The Festival

Every two years, the world’s biggest string quartet festival embarks on an eight-day voyage of discovery, embracing tradition and experimentation, the familiar and the unknown.

The 2020 edition lies just behind us (25 January to 1 February). Over 12.500 visitors; 36 quartets; soloists, speakers and special guests have explore, shared and celebrated the string quartet in more than 50 concerts, lectures, talks and masterclasses at the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam 2020.

THIRD EDITION: 28 January – 5 Februari 2022

START TICKET SALES: 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

String quartet is alive! For the second edition of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam we have prepared a packed programme welcoming more than twenty-five string quartets from all over the world. Every two years the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam is the meeting place for string quartet players and music lovers alike. Nowhere in the world do you see and hear so many different string quartets together. 

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 →

YOUNG TALENT & EDUCATION

Masterclasses, lecture-recitals and pre-concert talks form a large part of the festival program, but there is also a lot activity behind the scenes: a Residency of four international young string quartets, the Junior-Quartet-Day of the Dudok Quartet and our collaboration project ‘My First String Quartet’ with the Leerorkest.

Discover our educational activities

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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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Lloyd Hotel

Feel the buzz of the festival in the Lloyd Hotel! All the musicians will sleep, drink and eat together in the hotel, located just a couple of tram stops away from the Muziekgebouw.

Day and night at the String Quartet Biennale – with a discount

The Lloyd Hotel is 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? For visitors of the String Quartet Biennale, the Lloyd Hotel offers a special discount during the festival.

Stay at the Biennale day and night →

Day and night at the Biennale

 
Lloyd hotel
Use the code SQBA2020 and get 15% discount on the best available rate for your stay at the Lloyd Hotel during the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam.

Click here to book a room →

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The Student Hotel is a lively, stylish hotspot located on the Wibautstraat. Our Residency quartets are staying at this hotel for the whole week, making it our young talent headquarters.

Team & Contact

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

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

Stichting
Strijkkwartet Biënnale
Amsterdam
Piet Heinkade 5
1019 BR Amsterdam

info@sqba.nl

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

BOARD of the STRING QUARTET BIËNNALE AMSTERDAM

Robert de Haas (chairman)
Jeroen van Spijk (treasurer)
Francis Wammes (secretary)
Piet Boogert
Diana van Everdingen
Dries van Ingen
Saskia Reuling
Leo Samama

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

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