The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam aims to show that music affects people; that music can lead us to profundity and connection especially when it provokes friction. The true meaning of music reveals itself in a shared experience in which you, as a listener, play a vital role.
Our new album Circus Dinogad is out now! This cooperation with contralto Hilary Summers, bass clarinetist Maarten Ornstein and lutenist Mike Fentross takes you through ancient melodies, reimagined classics, and innovative original compositions that playfully plunge into the bottomless sea of human emotions.
“They move seamlessly through the ages, masters of every musical language they perform”
★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
“An irresistible indulgence”
★★★★★ The Scotsman
Beyond the score
Beyond the score
The main challenge as we prepare each program is to find answers to the questions ‘what is the true nature of this music, and what worlds can we unveil behind the score?’
This quest is our main incentive to delve further into the music. Without losing sight of our rich string quartet tradition, we always search for new formats and new perspectives.
Instruments and setup
Instruments and setup
Besides playing the music, we also play with our instrumentation. We use different types of bows for different styles of music. The setup of our beautiful vintage instruments is often adjusted according to the repertoire. We preferably play music composed until the late 19th century with unwound gut strings. For more recent repertoire we use either wound gut or steel strings.
Our tools enable us to push our artistic boundaries, helping the audience re-live the experience of hearing masterpieces for the first time. We don't believe to possess "the truth" on the matter, but we do believe music can have many different guises.
The set of instruments we use is a generous loan from the Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation (NMF). The bows have been acquired with the help of the Friends of the Dudok Quartet and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
Jean-Luc Ponty – Jig
Jig the CIRCUS DINOGAD album, a collaboration with contralto Hilary Summers, bass clarinetist Maarten Ornstein, theorbist Mike Fentross .
Bruckner – String Quintet in F major
Recorded live in February of 2022 at Amsterdam’s Orgelpark, with guest violist Lilli Maijala. Audio recording by Bert van Dijk / Helix Audio
Reflections – Album trailer
Interviews and behind-the-scenes footage captured during the recording sessions for our album REFLECTIONS. This album releases worldwide digitally and as a CD on November 25th 2022!
Joey Roukens – ‘What Remains’
This composition was written for us and premiered during the String Quartet Biennial Amsterdam in January of 2020. This video was part of a live streamed concert in April of the same year.
Brahms – Complete String Quartets & String Quintet Op. 111
First recording of these works on unwound gut strings and early romantic bows, debut album for Rubicon Classics.
Shostakovich – Prelude Op. 34 no. 10 in C-sharp minor
This prelude was arranged by the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam and features on our album Reflections, alongside six other preludes from the same Opus 34 set, as well as Shostakovich’s 5th String Quartet and the 4th String Quartet by Grażyna Bacewicz
Richard Wagner – ‘Prelude & Liebestod’ from Tristan und Isolde
World renowned accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam joined us for this arrangement by Max Knigge. With the addition of his instrument, our color palette instantly gained a complete horn section! The score and parts are available for free, see Downloads.
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