The Dudok Quartet

Nawābganj Saturday 18th February 2023, 7.30 pm

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

Mozart: Quartet in F K590
Tchaikovsky: Quartet no 1 in D op 11
Shostakovich: Quartet no 5 in B flat op 92

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Having first met as members of the Ricciotti ensemble, a Dutch street symphony orchestra, the Dudok Quartet studied with the Alban Berg Quartet and later at the Dutch String Quartet Academy. Since then the quartet has performed at many major European venues and made its USA debut in 2018; recent projects have included the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s opera Only the Sound Remains with the Dutch National Opera.

Judith Van Driel spent a year in Vienna studying before getting the chance to participate in the Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (“an incredible experience”).  Nevertheless, she says “I became more and more convinced about the fact that playing in a string quartet was all I ever wanted. As a string quartet you are independent, you can do whatever you decide. It is wonderful to have fun on stage with the four of us and to make the audience a part of our story.”

 Marlene Wester says she never imagined playing in a string quartet as extensively as she does now when she studied the violin in Amsterdam. “Playing chamber music was always a dream” she says “but finding a group which works together greatly is a big difficulty. Telling a story and transmitting a feeling to the audience are things that have always been of great importance to me, whatever formation I played.”

After studies at the Maastricht Conservatory, Marie-Louise de Jong completed her masters degree in Freiburg.  She played as a principal violist with the National Youth Orchestra but from childhood she was fascinated by chamber music and hence always played in smaller ensembles. “I have been doing so with the Belgian St. George Quintet she says “and cannot wait to discover all the wonderful repertoire for string quartet! “

David Faber played the cello from an early age but before embarking on a musical career had some catching up to do, because he spent his first years after high school studying law. He mastered the art of playing the cello during six years of study in The Hague and Amsterdam. After that he was free to fully commit his newly acquired capabilities to the string quartet. He sees the string quartet as continually “pushing your limits as a musician. Being surrounded by three very talented and inspiring fellow musicians, it never occurs to you to not fully engage while playing. Besides that, the full potential of the cello is used in a string quartet.”