PORTRAIT / Ruysdael Kwartet
Vroege Haydn / op. 20/3 door Ruysdael Kwartet
Woensdag 31.1 / 9:30
Extending String Quartet: Louis Andriessen
Donderdag 1.2 / 14:15
We, the Ruysdael Kwartet, are a very versatile quartet. We don’t want to pin ourselves down in a specific genre or stylistic period as we believe a string quatet is as organic as music in itself and should therefore be experienced right from the source until the pollen of the latest flowering. We like to work hard, but also to enjoy the fun of playing together and having a musical dialogue, paying attention and appreciating all aspects of this, ranging from serious to comical. We have a great balance in commitment, which is one of the reasons we are still together after 20 years!
Quartet playing is a way of living, being with the most beautiful repertoire. It is comparable with climbing a 8000ft mountain; having the courage, some heavy moments but also the victory when you get to the top. Also being with colleagues/ friends is a special balancing act, between distance and joyful moments.
It is so exciting to discover all those masterpieces, almost like an addiction. The balance between the voices is a conversation of equals, and once we reach a top level we’re longing to hear it again!
But there are many challenges, as quartet playing is also the art of maintaining your own level and standards, for the music, your colleagues and for yourself. But all of that combined with humour, that is very important. And after a lot of work it all results in the best thing about quartet playing: the concerts! No talking or compromises, moving musically free and forgetting difficult moments.
Over a cup of coffee which wound up lasting three hours an idea sparked, rattled around, pulsed; the Ruysdael Quartet feels enormously proud to say that we were at the moment of conception of the String Quartet Biennale.
While discussing our mutual love for all aspects of the string quartet (whether the richness of the repertoire or the perfect balance of the four voices, the different roles of the instruments and the personalities of the players, etc.) the idea of a celebration of this unique entity presented itself so naturally to Yasmin and Emi that there was no other choice than to create the String Quartet Biennale.
Along with our esteemed quartet colleagues we will be performing some cornerstones of the repertoire, as one cannot properly have a string quartet party without the two fathers of the literature, Haydn and Beethoven.
But we are also very excited about our collaboration concert with the eminent Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. For this program we will not only present two of his string quartets, but also his choices of “Glosse” by his teacher Luciano Berio, and John Cage’s “String Quartet in Four Parts”, with some Bach fugues scattered throughout; we call it Louis’s ABC’s!
We’re so looking forward to the actual birth of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam!
Een festival helemaal gewijd aan het strijkkwartet? En dan nog tweejaarlijks? Vanwaar de noodzaak? Wat is er zo bijzonder aan het strijkkwartet dat het zoveel aandacht verdient? Is het niet… Lees Meer