.... geeft jonge strijkkwartetten de ruimte om te groeien
De eerste vierweekse SQBA Residency startte in het najaar 2021 en is afgerond in september 2022. Het Quarteto Tejo (PT), het Belinfante Quartet (NL) en het Karski Quartet (PL/BE) waren de eerste deelnemers.
Bij de SQBA Residency is alles gericht op de wisselwerking tussen de individuele musicus en het ensemble. Wij geloven dat muziek maken meer is dan de perfecte technische beheersing van je instrument en het werken aan de eenklank van de vier leden van een kwartet. Dát hebben de kwartetten die naar de SQBA Residency komen al goed onder de knie. Pas als de persoonlijke eigenheid van elk kwartetlid zich kan ontplooien en de hele mens achter de musicus zich kan verbinden met het kwartet, vormt zich van daaruit – heel natuurlijk – de identiteit van het kwartet.
De vier Residency weken, verspreid over een periode van anderhalf jaar, zijn een proeftuin met veel ruimte voor reflectie en onderzoek. Samen brengen we alles in beweging, zodat de kwartetten naar hun eigen toekomstvisie en authentieke identiteit kunnen toegroeien.
>>> SQBA Residency #2 start in oktober 2023
With this programme, we feel the Biennale can see inside of our shared quartet brain and knows exactly what we need.
Belinfante Quartet (NL)
From the SQBA Residency we expect that which we could not expect from real life: a string quartet lab where the boundaries are limitless, a place where knowledge is deepened and our human and artistic values will soar to heights not reached before.
Tejo Quartet (PT)
We appreciate that the Residency has such a wide scope. We'd like to concentrate on performing and creating, which is a learning process in itself.
Karski Quartet (BE)
Geselecteerde deelnemers 2021 - 2022
Belinfante Quartet (NL)
The Belinfante Quartet (NL) was formed in 2016 and since then has performed extensively in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. With the aim of sharing a passion for music with the wider public, they explore works from the core of the string quartet repertoire combined with lesser known masterpieces.
With their name, the quartet would like to honour Frieda Belinfante, being a cellist and the first professional female conductor in Europe. Her sincerity, perseverance and fervour, in music as well as in other aspects of her life, form a magnificent source of inspiration.
Quarteto Tejo (PT)
The Tejo Quartet had its origins when four Portuguese musicians living abroad met at a summer course held in Belém, on the banks of the Tejo (Tagus) river, to sight-read music together. They soon understood they shared an intense passion for music, and the enthusiasm to push their musical limits collectively made them go on as the Quartets Tejo.
In 2019, the Tejo Quartet was awarded the first prize at the Young Artists’ Prize in Portugal in the Senior Chamber Music category. The prize propelled the quartet to play extensively around the country, with appearances at major venues, such as Gulbenkian Foundation and Casa da Música, and music festivals such as Cistermúsica, Lisbon & Estoril, Jovens Músicos, and Setúbal.
Karski Quartet (BE)
The Karski Quartet is rapidly gaining recognition on the international music scene for its passionate interpretations of works ranging from Haydn to 21st century repertoire, the Karski Quartet was formed in Belgium in 2018 and performs in a wide range of venues througout Europe.
Having played with one another in many different combinations, the four quartet members met as a quartet during the 2018 Resonances Festival Academy. Soon after they were awarded the Grand Prix as well as the Special Prize for the alumni of the Royal Conservatory in Brussels at the 4th International Music Competition Triomphe de l'Art in Brussels.
Drie tutors hebben zichzelf in het bijzonder verbonden aan de eerste SQBA Residency: Mark Withers, Annette Walther en Ivar Berix. Zij geven het programma samen met het artistieke team van de Strijkkwartet Biënnale en de kwartetten zelf vorm.
The biggest secret to making music is learning how to listen.
The SQBA Residency provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the inner game of string quartet playing together with these promising young quartets.
Annette Walther (Signum Quartett)
String quartets have so much to give to and to receive from the society that surrounds them. It is a privilege to help these young quartets in finding dynamic paths for their development, even more so in the incredibly rich context of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam.
Clarinettist Mark Withers performs old music and creates new music working alongside the widest possible range of musicians.
Mark has helped to establish new creative education and outreach programmes with ensembles including the Hallé Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orquesta Nacional de España and he currently directs ongoing programmes with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Festival d’Aix. Mark has played a central role in the establishment of the new SQBA Residency.
Mark has a special interest in music for people with sickness and disability. He has had periods as a resident musician at the Royal Schools for the Deaf in both Margate and Manchester. Since 1998 he has directed the LSO’s programme of work for children in London Hospitals. Since 1995, Mark has been an advisor and lead musician for the charity, Jessie’s Fund, providing music for disabled and life-limited children throughout the UK.
From 1987 on, Ivar was the clarinetist of the fabulous Dutch reed quintet Calefax. A close-knit ensemble that has maintained a reputation at home and abroad for more than 35 years on the basis of virtuoso playing, brilliant arrangements and a fresh stage presentation. In 2020 Ivar left the group after 33 successful years and has been sharing all the experience and inspiration he has gained ever since.
He does so in the role of ensemble coach, team coach and listening coach. Ivar focuses in particular on collaboration and everything involved: in what way do people listen and communicate, which role patterns are adopted in the process, how to deal with tension or disagreement, how to jointly achieve a shared “together” and convincing performance. Ivar knows like no other how individual ambition and group development play an essential, sometimes contradictory, role in forming and continuing an ensemble - an ensemble that can distinguish itself in a natural, convincing and authentic way.
Annette Walther (violin, Signum Quartett) studied with Ida Bieler, David Takeno and Vesselin Paraschkevov. She is a founding member of the international renowned Signum Quartet. Concert appearances are taking the quartet regularly to international venues and festivals all over Europe and the United States and the Signum Quartet’s widely ranged discography received international critical acclaim. In addition to her career with the Signum Quartet, Annette loves sharing the stage as a violinist with other musicians at international chamber music festivals. In 2016, Annette has been appointed as violin lecturer at the Louis Spohr Music Academy in Kassel.
Mede mogelijk gemaakt dankzij particuliere steun
De SQBA Residency wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door een groep betrokken particuliere donateurs die jong talent een bijzonder warm hart toedragen: onze Angels. We zijn dankbaar én trots dat we met hen samen – en de tutors én de jonge kwartetten zelf – een programma hebben ontwikkeld en waarin we jonge strijkkwartetten de ruimte kunnen bieden om zichzelf te kunnen ontplooien.
Ook interesse om als Angel de volgende SQBA Residency mede modelijk te maken? Lees meer over de vele mogelijkheden via onderstaande button of mail Elisabeth Gierveld via firstname.lastname@example.org.