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MA groups perform at String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam

Three Maestro Arts chamber ensembles take part in the fourth String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam this month. The festival features 40 performances by 25 groups from around the world, as well as lectures and events, and runs from 27 January until 3 February in the Muziekgebouw and Bimhuis.

This year's event features a Bartók string quartet cycle shared between several ensembles, with the Doric String Quartet taking on String Quartets no.2 (28 January) and no.3 (29 January), in the same concerts as the Jerusalem and Belcea quartets. The group also gives a concert of Beethoven's String Quartet op.18 no.5 and Thomas Adès's Clarinet Quintet 'Alchymia', with clarinettist Jelmer de Moed (1 February), and joins violist Tabea Zimmermann for a matinée concert of Schumann, Hindemith, Mendelssohn and George Benjamin's Viola, Viola (3 February).

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam gives the world premiere of Bushra El-Turk's new String Quartet, co-commissioned for them by the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, alongside Beethoven's String Quartet no.10 op.74 'Harp'.

The Marmen Quartet gives three concerts: a late-night performance of Beethoven op.131 (28 January), and two concerts on 29 January: Haydn and Takemitsu (29 January) and a programme of Mozart, Janáček's 'Intimate Letters', alongside the Dutch premiere of Garth Knox's Secret Letters.