C4 Dudok Quartet

  • Thursday, 2 May 2024

    3:00 pm

  • Albert Hall

    100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla ACT 2601

Written for the King of Prussia, Mozart’s last Quartet leaves not a trace of the personal and material struggles of his final years. Classically poised, and generously conceived for the cello playing king, the work exudes musical happiness and blissful contentment. The joy of making music together, of playing string quartet, and having fun, is equally pervasive in the work of both Holly Harrison and the Polish master Bacewicz, whose work is enjoying a welcome resurgence. While Bacewicz embraces the traditional pedigree of the string quartet, Harrison injects theatricality and modern verve.

Forever searching for meaning behind the notes, Holland’s Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, also on their first tour to Australia, aims to show how music affects people.

“dynamic and nuanced” – BBC Music Magazine


W.A. Mozart, String Quartet K 590 (1790)

Holly Harrison, Balderdash (2018)

Grażyna Bacewicz, String Quartet No. 4 (1951)


Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

Judith Van Driel, violin
Marleen Wester, violin
Marie-Louise de Jong, viola
David Faber, cello

Photo: Green Room Creatives – Yuri Andries

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Artist Dudok Quartet Amsterdam


Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is forging a reputation as one of the most creative and versatile quartets of its generation. With its ethos of “sharing the heart of music”, the quartet is committed to crafting unique and eclectic programmes in order to engage with its audiences in new and imaginative ways. In repertoire ranging from Ligeti, Shostakovich and Bacewicz through to Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven, the Dudok Quartet constantly strives to forge 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, Desprez, Shostakovich, Brahms and Messiaen. The Quartet is also committed to commissioning new works and have collaborated with composers including Joey Roukens, Peter Vigh and Theo Loevendie . Future commissioning projects include a new piece from British-Lebanese composer Bushra El-Turk.

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