Looking back SQBA 2022

In 2022, the largest string quartet festival in the world took place in its smallest form.

With live radio broadcasts, a live stream from New York and a last minute live concert, the third edition of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam - The Pandemic Edition - will have its place in history as the most memorable. With warm feelings we look back at all the things that did happen.

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String Quartet
Biennale 2024

27.1 - 3.2.2024

 

There’s something magical about string quartet. For over 250 years, the most beautiful and thrilling music has been written for this specific combination of two violins, viola and cello.

Every two years, the String Quartet Biennale puts the string quartet in the centre of world wide attention in the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw. With over sixty events — concerts and a lively fringe programme of lectures, talks and masterclasses — and thirty string quartets from all over the world, you can immerse yourself completely in string quartet from early morning until late at night. Join us on our journey of tradition and experiment; to the familiar and the unknown.

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Looking back

Looking back SQBA 2022

In 2022, the largest string quartet festival in the world took place in its smallest form. With live radio broadcasts, a live stream from New York and a last minute live concert, the third edition of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam - The Pandemic Edition - will have its place in history as the most memorable. With warm feelings we look back at all the things that did happen.

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Alternative programme

The largest string quartet festival in the world w in its smallest form - on Sunday 30 January and Sunday 6 February we will bring (live) radio broadcasts in collaboration with Dutch NPO Radio 4 / NTR.

2022

2022 Festival Cancelled

With pain in our hearts, we have decided to cancel the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam 2022.

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How to order tickets

Ordering tickets as a non-Dutch speaker? Here's everything you need to know.

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Day and Night at the Festival

For those who truly don't want to miss anything we offer rooms with discount at the Mövenpick Hotel, right next to the Muziekgebouw.

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Discover the 2022 Line-up!

Prepare yourself for the start of the ticket sales on September 16th: discover the third edition's festival line-up.

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Registration for pre-sale has closed

From 17 May until 7 June, we offered the possibility to register for the pre-sale in September.

Young Talent

SQBA Residency 2021 / 2022

The new SQBA Residency: a kaleidoscopic development programme for young professional string quartets.

retrospect Video

Quartets in Quarantine

Conversations between string quartet musicians during the first lockdown.

Podcast retrospect

Op zoek naar het ongekende

Re-discover the podcast series we made leading up to the second festival edition.

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Aftermovie 2020

Revisit the second String Quartet Biennale one more time.

In the media retrospect

The second edition (2020) in the media

Every article about the second Biennale in one place.

In the media retrospect

The first edition (2018) in the media

Every article about the first Biennale in one place.

 

The String Quartet Biennale is a forum for dreams to become reality, and for the wildest and usually unrealisable ideas to take shape and wing. For us, as quartets, it is a unique meeting place for quartets amongst themselves - something which rarely happens in the wild.

Xandi Van Dijk,
Signum Quartett

Eight days of floating in the past, present and future of the string quartet exudes a hypnotic power.

Joost Galema,
NRC, 2 February 2020

The greatest thing in life is when Utopia becomes reality. For me, that is exactly what happens at the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam. For a full week, the Muziekgebouw and the area around it is like a village, completely occupied by the string quartet.

Marc Danel,
Quatuor Danel

The richness of the String Quartet Biennale is maddening.

Erik Voermans,
het Parool, 27 January 2020