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The Festival

The String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam was launched in January 2018 as the world’s biggest string quartet festival. We bring together over 30 string quartets from different backgrounds and ages from all over the world to create a dynamic, innovative program and to present a rich kaleidoscope of string quartet in our time. Through the centuries stunningly beautiful music has been written for string quartet; no other musical genre can boast such an extensive and solid repertoire. We do not limit our vision to the genre’s rich past, but give a prominent place to current developments, crossovers and innovation.

We believe that the string quartet is for everybody to enjoy, regardless of age, identity or background. We commission, produce and present. We inspire and encourage quartets to push the boundaries of the genre and to remove the string quartet from its traditional setting and reach out to new audiences. We scout, promote and foster talented young quartets, offer coaching and career development programs and champion young composers.

Join us for the third edition > January 28th – February 3rd 2022

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The Muziekgebouw Amsterdam is the beating heart of the festival. Every two years, for eight days, the String Quartet Biennale is the worldwide hotspot for string quartets, composers, guest artists, string quartet devotees and curious listeners. With over 50 concerts, lecture-recitals, masterclasses and talks, the String Quartet Biennale is a true voyage of discovery, not only for string quartet devotees but particularly for newcomers to the genre.

Tickets sales for the third edition start 1 March 2021.

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Our Friends & Founders

“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

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 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. 

As a Friend or Founder, you will be the first to know about concerts and events, benefit from Priority Booking and have access to some additional benefits, putting you right at the heart of everything we do!

If you would you like to take on a more significant role for the String Quartet Biennale you can join our group of Founders.

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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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.

Location

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.

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TEAM

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/projectmanagement
l.furman@sqba.nl
+31 (0)6 4155 2828

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

BOARD OF THE STRING QUARTET BIENNALE FOUNDATION

Erik Gerritsen (voorzitter)
Jeffrey Prins (penningmeester)
Erika Marseille (secretaris)
Michiel van Asbeck
Riemke thoe Schwartzenberg-Manger Cats

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
Sam Wigglesworth

Contact

Stichting.
Strijkkwartet Biënnale
Amsterdam
Piet Heinkade 5
1019 BR Amsterdam

info@sqba.nl

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

 

Ticket-
sale starts
1 march 2021

Partners

SPONSORS

Funds and subsidisers

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

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