The Schoenberg Quartet was founded in 1976 and its 30th anniversary was celebrated in 2006.
The musicians of the Quartet (Janneke van der Meer and Wim de Jong, violins; Henk Guittart, viola; Viola de Hoog, cello) share a common interest in the composers of the Second Viennese School — Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Anton Webern and Alexander Zemlinsky — and the complete works for strings by these composers form the heart of their repertoire. However, their programmes range from the music of Claude Debussy and Johannes Brahms to that of composers of the present day, highlighting the music of the first three decades of the twentieth century.
Besides concerts and broadcasts in The Netherlands, the Quartet has given performances in most European countries as well as in Canada and the United States. Its performances for Dutch television of Schoenberg’s eight works for strings were broadcast worldwide and the Quartet appears on the Rhombus film My War Years about the life of Arnold Schoenberg.
The Friends of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles awarded the Schoenberg Quartet Honorary Life Membership in 1989, an honour previously accorded to artists such as Pierre Boulez, Felix Galimir and Eugene Lehner.