Quatuor Van Kuijk have existed for only a short time, but their rise has been meteoric. The quartet, named after first violinist Nicolas Van Kuijk, have released two albums of material thus far: a collection of Mozart in 2016 that The Guardian called “well-judged, serious” and a collection of music from fellow countrymen Debussy, Ravel and Chausson in 2017 that Le Soir raved had “a lot of nerve.”
Despite their short time in the public eye, Quatuor Van Kuijk have enjoyed enormous success, including being named 2017-2018 ECHO Rising Stars; they were the first French string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition; and they took first place and the audience prize in Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.
Success can paradoxically trap those constitutionally unfit for the limelight, but Quatuor Van Kuijk are up for the challenge. Their praise isn’t overheated. It’s well-earned, and they’re just getting warmed up.
Nicolas Van Kuijk, violin
Sylvain Favre-Bulle, violin
Emmanuel François, viola
François Robin, cello