The North American debut of the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam took place just over one week ago, on the 12th January, during the Winter Chamber Music Festival in Evanston, Illinois.
Next to our first time in the USA, this was also the first time that one of our concerts was attended by no fewer than four critics! We are very happy with the very positive reactions we received from both press and audience.
Chicago Tribune (Alan Artner):
"Chief among the characteristics of Friday’s performances were an extraordinarily refined sound combined with an architect’s developed sense of relations between parts and a whole. Both proclaimed artistic maturity in an ensemble not a decade old."
Classical Voice North America (Kyle Macmillan):
"The Dudok’s first-rate players possess all the chops they need, but that technical prowess is always subjugated to the group’s artistry and is never an end in itself. [...] The Dudok Kwartet has no further concerts in North America scheduled at the moment. But when word gets out, expect that to change. And change quickly."
Chicago Classical Review (Lawrence A. Johnson):
"The Dudok Kwartet’s light, silvery sonority and graceful style proved well-suited to Mozart, and the musicians charted the ebb and flow with vivacious, lightly articulated playing and bracingly clean intonation. [...] The Dudok Kwartet Amsterdam is clearly a talented ensemble on the rise and one looks forward to their next visit to Chicago."
Third Coast Review (Louis Harris):
"The players blended perfectly, coming together for an exciting finish. [...] They were very tight and disciplined in the tumultuous opening movement, creating excellent contrasts with the quieter, reflective passages. Mendelssohn poured his heart on sleeve in the slow third movement [...]. The intimate passion came through wonderfully with the Dudok Kwartet’s performance."