Kronos' 50 for the Future Weekend
May 6th and 7th in Muziekgebouw
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.
Time for celebration! In 2023 the legendary Kronos Quartet will have its fifty year anniversary. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam is presenting all fifty works in one weekend. These fifty pieces reflect the rich and diverse sounds of the world, composed by some of the most relevant and interesting composers of our time.
May 6th and 7th the Muziekgebouw and Bimhuis will embody the spirit of Kronos' 50 for the Future. Each event during this weekend is a must-hear for the string quartet lover. Kronos Quartet opens and closes the festival, and is joined by 9 other extraordinary quartets to perform all fifty pieces, a unique experience only available in Amsterdam. If one pleases, they could even listen to all fifty pieces over the course of the weekend, spanning over eight hours of music. It’s also possible to visit the weekend through purchasing one or various passes, which give you access to all events during a specified time slot.
Line-up: Kronos Quartet / Ragazze Quartet / Attacca Quartet / Ruysdael Quartet / PUBLIQuartet / Matangi Quartet / Belinfante Quartet / Signum Quartett / ADAM Quartet / Animato Quartet
Meet the composers! During Kronos' 50 for the Future weekend Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Jlin, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Charlton Singleton, among others will be presenting their works, engaging in talks and panel discussions.
Let's make Kronos' 50 for the Future a party for everyone!
It was the dream of David Harrington, the primarius and founder of the renowned Kronos Quartet, to have all fifty pieces written for 50 for the Future played in a single weekend. That dream has now become a reality with Kronos' 50 for the Future Weekend.
Several educational projects and collaborations have emerged and have been added to Kronos' 50 for the Future Weekend programme. The Leerorkest is participating with six string quartets, the Ragazze Quartet has set up the composition project 'So you think you can write a string quartet' with three conservatoires, and of course, we want to bring as much of a young and diverse audience to the concert hall as possible, but this requires extra efforts and collaborations. We also want to make access for these groups as accessible as possible (lower admission prices). These additional initiatives are in addition to the original budget of the weekend. With our crowdfunding campaign, we are looking for extra leverage to be able to carry out these efforts as powerfully and completely as possible.
A large number of cultural funds and private donors have contributed to this unique event. We now need the last push to strengthen our educational program and help us reach a wider audience and engage young musicians and composers.
That's why we have set up a crowdfunding campaign through the Voor de Kunst platform.
JOIN US - go directly to the Voor de Kunst page and read how you can contribute to the Kronos' 50 for the Future weekend!
The Power of Four
String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam Presents its 4th Edition
In 2024 the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam will commence once again. The fourth edition is enticing, enchanting and surprising. For eight days, from dusk till dawn, we will celebrate the intricate beauty and power of the string quartet. The lineup consisting of 24 string quartets, will unite musicians and music from all over.
Line-up: Danish String Quartet, Belcea Quartet, Marmen Quartet, Ragazze Quartet, Australian String Quartet, Animato Kwartet, Signum Quartett among others.
Ticket Sales will begin at the end of March.
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!
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.