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 will mark Quatuor Van Kuijk’s 10 year anniversary. The occasion will be celebrated with a number of special projects centring around Mendelssohn’s string quartet cycle – which they will record for Alpha Classics. Further programmes will see them premiere a new work by Benjamin Attahir, and perform a selection of French melodies specially arranged for them. They will tour to the US, Canada, Australia and Asia making anticipated debuts at venues including Sydney Opera House, UKARIA in Adelaide, and Shanghai Symphony Hall, China.

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.

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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
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.
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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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