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass
  Allegro con fuoco
  Fantasia (quasi variazoni)
Franz Schubert 'Trout' Quintet. piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass
  Allegro vivace
  Scherzo. Presto-Trio
  Thema. Andantino met variaties
  Finale. Allegro giusto


Duo's and Schubert or Vaughan Williams piano quint

Duo's are mere suggestions and may be altered accordingly, as well as for trio's!!

Halvorsen Passacaglia on a theme by Händel for violin and cello
L. van Beethoven Duo 'with two eyeglasses obligato' for viola and cello
Evgeni Zemtsov Melodia in Old Style for viola and piano (1940)
G. Rossini Duet in D g major for cello ann double bass
G. Rossini Une larme pour basse for double bass and piano
J. Brahms  Scherzo for violin and piano WoO postume 2
F. Schubert Trout Quintet' for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass


Penta Plus. Mozart, Dvoř?k, Mendelssohn 6tet

The Pentachord Ensemble together with Giles Francis – violin/ viola

W. A Mozart Serenade in G major,  KV 525 ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ for two violins, viola, cello and double bass
Antonín Dvořák String Quintet No. 2 in G Major. op. 77
for two violins, viola, cello and double bass
Felix Mendelssohn  Piano Sextet in D major opus. 110 for piano, violin,
two viola's, cello and contrabas
The Pentachord Ensemble..

Dutch pianist Maarten den Hengst received his Bachelor’s and his Master’s Degree from the Conservatory of Amsterdam as a student of Mila Baslawskaja and Jan Wijn and furthered his musical education at University of Music and performing Arts Vienna with the renowned pianist Noel Flores. Having son several competitions, Mr. den Hengst is in high demand as a chamber musician and soloist and is the recital partner of violinist Sanne Hunfeld and cellist Pamela Smits.
A native of New York City, Emi Ohi Resnick made her debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of fifteen and has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan since then. Ms. Resnick was concertmaster of the Netherland Radio Chamber Philharmonic, principal violist of Sinfonietta Amsterdam and professor of Violin at the North Netherlands Conservatory and regularly performs internationally in various chamber music groups.
Born and raised in Russia, violist Mikhail Zemtsov regularly participates at numerous international festivals and performs as a soloist with various leading European orchestras. Mr. Zemtsov was principal violist of the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague (NL) for 14 years with chief conductor Neeme Järvi. In addition to his performing activities Mr. Zemtsov currently is Professor of Viola at Conservatory in Utrecht and the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Hague.
Canadian born Dutch cellist Pamela Smits received Performer degrees from the Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam as a student of Jean Decroos and from the Indiana University (USA) as a student of Janos Starker. Mr. Smits was a principal cellist of the New World Symphony in Miami with chief conductor Michael Tilson Thomas en regularly performs internationally as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician and gives masterclasses.
Double bassist Quirijn van Regteren Altena enjoys a divers musical life by combining his activities as a soloist, chamber music player and orchestral musician. Mr. Altena is principal double bass of the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague and a member of the world renowned Schönberg ensemble and Professor of Double Bass at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Hague.