Educational projects


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, to be introduced to string quartet. 

The Leerorkest reaches almost 5,000 children in Amsterdam, engaging18 elementary schools in all corners of the city. The Leerorkest children learn to play on various musical instruments of a symphony orchestra: violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, horn and percussion – and now there are also Leerorkest string quartets!

Inspired by a number of introductory lessons by the Dutch Dudok Quartet, the young string quartets are coached intensively during the whole school year. Weekly lessons are provided by the teachers of the Leerorkest, on top of the regular music lessons. 

With a festive presentation concert during the second edition of the String Quartet Biennale, the young quartets are rightly given a special place in the programming of the festival.

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The Dudok Quartet, in collaboration with the the Muziekgebouw and the SQBA organize ‘Junior Quartet Days’ on which young string players (age 6 to 12 years) come together to play string quartet. The Dudok Quartet gives a mini-concert and accompanies these young quarters for a day through individual lessons and quartet lessons. The young players learn from each other, no matter what level they are, and experience the pure joy of playing together.

The next Junior Quartet Day is scheduled for Sunday, January 5, 2020. For more information mail


During the first edition in 2018, the String Quartet Biennale offered a Residency to two young international quartets: the Canadian Quatuor Andara and the British-Dutch Behn Quartet. They became part of the Biennale buzz for a whole week: with masterclasses by world known string quartets and teachers, joining the other quartets for lunch and diner, free tickets for all concerts and free accommodation.

In 2020, the String Quartet Biennale again offers a Residency to four quartets and a more intensive ‘internship’ during the festival. The Residency quartets are recently announced: Nemeth Quartet from Turkey, Treitler Quartet from Sweden, Affinity Quartet from Australia and Barbican Quartet from the United Kingdom.


Playing in a string quartet is great fun! Join the Dudok Quartet for a family concert Open je Oren on Sunday 5 January 2020 in which they will share the magic and beauty of string quartet music – and why it is so special and rewarding to play with friends.

Do you know Oorkaan? Oorkaan creates hight quality concerts for young music lovers. These staged concerts are mostly without words, making them suitable for international audiences. 

The Dudok Quartet will play two school concerts ‘Quartets with Beethoven’ on Monday 27 January 2020. Find detailed information and a trailer here:


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