The festival

The world's largest string quartet festival.

 

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.

As we move towards our 4th edition in 2024, we remain committed to our pursuit of uniting string quartets, music lovers and professionals from around the world. We love working with commissioning partners, creating new innovative formats and expanding audiences, particularly through projects with our partners Leerorkest, Koninklijke Visio and MERITA.

String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam is a registered nonprofit. Alongside the support we receive from Gemeente Amsterdam (AFK) and Dutch Performing Arts Foundation (FPK) and various charitable trusts and foundations, we also receive income from ticket sales and co-commissioning partners and from sponsorship. We are especially grateful for the generous support we receive from our Founders and individual donors. 

Care to help us realise the festival? Read about the many ways in which you can contribute to the String Quartet Biennale:

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Mission & Vision

MISSION
We hold the view that the string quartet exists for everybody to enjoy, regardless of identity or background. The String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam has the goal of inspiring as large and diverse a public as possible to experience and become acquainted with the string quartet in all its facets.

VISION
Held every two years, our large-scale international festival gives musicians, devotees and curious newcomers the opportunity to experience the string quartet as a contemporary and vital art form. We do not limit our vision to the genre’s rich past, but give a prominent place to current developments, crossovers and innovation. In this way we give space to the rich breadth of the string quartet repertoire, featuring a diverse, world-class line-up and developing non-traditional forms of presentation. In this context crucial aspects include scouting, presenting and developing young talent both at home and abroad, commissioning new compositions and creating opportunities for collaborations with makers from other disciplines. In all that we do, we strive to achieve the greatest possible diversity.

 

Team

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Yasmin Hilberdink

Programmer

Frederike Berntsen

DIRECTOR OF FINANCES

Jaap Hülsmann

PROJECT LEAD & PRODUCTION

Leana Furman

SQBA RESIDENCY

Elisabeth Gierveld

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Dieudonnee Twickler

ADMINISTRATIEKANTOOR

Ellen Bijsterbosch

PUBLIC RELATIONS & PRESS
Marjolein van Ruiten
press@sqba.nl
PRODUCTIONLEAD
Marit Nijhuis
production@sqba.nl
 

Board

SUPERVISORY BOARD
Saskia Reuling (chair)
Michael Kembel (treasurer)
Diana van Everdingen (secretary)
Willie Beumer
Piet Boogert
Marijke Evers
Leo Samama

STRING QUARTET BIENNALE FOUNDATION BOARD
Riemke thoe Schwartzenberg-Manger Cats (chair)
Michiel van Asbeck (treasurer)
Willem van Eeghen
Anne Christin Erbe
Susan Lambrechtsen

The board receives no compensation.

 

Artistic Ambassadors and Advisors

Charlotte Bartissol (director ProQuartet Paris)
Kirsten Dawes (head of artistic planning and production Pierre Boulezsaal Berlin)
Liza Ferschtman (violinist)
Francis Humphrys (director West Cork Chamber Music Festival)
Barry Shiffman (director Banff International String Quartet Competition)
Marco de Souza (founder and director Leerorkest Netherlands)
Alasdair Tait (director YCAT)
Mirjam Wijzenbeek (programmer chamber music Concertgebouw Amsterdam)
Sam Wigglesworth (performance music director Faber Music)

 

Locations

Muziekgebouw

The beating festival heart of the String Quartet Biennale. For eight days, the Muziekgebouw is all about string quartet. In its open space, spectacular architecture and great acoustics of the you can almost literally immerse yourself in the string quartet - with an incredible view of the IJ river.

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Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

Mövenpick Hotel City Centre is the best place to stay if you are a string quartet lover and are planning to visit more than a day long programme during the String Quartet Biennale. Located just a few steps form the Muziekgebouw, it is also where all musicians stay, so don't be surprised if you bump into many, many string quartets!

Also close by are:
Hotel Jakarta
Double Tree by Hilton
Pensioen Homeland

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Bimhuis

Quite a few programmes of our festival take place in the BIMHUIS, a renown jazz venue.

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Where does the String Quartet Biennale take place?

All our concerts and programmes take place in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and BIMHUIS (two venues in one building) in Amsterdam. You can enter the building either at the top level (pedestrian bridge) or at the basement level.

Accessibility during the festival

We try to be as accessible as possible for everyone. When it comes to physical accessibility, we are dependant on the infrastructure of the festival locations. They aim to facilitate our audience's needs as well as they can.

Do you need assistance or do you have a question? Send us an e-mail at info@sqba.nl. We are happy to help!

Where can I stay during the festival?

Mövenpick Amsterdam City Centre is located right next to the Muziekgebouw. All musicians and other guests stay here.

These hotels are walking distance from the Muziekgebouw:
Jakarta
Double Tree by Hilton
Pension Homeland

How do I get to the Muziekgebouw?

From Amsterdam Central Station you can take tram 26, which departs from the IJ river-side. Tram 26 stops right in front of the Muziekgebouw (and the Mövenpick Hotel). Walking to the Muziekgebouw from Amsterdam Central Station takes about 15 minutes.
From Amsterdam Central Station you can take trams, metro's, buses and trains to almost anywhere.

How do I order tickets from abroad?

Our ticket sales are handled by the Muziekgebouw box office. If you are ordering tickets from outside The Netherlands, or if you need assistance, please contact:

Tel: +31 (0)20 788 2000
kassa@muziekgebouw.nl

The box office is open from Monday through to Saturday from 3pm until the start of the concert, on days without a concert until 5pm. On other days the box office opens 1,5 hrs before the concert starts.

Give us a call or send an email, we're happy to help!

Can I buy day tickets or a passe-partout for the festival?

Buying a passe-partout for the festival means buying a large stack of individual tickets for all concerts. Please contact the Muziekgebouw box office if you wish to buy tickets.

Tel: +31 (0)20 788 2000
kassa@muziekgebouw.nl