The Belinfante Quartet was formed in 2016 and since then has performed extensively in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. With the aim of sharing a passion for music with the wider public, they explore works from the core of the string quartet repertoire combined with lesser known masterpieces. They are currently Quartet in Residence at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam and they have received masterclasses from Eberhard Feltz, Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet), the Diotima Quartet, Marc Danel (Danel Quartet) and Gregor Sigl (Artemis Quartet).
Recent engagements include performances at the Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht, in the Spiegelzaal of the Concertgebouw, where they performed live on NPO Radio 4 and a performance on the Dutch television show ‘Podium Witteman’. They have performed at festivals throughout Europe including the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, the Tiberius Festival in Romania and the Zeistermuziekdagen.
Future engagements include performances at the Delft Chamber Music Festival and Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. In June they will perform an all Beethoven recital at the Théâtre d’Orléans as part of the Beethoven Cycle initiated by the Diotima Quartet. They will also be performing a number of recitals during their upcoming tours to Scotland and the Balearic Islands.
In addition to these activities, the Belinfante Quartet enjoys the opportunity to work with other artists. During the Delft Fringe Festival in June 2019, they collaborated with visual artist Jordi Cárdenas Lozano to present ‘Tchk-Tsjech!’, a performance in which the fairytale-esque music of Léos Janácek was accompanied by poetic and abstract slide projections. Their performance won them the Delft Chamber Music Festival Award 2019.
With their name, the quartet would like to honour Frieda Belinfante, being a cellist and the first professional female conductor in Europe. Her sincerity, perseverance and fervour, in music as well as in other aspects of her life, form a magnificent source of inspiration.