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The Bunschoten Fund supports new, worldwide String Quartet Biennale

For the worldwide premiere of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, The Bunschoten Fund jumped in. With a contribution of € 15,000 the fundraising could be completed and the first Biennale ever (2018) was given the go-ahead.

Worldwide, the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam is the first festival that celebrates one of the most special genres in classical music so deeply and on such a large scale: the string quartet — the poetry among chamber music. For a whole week in 2018, Amsterdam will be the place to be for string quartets and composers, from the world top to young talent, as well as for aficionados and curious listeners. The program makes for an impressive read already.

Among the performers in 2018 are winners of awards like the Melbourne International String Quartet Competition (Noga Quartet), the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition (Quatuor Akilone), the Banff International String Quartet Competition (Rolston String Quartet) and the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition. Among the expected soloists, speakers and special guests are Gary Hoffman, cello, Jörg Widmann, clarinet, Diamanda Dramm, violin, Katharine Dain, soprano, Sarah Maria Sun, soprano, Marine Fribourg, mezzo soprano, Alex Ross, Prof. Barry Cooper, Leo Samama and Louis Andriessen.

The first Biennale 2018 is expected to bring world premieres of Jörg Widmann, Manuela Kerer, Silvia Colasanti, Lucio Amanti, José Maria Sánchez-Verdú, Bart Visman, Klaas de Vries and Albert Schnelzer.