2022 String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam Cancelled

(Photograph credit score: Ben Bonouvrier)


New measures applied by the Dutch authorities to sluggish the unfold of the COVID-19 have brought about the organizers of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam (SQBA) to cancel this 12 months’s pageant, to be held from January 29 till  February 5, 2022.

The occasion’s organizers had made a number of completely different contingency plans over the previous few weeks as restrictions tightened, however have been pressured to conclude {that a} profitable pageant can’t be held within the current local weather.

As an alternative, the SQBA will likely be held as a radio occasion in collaboration with Dutch Radio 4, and performances will likely be broadcast reside from the Muziekgebouw live performance corridor. The packages will nonetheless embody two world premieres by composers Jonathan Dove and Osvaldo Golijov.

The pageant is encouraging ticket holders to donate the price of their tickets to the pageant, as a way to assist the artists. SQBA has additionally known as for patrons to make a one-off donation to the pageant if they’re in a position, with all proceeds going to the musicians and the pageant’s freelance employees.

“Cancelling a pageant that solely takes place as soon as each two years is, in fact, an unimaginable disappointment for everybody concerned within the preparation and for all guests and musicians who had been wanting ahead to the pageant,” stated Yasmin Hilberdink, the pageant’s Creative Director.

“However with each measure from the federal government we lose an important piece of the entire — we are able to solely lower away a lot till we’re really left with one thing that has nothing to do with a pageant anymore,” she added.


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