The launch of the Domenica String Trio was closely connected to the activities of the Czech Baroque Trio. Both ensembles were founded by Antonín Rous, a Dutch violinist of Czech origin, who has been active in Amsterdam since 1971. The two ensembles sometimes merge into a single group. The Domenica String Trio became fully independent in 2018, since when it has performed at international festivals in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic. In the autumn of 2019, for example, it performed at the Mahler Jihlava Festival. The trio focuses on a classical repertoire in combination with less frequently performed 20th-century compositions.
Antonín Rous (violin)
Born in the Czech town of Jihlava, Antonín Rous is a graduate of the Brno Conservatory and the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied violin with Prof. Marie Hlouňová and Prof. Ivan Štraus. He also studied chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In 1969–71, he held the position of second concert master at the Pardubice Chamber Orchestra. In 1971–76, he was a member of the Hague Residentie Orchestra. Between 1980 and 1990, he was leader and first violinist of the Amsterdam Quintet, giving concerts in many countries across Europe and America. From 1976 to 2010, he was a member of the first violin section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and was the first violinist of the Domenica Consort and the Czech Baroque Trio.
Suzan Rous-Woelderink (viola)
Suzan Rous-Woelderink learned to play the violin with her father, later studying viola at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Jürgen Kussmaul. She furthered her chamber music studies as a member of the Prinsekwartet at the Dutch String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam (founded by Stefan Metz). This quartet has given numerous concerts in the Netherlands and has participated in several chamber music festivals in Italy and the United Kingdom. From 2006 to 2009, Suzan Rous-Woelderink was a member of the National Theatre Orchestra in Prague. At present, she is mainly active in the Netherlands. She is a member of the Domenica Consort, which performs Baroque and Classical music. She also regularly plays with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Baroque ensemble Combattimento Amsterdam.
Jan Škrdlík (cello)
Jan Škrdlík is a graduate of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, where he studied with Prof. Bedřich Havlík and received an award from the Czech Music Fund. After graduating, he completed a course in Baroque performance with the French cellist Christoph Coin. He performed as a soloist and quartet member in numerous European countries, as well as in America. In 1987, he became the Laureate at the Beethoven’s Hradec International Music Competition, where he won a prize for the best interpretation of works by Beethoven. In 1988, he was awarded a one-year scholarship in Spain with Prof. Luise Clareta. He regularly performs German and Italian Baroque compositions with the German harpsichordist Barbara Willi and plays with the Brno Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.