From 27 January to 3 February 2018 the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ will host the opening edition of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam. This is the world’s first festival to be devoted to such an in-depth and extensive celebration of one of the most extraordinary classical music genres: the string quartet – chamber music in its most poetic form. For an entire week Amsterdam will be the international focal point for string quartets and composers – world-renowned names and young talent alike – quartet devotees and new, intrigued listeners.
Programme & Tickets
Immerse yourself each day in the world of the string quartet. From early in the morning until late at night the string quartet will be presented in all its facets. Wake up to an Early Haydn and then enjoy a drink while the musicians shed light on the string quartet phenomenon during a Coffee Talk. Become better acquainted with the string quartet in a masterclass and the Extending String Quartet series. Discover the canon of the string quartet repertoire in Selected By and enjoy truly extraordinary string quartet concerts in the evenings. Close the day with another in-depth plunge into the Late Beethovens, the greatest masterworks of the repertoire.
Peruse our festival brochure below or download it as pdf file. The entire programme at a glance and all kinds of practical information on the festival.
- BRENTANO STRING QUARTET
- CUARTETO CASALS
- QUARTETTO DI CREMONA
- QUATUOR DANEL
- DORIC STRING QUARTET
- DUDOK KWARTET AMSTERDAM
- EMERSON STRING QUARTET
- HAGEN QUARTETT
- O/MODERNT STRING QUARTET
- Cuarteto Quiroga
- Ragazze Quartet
- Ruysdael Kwartet
- Signum Quartett
SOLOISTS, SPEAKERS AND SPECIAL GUESTS
Gary Hoffman, cello
Jörg Widmann, clarinet
Diamanda Dramm, violin
Katharine Dain, soprano
Sarah Maria Sun, soprano
Marine Fribourg, mezzo soprano
Prof. Barry Cooper
PREMIERES AND WORLD PREMIERES
José Maria Sánchez-Verdú
Klaas de Vries
Melbourne International String Quartet Competition / Noga Quartet
Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition / Quatuor Akilone
Banff International String Quartet Competition / Rolston String Quartet
Trondheim International String Quartet Competition / NTB (september 2017)
String quartets from music conservatoires and the Netherlands String Quartet Academy/ String quartets from the Leerorkest (a Dutch schools music education programme)
This is the beating heart of the String Quartet Biennale. For an entire week the Muziekgebouw will be totally dedicated to the string quartet. Enjoying the venue’s generous space, spectacular architecture and fantastic acoustic you can almost literally immerse yourself in the world of the string quartet – surrounded by a breathtaking view across the IJ river.
The Muziekgebouw is about 10 minutes walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station. Tram 26, which departs from Centraal Station, stops at the Muziekgebouw’s door – or rather in front of its footbridge. A parking garage is situated under the Muziekgebouw and there is naturally also parking space for bicycles.
Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam
If the Muziekgebouw is the festival’s heart, the Lloyd Hotel is the festival’s home. All the musicians will sleep, drink and eat together in the hotel, located just a couple of tram stops away from the Muziekgebouw. So the Lloyd Hotel will also be part of the buzzing festival atmosphere for the whole week.
The Lloyd Hotel is also the perfect place to stay for festival visitors; what could be better than sleeping and breakfasting among the musicians and then hearing them on stage?
Day & night with the musicians
Especially for festival devotees and visitors, the Lloyd Hotel and the String Quartet Biennale offer a package deal that enables you to be present at the festival day and night.
Click on the ‘More info’ button to book a room in the Lloyd Hotel with the special String Quartet Biennale-discount.
A versatile team is working with great passion to organise the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam. It comprises Yasmin Hilberdink (founder and artistic director), Jaap Hülsmann (financial director), Robin de Bruijn (programming and marketing) and Leana Furman (project management); since joined by Maaiken Heslenfeld, Alexander Klapwijk (marketing), Marjolein van Ruiten (press) and Sanne Bouman (production).
AN INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF PROMINENT MUSIC PROFESSIONALS ARE OUR ARTISTIC AMBASSADORS
SVEN ARNE TEPL
THE BOARD OF THE STRING QUARTET BIENNALE AMSTERDAM COMPRISES THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS
ROBERT DE HAAS (chairman)
JEROEN VAN SPIJK (treasurer)
FRANCIS WAMMES (secretary)
Become Friend, Donor or Founder!
Besides the involvement of the string quartets, our partners and organisational team, we rely on the support of all those who share our love for the genre; your support plays a crucial role in making the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam a great success. It also encourages us in the knowledge that we do not stand alone in our passion for the string quartet.
Starting from €100 per year you can become a Friend of the SQBA and enjoy a special status /position in the months leading up to and during the festival.
Would you like to take on a more significant role for the SQBA? Besides becoming a Friend there is also the possibility of becoming a Founder or Donor. If you are interested please contact Jaap Hülsmann +31 (0)6 54 63 36 87 / firstname.lastname@example.org – we would be delighted to make a personal appointment with you.
It is also possible to sign up as a volunteer and thus offer hands-on assistance in organising the festival! You can sign up as a volunteer by sending an email to Maaiken Heslenfeld / email@example.com – we will let you know when we are in need of extra hands on deck.
The Stichting String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam has an ANBI status. Board members: Robert de Haas (chairman), Jeroen van Spijk (treasurer), Francis Wammes (secretary), Miša Džoljić, Fatma Özgümüs, Saskia Reuling, Leo Samama. The board members do not receive financial compensation for their involvement. The management and other personnel will at most receive payment in line with the prevailing market rates for their work activities.
1053 VL Amsterdam
IBAN: NL 19 ABNA 0580 692 949
KvK (Dutch Chamber of Commerce) number: 62443437
BTW (Dutch VAT) number: NL854820309B01
RSIN (Legal Entities and Partnerships Identification) number 854820309
If you have any queries please contact Jaap Hülsmann +31 (0)6 54 63 36 87 / firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish to thank all partners, subsidisers, supporting funds, management agencies and also our Friends, Donors and Founders.