Ragazze Quartet
Ragazze Quartet plays both classical and modern string quartet repertoire: inspired and on the highest level. With attractive but unconventional programmes the quartet has come to be one of the most fresh and leading voices in the world of classical music.
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Kronos’ 50 For the Future Weekend
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SAT 06 MAY, 2:00pm
Muziekgebouw / Amsterdam / NL
SAT 06 MAY, 7:30pm
Muziekgebouw / Amsterdam / NL
SUN 07 MAY, 10:30am
Muziekgebouw / Amsterdam / NL
SUN 07 MAY, 2:00pm
Muziekgebouw / Amsterdam / NL
SUN 07 MAY, 7:00pm
Muziekgebouw / Amsterdam / NL
50 new pieces for string quartet in 1 weekend.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Kronos Quartet. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, it asked 50 composers from all over the world to compose a string quartet. Resulting in a library of 50 contemporary pieces: ’50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire’. Designed to guide string quartets in developing and honing the skills required for the performance of 21st-century repertoire.


These 50 pieces reflect the rich sound of the world and together form an unprecedentedly versatile and up-to-date kaleidoscope of today’s string quartet. ‘Each piece is a real piece, a real investment in making a future in music possible’
– David Harrington, Kronos Quartet


Ragazze Quartet is honoured to be able to co-produce together with Kronos Quartet, String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam and Muziekgebouw the Kronos’ 50 For the Future weekend in Amsterdam.


For the first time ever all 50 pieces will be performed in 1 weekend, by 10 extraordinary string quartets.

Watch a documentary on the project, the composers, the quartets and the weekend on youtube via this links: episode 1, episode 2, episode 3 and episode 4.


Next to the concerts there will be talks, panels, workshops, a masterclass and speed dates. Even the youngest generation of quartets will occupy the stage, contributing new works that were written for So You Think You Can Write a Strijkkwartet?! – an educational project from the Ragazze Quartet and Stichting In de Knop. Students of the Sweelinck Academy (the talented youth of the Conservatory of Amsterdam) composed new work for their peers, who will perform these compositions during the weekend.
As an audience you can also witness all these special events.


Line-up string quartets:

Kronos Quartet – Ragazze Quartet – Attacca Quartet – Ruysdael Kwartet – PUBLIQuartet – Matangi Quartet – Belinfante Quartet – Signum Quartett – ADAM Quartet – Animato Kwartet – Leerorkest quartets – Sweelinck Academie

Repertoire Ragazze Quartet:
Merlijn Twaalfhoven
Yevgeniy Sharlat
Pencil Sketch
Garth Knox
Bryce Dessner
Le Bois
Missy Mazzoli
Enthusiasm Strategies
Tanya Tagaq
Nicole Lizée
Another Living Soul
Nicole Lizée
Darkness Is Not Well Lit
Philip Glass
Quartet Satz
Aftab Darvishi
Daughters of Sol
Mark Applebaum
Kronos Quartet / KPAA
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For nearly 50 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has challenged and reimagined what a string quartet can be. Founded at a time when the form was largely centered on long-established, Western European traditions, Kronos has been at the forefront of revolutionizing the string quartet into a living art form that responds to the people and issues of our time.
String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam
String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam
The String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam has the goal of inspiring as large and diverse a public as possible to experience and become acquainted with the string quartet in all its facets.