“ Glowing ensemble playing and experimental spirit” NRC ****
The Belinfante Quartet is quickly becoming recognised as one of the most exciting string quartets of its generation, heralded for their engaging and innovative performances.
Formed in the Netherlands in 2016, the quartet members come from The Netherlands, England, Scotland and Spain. They are well-known for their inventive programming, pairing well-known quartets with hidden gems and with amazing contemporary quartets. From Sally Beamish to Caroline Shaw, they have also worked with composers such as Mathilde Wantenaar, Marion von Tilzer and Arthur Klaassens. The quartet has performed at festivals throughout Europe including: the String Quartet Biënnale Amsterdam; International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht; Zeistermuziekdagen; Wonderfeel; Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and Stift International Festival. Recent engagements have included performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Doelen in Rotterdam and TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. The quartet regularly performs live on European radio stations such as NPO Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3 and their recent Debut CD release Ellipse with the Dutch label 7 Mountain Records has received international acclaim. They are the recipients of several prizes, most recently receiving the Ensemble Of The Year 2022 award from Le Dimore del Quartetto.
In addition to these activities, the quartet enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with other artists including internationally renowned pianist Nino Gvetadze, Urban Dance Group Static and visual artist Jordi Cárdenas, together with whom they won the 2019 Delft Chamber Music Festival Award. They recently featured in a Channel 4 documentary about the life of Frieda Belinfante, which was presented by world-renowned actor Stephen Fry.
In 2023 they are delighted to be a part of the Kronos Quartet’s ‘50 for the Future’ project, performing a selection from 50 quartet commissions for the Kronos Quartet in a festival hosted by the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam in the Muziekgebouw.
The Belinfante Quartet is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover with Professor Oliver Wille and they were recently selected to take part in the MERITA Project organised by Le Dimore del Quartetto. They were also one of the quartets in residence at the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam Residency 2021 – 2022. The quartet has performed in masterclasses with Eberhard Feltz, Isabel Charisius and the Jerusalem, Casals, Signum, Ebene and Danel Quartets.