50 for the Future
In 2023 the legendary Kronos Quartet will have its fifty year anniversary. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the American Quartet commissioned fifty composers from around the world to write a string quartet, hence, 50 for the Future. These fifty pieces reflect the rich sounds of the world, composed by some of the relevant and diverse composers of our time. In collaboration with the Muziekgebouw and the Ragazze Quartet, the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam proudly presents 50 for the Future Weekend; an entire weekend dedicated to the embodiment of 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.