The NSQA is an in The Netherlands unique institute which is entirely dedicated to providing specialised string quartet education for young and talented musicians. Thus the NSQA performs a role as a catalyst for the development of the string quartet in the Netherlands.

The NSQA offers education through several study programs:

  •      a two-year full-time post-academic course
  •      Coaching à la carte
  •      Bachelor & Master StringQuartet in co-operation with Conservatorium van Amsterdam

The courses are made up of quartet lessons and masterclass projects, and a supplementary curriculum with workshops in which topics like cultural entrepreneurship, string quartet analysis, marketing etc. are covered.

The string quartet lessons are given by Marc Danel (artistic leader NSQA & first violinist of the Danel Quartet, Brussels) and Stefan Metz (NSQA-founder and cellist of the former Orlando Quartet).  

''In my opinion chamber music in general and string quartet in particu­lar requires a highly specialised education.''

György Kurtág, composer, Paris 2001 (member International Recommendation Comité NSQA)