Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

Curious
Charismatic
Captivating

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.

Album

CIRCUS DINOGAD

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

First introduction

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.

Videos

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.

Schedule

6 March 2024
20:00

Deventer Schouwburg
Deventer, NL

21 March 2024
20:15

Oudhoornse Kerk
Alphen a/d Rijn, NL

7 April 2024
11:30

Wigmore Hall
London, UK

11 April 2024
19:30

Malvern Theatres
Malvern, UK

13 April 2024
19:30

Sage Gateshead
Newcastle, UK

28 April 2024
14:30

UKARIA Cultural Centre
Adelaide Hills, AU

2 May 2024
15:00

Canberra International Music Festival I
Canberra, AU

3 May 2024
19:30

Canberra International Music Festival II
Canberra, AU

4 May 2024
14:30

Canberra International Music Festival III
Canberra, AU

5 May 2024
18:30

Canberra International Music Festival IV
Canberra, AU

Your support, our future

Our aim is to become more than a string quartet satisfied with high quality performances of well-established music in familiar venues alone. As a Friend you can help us developing our dream: becoming a medium that ensures a core genre in musical history to play a vital role for the future. 

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