DOT Quartet is a young, dynamic and versatile string quartet located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Since the quartet was founded in 2013, its players have been combining the rich classical string quartet tradition with influences and techniques from non classical styles, hence creating a new and unique identity for the string quartet. Having been through a classical education, they investigate the possibilities of the string quartet in styles like jazz, pop, singer songwriting, prog-rock and world music. Contact, - both among the players and with the audience -, energy, fun and improvisation are key words to the Dots. Since the quartet adopted a radically new style, the music they play also needs to seamlessly fit, and they therefore arrange and compose most of the music they play themselves. In their playing, composing and arranging, the DOT quartet is greatly influenced by the Turtle Island String quartet, a pioneer in the musical realms the DOT quartet works in.
In the beginning of 2016, DOT Quartet recorded their debut album, 'Travelers', containing 14 original compositions. The album was successfully presented on a tour through Spain and the Canary Islands, with a great response from their audience.
The Dots are regularly performing in the Nethermands, and have also done so in Belgium, Greece and Spain. Over the past few years, they have participated in many festivals such as Festival Classique, Fifty Fiddles Festival, North Sea Round Town, Pilgrim Harbour festival, Delft Fringe Festival, Dag van de Romantische Muziek, and Delft Chamber Music festival. In 2015, the DOT quartet was the finalist at the Music Matters Award, having received the Special Mention from the jury. More recently, in 2018, DOT Quartet received the first “Delft Chamber Music Festival Award”. In words of the jury: “The DOT Quartet has made very refreshing play. The string quartet played its own composed pieces convincingly and in a very tight version. The members have a classical background but enjoy playing jazz, folk and world music. The level of the individual musicians and their interplay makes the DOT Quartet the rightful winner of this Award."

Gustavo Cabrera

Gustavo Cabrera was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1989, and has a second Argentinian nationality. He has played violin since the age of 5 and has initially been classically trained. In 2004 he entered the competition “Public Radio Young Performers Concerto Competition” of which he became the winner. Following this motivating experience, he continued to study in Illinois at Millikin University in 2007. While there, Gustavo already started to dedicate some time to explore the possibilities of the violin within the jazz idiom, until his interests partly changed as he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009. There he started to study tango while also playing in classical orchestras.

After 5 years of playing and studying in Argentina, he decided to move to Rotterdam in 2014, to pursue further studies in performance and composition in the tango department at Codarts Conservatory.

Gustavo is the charismatic first violinist of the quartet, and his tango background always shimmers through in his eloquent and lyrical style.

Currently, he is in the last year of his masters studies at Codarts, studying composition with Paul van Brugge and Gustavo Beytelmann. He is focusing on composing for solo bandoneon, violin and orchestra, and also carefully investigating and studying the options when it comes to composing for the DOT quartet and its unique properties.

Ivan Nogueira

Iván Nogueira (1990) was born in Vigo, a city in the northern Spanish region of Galicia. Since he was a small kid, Iván wanted to make music. He was playing piano at first, although since the moment his parents gave him a cello at the age of 8, it’s been his biggest passion and his true companion.

After completing courses at the music school of his hometown in 2009, he moved to Zaragoza to keep developing his musical skills as a classical player at the Zaragoza conservatory (CSMA). Driven by his curiosity, he lived valuable experiences there which weren’t a part of his classical education, such as playing in the Tango ensemble “Orquesta Típica Central”, in the theater orchestra “Orquesta de las Esquinas” or playing at the street with his pop and rock string trio “Trio Aragonaise”. Back then, Iván was already playing in these groups, but also composing and arranging for them, which grew to become a very important skill for the DOT quartet and for other projects he’s involved in.

In 2013, after graduating at CSMA, Iván moved to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to enroll for the classical master of music at Codarts Conservatory and to live new experiences.
Iván started adopting the Netherlands and its cultural life right away, and is now very active in the music scene in and around Rotterdam, participating in the creation and development of projects within classical and non-classical music. He also teaches music in local schools, and speaks Dutch fluently. At the moment, Iván lives and works Rotterdam, combining his activities at DOT Quartet with many other musical collaborations.

Chris Kosides

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1991, Chris Kosides started to play the violin at the age of 7. For him, everything began when he saw a live orchestra concert on the TV as a kid. Years later, in 2012, he received his degree in classical violin at the Thessaloniki New Conservatory. Chris’ passion for improvisation and jazz music was clear at an early age, and was certainly awoken by the many jazz-musicians his family counts. Also, his father would play Chris’ favorite George Benson cassette over and over while driving the car. Experiences like these made him want to see new things, travel abroad and dive deeper into music.

In 2013, after trying the classical department at Codarts conservatory Rotterdam, he decided to go study jazz with Tim Kliphuis, at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, where he graduated in 2017.

For the past few years, Chris has been focusing on performing, arranging and composing for the quartet and for his other ensemble Fable Quartet, a smoky jazz bar gypsy group. His sound is generally based on gypsy and swing jazz, but Chris generously blends in some rock and some blues elements and becomes a genuine rock star when he feels like. Moreover, he is a a skilled guitar player and singer. Chris is also fascinated by photography and graphic design. He designed, among others, the artwork for the 2016 DOT quartet album Travelers, the quartet’s website and all of the quartet’s promotion material.

Isaac Poels

Isaac Poels was born in Leuven, Belgium, in 1994. He picked up the violin at the age of 9, and from then on he has constantly been involved closely with music. Isaac had a very busy musical youth playing and performing with music school ensembles and youth orchestras, and taking many classes at the music school such as music history and harmony. Around the age of 14, mainly driven by life changing experiences in a local youth orchestra, the Limburgs Orkest Jeugd & Muziek, he decided he wanted to make music his life.

In 2012, Isaac enrolled in the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, dreaming of becoming a classical solo violin player. But that dream changed drastically over time. In 2014, he decided to change instruments, and become a viola player. He was also very inspired by fellow students from other arts disciplines that he met at the Fontys site, and was by consequence more and more drawn towards non classical music and improvisation, and towards interdisciplinary collaborations with dance and theater. In 2018, Isaac finished his masters in Creative Performance, an interdisciplinary master at the same school in Tilburg during which he further developed his improvisation skills, and explored the possibilities of creating interdisciplinary music and dance performances.

Isaac is a very eclectic musician, who is active in many different genres and who is always likely to do something out of the box. He is playing in DOT quartet, and is also involved in several classical initiatives. Besides, he is a composer and electronic music producer, and he teaches violin, viola and bands in local music schools.