Quatuor Van Kuijk

String Quartet

Nicolas Van Kuijk
Violin
Sylvain Favre-Bulle
Violin
Emmanuel François
Viola
Anthony Kondo
Cello
"You never know whether a new piece is on the right track until you‘ve played it in concert. You feel whether the audience is listening attentively, whether it is following you — or not."
Sylvain Favre-Bulle / Quatuor Van Kuijk, BR Klassik, October 2017
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Biography

The Quatuor Van Kuijk’s international accolades boast First, Best Beethoven and Best Haydn Prizes at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition, First Prize and an Audience Award at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, as well as becoming laureates of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy. They were BBC New Generation Artists from 2015-2017 and joined the prestigious ECHO Rising Stars roster for the 2017/2018 season.
Following such high success early in their career, the ensemble is an established presence at major international venues, performing at the Wigmore Hall in London, Philharmonie de Paris, Auditorium du Louvre, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Berliner Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Tivoli Concert Series in Denmark, Konserthuset Stockholm, and at festivals including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Heidelberg, Lockenhaus, Davos, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier/Radio France, Evian, Auvers-sur-Oise, Stavanger (Norway), Concentus Moraviae (Czech Republic), Haydn/Esterházy in Fertod (Hungary), and Eilat (Israel).

Upcoming tours will see the quartet make highly anticipated debuts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre and UKARIA in Australia, and Shanghai Symphony Hall, China.

The Quatuor Van Kuijk records exclusively for Alpha Classics. Their debut recording, ‘Mozart’, was released to outstanding critical acclaim - CHOC de Classica, DIAPASON D'OR DECOUVERTE. Following celebrated discs of Debussy and Ravel, and Schubert, they return their exploration of Mozart with two further releases across 2020. The first features the String Quartets K421 and K387, and the second presents the Viola Quintets K515 and K516 with Adrien La Marca.

The Quatuor Van Kuijk was resident at Proquartet, Paris, where they studied with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis and Hagen quartets. Having taken their first steps as students of the Ysaye Quartet, the young musicians have worked with Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia in Madrid; supported generously by the International Institute of Chamber Music of Madrid.

The Quatuor Van Kuijk is supported by Pirastro and SPEDIDAM and is grateful to Mécénat Musical Société Générale for their sponsorship.

2020 / 2021
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Contacts: Linda Uschinski (Head), Ellen Bäuerle

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Programme

2022 / 2023
Program I - Paris impressions
A selection of French melodies, originally transcribed for String Quartet.
Debussy: Petite Suite (En bateau, Cortège, Menuet, Ballet)
Fauré: Mélodies (Après un rêve, Les berceaux, Mandoline, Clair de lune)
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin (Rigaudon)
Debussy: Mélodies (Nuit d’étoile, Mandoline, Beau soir, Paysage sentimental)
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
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Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye
Poulenc: Mélodies (C, Fêtes galantes, Hôtel, Violon, Fancy, Fleur, Les Chemins de l’amour)
Satie: Je te veux
Program II - Mendelssohn & Masters
In 2022, the quartet releases their 5th recording: a double CD featuring Mendelssohn’s greatest works for String Quartet. Below is a selection of the classical and early romantic pieces they offer in this context — please feel free to put together your own program!
Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major, KV 465 “Dissonance”
Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, KV 421 (417b)
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 “Razumovsky”
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810 “Death and the Maiden”
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op.13
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44 No. 1
Program III - New Chapter
As they start the next chapter of their career as a Quartet, the Van Kuijk take the opportunity to present a new commission by Benjamin Attahir, a great colleague and pioneering composer of their generation. The new work will be presented alongside works from the ensemble’s core classical repertoire.
2021 / 2022

Discography

Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K 387
Divertimento in F major, K 138
String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K 421

Schubert: String Quartets 10 & 14
Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, "Death and the Maiden"

Debussy - Ravel - Chausson
Claude Debussy
String Quartet, Op. 10

Maurice Ravel
String Quartet

Ernest Chausson
Le Chanson perpetuelle for Mezzosoprano, Piano and String Quartet

Kate Lindsey - Mezzosoprano
Alphonse Cemin - Piano

Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 16, K 428
Divertimento, K136
String Quartet No. 19, K 465

Videos

Quatuor Van Kuijk - Mendelssohn, Op. 80

Contact

Linda Uschinski (Head)
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 717
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713
Ellen Bäuerle
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 712
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713