SQBA Residency

.... 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.

De SQBA Residency is een leertraject van vier weken, verspreid over een periode van anderhalf jaar. Daarin is alles gericht op de wisselwerking tussen de spelers van het kwartet. Strijkkwartet spelen is meer dan de perfecte technische beheersing van vier instrumenten; daarover beschikken de deelnemende kwartetten al. De eigenheid van elke speler kan tijdens de Residency zo tot wasdom komen, dat de persoonlijkheden binnen de groep de juiste balans vinden. Dan kan de mens achter de musicus zich verbinden met het ensemble, en de identiteit van een kwartet vorm krijgen. De vier Residency-weken zijn een proeftuin waarin de kwartetten naar hun toekomstvisie toegroeien.

Nieuwsgierig geworden? Het eerstvolgende SQBA Residency-traject 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)

Deelnemen aan de volgende Residency?

Meer weten over de volgende SQBA Residency? Mail Elisabeth Gierveld voor meer informatie: residency@sqba.nl

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Geselecteerde deelnemers 2021 - 2022

Belinfante Quartet (NL)

The Belinfante Quartet (NL) was formed in 2016. 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 the Gulbenkian Foundation and Casa da Música, and music festivals such as Cistermúsica, Estoril, Jovens Músicos and Setúbal.


Karski Quartet (BE)

The Karski Quartet was formed in 2018 in Belgium and is rapidly gaining recognition on the international music scene for its passionate interpretations of works ranging from Haydn to 21st century repertoire.

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 zijn vast verbonden aan de SQBA Residency: Mark Withers, Annette Walther en Ivar Berix. Samen met het artistieke team van de Strijkkwartet Biënnale en de deelnemende kwartetten geven zij het les- en workshop-programma vorm.


The biggest secret to making music is learning how to listen.

Ivar Berix

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.

Mark Withers

Mark Withers

Clarinettist Mark Withers performs old music and creates new music working alongside the widest possible range of musicians.
Mark has a special interest in music for people with sickness and disability. He 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 SQBA Residency.

Ivar Berix

From 1987 on, Ivar was the clarinetist of the Dutch reed quintet Calefax. A close-knit ensemble that has maintained a reputation 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.

Annette Walther

Annette Walther is a founding member and second violin 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 residency@sqba.nl.

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