Discover the beauty of the string quartet
From 27.1 - 3.2.2024 in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ & Bimhuis
This fourth edition of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam is once again a celebration: depth, beauty and discovery. The sheer power of four. In 8 full days with about 40 concerts you will hear the top class of the international string quartet, the unique young guard and lots of good string quartet music! There will be singing, dancing and speaking. The lineup includes 25 string quartets and brings together musicians and music from all corners of the world. Curious? Check out the program and book your tickets now!
Come listen to Leerorkest quartets!
Pre-opening to the opening with the Danish String Quartet
On January 27 ten young string quartets from the Leerorkest will open the fourth edition of the String Quartet Biennale. Every school year, string players from district talent orchestras in Amsterdam come together to play string quartets. Since the first edition in 2018, 24 leerorkest-quartets have been formed and during this edition no less than 10 string quartets will perform. Come listen and enjoy the festive atmosphere and the enthusiasm of these young string players. Starting at 18:45 in the Entrehall of the Muziekgebouw. Entrance is free! Tip: it is definitely fun to combine this festive pre-opening with the evening concert!
Save the date!
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 brings together string quartets, composers and artists from around the globe. Their rich and diverse backgrounds help mould this dynamic and innovative festival consisting of eight days in the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam packed with over sixty concerts, talks, masterclasses and a lively fringe programme featuring 30 string quartets, soloists, composers and speakers.
Discover the Biennale!
Featured: Early Haydn
Every morning at 9:30 a.m. you can listen to one of the six amazing opus 20 quartets by Joseph Haydn at the Muziekgebouw. The morning ritual lasts up to 45 minutes. During that time, you'll listen to a Haydn string quartet and a piece by a contemporary composer, wildly exciting.
For the newcomer
Don't know the String Quartet Biennale yet? If so, an hour of music by the Marmen Quartet is an absolute must. These players are researchers on their instruments and tell a true musical story.
Featured: Danish String Quartet
Four friends with great talent and an insatiable hunger for music: the players of the Danish String Quartet. Their sublime ensemble playing is gaining intensity up to this day. We are immensely proud that the Danish will perform the opening concert on January 27!
In the media retrospect
Kronos' 50 for the Future(2023) in the media
Every article about Kronos' 50 for the Future Weekend in one place.
Kronos' 50FTF Video Series
In celebration of Kronos’ 50 for the Future Weekend, the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam has produced a mini-series dedicated to the string quartet and Kronos’ revolutionary 50 for the Future project.
MUSA Presentation Event
In September, we were guests at the festive conclusion of the MUSA project: a European talent development programme for young string quartets aimed at developing business knowledge and skills that are essential for their professional careers but are often lacking in their general curriculum. It is a programme that we at the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam fully support!
Kronos' 50 for the Future
In 2015, the Kronos Performing Arts Association launched 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, an education and legacy project that has commissioned—and distributed for free—the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet. Designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals, fifty new works have been commissioned, and scores and parts, as well as supplemental learning materials that include recordings, videos, performance notes, and composer interviews, are available on the projects' website. Lead partner Carnegie Hall and an adventurous group of partners, including String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, have joined forces with KPAA to support this exciting program. In collaboration with the Muziekgebouw and the Ragazze Quartet and Kronos Performing Arts Association, the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam proudly presents Kronos' 50 for the Future Weekend on May 6 & 7 2023. An entire weekend dedicated to the embodiment of Kronos' 50 for the Future in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and BIMHUIS. Ten extraordinary quartets will perform all fifty new pieces in one weekend, a unique experience only available in Amsterdam.
The SQBA Residency is part of a partnership called MERITA, supported by the European Union and initiated by Le Dimore del Quartetto. MERITA is an online and offline platform that increases the visibility and circulation of emerging European string quartets while promoting European cultural heritage.
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.
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 Festival Cancelled
With pain in our hearts, we have decided to cancel the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam 2022.
How to order tickets
Ordering tickets as a non-Dutch speaker? Here's everything you need to know.
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.
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.
Registration for pre-sale has closed
From 17 May until 7 June, we offered the possibility to register for the pre-sale in September.
SQBA Residency 2021 / 2022
The new SQBA Residency: a kaleidoscopic development programme for young professional string quartets.
Quartets in Quarantine
Conversations between string quartet musicians during the first lockdown.
Op zoek naar het ongekende
Re-discover the podcast series we made leading up to the second festival edition.
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 Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale is a wonderfully inspiring community of artists, audience, and music lovers in an incredible setting. It is an honor and joy to be returning in 2024 to join a group of truly outstanding string quartets in a one-of-a kind festival.
The Calder Quartet
The Muziekgebouw is literally buzzing with enthusiasm and passion. Each time I come to the Amsterdam Biennale, my love and pride for the String Quartet finds itself strengthened, grown and renewed. The Biennale maintains a perfect balance of celebrating the string quartet with respect and passion, showcasing its endless repertoire, while simultaneously pursuing innovative and exciting concert programming. It is a little bit of paradise for any quartet enthusiast.
Doric String Quartet
The String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam is like a great astronomical event on the string quartet firmament: for one week, a multitude of artistic forces - along with an inspired mass of spectators - align and resonate together. The diversity of artists and events eclipses everything else on the quartet calendar, and celebrates what the string quartet might ultimately strive to be - a microcosm of our society and a mirror to every aspect of the human experience. We can’t wait to return in 2024!
The String Quartet Biennale is a string quartet-universe without limits: It's an inviting space to discover every hidden corner that the string quartet has to offer and a place where one can encounter the widest scope of international string quartets. The Biennale is a warm home for all string quartets worldwide, where we can finally meet our fellow ensembles, listen to each other, learn from each other and inspire one another.
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,
Eight days of floating in the past, present and future of the string quartet exudes a hypnotic power.
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.
The richness of the String Quartet Biennale is maddening.