DOT Quartet is a young, dynamic and versatile string quartet located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Since the quartet was founded in 2013, its players have been combining the rich classical string quartet tradition with influences and techniques from non classical styles, hence creating a new and unique identity for the string quartet. Having been through a classical education, they investigate the possibilities of the string quartet in styles like jazz, pop, singer songwriting, prog-rock and world music. Contact, - both among the players and with the audience -, energy, fun and improvisation are key words to the Dots. Since the quartet adopted a radically new style, the music they play also needs to seamlessly fit, and they therefore arrange and compose most of the music they play themselves. In their playing, composing and arranging, the DOT quartet is greatly influenced by the Turtle Island String quartet, a pioneer in the musical realms the DOT quartet works in.
In the beginning of 2016, DOT Quartet recorded their debut album, 'Travelers', containing 14 original compositions. The album was successfully presented on a tour through Spain and the Canary Islands, with a great response from their audience.
The Dots are regularly performing in the Netherlands, and have also done so in Belgium, Greece and Spain. Over the past few years, they have participated in many festivals such as Festival Classique, Fifty Fiddles Festival, North Sea Round Town, Pilgrim Harbour festival, Delft Fringe Festival, Dag van de Romantische Muziek, and Delft Chamber Music festival. In 2015, the DOT quartet was the finalist at the Music Matters Award, having received the Special Mention from the jury. More recently, in 2018, DOT Quartet received the first “Delft Chamber Music Festival Award”. In words of the jury: “The DOT Quartet has made very refreshing play. The string quartet played its own composed pieces convincingly and in a very tight version. The members have a classical background but enjoy playing jazz, folk and world music. The level of the individual musicians and their interplay makes the DOT Quartet the rightful winner of this Award."