The Mondriaan Quartet was founded in 1982. As a Quartet, they are in increasing demand for their performances of 20th century repertoire and regularly give premières of compositions written specially for them. Amongst the eighty or more specially written quartets are works by Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Guus Janssen, Henri Brant, Diderik Wagenaar, Luca Francesconi, Takayuki Rai, Neely Bruce and Paul Termos.
The Mondriaan Quartet is regularrly featured in important festivals f.i. Huddersfield Contemporary Festival(England), Ars Musica(Belgium), Festival Internacional de Las Artes(Costa Rica), Festival Internacional Cervantino(Mexico) and Holland Festival in wich their special contributions have been the chamber works of Anton Webern and Darius Milhaud. The quartet has also given concerts in the United States, Japan, England, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, Mexico and Costa Rica.
They have recorded 'Streepjes' by Guus Janssen(Donemus CV 8302), both stringquartets by the American George Antheil(1900-1959)(Data 851)(all 3 quartets by the same composer were released on cd (KTC 1093) by Etcetera
Besides their concert work in Holland and abroad, the Mondriaan Quartet also takes part in productions with theater, film and dancegroups.
Together with the dancegroup Rosa of Anne Teresa de Keersmaecker the Mondriaan quartet made the film 'Hoppla' (Arcanal cnc edv98) a coproduction of Channel 4, RTBF, NDR Hamburg, NOS and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris. Music: fourth Quartet by Bartok.
Jan Erik van Regteren Altena, violin
Edwin Blankenstijn, violin
Annette Bergman, viola
Eduard van Regteren Altena, violoncello
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Last updated: march 11 2008