Timetable

 
Fri 28 Jan
Sat 29 Jan
Sun 30 Jan
Mon 31 Jan
Tue 1 Feb
Wed 2 Feb
Thu 3 Feb
Fri 4 Feb
Sat 5 Feb
9:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00
19:00
20:00
21:00
22:00
23:00
24:00
Opening Concert
Late Beethoven: opus 132
Sunday Morning Concert
Thirty Years of Quatuor Danel
The Mozart Quintets: Three and Four
Borodin, Mendelssohn & Brahms
Late Beethoven: opus 135
Early Haydn (& Schubert, Albrechtsberger)
Coffee Talk
Masterclass Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett)
Not Haydn, but Goya
Selected by: Say & Tsjaikovski
Dvořák & Shostakovich
Late Beethoven: opus 131
Early Haydn (& Winkelman)
Coffee Talk
Open Rehearsal
Trilogie
The Mozart Quintets: Five and Two
Haydn & Shaw
Late Beethoven: opus 127
Early Haydn (& Schram)
Coffee Talk
Masterclass Chiaroscuro Quartet
What is American? By Any Means Necessary
The Mozart Quintets: One and Six
Shostakovich, Arenski & Tchaikovsky
Late Beethoven: Reimagined
Early Haydn (& Beethoven)
Coffee Talk
The Composer Talks
Missed Connections
Selected by: Dvořák & Mendelssohn
Concerto Grosso
Late Beethoven: opus 130
Early Haydn (& Hillborg)
Coffee Talk
Stylings of the Improvising String Quartet
Selected by: Mozart & Korngold
Now through night’s caressing grip
Early Haydn (& Gubaidulina)
Coffee Talk
Krijg de kleure! (4+)
Grass Roots
Selected by: Haydn & Shostakovich
Closing Concert
 

Borodin, Mendelssohn & Brahms

with Borusan Quartet

20:15 / Sun 30 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 39

Core Repertoire    Evening Concert   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Ozge Balkan

Borusan Quartet

Esen Kivrak (violin)
Nilay Sancar (violin)
Efdal Altun (viola)
Çağ Erçağ (cello)

Borodin

String Quartet no. 1

Fanny Mendelssohn

String Quartet

Brahms

String Quartet no. 2, op. 51/2

The Borusan Quartet – having reached an almost cult status in Turkey and being one of the great discoveries of the previous String Quartet Biennale – presents an apparent hit program: Borodin, Mendelssohn and Brahms. Although: it is not Felix, but his sister Fanny Mendelssohn. And it is not Borodin’s well-known second string quartet, but his first. With Brahms as the icing on this big cake, it is a thoroughly romantic program – which is not at all obvious for a string quartet from Turkey. Nothing is really what it seems with the Borusan Quartet.

Fanny Mendelssohn played a huge role in Felix’s music. He named her Minerva, after the Greek goddess of wisdom. In her own string quartet, you can hear why: it is like a collection of all the most beautiful moments of the late Beethovens. Borodin and Brahms, both influenced in their own way by Beethoven, put so many ideas and emotions in their string quartets that the result is sometimes a dense forest, where the sun occasionally shines through the leaves. In Borodin this arouses a warm feeling of nostalgia, Brahms struggles with freedom and loneliness.

Cancelled

Nothing is really what it seems with the Borusan Quartet.

Related programmes

31

Jan
Monday
17:00 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Selected by: Say & Tsjaikovski

€ 28

31

Jan
Monday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Dvořák & Shostakovich

€ 39

4

Febr
Friday
17:00 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Grote Zaal

Selected by: Mozart & Korngold

€ 28
 

Closing Concert

with St. Lawrence String Quartet, Liza Ferschtman, Tai Murray, Jennifer Stumm

20:15 / Sat 5 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 41

Core Repertoire    Octet    Première    String Quartet +    XL Programme   
Cancelled
Tai Murray
Photo : Julia Wesely

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Geoff Nuttall (violin)
Owen Dalby (violin)
Lesley Robertson (viola)
Christopher Costanza (cello)

Haydn

String Quartet no. 63, op 76/4 'Sonnenaufgang'

Golijov

Octet (world première)

Enescu

Octet

There is something festive about an octet: two string quartets coming together to make music — and then the repertoire for octets is so rich and exuberant. Rich and exuberant is therefore the perfect description for the programme of the closing concert of the third String Quartet Biennale: a world première of the new octet by Osvaldo Golijov, the Enescu octet and Haydn’s Sonnenaufgangsquartett as amuse-bouche.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet plays alongside Liza Ferschtman, who chose Tai Murray, Jennifer Stumm and Ivan Karizna to complete her quartet. It is precisely this combination of a string quartet that has been playing together for thirty years and a quartet of star soloists that Osvaldo Golijov explores in his new octet. In the Enescu octet, everyone is in fact a soloist. An immense and impressive work with virtuoso parts, moving along like a rollercoaster.

Cancelled

Rich and exuberant is therefore the perfect description for the programme of the closing concert of the third String Quartet Biennale

Related programmes

29

Jan
Saturday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Opening Concert Third Edition

€ 39

3

Febr
Thursday
14:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Missed Connections

€ 22,50
 

Coffee Talk

with Katy Hamilton

10:15 / Mo 31 Jan / Muziekgebouw Foyer Deck 1 / € Free

Talk   
Cancelled
 

Katy Hamilton

Coffee Talk host

The Coffee Talks are the place to get to know the festival and the line-up in person; open conversations with the musicians, composers, the festival team and other special guests. On six mornings host Katy Hamilton will dive into the world behind and around the stage, which normally remains invisible. There is plenty of room for questions – also from home this time, because we will be live-streaming the Coffee Talks.

The guests will be announced later.

Cancelled

Much of the magic of the string quartet is to be found in the nuances - the different personalities of the quartets and the individual players; the rehearsal process that we never experience and the minuscule details that might pass us by in the hall. During the Coffee Talks we expose these elements and unravel the phenomenon of the string quartet. You don't have to be an insider to follow the Talks, be welcome and ask questions!

 

Coffee Talk

with Katy Hamilton

10:15 / Tue 1 Febr / Muziekgebouw Foyerdeck 1 / € Free

Talk   
Cancelled
 

Katy Hamilton

Coffee Talk host

The Coffee Talks are the place to get to know the festival and the line-up in person; open conversations with the musicians, composers, the festival team and other special guests. On six mornings host Katy Hamilton will dive into the world behind and around the stage, which normally remains invisible. There is plenty of room for questions – also from home this time, because we will be live-streaming the Coffee Talks.

The guests will be announced later.

Cancelled

Much of the magic of the string quartet is to be found in the nuances - the different personalities of the quartets and the individual players; the rehearsal process that we never experience and the minuscule details that might pass us by in the hall. During the Coffee Talks we expose these elements and unravel the phenomenon of the string quartet. You don't have to be an insider to follow the Talks, be welcome and ask questions!

 

Coffee Talk

with Katy Hamilton

10:15 / Wed 2 Febr / Muziekgebouw Foyerdeck 1 / € Free

Talk   
Cancelled
 

Katy Hamilton

Coffee Talk host

The Coffee Talks are the place to get to know the festival and the line-up in person; open conversations with the musicians, composers, the festival team and other special guests. On six mornings host Katy Hamilton will dive into the world behind and around the stage, which normally remains invisible. There is plenty of room for questions – also from home this time, because we will be live-streaming the Coffee Talks.

The guests will be announced later.

Cancelled

Much of the magic of the string quartet is to be found in the nuances - the different personalities of the quartets and the individual players; the rehearsal process that we never experience and the minuscule details that might pass us by in the hall. During the Coffee Talks we expose these elements and unravel the phenomenon of the string quartet. You don't have to be an insider to follow the Talks, be welcome and ask questions!

 

Coffee Talk

with Katy Hamilton

10:15 / Thur 3 Febr / Muziekgebouw Foyerdeck 1 / € Free

Talk   
Cancelled
 

Katy Hamilton

Coffee Talk host

The Coffee Talks are the place to get to know the festival and the line-up in person; open conversations with the musicians, composers, the festival team and other special guests. On six mornings host Katy Hamilton will dive into the world behind and around the stage, which normally remains invisible. There is plenty of room for questions – also from home this time, because we will be live-streaming the Coffee Talks.

The guests will be announced later.

Cancelled

Much of the magic of the string quartet is to be found in the nuances - the different personalities of the quartets and the individual players; the rehearsal process that we never experience and the minuscule details that might pass us by in the hall. During the Coffee Talks we expose these elements and unravel the phenomenon of the string quartet. You don't have to be an insider to follow the Talks, be welcome and ask questions!

 

Coffee Talk

with Katy Hamilton

10:15 / Fri 4 Febr / Muziekgebouw Foyerdeck 1 / € Free

Talk   
Cancelled
 

Katy Hamilton

Coffee Talk host

The Coffee Talks are the place to get to know the festival and the line-up in person; open conversations with the musicians, composers, the festival team and other special guests. On six mornings host Katy Hamilton will dive into the world behind and around the stage, which normally remains invisible. There is plenty of room for questions – also from home this time, because we will be live-streaming the Coffee Talks.

The guests will be announced later.

Cancelled

Much of the magic of the string quartet is to be found in the nuances - the different personalities of the quartets and the individual players; the rehearsal process that we never experience and the minuscule details that might pass us by in the hall. During the Coffee Talks we expose these elements and unravel the phenomenon of the string quartet. You don't have to be an insider to follow the Talks, be welcome and ask questions!

 

Coffee Talk

with Katy Hamilton

10:15 / Sat 5 Febr / Muziekgebouw Foyerdeck 1 / € Free

Talk   
Cancelled
 

Katy Hamilton

Coffee Talk host

The Coffee Talks are the place to get to know the festival and the line-up in person; open conversations with the musicians, composers, the festival team and other special guests. On six mornings host Katy Hamilton will dive into the world behind and around the stage, which normally remains invisible. There is plenty of room for questions – also from home this time, because we will be live-streaming the Coffee Talks.

The guests will be announced later.

Cancelled

Much of the magic of the string quartet is to be found in the nuances - the different personalities of the quartets and the individual players; the rehearsal process that we never experience and the minuscule details that might pass us by in the hall. During the Coffee Talks we expose these elements and unravel the phenomenon of the string quartet. You don't have to be an insider to follow the Talks, be welcome and ask questions!

 

Concerto Grosso

with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Cuarteto Casals, Quatuor Danel, Francisco Coll, Olivier Patey

20:15 / Thur 3 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 41

Clarinet    Orchestra    Première    String Quartet +    XL Programme   
Cancelled
Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Photo : Marco Borggreve

Cuarteto Casals

Abel Tomàs (viool)
Vera Martínez (viool)
Jonathan Brown (altviool)
Arnau Tomàs (cello)

Quatuor Danel

Marc Danel (violin)
Gilles Millet (violin)
Vlad Bogdanas (viola)
Yovan Markovitch (cello)

Francisco Coll

Componist, dirigent

Kurtág

12 Mikroludien for string quartet

Coll

Concerto Grosso ‘Invisible Zones’ for string quartet, harp and string orchestra (Dutch première)

Haas

third movement from String Quartet no. 2 ‘From the Monkey Mountains’

Hartmann

Kammerkonzert for clarinet, string quartet and string orchestra

Bartók

Rapsodie no. 1, arr. for violin, clarinet and string orchestra

Two string quartets and a string orchestra, in a program full of works that you rarely hear – and even a Dutch première. The Spanish composer / conductor Francisco Coll is a rising star. This evening he conducts his own Concerto Grosso ‘Invisible Zones’. Cuarteto Casals, who gave the première sic years ago, now join him and Amsterdam Sinfonietta for the Dutch première.

Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Kammerkonzert is inspired by Hungarian folk music. String orchestra, string quartet and clarinet merge in this work to form a unique sound experience. Béla Bartók also returned to folk music in his First Rhapsody, with a virtuoso solo role for violin. Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Cuarteto Casals, Quatuor Danel and clarinetist Olivier Patey come together in a festival program pur sang.

Cancelled

Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Cuarteto Casals, Quatuor Danel and clarinetist Olivier Patey come together in a festival program pur sang.

Related programmes

3

Febr
Thursday
11:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Small Hall

The Composer Talks

€ 17,50

5

Febr
Saturday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Closing Concert

€ 41

29

Jan
Saturday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Opening Concert Third Edition

€ 39

1

Febr
Tuesday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Haydn & Shaw

€ 39
 

Dvořák & Shostakovich

with Hagen Quartett

20:15 / Mo 31 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 39

Core Repertoire    Evening Concert   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Harald Hoffmann

Hagen Quartett

Lukas Hagen (viool)
Rainer Schmidt (viool)
Veronika Hagen (altviool)
Clemens Hagen (cello)

Dvořák

String Quartet no. 13, op. 106

Shostakovich

String Quartet no. 7, op. 108

Shostakovich

String Quartet no. 2, op. 68

Dvořák wrote string quartets his entire life. When he wrote his thirteenth string quartet, some ten years before his death, he had had an eventful year. He had just returned from his trip to America and his sister-in-law – who also happened to be his first love – had passed away. You would expect this quartet to carry a sentiment of some of those impressive events, but it is cheerful and light as really only Dvořák’s music can be.

Although these quartets are rather bright in Shostakovich-terms, there is always something dark luring in his music. When Shostakovich started writing his second string quartet, he was already halfway through his life. He would quickly write a total of fifteen string quartets, of which the second and seventh are extremes. The second string quartet is one of his longest quartets and the seventh the shortest. Those extremes can also be found in the music: elongated recitatives against fast, pointed rhythms – but both in that unmistakable Shostakovich style.

Cancelled

You would expect this quartet to carry a sentiment of some of those impressive events, but it is cheerful and light as really only Dvořák's music can be.

Related programmes

30

Jan
Sunday
22:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Late Beethoven: opus 135

€ 17,50

31

Jan
Monday
11:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Small Hall

Masterclass Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett)

€ 17,50

30

Jan
Sunday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Borodin, Mendelssohn & Brahms

€ 39

2

Febr
Wednesday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Shostakovich, Arenski & Tchaikovsky

€ 39

5

Febr
Saturday
17:00 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Selected by: Haydn & Shostakovich

€ 28
 

Early Haydn (& Beethoven)

with Chiaroscuro Quartet

09:30 / Thur 3 Febr / Bimhuis / € 20

Core Repertoire    Early Haydn    Historically Informed Practice    Morning   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Agnese Blaubarde

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Alina Ibragimova (viool)
Pablo Hernan Benedi (viool)
Emilie Hörnlund (altviool)
Claire Thirion (cello)

Haydn

String Quartet no. 29, op. 33/5

Beethoven

String Quartet no. 4, op. 18/4

The Chiaroscuro Quartet wakes us up with an Early Haydn and an Early Beethoven. Two quartets in which both composers play with dramatic elements: surprise and deception. Haydn does so with humor and panache, as we expect of him. Beethoven works on a more fundamental level — do not expect humor from him, but a profound urge to innovate.

Cancelled

The Early Haydn is like the first cup of coffee of the day. Haydn's playful music transports you to 18th-century Vienna: wigs, ball gowns, golden halls… But Haydn also stimulates the intellect. The ease with which he allowed the four voices of the string quartet to converse with each other was innovative. Around 1781 he surprised his audience time and time again, now we mostly hear the brilliant foundation he laid single-handedly for the string quartet that followed for almost 250 years.

 

Early Haydn (& Gubaidulina)

with Quatuor Hanson

09:30 / Sat 5 Febr / Bimhuis / € 20

Early Haydn    Morning    Première    Rising Stars   
Cancelled
 

Quatuor Hanson

Anton Hanson (violin)
Jules Dussap (violin)
Gabrielle Lafait (viola)
Simon Dechambre (cello)

Haydn

String Quartet no. 33, op. 33/6

Gubaidulina

String Quartet no. 2

NB This programme has been changed.

Haydn’s string quartets are in fact the essence of the string quartet genre, which is why his quartets pair well with almost everything. The contrast between Sofia Gubaidulina’s string qaurtet and Haydn’s String Quartet opus 33 no. 6 not only works well, but is in fact the perfect embodiment of Haydn’s vision of the String Quartet: anything is possible. Wherever we come from and however diverse our music may sound, Haydn has given us the means to express ourselves through the string quartet.

Cancelled

The Early Haydn is like the first cup of coffee of the day. Haydn's playful music transports you to 18th-century Vienna: wigs, ball gowns, golden halls… But Haydn also stimulates the intellect. The ease with which he allowed the four voices of the string quartet to converse with each other was innovative. Around 1781 he surprised his audience time and time again, now we mostly hear the brilliant foundation he laid single-handedly for the string quartet that followed for almost 250 years.

Related programmes

3

Febr
Thursday
17:00 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Selected by: Dvořák & Mendelssohn

€ 28

1

Febr
Tuesday
09:30 uur

Cancelled
Bimhuis

Early Haydn (& Winkelman)

€ 20

2

Febr
Wednesday
09:30 uur

Cancelled
Bimhuis

Early Haydn (& Schram)

€ 20

3

Febr
Thursday
09:30 uur

Cancelled
Bimhuis

Early Haydn (& Beethoven)

€ 20

31

Jan
Monday
09:30 uur

4

Febr
Friday
09:30 uur

Cancelled
Bimhuis

Early Haydn (& Hillborg)

€ 20
 

Early Haydn (& Hillborg)

with Calder Quartet

09:30 / Fri 4 Febr / Bimhuis / € 20

Core Repertoire    Morning   
Cancelled
 

Calder Quartet

Benjamin Jacobson (viool)
Tereza Stanislav (viool)
Jonathan Moerschel (altviool)
Eric Byers (cello)

Haydn

String Quartet no. 34, op. 33/4

Hillborg

Kongsgaard Variations

In the very first publication, Haydn’s thirty-fourth string quartet was not fourth in the series of six quartets, but last. Is this quartet actually the ending that Haydn intended? In that case, we may have to deem it more important than we would in the first place. Anders Hillborg’s Kongsgaard Variations helps us to do so. A nice counterpoint to Haydn’s humor and playfulness through its narrative contemplation. Swedish landscapes passing by like a reflection in the train window…

Cancelled

The Early Haydn is like the first cup of coffee of the day. Haydn's playful music transports you to 18th-century Vienna: wigs, ball gowns, golden halls… But Haydn also stimulates the intellect. The ease with which he allowed the four voices of the string quartet to converse with each other was innovative. Around 1781 he surprised his audience time and time again, now we mostly hear the brilliant foundation he laid single-handedly for the string quartet that followed for almost 250 years.

 

Early Haydn (& Schram)

with Attacca Quartet,

09:30 / Wed 2 Febr / Bimhuis / € 20

Core Repertoire    Early Haydn    First Time in the Netherlands    Morning    New American    Rising Stars   
Cancelled
 
Photo : David Goddard

Attacca Quartet

Amy Schroeder (violin)
Domenic Salerni (violin)
Nathan Schram (viola)
Andrew Yee (cello)

Haydn

String Quartet no. 31, op. 33/1

Schram

From 'Oak and the Ghost': Woljeongsa / Oh My Heart / Soft

Haydn’s thirty-first string quartet is the first of his quartets in which he really manages to present his vision of the form. In the entire string quartet history it is one of the few quartets in b minor. It seems Haydn didn’t really write in that key with true conviction: the quartet opens in a major key and never really feels like a minor key piece. In addition to Haydn, the Attacca Quartet also plays pieces from the album Oak and the Ghost – a project by their viola player Nathan Schram with a hint of folk.

Cancelled

The Early Haydn is like the first cup of coffee of the day. Haydn's playful music transports you to 18th-century Vienna: wigs, ball gowns, golden halls… But Haydn also stimulates the intellect. The ease with which he allowed the four voices of the string quartet to converse with each other was innovative. Around 1781 he surprised his audience time and time again, now we mostly hear the brilliant foundation he laid single-handedly for the string quartet that followed for almost 250 years.

 

Early Haydn (& Schubert, Albrechtsberger)

with Quatuor Kitgut

09:30 / Mo 31 Jan / Bimhuis / € 20

Core Repertoire    Early Haydn    Morning   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Raphael Blasselle

Quatuor Kitgut

Amandine Beyer (viool)
Naaman Sluchin (viool)
Josèphe Cottet (altviool)
Frédéric Baldassare (cello)

Schubert

String Quartet no. 7, D.94

Albrechtsberger

Fuga in c, op. 1/4

Haydn

String Quartet no. 30, op. 33/2

It is said that only when you can make a joke in a foreign language, you have truly mastered it. If so, Haydn’s Thirtieth String Quartet is the ultimate proof that he mastered composing. The quartet was nicknamed “the joke” because at the end Haydn plays with the expectations of his audience, who in response would burst out laughing again and again. Together with this Haydn quartet, the Quatuor Kitgut plays an early quartet by Schubert and a short piece by Albrechtsberger, contemporary of Haydn and teacher of Beethoven.

Cancelled

The Early Haydn is like the first cup of coffee of the day. Haydn's playful music transports you to 18th-century Vienna: wigs, ball gowns, golden halls… But Haydn also stimulates the intellect. The ease with which he allowed the four voices of the string quartet to converse with each other was innovative. Around 1781 he surprised his audience time and time again, now we mostly hear the brilliant foundation he laid single-handedly for the string quartet that followed for almost 250 years.

Related programmes

30

Jan
Sunday
11:00 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Sunday Morning Concert

€ 25

3

Febr
Thursday
09:30 uur

Cancelled
Bimhuis

Early Haydn (& Beethoven)

€ 20

2

Febr
Wednesday
11:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Small Hall

Masterclass Chiaroscuro Quartet

€ 17,50
 

Early Haydn (& Winkelman)

with Schumann Quartett,

09:30 / Tue 1 Febr / Bimhuis / € 20

Core Repertoire    Morning   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Kaupo Kikkas

Schumann Quartett

Erik Schumann (viool)
Ken Schumann (viool)
Liisa Randalu (altviool)
Mark Schumann (cello)

Haydn

String Quartet no. 32, op. 33/3

Winkelman

Papa Haydn’s Parrot

It is not a rooster that wakes us up this morning, but the birds of Haydn and Helena Winkelman. The melody of the first violin earned Haydn’s Thirty-Second String Quartet the nickname ‘the bird’. Helena Winkelman wrote a response to this quartet, Papa Haydn’s Parrot, in 2016. As the name suggests, her piece imitates Haydn’s string quartet, but Winkelman’s bird song is slightly less idyllic than Haydn’s.

Cancelled

The Early Haydn is like the first cup of coffee of the day. Haydn's playful music transports you to 18th-century Vienna: wigs, ball gowns, golden halls… But Haydn also stimulates the intellect. The ease with which he allowed the four voices of the string quartet to converse with each other was innovative. Around 1781 he surprised his audience time and time again, now we mostly hear the brilliant foundation he laid single-handedly for the string quartet that followed for almost 250 years.

 

Grass Roots

with Belinfante Quartet, Quarteto Tejo, Karski Quartet

13:00 / Sat 5 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 25

Dutch    First Time in the Netherlands    Rising Stars    SQBA Residency    XL Programme   
Cancelled
Belinfante Quartet
Photo : Meinke Klein

Belinfante Quartet

Olivia Scheepers (violin)
Fiona Robertson (violin)
Sophie Vroegop (viola)
Pau Marquès i Oleo (cello)

Quarteto Tejo

André Gaio Pereira (viool)
Tomás Soares (viool)
Sofia Silva Sousa (altviool)
Beatriz Raimundo (cello)

Karski Quartet

Kaja Nowak (viool)
Natalia Kotarba (viool)
Diede Verpoest (altviool)
Julia Kotarba (cello)

BELINFANTE QUARTET:

Shaw

Plan & Elevation

Britten

String Quartet no. 2

QUARTETO TEJO:

Andriessen

Facing Death

De Freitas Branco

String Quartet

KARSKI QUARTET:

Bacewicz

String Quartet no. 4: I. Moderato – Più mosso

Debussy

String Quartet

Koncz

Waltzing Matilda (arr. for string quartet)

During the Grass Roots we will present the three selected string quartets for the SQBA Residency, our development program for young professional quartets. For the SQBA Residency ’21-’22 these are the Belinfante Quartet (the Netherlands), the Karski Quartet (Belgium) and the Quarteto Tejo (Portugal). They each play their core repertoire and at least one work by a female or Dutch composer. The quartets are introduced by Mark Withers, one of the tutors at the SQBA Residency.

Since our first festival, the SQBA Residency has evolved into a kaleidoscopic development programme for string quartets at the start of their professional career. From 2021, the programme will take on a new form: a four-week course, spread over a period of one and a half years. The participating string quartets each have their own voice in the content and shape of the programme. They are challenged to reflect on what it means to be a string quartet; what string quartet needs as an art form to ‘survive’ and what they need as an ensemble to grow towards their own vision of the future.

Cancelled

The participating string quartets each have their own voice in the content and shape of the programme. They are challenged to reflect on what it means to be a string quartet; what string quartet needs as an art form to 'survive' and what they need as an ensemble to grow towards their own vision of the future.

Related programmes

3

Febr
Thursday
17:00 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Selected by: Dvořák & Mendelssohn

€ 28

1

Febr
Tuesday
14:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Trilogie

€ 22,50
 

Haydn & Shaw

with Attacca Quartet

20:15 / Tue 1 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 39

First Time in the Netherlands    New American    Rising Stars   
Cancelled
Caroline Shaw

Attacca Quartet

Amy Schroeder (violin)
Domenic Salerni (violin)
Nathan Schram (viola)
Andrew Yee (cello)

Haydn

From Die Sieben Letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze: Introduction, Sonata I, Sonata II, Sonata III, Sonata IV, Sonata V, Sonata VI, Sonata VII, Il terremoto

Shaw

From Evergreen: Stem, Water, Root, Moss,

The Attacca Quartet is a rising star. Their collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw – not only a celebrity within the classical scene but beyond as well, for her universal language and collaborations with the likes of Kanye West – earned them a Grammy for their joint album Orange.
But all the attention for the collaboration with Shaw almost obscures one of their earlier recordings: Haydn’s Die sieben letzten Worte.

Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze is a monumental work by Haydn and definitely one of the highlights of the string quartet repertoire. Each movement is based on one the last words of Christ on the cross. And although Haydn lived in a time of reason, the Attacca Quartet plays it with a range of emotions: hope, despair, love, reconciliation, fear and resignation. The Attacca Quartet weaves together the works of Haydn and Shaw into an evening in which old and new and different spiritualities flow into each other.

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The Attacca Quartet weaves together the works of Haydn and Shaw into an evening in which old and new and different spiritualities flow into each other.

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1

Febr
Tuesday
11:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Small Hall

Open Rehearsal

€ 17,50

4

Febr
Friday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Now through night's caressing grip

€ 39

2

Febr
Wednesday
09:30 uur

Cancelled
Bimhuis

Early Haydn (& Schram)

€ 20
 

Krijg de kleure! (4+)

with Ragazze Quartet

12:30 / Sat 5 Febr / Bimhuis / € 17,50

Dutch    For Children    Stage Direction   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Nichon Glerum

Ragazze Quartet

Rosa Arnold (viool)
Jeanita Vriens-van Tongeren (viool)
Annemijn Bergkotte (viool)
Rebecca Wise (cello)

With music of György Ligeti and Béla Bartók among others

The world is grey. Days are monotonous. But one day you see something crazy. Something other than grey; a tiny bit of colour. Was the colour always there and are you only seeing it now? Did you create the colour yourself? What does colour sound like? Can you talk or dance with colour?

In an exciting choreography the Ragazze play string quartet repertoire both old and new. From the mysterious to the most colourful sounds. In a wordless world music, movement and image are the main narrators.

This programme is accessible for non-Dutch speaking children (and parents) as well.

Cancelled

In an exciting choreography the Ragazze play string quartet repertoire both old and new. From the mysterious to the most colourful sounds.

 

Late Beethoven: opus 127

with Borodin Quartet

22:30 / Tue 1 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 17,50

Core Repertoire    Late Beethoven    Late Night   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Keith Saunders

Borodin Quartet

Ruben Aharonian (violin)
Sergei Lomovsky (violin)
Igor Naidin (viola)
Vladimir Balshin (cello)

Beethoven

String Quartet no. 12, op. 127

The difference in atmosphere between the string quartet opus 127 and the quartets that follow, raises the question of what changed for Beethoven during the time in between. While the later Beethoven quartets are generally darker and full of turmoil, opus 127 is excited, almost cheerful. But every now and then, hints of introspection shimmer through. As a result this string quartet, despite its cheerful character, is never frivolous. It emits a certain weight.

Cancelled

Beethoven's late quartets are like books by Murakami or David Lynch's Twin Peaks. We can only understand them to a certain extent, but it is precisely this mystery of the unattainable, that genius hint of the superhuman, that creates an irresistible feeling of fear of missing out. An never-fading urge to fathom.

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3

Febr
Thursday
22:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Late Beethoven: opus 130

€ 17,50

29

Jan
Saturday
22:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Late Beethoven: opus 132

€ 17,50

2

Febr
Wednesday
22:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Late Beethoven: Reimagined

€ 22,50

30

Jan
Sunday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Borodin, Mendelssohn & Brahms

€ 39

2

Febr
Wednesday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Shostakovich, Arenski & Tchaikovsky

€ 39
 

Late Beethoven: opus 130

with Chiaroscuro Quartet

22:30 / Thur 3 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 17,50

Core Repertoire    Historically Informed Practice    Late Beethoven    Late Night   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Agnese Blaubarde

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Alina Ibragimova (viool)
Pablo Hernan Benedi (viool)
Emilie Hörnlund (altviool)
Claire Thirion (cello)

Beethoven

String Quartet no. 13, op. 130

“It’s like Chinese,” “a Babylonian confusion.” The reactions to the last movement of Beethoven’s opus 130, the Grosse Fuge, were not exactly mild. A whole century later it was Stravinsky who changed our collective attitude towards the piece by commenting “it is definitely modern music that will always remain modern.” It’s not surprising that, in 1826, Beethoven had to write a new ending that better suited the zeitgeist. Nowadays many quartets choose the Große Fuge for the last movement, but the Chiaroscuro Quartet, who focus on authentic performance, opt for the alternative ending.

Cancelled

Beethoven's late quartets are like books by Murakami or David Lynch's Twin Peaks. We can only understand them to a certain extent, but it is precisely this mystery of the unattainable, that genius hint of the superhuman, that creates an irresistible feeling of fear of missing out. An never-fading urge to fathom.

 

Late Beethoven: opus 131

with Schumann Quartett

22:30 / Mo 31 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 17,50

Core Repertoire    Late Beethoven    Late Night   
Cancelled
 

Schumann Quartett

Erik Schumann (viool)
Ken Schumann (viool)
Liisa Randalu (altviool)
Mark Schumann (cello)

Beethoven

String Quartet no. 14, op. 131

Together with opus 130 and opus 132, opus 131 forms the core of the late Beethovens. Opus 131 – deliberately placed in the middle by Beethoven, because he actually wrote it as the last of the three – is in a way the nucleus within the core. This specific quartet has everything to offer that makes the late Beethovens so special. It is an emotional and intense journey with unexpected – and often frustrating – twists that Beethoven somehow always manages to make up for. It’s a quartet of push and pull, yin and yang, loving and letting go.

Cancelled

Beethoven's late quartets are like books by Murakami or David Lynch's Twin Peaks. We can only understand them to a certain extent, but it is precisely this mystery of the unattainable, that genius hint of the superhuman, that creates an irresistible feeling of fear of missing out. An never-fading urge to fathom.

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2

Febr
Wednesday
17:00 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

The Mozart Quintets: One and Six

€ 28

1

Febr
Tuesday
09:30 uur

Cancelled
Bimhuis

Early Haydn (& Winkelman)

€ 20

2

Febr
Wednesday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Shostakovich, Arenski & Tchaikovsky

€ 39

30

Jan
Sunday
22:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Late Beethoven: opus 135

€ 17,50
 

Late Beethoven: opus 132

with Quatuor Danel

22:30 / Sat 29 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 17,50

Core Repertoire    Late Beethoven    Late Night   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Marco Borggreve

Quatuor Danel

Marc Danel (violin)
Gilles Millet (violin)
Vlad Bogdanas (viola)
Yovan Markovitch (cello)

Beethoven

String Quartet no. 15 op. 132

Beethoven’s fifteenth string quartet seems to be directed upwards. From earthly – or perhaps infernal – shadows towards the heavenly light. All the late Beethoven quartets breathe that process of human struggle and catharsis in a sense, but the subtitle of the third movement of this string quartet – ‘Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit’ – emphasizes the presence of that underlying flow of feelings. Beethoven had been ill and was recovering – against his expectations. What begins with an uncertain quest, ends ‘Neue Kraft fühlend’ with two feet on the ground.

Cancelled

Beethoven's late quartets are like books by Murakami or David Lynch's Twin Peaks. We can only understand them to a certain extent, but it is precisely this mystery of the unattainable, that genius hint of the superhuman, that creates an irresistible feeling of fear of missing out. An never-fading urge to fathom.

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4

Febr
Friday
17:00 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Grote Zaal

Selected by: Mozart & Korngold

€ 28

5

Febr
Saturday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Closing Concert

€ 41

31

Jan
Monday
22:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Late Beethoven: opus 131

€ 17,50

3

Febr
Thursday
22:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Late Beethoven: opus 130

€ 17,50

30

Jan
Sunday
22:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Late Beethoven: opus 135

€ 17,50
 

Late Beethoven: opus 135

with Hagen Quartett

22:30 / Sun 30 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 17,50

Core Repertoire    Late Beethoven    Late Night   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Harald Haffmann

Hagen Quartett

Lukas Hagen (viool)
Rainer Schmidt (viool)
Veronika Hagen (altviool)
Clemens Hagen (cello)

Beethoven

String Quartet no. 16, op. 135

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is a resounding apotheosis of his symphonic oeuvre. One might expect a similar big statement from his final string quartet, but Beethoven’s string quartet opus 135 is in many ways significantly lighter than its predecessors and actually raises more questions than answers. “The Difficult Decision,” Beethoven wrote in the score above the last movement. “Muss es sein? Es muss sein!” he wrote in the music. Is it the philosophical conclusion to the life of one of the greatest composers of all time? Or is it simply a reference to an outstanding debt that still had to be paid? Beethoven leaves the answer to us.

Cancelled

Beethoven's late quartets are like books by Murakami or David Lynch's Twin Peaks. We can only understand them to a certain extent, but it is precisely this mystery of the unattainable, that genius hint of the superhuman, that creates an irresistible feeling of fear of missing out. An never-fading urge to fathom.

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31

Jan
Monday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Dvořák & Shostakovich

€ 39

31

Jan
Monday
11:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Small Hall

Masterclass Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett)

€ 17,50

31

Jan
Monday
22:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Late Beethoven: opus 131

€ 17,50

1

Febr
Tuesday
22:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Late Beethoven: opus 127

€ 17,50
 

Late Beethoven: Reimagined

with Calder Quartet, Antoine Hunter, Zahna Simon

22:30 / Wed 2 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 22,50

Dance    Multidisciplinary    String Quartet +   
Cancelled
Antoine Hunter (Urban Jazz Dance Company)

Calder Quartet

Benjamin Jacobson (viool)
Tereza Stanislav (viool)
Jonathan Moerschel (altviool)
Eric Byers (cello)

Beethoven

String Quartet no. 13, op. 130 + Grosse Fuge, op. 133

Hearing the music through vibrations: it is said that that is how Beethoven was able to continue composing after he became deaf. Dancers and prominent Deaf advocates Antoine Hunter and Zahna Simon prove to the extreme how well this is possible. Although they are deaf, they have learned to interpret the vibrations of the music, to create complex choreographies and express themselves through dance in a mix of jazz ballet and urban dance. Together with the Calder Quartet, Antoine Hunter and Zahna Simon have made a choreography to Beethoven’s String Quartet opus 130 and the Grosse Fuge.

Beethoven’s late quartets are like books by Murakami or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. We can only understand them to a certain extent, but it is precisely this mystery of the unattainable, that genius hint of the superhuman, that creates an irresistible feeling of fear of missing out. An never-fading urge to fathom.

Cancelled

Although they are deaf, they have learned to interpret the vibrations of the music, to create complex choreographies and express themselves through dance in a mix of jazz ballet and urban dance.

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4

Febr
Friday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Now through night's caressing grip

€ 39

4

Febr
Friday
11:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Small Hall

Stylings of the Improvising String Quartet

€ 20

2

Febr
Wednesday
14:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

What is American? By Any Means Necessary

€ 22,50

4

Febr
Friday
09:30 uur

Cancelled
Bimhuis

Early Haydn (& Hillborg)

€ 20

3

Febr
Thursday
14:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Missed Connections

€ 22,50
 

Masterclass Chiaroscuro Quartet

with Chiaroscuro Quartet, ADAM Quartet

11:30 / Wed 2 Febr / Muziekgebouw Small Hall / € 17,50

Historically Informed Practice    Learning   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Agnese Blaubarde

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Alina Ibragimova (viool)
Pablo Hernan Benedi (viool)
Emilie Hörnlund (altviool)
Claire Thirion (cello)

ADAM Quartet

Dutch String Quartet Academy (NSKA)

Margot Kolodziej (violin)
Hannelore De Vuyst (violin)
Liselot Blomaard (viola)
Renée Timmer (cello)

The Chiaroscuro Quartet focuses on historically informed performance practice. They approach their style of playing, choice of instruments and techniques in the context of the era in which the music they play was written. In this way aim to get as close as possible to the original experience of the audience and the intention of the composer. This morning the Chiaroscuro Quartet is giving a masterclass to the young ADAM Quartet, who are studying at the Dutch String Quartet Academy. This will be the first time for the ADAM Quartet to venture into the realm of historical performance.

Cancelled

Both players and audience learn during a masterclass. There is room for questions and it provides insight into the workings of a quartet - a fascinating world that too often remains hidden for the public.

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3

Febr
Thursday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Concerto Grosso

€ 41
 

Masterclass Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett)

with Hagen Quartett

11:30 / Mo 31 Jan / Muziekgebouw Small Hall / € 17,50

Learning    Masterclass   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Harald Hoffmann

Hagen Quartett

Lukas Hagen (viool)
Rainer Schmidt (viool)
Veronika Hagen (altviool)
Clemens Hagen (cello)

The Austrian Hagen Quartett has been renowned for over fourty years. Rainer Schmidt has been playing second violin in the quartet almost from the start and is a teacher at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He will give this masterclass to the young Dutch Viride Quartet (Royal Conservatory).

Cancelled

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Febr
Tuesday
11:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Small Hall

Open Rehearsal

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31

Jan
Monday
14:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Not Haydn, but Goya: quartets & portraits

€ 20

3

Febr
Thursday
11:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Small Hall

The Composer Talks

€ 17,50
 

Missed Connections

with Calder Quartet

14:15 / Thur 3 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 22,50

Dutch    New American    Première    Rising Stars   
Cancelled
 

Calder Quartet

Benjamin Jacobson (viool)
Tereza Stanislav (viool)
Jonathan Moerschel (altviool)
Eric Byers (cello)

Wantenaar

String Quartet (world première)

Wiancko

String Quartet (world première)

Bosmans

String Quartet

Ives

String Quartet no. 2

Two musical encounters between four composers who have never met. The Calder Quartet bridges the ocean and brings two contemporaries together – twice: Mathilde Wantenaar and Paul Wiancko (the present) and Charles Ives and Henriëtte Bosmans (a hundred years ago). Bound by time but separated by continents — can that be heard in their music?

In this programme the Calder Quartet gives the world premières of the latest string quartets by Wiancko and Wantenaar — for Mathilde Wantenaar her first string quartet. In addition they play Charles Ives and Henriëtte Bosmans, roughly contemporaries of each other in the first half of the previous century. The different environments in which Ives and Bosmans found themselves is unmistakable: Bosmans’ impressionist quartet depicts a turbulent summer by the sea, Ives created a musical collage by stacking American melodies, like skyscrapers, on top of each other. And yet… Somewhere at the core there seems to be a hint of shared aesthetic or zeitgeist.

Cancelled

Bound by time but separated by continents — can that be heard in their music?

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2

Febr
Wednesday
14:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

What is American? By Any Means Necessary

€ 22,50

4

Febr
Friday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Now through night's caressing grip

€ 39
 

Not Haydn, but Goya: quartets & portraits

with Cuarteto Quiroga, Miguel Angel Marin

14:15 / Mo 31 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 20

Alternative History    Learning    Lecture-recital   
Cancelled
 

Cuarteto Quiroga

Aitor Hevia (viool)
Cibrán Sierra (viool)
Josep Puchades (altviool)
Helena Poggio (cello)

Works of composers at the Spanish court during the life of Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828)

When you dive into the history of the string quartet, you will sooner or later end up in Vienna: this is where, in the eighteenth century, Haydn developed the string quartet from caterpillar to fluttering butterfly. Mozart and Beethoven – also Viennese – quickly followed in his string quartet footsteps and the genre quickly became a Viennese affair.

But when we look at the same history through different eyes, we discover a wealth of forgotten or ignored stories. Cuarteto Quiroga and Miguel Ángel Marín tell one of those stories: one of the composers at the court of Madrid. The city where they themselves come from; the city where not Haydn, but the painter Goya ruled the artistic scene. Boccherini, Brunetti, Canales, Almeida: just like Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, they wrote numerous string quartets. Now it’s time to (re)discover their history and music.

Cancelled

But when we look at the same history through different eyes, we discover a wealth of forgotten or ignored stories.

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29

Jan
Saturday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Opening Concert Third Edition

€ 39
 

Now through night's caressing grip

with Calder Quartet, Aphrodite Patoulidou

20:15 / Fri 4 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 39

Core Repertoire    New American    Rising Stars    Stage Direction    String Quartet +    Voice    XL Programme   
Cancelled
 

Calder Quartet

Benjamin Jacobson (viool)
Tereza Stanislav (viool)
Jonathan Moerschel (altviool)
Eric Byers (cello)

Why bird don’t you sing as you used to? (Greek traditional)

Schoenberg

String quartet no. 2, op. 10

O, du lieber Augustin (Viennese traditional)

Britten

Nocturne from 'On this Island', op. 11 (arr. Aphrodite Patoulidou)

Dove

'Ariel' for unaccompanied voice

Britten

String quartet no. 2, op. 36

Hindemith

'Des Todes Tod' for viola and soprano

Hindemith

Melancholie, op. 13

NB This programme has been changed.

How do we humans look at the intangible? Death; the night; a next life; a parallel reality; the untouchable energies from the universe and nature that surround us? In this programme, the human voice and the string quartet merge to explore the world of the untouchable together. Soprano Aphrodite Patoulidou brings something special with her: her nyckelharpa.

Since the second edition of the String Quartet Biennale in 2020, we have known that the Calder Quartet does not shy away from spectacular programmes. That we can also expect a lot from Aphrodite Patoulidou becomes clear from the words of Barbara Hannigan: “She sang the stars of heaven (de sterren van de hemel, as we say in Holland), and at that moment, I knew that she had an extraordinary future ahead. Her creativity and innate love for music and performance flows out from her to anyone she meets, onstage or in the audience.”

Cancelled

In this programme, the human voice and the string quartet merge to explore the world of the untouchable together.

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1

Febr
Tuesday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Haydn & Shaw

€ 39

3

Febr
Thursday
14:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Missed Connections

€ 22,50

3

Febr
Thursday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Concerto Grosso

€ 41
 

Open Rehearsal

with Attacca Quartet

11:30 / Tue 1 Febr / Muziekgebouw Small Hall / € 17,50

First Time in the Netherlands    Learning    New American    Rising Stars   
Cancelled
 
Photo : David Goddard

Attacca Quartet

Amy Schroeder (violin)
Domenic Salerni (violin)
Nathan Schram (viola)
Andrew Yee (cello)

The Attacca Quartet is a prime example of a modern-day ensemble. They belong to a new generation of American string quartets that are rapidly redefining the term ‘string quartet’. They play the core repertoire and embrace tradition, but in their presentation and the way they shape their programmes they showcase a fresh and contemporary approach. This Open Rehearsal is a window into the inner Attacca Quartet-universe.

Cancelled

They belong to a new generation of American string quartets that are rapidly redefining the term 'string quartet'

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1

Febr
Tuesday
20:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Haydn & Shaw

€ 39

2

Febr
Wednesday
09:30 uur

Cancelled
Bimhuis

Early Haydn (& Schram)

€ 20

4

Febr
Friday
11:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Small Hall

Stylings of the Improvising String Quartet

€ 20

3

Febr
Thursday
11:30 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Small Hall

The Composer Talks

€ 17,50
 

Opening Concert Third Edition

with Cuarteto Quiroga, Ilker Arcayürek

20:15 / Sat 29 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 39

Evening Concert    Première    String Quartet +    Voice   
Cancelled
Cuarteto Quiroga
Photo : Igor Studio

Cuarteto Quiroga

Aitor Hevia (viool)
Cibrán Sierra (viool)
Josep Puchades (altviool)
Helena Poggio (cello)

Dove

Togetherness (wereldpremière)

Dove

In Damascus

Brahms

String Quartet no. 1, op. 51/1

For us, as a biennale, being together and being separated is a recurring topic: we are together for eight days, then separated for almost two years. But when the 2020 and 2022 editions turned out to enclose a global pandemic, that concept of togetherness and alone-ness changed — perhaps forever. Although we could not have foreseen it during our first meeting, the new work by Jonathan Dove turned out to be the perfect opening of the third edition: he chose Togetherness as the title for his new string quartet.

Cuarteto Quiroga, joined by tenor Ilker Arcayürek, plays another recent piece by Dove: In Damascus. Another composition in which Dove makes the zeitgeist tangible — a powerful setting of texts by Syrian poet Ali Safar for tenor and string quartet; “a cold and powerful vision of indescribable beauty, torn by a haphazard war.”

It is precisely those themes of freedom and loneliness that are also reflected in Brahms’ music: “For me, f.a.e. – frei aber einsam – remained a symbol, and it is my gift, in spite of everything, to evoke it.”

Cancelled

Although we could not have foreseen it during our first meeting, the new work by Jonathan Dove turned out to be the perfect opening of the third edition: he chose Togetherness as the title for his new string quartet.

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31

Jan
Monday
14:15 uur

Cancelled
Muziekgebouw Main Hall

Not Haydn, but Goya: quartets & portraits

€ 20
 

Selected by: Dvořák & Mendelssohn

with Quatuor Hanson

17:00 / Thur 3 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 28

Core Repertoire    Rising Stars   
Cancelled
 

Quatuor Hanson

Anton Hanson (violin)
Jules Dussap (violin)
Gabrielle Lafait (viola)
Simon Dechambre (cello)

Dvořák

String quartet no. 8, op. 80

Mendelssohn

String quartet no. 3, op. 44/1

NB This programme has been changed.

In this program, Mendelssohn sounds more like Dvořák and Dvořák seems more like Mendelssohn. While we usually know Dvořák as jumpy and frivolous, we often look at Mendelssohn’s string quartets as dark and stormy. In fact, both works in this programme are therefore uncharacteristic for their composers. Mendelssohn wrote this radiant quartet as the last of a set of three, but published it first — it seems, and you can almost feel it in the music, as if Mendelssohn was extra proud of this quartet. The music is cheerful and sometimes almost dances with joy. More than in his other works, Dvořák shows melancholy and nostalgia — although his opus 80 is in E major, a large part of the time it sounds as a minor key.

Cancelled

The Selected by. Two major works — side by side, opposite each other; in connection with each other or in contrast. Any periods, styles, sounds and colours of the string quartet in one hour.

 

Selected by: Haydn & Shostakovich

with Cuarteto Casals

17:00 / Sat 5 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 28

Core Repertoire   
Cancelled
 
Photo : Felix Broede

Cuarteto Casals

Abel Tomàs (viool)
Vera Martínez (viool)
Jonathan Brown (altviool)
Arnau Tomàs (cello)

Haydn

String Quartet no. 26, op. 20/3

Shostakovich

String Quartet no. 9

Haydn once said “I was completely separated from the world. No one could distract or confuse me about myself; in this way I became original.” Each in their own way, Shostakovich and Haydn both lived isolated from the world and in the service of a higher power: Shostakovich under the Soviet regime and Haydn at the court of the Esterhazy’s in the eighteenth century. But, as Haydn said, they are both undeniably original and unique. Although there is almost two hundred years between Haydn and Shostakovich, these quartets – closely related in key signature – are closer to each other than you would expect at first sight.

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The Selected by. Two major works — side by side, opposite each other; in connection with each other or in contrast. Any periods, styles, sounds and colours of the string quartet in one hour.

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Selected by: Mozart & Korngold

with St. Lawrence String Quartet

17:00 / Fri 4 Febr / Muziekgebouw Grote Zaal / € 28

Core Repertoire   
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Photo : Marco Borggreve

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Geoff Nuttall (violin)
Owen Dalby (violin)
Lesley Robertson (viola)
Christopher Costanza (cello)

Mozart

String Quartet no. 15, KV.421

Korngold

String Quartet no. 3, op. 34

Mozart and Korngold both loved effect. We know about Mozart from his letters that he greatly anticipated the audience’s reaction to his music. In the early twentieth century, Korngold was the first great composer to compose not only concert music but music for Hollywood films as well. These quartets show that neither of them allowed themselves to be led by effect, nor allowed themselves to be seduced by tricks. For them, it was all about the combination of complete mastery of their craft and their rich imagination and sense of drama – to this day still powerful and compelling.

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The Selected by. Two major works — side by side, opposite each other; in connection with each other or in contrast. Any periods, styles, sounds and colours of the string quartet in one hour.

 

Selected by: Say & Tsjaikovski

with Borusan Quartet

17:00 / Mo 31 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 28

Core Repertoire   
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Photo : Ozge Balkan

Borusan Quartet

Esen Kivrak (violin)
Nilay Sancar (violin)
Efdal Altun (viola)
Çağ Erçağ (cello)

Say

String Quartet ‘Divorce'

Tchaikovsky

String Quarte no. 3, op. 30

The title of Fazil Say’s string quartet says it all: Divorce. His string quartet falls apart in three movements. From a pleasant evening, to a melancholic chill, to deep hatred and envy. Tchaikovsky’s Third String Quartet is also about loss; the loss of a dear friend. A funeral march is at the centre, but it continues rather cheerfully. Where Say ends at rock bottom, Tchaikovsky seems to be saying: life goes on, don’t grieve for too long.

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The Selected by. Two major works — side by side, opposite each other; in connection with each other or in contrast. Any periods, styles, sounds and colours of the string quartet in one hour.

 

Shostakovich, Arenski & Tchaikovsky

with Borodin Quartet, Mark Schumann

20:15 / Wed 2 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 39

Cello    Core Repertoire    Russian    String Quartet +   
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Photo : Keith Saunders

Borodin Quartet

Ruben Aharonian (violin)
Sergei Lomovsky (violin)
Igor Naidin (viola)
Vladimir Balshin (cello)

Shostakovich

String Quartet no. 1

Arensky

String Quartet no. 2

Tchaikovsky

Children's Album, op. 39 (arr. Dubinsky)

The Borodin Quartet – the archetype Russian quartet – has come up with three surprising Russian masterpieces for this programme: Arensky’s second string quartet and Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album alongside Shostakovich’s first string quartet.

In 1894 Arensky wrote his second string quartet in memory of Tchaikovsky. To emphasize the mourning atmosphere, he chose not to write for a standard string quartet but instead aimed for a heavier and deeper sound: one violin, a viola and two cellos.

Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album acts as a kind of counterweight. It is a collection of piano pieces intended as learning pieces – not just boring exercises, but inspiring and stimulating, imaginative pieces. One of the original members of the Borodin Quartet (1945 – 1975), Rostislav Dubinsky, arranged the pieces for string quartet. Shostakovich’s first string quartet is in a way somewhere in between: it is not as heavy as his later quartets and significantly more romantic, but it never seems truly optimistic.

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The Borodin Quartet - the archetype Russian quartet - has come up with three surprising Russian masterpieces for this programme.

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Stylings of the Improvising String Quartet

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Photo : Lelaine Foster

PUBLIQuartet

Curtis Stewart (viool)
Jannina Norpoth (viool)
Nick Revel (altviool)
Hamilton Berry (cello)

The PUBLIQuartet improvises to Dvořák’s American quartet. In fact, they bring improvisation back to Dvořák’s music, because he wrote this string quartet after hearing music from Native Americans and African-American spirituals — originally partly improvised music that eventually evolved into blues and jazz. In other words: reciprocal improvisation.

In a mix of demonstration and conversation, the PUBLIQuartet exposes their improvisation process. They show where they find inspiration in Dvořák’s music and how to improvise to it as a quartet.

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n fact, they bring improvisation back to Dvořák's music, because he wrote this string quartet after hearing music from Native Americans and African-American spirituals.

 

Sunday Morning Concert

with Quatuor Kitgut

11:00 / Sun 30 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 25

Historically Informed Practice    Morning    Pre-String Quartet   
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Photo : Raphael Blasselle

Quatuor Kitgut

Amandine Beyer (viool)
Naaman Sluchin (viool)
Josèphe Cottet (altviool)
Frédéric Baldassare (cello)

Purcell

Fantazia nr. 11, Z. 742; Curtain Tune on a Ground from Timon of Athens, Z. 632

Locke

Curtain tune from The Tempest; Consort of Four Parts, Suite no. 2 in D

Haydn

String Quartet no. 55, op. 71/2

Purcell

Fantazia no. 5, Z. 736; Hornpipe from King Arthur, Z. 628; Pavane, Z. 752; Chaconne, Z. 730

The Quatuor Kitgut approaches music, like a growing number of quartets, from the historical perspective: they try to reconstruct, the sound and the technique of the time in which the music was written. An experience that is as authentic as possible. But with Amandine Beyer on first violin – “[her performances] take you away from the marked paths, tickle your imagination, cling to your dreams and create a joyful feeling of happiness.” – this quartet is anything but a history lesson.

In 2020 they partially released this programme on CD. English music from before the string quartet, linked to Haydn’s opus 71/2. The bar is set high for both string quartets and historical performances, but the relatively new Quatuor Kitgut received nothing but praise for their recordings. If they take even a fraction of the sparkle and fun of those recordings to the Biennale, this promises to be the perfect Sunday morning.

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If they take even a fraction of the sparkle and fun of those recordings to the Biennale, this promises to be the perfect Sunday morning.

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The Composer Talks

with Cuarteto Casals, Francisco Coll

11:30 / Thur 3 Febr / Muziekgebouw Small Hall / € 17,50

Learning    Talk   
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Francisco Coll
Photo : Judith Lötscher

Cuarteto Casals

Abel Tomàs (viool)
Vera Martínez (viool)
Jonathan Brown (altviool)
Arnau Tomàs (cello)

Francisco Coll

Componist, dirigent

In recent years the name of composer and conductor Francisco Coll has popped up in many different places. Recently he wrote a violin concerto for Patricia Kopatchinskaja and a double concerto for Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta. In 2016 Cuarteto Casals gave the world première of his Concerto Grosso ‘Invisible Zones’ for string quartet and orchestra. With Coll conducting, they will give the Dutch première (later, this evening), but first Coll and the quartet will explore the work in an open conversation. An exchange between composer and players about this Concerto Grosso, its origin and the challenges it offers.

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Hearing a piece for the first time is exciting and you might not know what to expect and what to focus on. To explore the composer's own mind before the première is by far the best and most interesting way of preparing yourself.

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Mozart Quintets    String Quartet +    Viola   
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Photo : Eduardus Lee

Ruysdael Kwartet

Joris van Rijn (viool)
Emi Ohi Resnick (viool)
Gijs Kramers (altviool)
Michael Müller (cello)

Mozart

String Quintet no. 5 in D, KV.593

Mozart

String Quintet no. 2 in c, KV.406

Mozart’s second string quintet is actually an arrangement of one of Mozart’s earlier works. Probably because it was an arrangement, Mozart didn’t include it in his catalog at first either. In a way, it almost seems as if Mozart wasn’t quite convinced of the concept of string quintets just yet. Three quintets later, Mozart clearly is convinced: he has elevated the viola quintet to a genre in itself.

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It may seem strange, a focus on quintets at a string quartet festival. But it is precisely the perfection of the string quartet – that balanced core of two violins, a viola and a cello – that gave Mozart the basis and inspiration to experiment beyond its boundaries. He added a viola. Ideally, the symbiosis between quartet and violist offers the ultimate chamber music experience.

 

The Mozart Quintets: One and Six

with Schumann Quartett, Adrien la Marca

17:00 / Wed 2 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 28

Core Repertoire    Mozart Quintets    String Quartet +    Viola   
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Photo : Marco Borggreve

Schumann Quartett

Erik Schumann (viool)
Ken Schumann (viool)
Liisa Randalu (altviool)
Mark Schumann (cello)

Mozart

String Quintet no. 1 in B flat, KV.174

Mozart

String Quintet no. 6 in E flat, KV.614

Mozart’s first and last quintets – he wrote them when he was just 17 and in the last year of his life respectively. He started writing his first viola quintet while Haydn was writing his first serious string quartets, the opus 20 series: chamber music as a genre was still in its infancy at the time. But when Mozart wrote his last viola quintet, it was very different: he alone had composed sixteen string quartets and seven piano trios. Together, these two quintets are a monument to the enormous leap forward that chamber music had made in a short amount of time.

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It may seem strange, a focus on quintets at a string quartet festival. But it is precisely the perfection of the string quartet – that balanced core of two violins, a viola and a cello – that gave Mozart the basis and inspiration to experiment beyond its boundaries. He added a viola. Ideally, the symbiosis between quartet and violist offers the ultimate chamber music experience.

 

The Mozart Quintets: Three and Four

with Cuarteto Quiroga, Veronika Hagen

17:00 / Sun 30 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 28

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Photo : Igor Studio

Cuarteto Quiroga

Aitor Hevia (viool)
Cibrán Sierra (viool)
Josep Puchades (altviool)
Helena Poggio (cello)

Mozart

String Quintet no. 3 in C, KV.515

Mozart

String Quintet no. 4 in g, KV.516

The middle two Mozart string quintets are without doubt highlights of his oeuvre. When he started writing them, he clearly understood the possibilities the extra viola offers to a string quartet and he made great use of it. These quintets form an enormous contrast between themselves: the third quintet is light and humorous, the fourth is dark and heavy.

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It may seem strange, a focus on quintets at a string quartet festival. But it is precisely the perfection of the string quartet – that balanced core of two violins, a viola and a cello – that gave Mozart the basis and inspiration to experiment beyond its boundaries. He added a viola. Ideally, the symbiosis between quartet and violist offers the ultimate chamber music experience.

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Thirty Years of Quatuor Danel

with Quatuor Danel, François-Frédéric Guy, Pascal Moraguès, Clemens Hagen

13:15 / Sun 30 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 41

Cello    Clarinet    Piano    Quintet    String Quartet +    XL Programme   
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Quatuor Danel

Marc Danel (violin)
Gilles Millet (violin)
Vlad Bogdanas (viola)
Yovan Markovitch (cello)

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Piano Quintet in g

Mozart

Clarinet Quintet in A, KV.581

Schubert

String Quintet in C

Quatuor Danel celebrates its thirty year anniversary in 2022 and will celebrate during the String Quartet Biennale. Together with three of their favorite fellow players, the quartet members conquer the highest peaks of chamber music. Three major quintets are on this programme: Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet with François-Frédéric Guy, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Pascal Moraguès and Schubert’s String Quintet with cellist Clemens Hagen of the Hagen Quartett.

Each of these three quintets is an apotheosis of style, period and language, but they are all very different from each other. Mozart is playful, lilting and clear; Schubert lingers in romantic fantasies and Shostakovich searches and struggles. Not only is this programme a great achievement – almost a complete chamber music festival in one concert – but it also offers two hours of the most beautiful chamber music ever written. A tasty birthday treat from Quatuor Danel.

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Not only is this programme a great achievement – almost a complete chamber music festival in one concert – but it also offers two hours of the most beautiful chamber music ever written.

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Trilogie

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14:15 / Tue 1 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 22,50

Poetry    South-Africa    String Quartet +    Vocal    Voice   
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Antjie Krog

Matangi Quartet

Maria-Paula Majoor (viool)
Daniel Torrico (viool)
Karsten Kleijer (altviool)
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Krog

Sound Poems

Priaulx Rainier

String Quartet

Krog

Gloria

Crankshaw

Goggas of the Eastern Cape (wereldpremière)

Schrire

ESCAPE: The Ingrid Jonker Suite

Trilogy celebrates three contemporary classical works by three South African composers, separated by generations but bound by a shared identity. The poetry of South African poet and author Antjie Krog is woven throughout, a thread that binds together the sounds and love of the South African landscape.

Priaulx Rainier’s (b.1903) For String Quartet was composed in 1922 and is one of the KwaZulu-Natal-born composer’s earliest works. As a result, the single movement work, often referred to as the “lost” quartet, has not enjoyed as much popularity amongst players as her 1939 String Quartet. The composition beautifully marries British, pastoral influences (a result of Rainier having studied at the Royal Academy of Music and lived most of her life in England) with her natural affinity for contemporary harmonies, rhythms, and orchestration. These modern characteristics would become more prevalent in her future works, meaning that this early work stands slightly apart from her oeuvre, allowing audiences the opportunity to marvel at Rainier’s process and progression.

Composer Amy Crankshaw (b.1991) draws inspiration from her roots for her three-movement composition Goggas of the Eastern Cape. Coincidentally, Crankshaw was awarded the 2015 Priaulx Rainier Prize for Composition, which Rainier established in 1987 and alternates between recipients at the South African College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. The London-based composer uses various string techniques to bring to life cicadas, praying mantises, and songololos in a virtuosic and humorous work.

Escape: The Ingrid Jonker Suite is a result of Nicky Schrire’s (b.1986) love for the written word, film scores, and her admiration for an exceptional figure and truly South African icon, poet Ingrid Jonker. Jonker’s body of work, though small, continues to speak volumes decades after her death. She delicately and beautifully captured lust, love, heartbreak, anger and the fabric of everyday life in her poems. Schrire sets André Brink and Antjie Krog’s English translations of a selection of Jonker’s works to music in a world that blends folk, cinematic and art song genres. The songs are arranged for voice and string quartet, and the poems are delivered in Jonker’s mother tongue, Afrikaans, by poet Antjie Krog.

Trilogy sees the Dutch debut of all three works and the premiere of Crankshaw’s piece, which was composed specifically for the Matangi Quartet and the 2022 String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam.

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Trilogy celebrates three contemporary classical works by three South African composers, separated by generations but bound by a shared identity.

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Photo : Lelaine Foster

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Curtis Stewart (viool)
Jannina Norpoth (viool)
Nick Revel (altviool)
Hamilton Berry (cello)

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Snapshot: Circa 1909

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PUBLIQuartet

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PUBLIQuartet

What is American? (improvisation to Dvořák)

“What is American?” They don’t just ask the question, the PUBLIQuartet is part of the answer as well. The ensemble – “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music” – proves that the term string quartet is not so easily defined nowadays. They improvise, interweave genres, often collaborate with composers and put the string quartet at the center of social discussions. They do this at leading institutions such as Juilliard and Carnegie Hall, but also at the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. And now for the first time in the Netherlands, during the String Quartet Biennale.

‘What is American: By Any Means Necessary’ is in a way a summary of everything the PUBLIQuartet does – a search for what it means to be an American string quartet, the players coming from different cultural backgrounds themselves. Dvořák passes by alongside contemporary composers such as Corigliano; improvisation alongside reproduction. In the case of the PUBLIQuartet: there are no boxes – by any means necessary.

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Dvořák passes by alongside modern composers such as Corigliano; improvisation in addition to reproduction. In the case of the PUBLIQuartet: there are no boxes - by any means necessary.