Van Kuijk Quartet (string quartet)
Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Tonbridge
Nicolas Van Kuijk & Sylvain Favre-Bulle – violins
Emmanuel François – viola
François Robin – cello
N.B This event was originally scheduled for Saturday 1 May 2021 and has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to reschedule this event in our 2021-22 Season.
The Van Kuijk Quartet’s international accolades boast 1st Prizes, ‘Best Beethoven’ and ‘Best Haydn’ at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition; 1st 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 and joined the prestigious ECHO Rising Stars roster for the 2017-18 season.
Following such high success early in their career, the ensemble is an established presence at major international venues, performing 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; Royal 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 (Norway), Concentus Moraviae (Czech Republic), Haydn/Esterházy (Hungary), and Eilat (Israel). Further afield, they tour each season to North America and will make their Carnegie Hall debut this season. May 2020 will see them return to Australia with debut appearances at the Sydney Opera House (Utzon Room), Melbourne Recital Centre, and UKARIA in Adelaide alongside a residency at the Canberra International Music Festival. Following a celebrated tour to China, Japan, and Taiwan last season they will return to each country in 2021.
The Van Kuijk Quartet records exclusively for Alpha Classics. Their debut recording, Mozart, was released to outstanding critical acclaim – CHOC de Classica, DIAPASON D’OR DECOUVERTE – and followed by a CD of French music. Last season, they presented a highly anticipated disc of Schubert’s 10th and 14th Quartets. In autumn 2019, the quartet released another Mozart disc of the String Quartets K.421 and K.387, and will add a further Mozart recording to the collection in 2020, featuring the Viola Quintets K.515 and K.516 with Adrien La Marca.
The Van Kuijk Quartet 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 quartet have since worked with Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia in Madrid, supported generously by the International Institute of Chamber Music, Madrid.
The Van Kuijk Quartet is supported by Pirastro and SPEDIDAM and is grateful to Mécénat Musical Société Générale for their sponsorship.
“…the players make the music sound first distant, then glassy and other-worldly, effects that would sound self-conscious were the tuning not absolutely watertight. As it is, it works a treat.” (Erica Jeal, The Guardian for their debut album)
“Style, energy, and a sense of risk […] These four young Frenchman made the music smile.” (The Guardian)