Winner of the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition, including prizes for the best performances of Beethoven and Haydn, the Van Kuijk Quartet was founded in 2012 in Paris, and in the few years since has found success throughout Europe, taking First Prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in Norway and honors at the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy and the FNAPEC Ensembles Music Competition.
Concert Sunday, April 15, 2018, 3pm
Master class Monday, April 16, 2018, noon
"Style, energy, and a sense of risk… These four young Frenchman made the music smile."
- The Guardian
Founded in 2012 in Paris, the Van Kuijk Quartet won the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition, along with the associated Best Beethoven and Best Haydn prizes. In the few years since the quartet first formed, it has found success throughout Europe. As well as triumphing at the Wigmore Hall, the quartet won the First Prize and Audience Award at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in Norway and is laureate of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy and the FNAPEC Ensembles Music Competition, both in France.
The Van Kuijk Quartet is in residence at Proquartet, Paris, where it studies with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis and Hagen quartets. Having taken their first steps as students of the Ysaÿe Quartet, the young musicians now study with Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia in Madrid; their studies take place thanks to the generous support of the International Institute of Chamber Music of Madrid.
The quartet also participates in various academies, including the McGill International String Quartet Academy (Montreal) and the Weikersheim International Chamber Music Academy, as well as academies in Aix-en-Provence and Verbier. An established presence in major international venues, the Van Kuijk Quartet has performed at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London and at festivals in Heidelberg, Verbier, Aix-en Provence Stavanger, the Tivoli Concert Series in Denmark and the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria.
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Opus 44 No. 2 (1837)
Akira Nishimura (b. 1953), String Quartet No. 2, “Pulse of the Lights” (1992)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10 (1893)