Babylon Quartet is a versatile, dynamic ensemble that aims to reignite public interest in chamber music with their passion, unquestionable professionalism and cultural diversity. They are always on the lookout for expanding the concept of string quartet with new works, use of new media and fusion with other art forms, as well as reimagining and revitalizing the established repertoire.
Having won Grote Kamermuziek Prijs 2015, Babylon Quartet has performed at some of the most prestigious stages in the Netherlands: Het Concertgebouw, De Doelen, TivoliVredenburg and many others. The quartet was also a finalist of Storioni Toonzaal Prijs 2015 and Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Concours 2016. Other notable performances include an exceptionally well-received debut at Janine Jansen’s Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht 2015 and a successful premiere of a new piece written for Babylon Quartet by McDaniel Brothers (‘Ghosts’ for string quartet and live electronics) at Classical:NEXT 2016 conference (De Doelen, Rotterdam). Babylon Quartet also performed extensively outside the Netherlands, reaching audiences in Austria, France, Lithuania and Portugal.
Committed to the cause of bringing classical music to those who cannot make it to the concert hall, Babylon Quartet is honoured to be an active participant of Live Music Now program performing in a variety of settings ranging from rehabilitation centers to retirement homes and hospices.
Babylon Quartet is a recipient of the prestigious Kersjes Fonds Strijkkwartet Stipendium (2016) that was awarded to them at the Kleine Zaal of Het Concertgebouw.
In 2017, Babylon Quartet became the first ensemble to have graduated from the brand new Chamber Music Master program at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague. During the studies, members of Babylon Quartet received coaching from Janet Krause, Michel Strauss, Mikhail Zemtsov, Philippe Graffin, Asdis Valdimarsdottir, Skampa Quartet, Quiroga Quartet, Storioni Trio and Pavel Fischer.
Babylon Quartet also benefited from a continuous relationship with European Chamber Music Academy that allowed them to learn from such luminaries as Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, Jan Talich, Petr Prause, Evgeniya Epshtein, Anita Mitterer, Josef Kluson, Patrick Judt, Diana Ligeti, Mina Pensola, Vida Vujic and others.
Violin 1: Leonid Nikishin; Violin 2: Danielle Daoukayeva; Viola: Kellen McDaniel; Cello: William McLeish.
Het Concertgebouw – Amsterdam
NedPhO Koepel – Amsterdam
De Doelen – Rotterdam
TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht
Muziekgebouw – Eindhoven
Toonzaal – Den Bosch,
De Vereeniging – The Hague
Mauritshuis – The Hague
Maltezerhuis – Utrecht
Rietveld Theater – Delft
Bernard Haitinkzaal – Conservatory of Amsterdam
Arnold Schoenbergzaal Royal Conservatoire – The Hague
Chateau Saint-Loup – France
Casa da Musica – Porto, Portugal
City Hall – Porto, Portugal
The Arsenal – Vilnius, Lithuania
Beethovenhaus – Baden, Austria
Grafenegg Castle – Grafenegg, Austria,
Joseph Haydn Hall – Vienna, Austria
Janine Jansen Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival 2015, Utrecht
International Chamber Music Festival 2015, The Hague
BumaClassical 2015, Utrecht
Classical:NEXT 2016 conference, Rotterdam
Festival Classique 2016, The Hague
Grachtenfestival 2016, Amsterdam
Delft Chambermusic Festival 2016, Delft
Klassiek op het Amstelveld Festival 2016, Amsterdam
Kunst in de Kamer concert series 2015/2016 (Lelystad and Voorschoten)
HARMOS Festival 2017 – Porto, Portugal
Travelling in Baroque 2017 – The Netherlands