The Quatuor VAN KUIJK joins ALPHA CLASSICS!
The Quatuor VAN KUIJK joins ALPHA CLASSICS and performs the programme of its first album in concert at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence on 2 July.
Despite its Dutch-sounding name, the quartet founded by Nicolas Van Kuijk in 2012 is French. But its short career is already international. The Quatuor Van Kuijk won First Prize in the 2015 Wigmore Hall Competition and First Prize and Audience Award at the Trondheim International Chamber Competition, and its members have been named BBC New Generation Artists until 2017. It has also been distinguished by the Academy of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and it is in the framework of the latter’s partnership with Alpha Classics that it has recorded this programme. Mozart is obviously the ideal composer to forge a link between chamber music and opera, the raison d’être of the Aix Festival.
This programme combines an impish divertimento by the youthful Mozart of 1772 with two mature quartets composed around 1782, including the famous ‘Dissonance’ Quartet with its eminently dramatic opening. Nowhere else in Mozart’s quartets do theatre and counterpoint form such a happy pairing.
Considered as one of the most promising ensembles of the new generation, the QVK has just been named RISING STAR by the European Concert Hall Organisation, which will give them an opportunity to appear in the leading European concert halls.
Alpha is proud to accompany it for several recording projects.
STRING QUARTETS K428 & K465 ‘DISSONANCE’, DIVERTIMENTO K136
QUATUOR VAN KUIJK
Nicolas Van Kuijk, violon
Sylvain Favre-Bulle, violon
Grégoire Vecchioni, alto
François Robin, violoncelle
7/7 Rencontres Musicales d’Evian
17/7 London Wigmore Hall
19 au 21/7 Festival Radio France à Montpellier
24/7 Cordes-Sur-Ciel La Belle Saison
26/7 Pays de la Meije
5/8 Hitzacker (G)
17/9 Paris Classique au Vert
24/9 Rouen, Chapelle Corneille
29/9 Eisenstadt (A)
2/10 London Wigmore Hall
7/10 Béziers La Belle Saison
16/11 London Wigmore Hall
24/11 Paris Auditorium de Louvre
25/11 Wien Musikverein
26/11 Zurich Tonhalle
Other concerts on quatuorvankuijk.com