2014 HSBC Laureate of the Académie du Festival d’Aix
The young French ensemble Van Kuijk Quartet makes its Hong Kong debut with two 16th string quartets –by Beethoven and Mozart. Beethoven’s late style was utterly revolutionary – still is today – and Mozart’s famous Dissonance Quartet showed his innovative mettle too, while Poulenc offers the most lyrical of interludes in between.
Formed in 2012 and winners of the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition in London, Van Kuijk Quartet is considered as one of the most promising ensembles of the new generation with playing that is strong and characterful, adding a sense of fun that make each concert so vivid. In addition to being HSBC Laureate of the Académie du Festival d’Aix, the Quartet is one of the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars. The Quartet will appear in Europe’s leading concert halls and is currently a BBC New Generation Artist (2015-17).
Despite its Dutch-sounding name (after founding first violinist Nicolas Van Kuijk), the Quartet is French, but has quickly forged an international profile while not neglecting the home market: the Quartet is laureates of both the Festival dʼAix-en-Provence and FNAPEC Ensembles’ Music Competition. QVK records exclusively for Alpha Classics: their first release was tonight’s Mozart programme.
Beethoven, String Quartet No.16, Op.135
Poulenc, 4 Melodies (arrangement Jean-Christophe Masson): C (Louis Aragon) FP122, Fleurs (Louise de Vilmorin), Les chemins de l’amour (Jean Anouilh) FP106, Extrait de Fiançailles pour rire FP101
Mozart, String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465 “Dissonance”
Nicolas Van Kuijk violin
Sylvain Favre-Bulle violin
Emmanuel François viola
François Robin cello
The performance will last for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes including one interval and will be followed by a sharing session with the artists.
Open to every ticket-holder of the performance.
Masterclass with Van Kuijk Quartet
4 Jun, 3:00-5:00pm
CONCERT HALL, HONG KONG CITY HALL
FREE ADMISSION. To register, please click here.
More Details here
“Style, energy, and a sense of risk. These four young Frenchman made the music smile” The Guardian
Académie du Festival d’Aix
The Académie du Festival d’Aix is a centre of excellence for vocal and instrumental training, a platform for reflecting, experimenting and creating opera and innovative forms, and a place that caters for the professional development of young artists. It offers them the opportunity to take part in residencies and perform in concerts and opera productions at the Festival d’Aix as well as on tours across France and abroad throughout the year.
Quatuor Van Kuijk is 2014 HSBC Laureate of the Académie du Festival d’Aix
Committed to supporting young talents, HSBC has been joining with the Académie of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence since 2006. The artistic direction of the Festival selects each year a new set of singers, a pianist vocal coach and a chamber music ensemble. The HSBC France group supports these young artists – the HSBC Laureate – chosen among the Académie’s most promising talents, enabling them to build on the experience they have gained during the Festival and to perform in recitals and concerts in France and abroad.