Dudok Quartet Amsterdam in “Concerts from the Library of Congress”
The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam comes to the virtual stage of the renowned Library of Congress with a program connecting Brahms with Webern and Ligeti. With its recordings garnering enthusiastic praise from publications like Gramophone, The Guardian and The Strad, the quartet is establishing a reputation as a dynamic ensemble with thoughtful programs that include their own transcriptions.
Date and time
Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:00 PM (ET)
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Virtual program performed by:
Judith van Driel and Marleen Wester, violin
Marie-Louise de Jong, viola
David Faber, cello
Webern, Langsamer Satz, String Quartet, op. 28
Ligeti, String Quartet no. 2
Brahms/Dudok, Intermezzo in B minor, op. 119/1
Brahms, String Quartet no. 3 in B-flat major, op. 67
About the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam
The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is forging a reputation as one of the most creative and versatile young quartets of its generation. With its mission of “sharing the heart of music”, the Dudok Quartet is committed to crafting unique and eclectic programs in order to engage with its audiences in new and imaginative ways.
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. 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. Collaboration is also a key part of the Quartet’s ethos and recent partners have included Pieter Wispelwey, Daria van den Bercken, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Erik Bosgraaf and Annelien Van Wauwe.
The Dudok Quartet has performed at many of the major European venues and festivals including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Beethoven Haus Bonn, De Doelen, Carinthischer Sommer Festival, Gergiev Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Festival Jeunes Talents, Festival Quatuors à Bordeaux and the Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, as well as appearing regularly at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Amsterdam Muziekgebouw. The Quartet 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.
Having first met as members of the Ricciotti Ensemble, a Dutch street symphony orchestra, 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. Other important mentors include Eberhard Feltz, Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet), Luc-Marie Aguera (Quatuor Ysaÿe) and Stefan Metz. Winner of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, other awards include prizes at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition Weimar as well as the prestigious Dutch Kersjes Prize (2014).
Concerts from the Library of Congress
Concerts from the Library of Congress (LOC) has a new online platform that brings together the best of pre-existing videos of lectures, concerts, conversations and collection items on a variety of musical topics. Audiences can now enjoy from the comfort and safety of home a weekly playlist of recorded programs from across the Library curated by Music Division specialists. Originally conceived as a temporary service for the LOC’s 39,000 listeners at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pick of the Week is now a permanent feature. LOC will continue creating curated weekly playlists that revisit fascinating conversations, immortalize unforgettable performances in the Coolidge, pay tribute to world-class artists and composers, and feature treasures from all over the Library.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. In early 2020, the Asko | Schönberg Ensemble performed at the Coolidge Auditorium, curated by the Concerts department of the Library’s Events & Programs division.