Van Kuijk Quartet
performing works by Franz Schubert, György Ligeti and Maurice Ravel
7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018
(6:45 p.m. Pre-Concert Talk with musicologist Kai Christiansen)
Sunset Center, Carmel
“Extensive color palette, precise blending, and the sense of fun that makes these serious performances so vivid” – The Guardian
Opening the spectacular 52nd season for Chamber Music Monterey Bay is the Van Kuijk Quartet from France on their first tour of the United States. Currently BBC New Generation Artists, the Van Kuijk Quartet’s international accolades boast Best Beethoven and Best Haydn Prizes at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition, First 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 join the ECHO Rising Stars roster for the 2017-2018 season. Their performance at the 2016 annual Chamber Music America meeting totally won over CMMB’s artistic advisors, who ‘jumped the line’ in order to get on the 2018-19 tour schedule. This is a young string quartet to watch!
Since their formation in 2012, the ensemble is already an established presence in major international venues, performing at the Wigmore Hall in London, Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, Musikverein in Vienna, Berliner Philharmonie, Tivoli Concert Series in Denmark, Sage Gateshead, and at festivals in Cheltenham, Heidelberg, Lockenhaus, Davos, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier/Radio France, Evian, Auvers-sur-Oise, Stavanger (Norway), Concentus Moraviae (Czech Republic), Haydn/Esterházy in Fertod (Hungary), Eilat (Israel) and Canberra (Australia). This season saw the quartet make their debut in Hong Kong, Australia & Taiwan. They appeared last season at The Frick Collection in New York, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, and Salle Bourgie in Montreal.
The Quartet records exclusively for Alpha Classics. Their debut recording, Mozart, was released to outstanding critical acclaim in Autumn 2016, and was followed by a disc of French music in late 2017.
The Van Kuijk Quartet is in residence at Proquartet, Paris, where they study with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis and Hagen quartets. Having taken their first steps as students of the Ysaye Quartet, the young musicians have also worked with Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia in Madrid; supported generously by the International Institute of Chamber Music of Madrid.
The quartet also participates in international academies including the McGill International String Quartet Academy in Montreal, with Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet and André Roy; the Weikersheim International Chamber Music Course with the Vogler Quartet and Heime Müller, formerly of the Artemis Quartet, as well as the renowned academies in both Verbier and Aix-en-Provence.
Mécénat Musical Société Générale is the Van Kuijk’s main sponsor.
Artists: NICOLAS VAN KUIJK violin, SYLVAIN FAVRE-BULLE violin, EMMANUEL FRANÇOIS viola, FRANÇOIS ROBIN cello.
The quartet is sponsored by Mécénat Musical Société Générale.
The evening’s program includes the following compositions:
Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 10, (D 87) in E-flat Major
György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1 (Métamorphoses nocturnes)
Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F Major
New Subscriber Special Offer: Get five concerts for the price of four plus two complimentary guest tickets for Opening Night. Please contact the office for details.
Chamber Music Monterey Bay welcomes our new season sponsors: Rio Grill, Sanctuary Vacation Rentals, Lugano’s Swiss Bistro, Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors, and Wells Fargo Private Bank.
The Van Kuijk Quartet will also perform at The Park Lane Vista Lounge in Monterey on Sunday, October 7 at 11 am. This event is open to the public at no charge as part of Chamber Music Monterey County’s Visiting Artist Outreach program. The Park Lane is located at 200 Glenwood Circle in Monterey.
Learn more about the music on the program by attending Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s popular pre-concert lecture with musicologist Kai Christiansen at 6:45 p.m.
Kids up Front and Free! Students in grades 3-12 and music teachers receive FREE tickets and $15.00 discounted tickets for their adult companions through Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s education program.
Ticket prices: $33.00 – $52.00; $15.00 for adult students under 30 years of age and active military. Tickets are available at ChamberMusicMontereyBay.org or (831) 625-2212. Box office opens at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the concert.
Chamber Music Monterey Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the tradition of live classical chamber music performance and explore the evolution of this intimate art form through commissions of new compositions and local educational outreach.