Dudok Quartet Amsterdam Joins the Roster
Opus 3 Artists is excited to welcome the “powerfully expressive” (Sunday Times) Dudok Quartet Amsterdam for North American representation. In repertoire ranging from Ligeti, Shostakovich and Weinberg through to Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven the Quartet constantly strives to forge and explore new pathways and connections in music. The Dudok Quartet is committed to crafting unique and eclectic programs in order to engage with its audiences in new and imaginative ways. Their intelligent approach and flair for programming also sees them regularly perform their own arrangements of pieces and they have so far produced arrangements of composers including Gesualdo, des Prez and Brahms.
The Dudok Quartet has performed at many of the major European venues and festivals and made its US debut in January 2018 at the Northwestern University Winter Chamber Music Festival, with future US plans including its New York debut at the Park Avenue Armory. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include engagements in Milan, Mantova, Utrecht and Rotterdam, as well as returns to the Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and performances at the Heidelberg String Quartet Festival.
In 2015 the Dudok Quartet released its first recording, Métamorphoses, on the Resonus Classics label. It was awarded Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, and praised by The Guardian for its “lithe, lively sound and alert sense of structure and detail.” Their most recent album Solitude was called “an intense listening experience that will have you on the edge of your seat” by The Strad.
Other recent projects have included the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s opera Only the Sound Remains with Philippe Jaroussky and Dutch National Opera and a collaboration with director Rosabel Huguet re-imagining Beethoven’s Op 132 String Quartet for children. Entitled “Quartet! A card game with Beethoven” the Quartet takes the project to venues including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Flagey and De Doelen as part of their ongoing commitment to education and outreach work.
Having first met as members of the Ricciotti Ensemble, the Dudok Quartet studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet and later at the Dutch String Quartet Academy with Marc Danel of the Danel Quartet. They were winners of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, as well as prizes at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition Weimar as well as the prestigious Dutch Kersjes Prize.