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Quatuor Van Kuijk

Nicolas Van Kuijk - violin
Sylvain Favre-Bulle - violin
Emmanuel François - viola
François Robin - cello

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"Style, energy, and a sense of risk [...]. These four young Frenchmen made the music smile."
The Guardian

Joining the ECHO Rising Stars roster for the 2017/2018 season - on the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists roster 2015-17, the Van Kuijk Quartet’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 ... the Van Kuijk Quartet appears to be one of today's most promising quartets.

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The Quartet has performed in major International Festivals in Italy: Serate Musicali - Milan, IUC - Rome, GOG - Genoa, "Società Veneziana dei Concerti" - Venice, "Teatro la Fenice" - Venice, Biennale Musica - Venice, Amici della Musica - Florence, "Bologna Festival", Amici della Musica - Palermo, Chamber Music Festival - Cervo, "B.Barattelli" - L'Aquila, Petruzzelli Theater - Bari etc. ;

and in International Festivals around the world: U.S.A. - New York - United Nations Palace, Los Angeles UCLA & Getty Museum, Washington National Gallery, San Francisco, Seattle - Meany Hall, Philadelphia; CANADA: Toronto, Vancouver; SOUTH AMERICA: BRASIL - Rio de Janeiro, San Paolo, Curitiba; URUGUAY: Montevideo, Minas, San Josè; ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires 2 in the Coliseum Theater,Colon Theater, Cordoba;

EUROPE: Paris - Unesco Palace, Bad Kissingen - Kissinger Sommer, Wurzburg Mozart Festival, Munchen - Herkulessaal, St.Moritz - Engadina Festival, Basel - Musik Akademie, Bruxelles - Societè Philarmonique, Sofia - Sala Bulgaria, "Saou Chante Mozart", Bratislava Mozart Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Helsinki - National Finnish Opera, Ossiach/Villach Festival, Vienna - Klangbogen, Barcelona & Valencia - Palau de la Musica, Madrid – Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Warsaw - European College, Copenhagen-Tivoli Hall, Beirut - Al Bustan Festival, Tokio - New Otani Hall, Taipei-National Concert Hall, Seoul Ho-Am Art Hall.

They had the honour of playing to the Pope Giovanni Paolo II and to the President of the Italian Republic.

They have recorded for the RAI (Italian State Television),American Radio of the New York Times (WQXR), Radio Suisse Romande, Southkorean Radio MBC, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany), Schweizer Radio DRS2, ORF1 (Austria), Radio Clasica (Spain). They have recorded CDs for Dynamic, Koch, Musical Heritage Society, Ermitage, Hommage, Aura, Fonit Cetra, CD Classic, UNICEF.

The quartet has collaborated with Bruno Giuranna, Piero Farulli, Paul Szabo, Borodin Quartet, Prazak Quartet, Herbert Kefer (Artis Quartet), Oscar Ghiglia, Danilo Rossi, Pietro De Maria, Dieter Flury (1st flute - Wiener Philarmoniker).

 

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Joining the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists roster 2015-17, the Van Kuijk Quartet’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. Further to this, they join the ECHO Rising Stars roster for the 2017/2018 season.

Since their formation in 2012, the ensemble is already an established presence in major international venues, performing at the Wigmore Hall in London, Tivoli Concert Series in Copenhagen, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Sage Gateshead, and at festivals in Cheltenham, Galway, Heidelberg, Lockenhaus, Davos, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier/Radio France, Stavanger, Concentus Moraviae (Czech Republic), Eilat (Israel) and the Haydn/Esterházy in Fertod (Hungary).

Upcoming appearances include Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle Zurich, Philharmonie Berlin, Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, Chapelle Royale in Brussel and Musikverein in Vienna.

The Quartet records exclusively for Alpha Classics. Their debut recording, presenting Mozart, was released in summer 2016 and will be followed by a disc of French music in 2017.

The Van Kuijk Quartet is in residence at ProQuartet, Paris, where they study with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis and Hagen Quartets. Having taken their first steps as students of the Ysaÿe 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 Quartet also participates in international academies; at the McGill International String Quartet Academy in Montreal, with Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet and André Roy; at the Weikersheim International Chamber Music Course with the Vogler Quartet and Heime Müller, formerly of the Artemis Quartet, as well as the renowned academies in both Verbier and Aix-en-Provence.

Mécénat Musical Société Générale is the Van Kuijk’s main sponsor.

Programmes

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(Autumn/Winter 2017/2018)

Haydn: String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 33 No. 2
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 44 No. 2

Haydn: String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 33 No. 2
Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 'Kreutzer Sonata'
Ravel: String Quartet in F major


(Spring/Summer 2018)

Beethoven: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 18 No. 3
Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1 'Metamorphoses nocturnes'
Ravel: String Quartet in F major

Webern: Five Pieces, Op. 5
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

further quintet and sextet repertoire tba:

Fauré: Piano Quintet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 89
Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor
Schubert: Quintet in A major, D667 'Trout'
Schönberg: String Sextet 'Transfigured Night'