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Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

 

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is one of most wide-ranging and high-profile string quartets of our time. Their heartfelt and inspired playing allows them to share the essence of their music with listeners all over the world.

Our mission is to make tangible in sound and image that the music we perform is not old or new, but is always becoming new again. Music that has to be heard. Music that moves, disturbs and makes a lasting impression. We want our music to be a dialogue with our public. Anytime and anywhere: from concert halls and festivals to schools and online. Our strength lies in daring to take chances. By playing music with our hearts, we hope to break through to its essence.

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam was laureate and winner of two special prizes during the 7th international string quartet competition Quatuors à Bordeaux in May of 2013. Furthermore, the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam has won 1st prizes at both the 1st International String Quartet Competition 2011 in Radom (Poland) and the 27th Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition 2012. In November 2012 they received the 2nd prize at the 6th Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition in Weimar (Germany). In November of 2014 the Dudok Quartet was awarded the Kersjes Prize, an award annually given to an ensemble of exceptional talent in the Dutch chamber music scene.

The members of the quartet first met in the Ricciotti Ensemble, a Dutch street symphony orchestra. From 2009 till 2011 the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam studied with the Alban Berg Quartett at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. After that, they studied with Marc Danel at the Dutch String Quartet Academy. During the same time, the quartet was coached intensively by Eberhard Feltz, Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet), LucMarie Aguera (Quatuor Ysaÿe) and Stefan Metz.

Many well-known contemporary classical composers, such as Kaija Saariaho, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Calliope Tsoupaki and Max Knigge worked with the quartet on their music. The quartets first two albums, released through Resonus Classics in 2015 and 2017, were unanimously praised in international press reviews, receiving among others an Editor’s Choice from the Gramophone Magazine, a 10/10 review in Dutch magazine Luister and a five star review in BBC Music Magazine.

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam has performed with many renowned guest musicians such as pianists Hannes Minnaar, Alexei Lubimov and Ralph van Raat, cellists Pieter Wispelwey, Dmitri Ferschtman and Quirine Viersen and recorder player Erik Bosgraaf. They performed at many prestigious festivals such as the Holland Festival, Festival Quatuors á Bordeaux, Haydn Festival Fertöd, Carinthischer Sommer, and in
every main concert hall in the Netherlands. Furthermore, the quartet performed in venues in France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Cyprus.

Highlights of the past seasons included multiple performances in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, as well as the première of Kaaija Saariaho’s new opera at the Dutch National Opera, with Philippe Jaroussky.

Willem Marinus Dudok (1884 – 1974) was a famous Dutch architect. He was also a great lover of music: he came from a musical family and composed music in his spare time. “I owe more to composers than I owe to any architect”, he wrote. “I feel deeply the common core of music and architecture: after all, they both derive their value from the right proportions.”

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