The Festival


 

There’s a certain magic to string quartet. Not only for the immense amount of beautiful music that has been written for it over the past 250 years, but also for the dedication it takes to practice this art form. The four voices of a string quartet together represent everything that can be expressed through music.

Since the first edition in 2018, the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam takes place in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam every other year. An eight-day festival where over 30 string quartets, composers, soloists, speakers, string quartet devotees and curious listeners from all over the world meet. An exploration of tradition and experiment; a voyage into the known and unknown.

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The Muziekgebouw is the beating heart of the festival. Every two years, it buzzes from the over 50 concerts, talks, lectures, masterclasses and free fringe programme. Submerge yourself completely in string quartet from early in the morning to late at night.

Tickets sales for the third edition (28 January – 5 February 2022) start 1 March 2021.

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Support

Become Friend, Donor or Founder

“The greatest thing in life is when Utopia becomes reality. For me, that is exactly what happens at the String Quartet Biennale. For a full week, the Muziekgebouw and the area around are like a village, completely occupied by the string quartet.”
– Marc Danel / Quatuor Danel

The String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam was launched in 2018 and is the world’s biggest string quartet festival. We bring together string quartets from different backgrounds all over the world to create a dynamic, innovative program and a rich kaleidoscope of string quartet in our time. We commission, produce and present. From the early Haydn to world premières by today’s most renown composers; from the timeless late Beethoven quartets to long forgotten hidden jewels: one can completely submerge themselves in string quartet.

Every two years, for eight days, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam is the worldwide hotspot for string quartets, composers, guest artists, string quartet devotees and curious listeners. Through a diverse and lively festival, the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam aims to connect new audiences to the age-old genre and wants to invite those already familiar with the genre to celebrate it and rediscover it. In over 50 concerts, lectures, masterclasses and talks, the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam explores the known and the unknown; an eight-day journey through the familiar and experimental.

Would you like to take on a more significant role for the String Quartet Biennale? There are several possibilities to do so; read more about supporting the Biennale via the buttons below.

Founder

Founders - dedicated string quartet devotees

The Founders of the String Quartet Biennale form a growing and dedicated community of music lovers who invest in this unique international encounter of string quartets and our educational programmes for promising young talents.

By becoming a Founder of the String Quartet Biennale, you will be able to discover the programme ahead of its official release, and you will benefit from various advantages and activities:
- pre-booking and reserved seating
- 2 complimentary tickets for the opening concert
- complimentary festival programme book

We are also pleased to invite our Founders to special events and house-concerts at unique locations throughout the year.

Founders donate a minimum of € 10,000. The String Quartet Biennale is registered as a Dutch ANBI (Public Benefit Organisation / PBO), therefore contributions are tax deductible.
To lend your support to the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam please contact Jaap Hülsmann for detailed information:
j.hulsmann@sqba.nl
+31 (0)6 5463 3687
We are happy to discuss all possibilities with you personally.

String Quartet Biennale Foundation.

Cultural ANBI (Public Benefit Organisation)

As a Founder, your donations are made to the String Quartet Biennale Foundation, the support foundation for the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam.

The board of this foundation consists of:
Erik Gerritsen (chairman)
Kees van Tilburg (treasurer)
Erika Marseille (secretary)
Michiel van Asbeck

Bank account number (Triodos Bank): NL26 TRIO 0338 7274 50
RSIN: 8548 20 309
Dutch Chamber of Commerce: 69479631

The secretariat of the foundation is located at:
Piet Heinkade 5
1019 BR Amsterdam

Donor

Donors - passionate about string quartet

As a festival we rely on private gifts - to invest in future generations, to make unusual projects possible. With your support as a Donor you help us to invest in educational projects within the festival program.

We offer Donors of the String Quartet Biennale various benefits:
- 2 complimentary tickets for a concert during the festival
- complimentary festival programme brochure

Donors give a minimum of € 5,000. The String Quartet Biennale is registered as a Dutch ANBI (Public Benefit Organisation / PBO), therefore contributions are tax deductible. We are happy to discuss all possibilities with you personally.
To lend your support to the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam please contact Jaap Hülsmann for detailed information:
j.hulsmann@sqba.nl
+31 (0)6 5463 3687

String Quartet Biennale Foundation.

Cultural ANBI (Public Benefit Organisation)

As a Donor, your donations are made to the String Quartet Biennale Foundation, the support foundation for the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam.

The board of this foundation consists of:
Erik Gerritsen (chairman)
Kees van Tilburg (treasurer)
Erika Marseille (secretary)
Michiel van Asbeck

Bank account number (Triodos Bank): NL26 TRIO 0338 7274 50
RSIN: 8548 20 309
Dutch Chamber of Commerce: 69479631

The secretariat of the foundation is located at:
Piet Heinkade 5
1019 BR Amsterdam

Friend

Friends - string quartet lovers

The string quartet has a lot of friends, among musicians, amateurs, professionals and of course the audience. As a Friend you contribute to a unique festival which excites string quartet lovers from all over the world.

We welcome you as a Friend with a contribution from € 100 per year. Friends receive 2 complimentary tickets for the Selected By series (daily during the festival week at 17.00 in the Grote Zaal). We also invite you to attend special events such as masterclasses and try-outs in between the Biennale editions.

Become Friend →

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Locations

Muziekgebouw

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.

Accessibility

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.

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Yasmin Hilberdink
General/artistic director
y.hilberdink@sqba.nl
+31 (0)6 4181 5951

Jaap Hülsmann
Financial director
j.hulsmann@sqba.nl
+31 (0)6 5463 3687

Team & Contact

Robin de Bruijn
Programming/marketing
r.debruijn@sqba.nl & marketing@sqba.nl
+31 (0)6 4217 1497

Leana Furman
Production/project management
l.furman@sqba.nl
+31 (0)6 4155 2828

contact

Stichting
Strijkkwartet Biënnale
Amsterdam
Piet Heinkade 5
1019 BR Amsterdam

info@sqba.nl
 
Marjolein van Ruiten
Press
press@sqba.nl
+31 (0)6 200 62 844

 

BOARD of the STRING QUARTET BIËNNALE AMSTERDAM

Dries van Ingen (chairman)
Jeroen van Spijk (treasurer)
Diana van Everdingen (secretary)
Piet Boogert
Saskia Reuling
Leo Samama
Berfin Yesilgöz

OUR ARTISTIC AMBASSADORS

Dieuwertje Blok
Isabel Charisius
Liza Ferschtman
Andreas Grütter
Emmanuel Hondré
Francis Humphrys
Stefan Metz
Barry Shiffman
Marco de Souza
Alasdair Tait
Sven Arne Tepl
Mirjam Wijzenbeek

Partners

SPONSORS

Funds and subsidisers

arsdonandi
bunschoten
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We wish to thank all partners, subsidisers, supporting funds, management agencies and also our Friends, Donors and Founders.