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In our new podcast series ‘Op zoek naar het ongekende’ (‘Venturing into the unknown’) the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam and Lex Bohlmeijer set out in search of the magic of string quartet. Conversations with quartet players, composers, outsiders and insiders – combined with lots of music – let us peek into the world of string quartet nowadays. What is the history of the genre and whereto is it headed? What is changing for string quartets or maybe not enough is changing?

The podcasts are a mix of Dutch and English.

Every new episode is published below.

II. Het fundament van de harmonie

Hélène Clément (Doric String Quartet)

I. ‘It keeps you alive…’

Florian Donderer & Xandi van Dijk (Signum Quartett)

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Coffee Talk

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

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Coffee Talk

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

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Coffee Talk

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

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Opening Concert String Quartet Biennale 2020

Artemis Quartett Vineta Sareika violin Suyoen Kim violin Gregor Sigl viola Harriet Krijgh cello Alfred Schnittke String Quartet no. 3 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 23, KV 590 Béla… Read more

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Borusan Quartet Esen Kıvrak violin Özgür Baskın violin Efdal Altun viola Çağ Erçağ cello Pēteris Vasks String Quartet no. 4 Giuseppe Verdi String Quartet

Pavel Haas QuartetPhoto: Marco Borggreve

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Pavel Haas Quartet Veronika Jarůšková violin Marek Zwiebel violin Jiří Kabát viola Peter Jarůšek cello Dominique Vleeshouwers percussion Antonín Dvořák String Quartet no. 12, op. 96 ‘American‘ Pavel Haas String… Read more

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Pre-concert talk

Carel den Hertog speaker Brett Dean guest

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Late Beethoven

Gerhard Quartet Lluís Castán Cochs violin Judit Bardolet Vilaró violin Miquel Jordà Saún viola Jesús Miralles Roger cello Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 16, op. 135

Dudok QuartetPhoto: Marco Borggreve

Rameau / Roukens; Rameau / Ravel

Dudok Quartet Judith van Driel violin Marleen Wester violin Marie-Louise de Jong viola David Faber cello Jean-Philippe Rameau Pièces de Clavecin (arr. Joey Roukens) Joey Roukens What Remains (World première)… Read more

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The Anatomy of String Quartet

Signum Quartett Florian Donderer violin Annette Walther violin Xandi van Dijk viola Thomas Schmitz cello

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Calder Quartet Benjamin Jacobson violin Andrew Bulbrook violin Jonathan Moerschel viola Eric Byers cello Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 14, KV 387 Péter Eötvös Korrespondenz

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Early Beethoven

Quatuor Danel Marc Danel violin Gilles Millet violin Vlad Bogdanas viola Yovan Markovitch cello Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 2, op. 18/2 Mieczysław Weinberg Improvisation & Romance

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Final concert String Quartet Biennale

Signum Quartett Florian Donderer violin Annette Walther violin Xandi van Dijk viola Thomas Schmitz cello Bram van Sambeek bassoon Calefax Ivy Priaulx Rainier String Quartet (Dutch première) Carlo Gesualdo Madrigals… Read more

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Grass Roots

Goldmund Quartet / DE (Winner Melbourne String Quartet Competition 2018) Winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019 (TBA) Dostojevski Kwartet / NL Animato Kwartet / NL Alasdair Tait presenter The… Read more

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Extending String Quartet

Pavel Fischer speaker Adam Quartet (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) The programme will include fragments and movements of Smetana’s second string quartet, Dvořák’s American Quartet, and Pavel Haas’s second string quartet.

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Inleiding avondconcert

Leo Samama spreker

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Early Beethoven

Borusan Quartet Esen Kıvrak violin Özgür Baskın violin Efdal Altun viola Çağ Erçağ cello Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 5, op. 18/5 Burhan Öçal Eski Istanbul

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Inleiding avondconcert

Sabine Liechtenstein spreker

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Pre-programme

Almost every night, a young upcoming string quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam or the Dutch String Quartet Academy plays an exciting fifteen-minute pre-programme on the stage in the entrance… Read more

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Early Beethoven

Doric String Quartet Alex Redington violin Ying Xue violin Hélène Clément viola John Myerscough cello Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 1, op. 18/1 Andrea Tarrodi String Quartet no. 3… Read more

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Coffee Talk

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

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Pick your own programme

Over 40 concerts, talks, lectures and masterclasses can be a bit overwhelming. Therefor we have created a tag-system that helps you find the concerts of your liking. → CORE REPERTOIRE… Read more

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Masterclass

Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartett)

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Pre-programme

Almost every night, a young upcoming string quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam plays an exciting fifteen-minute pre-programme on the stage in the entrance hall. A perfect warm up for… Read more

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Coffee Talk

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

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Extending String Quartet

Ruysdael Quartet Joris van Rijn violin Emi Ohi Resnick violin Gijs Kramers viola Jeroen den Herder cello Tim McLoraine video projection Terry Riley Salome Dances for Peace

Calder (C) Autumn de Wilde (2)

Extending String Quartet

Alex Ross speaker Calder Quartet Benjamin Jacobson violin Andrew Bulbrook violin Jonathan Moerschel viola Eric Byers cello Igor Stravinsky 3 Pieces for String Quartet John Cage String Quartet in Four… Read more

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Selected by / Signum Quartett

Signum Quartett Florian Donderer violin Annette Walther violin Xandi van Dijk viola Thomas Schmitz cello Franz Schubert String Quartet no. 8, D.112 Thomas Adès Arcadiana

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Late Beethoven

Juilliard String Quartet Areta Zhulla violin Ronald Copes violin Roger Tapping viola Astrid Schween cello Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 14, op. 131

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PLAYLIST: What do we listen to? 

The artistic team of the String Quartet Biennale listens to string quartet all day every day. Well maybe not, but we do listen to lots of string quartet. Since there’s… Read more

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Press archive first edition

An overview of all press attention for the very first String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, predominantly in Dutch:   “Speciaal festival voor strijkkwartet; gevestigde namen komen begin 2018 naar Amsterdam” Volkskrant,… Read more

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Pre-programme

Almost every night, a young upcoming string quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam or the Dutch String Quartet Academy plays an exciting fifteen-minute pre-programme on the stage in the entrance… Read more

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Late Beethoven

Jerusalem Quartet Alexander Pavlovsky violin Sergei Bresler violin Ori Kam viola Kyril Zlotnikov cello Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 15, op. 132

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Masterclass

Members of the Jerusalem Quartet Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 15, op. 132

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Late Beethoven

Pavel Haas Quartet Veronika Jarůšková violin Marek Zwiebel violin Jiří Kabát viola Peter Jarůšek cello Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 13, op. 130 + Grosse Fuge, op. 133

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Masterclass

Juilliard String Quartet Areta Zhulla violin Ronald Copes violin Roger Tapping viola Astrid Schween cello Henri Dutilleux Ainsi la nuit

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Coffee Talk

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

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Quatuor Danel + Nederlands Kamerkoor

Quatuor Danel Marc Danel violin Gilles Millet violin Vlad Bogdanas viola Yovan Markovitch cello Nederlands Kamerkoor Peter Dijkstra conductor Lera Auerbach Ars Goetia (Dutch première)*

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Early Beethoven

Signum Quartett Florian Donderer violin Annette Walther violin Xandi van Dijk viola Thomas Schmitz cello Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 3 in D op. 18/3 Konstantia Gourzi String Quartet… Read more

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Pre-programme

Almost every night, a young upcoming string quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam or the Dutch String Quartet Academy plays an exciting fifteen-minute pre-programme on the stage in the entrance… Read more

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Educational projects

MY FIRST STRING QUARTET In 2016, the String Quartet Biennale initiated ‘My First String Quartet’, a program in which a select group of talented children participating the Leerorkest music lessons,… Read more

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Selected by / Artemis Quartett

Artemis Quartett Vineta Sareika violin Suyoen Kim violin Gregor Sigl viola Harriet Krijgh cello Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Quartet no. 2 Bedřich Smetana String Quartet no. 1 ‘Aus meinem Leben’

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Highlights of the first Biennale

We frequently post pictures and movies on Facebook and Instagram, but for those who aren’t active on social media, we created a Flickr album containing a selection of festival highlights. Click… Read more