Quatuor Van Kuijk

String Quartet

Nicolas Van Kuijk
Sylvain Favre-Bulle
Emmanuel François
Anthony Kondo
"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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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 2015-17, as well as ECHO Rising Stars for the 2017-18 season.
Following such high success early in their career, the ensemble is an established international presence and has been invited to perform at the Wigmore Hall, London; Philharmonie de Paris, Auditorium du Louvre, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and Salle Gaveau, Paris; Tonhalle, Zurich; Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Vienna; Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Berliner Philharmonie; Kölner Philharmonie; Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg; Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Tivoli Concert Series, 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 and Trondheim (Norway), Concentus Moraviae (Czech Republic), Haydn/Esterházy (Hungary), and Eilat (Israel).

2022 marked Quatuor Van Kuijk’s 10-year anniversary, with a number of special projects centring around Mendelssohn’s string quartet cycle – which they will release for Alpha Classics across the current season. Further highlights of the current season include a number of international tours hosting debuts at venues including the Library of Congress, DC; Sydney Opera House; Melbourne Recital Centre; and UKARIA, Adelaide. They will also make their debut visit to Colombia and return to several prestigious European halls including London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus and Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

The ensemble 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 continued their ongoing exploration of Mozart with two further releases across 2020.

Quatuor Van Kuijk was resident at ProQuartet, Paris, where they studied with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis, and Hagen quartets. Originally students of the Ysaye Quartet, they went on to work with Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia in Madrid, supported generously by the International Institute of Chamber Music, Madrid.

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

2022 / 2023
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2023 / 2024
Program I
Autumn 2023

Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 in C major, D 703 “Quartet Movement”

Vierne: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 12


Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

Program II
Spring 2024
Mozart: one String Quartet tba
Shaw: Entr’acte
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 C-sharp minor, Op. 131
Mendelssohn Cycle

Concert I:

String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12, MWV R 25

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op.13, MWV R 22


String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44 No. 1, MWV R 30


Concert II

String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44 Nr. 2, MWV R 26

String Quartet No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 44 Nr. 3, MWV R 28


String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80, MWV R 37

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K 515
String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K 516

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

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


Quatuor Van Kuijk - Mendelssohn, Op. 80


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