News

Next concerts

Next concerts

Unfortunately, our live per­for­man­ces are still very limi­ted, the first time we can be tog­e­ther on sta­ge is June 14th at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. Together with our fri­ends from Nico & the Navigators the pro­gram “NOW — Force and Freedom, Beethoven Variations in Corona Times” will be per­for­med. We are very gra­te­ful that the Konzerthaus Dortmund is a part­ner in at least a par­ti­al rea­li­za­ti­on of our spe­cial Beethoven pro­ject.
Further con­certs in Hanover, at Schloss Elmau and at the Hitzacker Summer Music Festival are still planned,but have not yet been final­ly deci­ded / con­fir­med. We will keep you up to date and hope that we can pro­vi­de you with more good news and of cour­se live music again soon.
Yours sin­ce­rely, the Kuss Quartet

“Force and Freedom” — digital version

Force and Freedom” — digital version

Together with the Kuss Quartet, the ensem­ble Nico and the Navigators wan­ted to con­tri­bu­te to the Beethoven year 2020 an extra­or­di­na­ry per­for­mance on various european sta­ges: the tit­le was “Force and Freedom”, they wan­ted «music in the exis­ten­ti­al ten­si­on bet­ween exter­nal cons­traints and inner free­dom with its indis­solub­le con­trast bet­ween explo­re sub­jec­tive desi­res and objec­tive rea­li­ty in which Beethoven had to move and assert throughout his life. »
The pre­mie­re would have taken place on May 1, 2020 as part of the Schwetzingen SWR Festival, fur­ther per­for­man­ces were plan­ned at Kissinger Sommer, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, at BOZAR Brussels and Radialsystem Berlin.

On March 18, 2020, rehe­ar­sals had to be stop at the Berlin Ufer stu­di­os, the pre­mie­re on May 1, 2020, tog­e­ther with the ent­i­re Schwetzingen Festival, has been can­ce­led and is now post­po­ned to next year.

At the begin­ning of April, howe­ver, an online pro­ject was initia­ted, which is based on the work on Force and Freedom and in addi­ti­on to the ques­ti­ons asked the­re, also nego­tia­tes the cur­rent restric­tions on life. In short, fast or medi­ta­ti­ve clips, which are based on the com­ple­te record­ing of all Beethoven Quartets, indi­vi­du­al minia­tures of the artists are put tog­e­ther, which as a gro­wing digi­tal dia­ry are small memo­ries such as time cap­su­les or remi­nis­cen­ces of the pre­sent situa­ti­on of soci­al distan­cing.

It is a tech­ni­que bey­ond the usu­al strea­ming: the choice of the pie­ces and the cut of the sce­nes put the snapshots in con­text and deve­lop a who­le, a digi­tal sta­ging out of frag­ments. This method can­not replace the com­mon expe­ri­ence of a phy­si­cal per­for­mance. Rather, the work is an expres­si­on of the individual’s lon­ging for each other, which should be pre­ser­ved as a las­ting expe­ri­ence from this cri­sis. ”

The indi­vi­du­al sequen­ces can alrea­dy be fol­lo­wed on soci­al media. The ent­i­re dia­ry you can watch HERE.

At the end of this path the­re is an extra­or­di­na­ry memo­ry game, which can be put tog­e­ther from a selec­tion of a total of 29 clips. If you find the right solu­ti­on, you can take part in the raff­le of tickets at Schwetzinger Festspiele 2021!

Kuss @IDAGIO Live

Kuss @IDAGIO Live

The Kuss Quartet is invi­ted at IDAGIO Live for a litt­le series with four epi­so­des star­ting April 29th — along­si­de with artists like Iván Fischer, Kirill Gerstein, Thomas Hampson and others, pre­sen­ting their record­ings, musi­cal ide­as and insights on the Classical Streaming App.
Every Wednesday from 7 pm: CLICK

Out Now! All Beethoven Quartets Live from Suntory Hall

Out Now! All Beethoven Quartets Live from Suntory Hall

We are immen­se­ly hap­py to pre­sent you the result from many years of our quar­tet life.
Finally, the CD box with 8 CDs have just been released at Rubicon Classics.
Many thanks to our sound engi­neer Dirk Fischer, the Nippon Music Fondation for the loan of the Stradivari quar­tet, to the Henle Verlag for the Urtext mate­ri­al, to the Suntory Hall Tokyo for the gre­at coope­ra­ti­on and many nume­rous hel­pers, sup­por­ters and spon­sors.
We wish our audi­ence lot of joy and plea­su­re at their homes while lis­ten­ing to the album!
Available here:
Amazon UK
Prestoclassical
IDAGIO, Spotify und iTunes

Concerts cancelled

Concerts cancelled

Dear fri­ends, dear fans,

unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly we have to let you know that our con­certs in Warstein, Paderborn, Kleve as well as Hameln and Amsterdam have been can­ce­led or post­po­ned. The coro­na­vi­rus pan­de­mic has reached Germany as well.
If you like, you can purcha­se our new CD, which will be released on March 27th and at least lis­ten to our Beethoven cycle at home! We hope for bet­ter times soon, stay healt­hy and safe,

best regards from the Kuss Quartet

Highlights 2019/20

Highlights 2019/20

The Kuss Quartet con­ti­nues per­forming Beethovens String Quartet cycle in the upco­m­ing sea­son, which they will per­form in several con­certs in October & March in Hanover. Furthermore, the ensem­ble appears twice at Wigmore Hall London, at the Quartet Biennale in Paris and at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as in many other cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Kiel, Dannenberg. Siegen, Kleve, Paderborn, Heiligendamm and Schloss Elmau.
The four of them are delight­ed about the invi­ta­ti­on by Hungarian pia­nist Dénes Várjon to his cham­ber music fes­ti­val in November 2019 in Budapest, whe­re they will per­form with Várjon him­s­elf and again with cel­list Miklós Perényi.
The inten­se col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Nico & the Navigators will be con­ti­nued for the Beethoven pro­ject “Force & Freedom” with its pre­mie­re at the Schwetzinger Festspiele in May 2020.
Further per­for­man­ces will take place at Konzerthaus Dortmund, Palais de Beaux-Arts Brussels and at the Kissinger Sommer Festival. All details and links can be found HERE.

“Beethoveniana” — Bruno Mantovani

Beethoveniana” — Bruno Mantovani

Beethoveniana”, the new com­mis­sio­ned work of Bruno Mantovani will be pre­mie­red in June 2019 at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Other pres­ti­gious com­mis­sio­ners, next to the quar­tet its­elf and the Suntory Hall are the Landesstifung Niedersachsen Musik21, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London and the Paris Biennale/ ProQuartet.

(Photo Credit: © Ferrante Ferranti)

Ensemble in Residence” @JM International Chamber Music Campus

The Kuss Quartet is invi­ted as “Ensemble in Residence” to teach string quar­tets and other cham­ber music ensem­bles at the 64th Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus  from September 03–14 2019.
Other pro­fes­sors are Heime Müller, who is also Artistic Director of the cam­pus, Dirk Mommertz from Fauré Quartett and Günter Pichler, legen­da­ry first vio­li­nist of the for­mer Alban Berg Quartet.
Please visit this LINK for app­li­ca­ti­ons and fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on.

Concerts

Concerts

UPCOMING

Jul 2020

MARVAO (PRT) — POSTPONED TO 2021

30/07/2020 16:00

Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 18,3
Bruno Mantovani: “Beethoveniana”
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 135

@Festival Internacional de Musica de Marvao

Aug 2020

HITZACKER

01/08/2020 20:00

Beethoven! – Works by Beethoven, Mantovani, Fischer and others

with Johannes Fischer, Percussion

ARCHIVE

Jun 2020

ELMAU

26/06/2020 11:00

Beethoven: Streichquartett F‑Dur op. 135
Beethoven: Streichquartett C‑Dur op. 59 Nr. 3

Schloss Elmau

KISSINGER SOMMERPOSTPONED

25/06/2020 20:00

Force & Freedom I with Nico and the Navigators

Ludwig van Beethoven: Große Fuge für Streichquartett B‑Dur op. 133
Ludwig van Beethoven: Streichquartett F‑Dur op. 135

@ Kurtheater

ELMAU

25/06/2020 17:00

Beethoven: Streichquartett F‑Dur op. 135
Beethoven: Streichquartett C‑Dur op. 59 Nr. 3

Schloss Elmau

HANNOVER

22/06/2020 19:30

Force & Freedom I with Nico and the Navigators

Ludwig van Beethoven: Große Fuge für Streichquartett B‑Dur op. 133
Ludwig van Beethoven: Streichquartett F‑Dur op. 135

@ Orangerie Schloss Herrenhausen

HANNOVER

21/06/2020 19:30

Ludwig van Beethoven: Streichquartett A‑Dur op. 18,5
Streichquartett e‑Moll op. 59,2
Streichquartett cis-Moll op. 131

@ Orangerie, Schloss Herrenhausen

DORTMUND

14/06/2020 18:00

JETZTFORCE & FREEDOM: BEETHOVEN-VARIATIONEN IN CORONAZEITEN

Ludwig van Beethoven: Große Fuge für Streichquartett B‑Dur op. 133
Ludwig van Beethoven: Streichquartett F‑Dur op. 135

@ Konzerthaus Dortmund

BRÜSSELPOSTPONED

12/06/2020 20:00

Force & Freedom I with Nico and the Navigators

Ludwig van Beethoven: Große Fuge für Streichquartett B‑Dur op. 133
Ludwig van Beethoven: Streichquartett F‑Dur op. 135

@ Palais des Beaux-Arts

May 2020

HEILIGENDAMMPOSTPONED

17/05/2020 18:00

with Bas Böttcher

Grand Hotel Heiligendamm

HEILIGENDAMMPOSTPONED

16/05/2020 18:00

Ludwig van Beethoven: Streichquartett B‑Dur Op. 18 Nr. 6, F‑Dur Op.135, Op. 59 Nr. 3

Grand Hotel Heiligendamm

KIELPOSTPONED

15/05/2020 19:00

Ludwig van Beethoven: Streichquartett B‑Dur Op. 18 Nr. 6, F‑Dur Op.135, Op. 59 Nr. 3

Kieler Schloss, Kleiner Saal

SCHWETZINGER FESTSPIELE

03/05/2020 18:00

Force & Freedom I with Nico and the Navigators

Ludwig van Beethoven: Große Fuge für Streichquartett B‑Dur op. 133
Ludwig van Beethoven: Streichquartett F‑Dur op. 135

@ Schloss, Schwetzingen

SCHWETZINGER FESTSPIELE

01/05/2020 19:00

Force & Freedom I with Nico and the Navigators

Ludwig van Beethoven: Große Fuge für Streichquartett B‑Dur op. 133
Ludwig van Beethoven: Streichquartett F‑Dur op. 135

@ Schloss, Schwetzingen

Apr 2020

AMSTERDAMCANCELLED

06/04/2020 20:15

Poppe: “Freizeit”
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 59/1
B. Mantovani — “Beethoveniana”
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 135

@Concertgebouw

Mar 2020

KLEVECANCELLED

17/03/2020 20:00

with Bas Böttcher

@Stadthalle

PADERBORN

15/03/2020 18:00

with Bas Böttcher

@Audienzsaal im Residenzmuseum Schloß Neuhaus

WARSTEIN

14/03/2020 19:30

with Bas Böttcher
Neue Aula

BERLIN

09/03/2020 20:00

rbb Klassik-Lounge
mit Bas Böttcher, Slam-Poetrist
@watergate Club

Feb 2020

SIEGEN

06/02/2020 20:00

Aribert Reimann: 7 Bagatellen für Streichquartett (2017)
Enno Poppe: “Freizeit” für Streichquartett
Martin Herchenröder: „Poems and Variations“
Bruno Mantovani: Streichquartett Nr. 6 “Beethoveniana” (2018)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Streichquartett Nr. 14 cis-Moll op. 131

Apollo-Theater Siegen I20h00

LONDON

04/02/2020 19:30

@ Wigmore Hall I 19h30

LIVERPOOL

02/02/2020 Ganztägig

Beethoven: String Quartet in D, Op.18 No.3
György Kurtág: Officium bre­ve
Beethoven: String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op 131

@St George’s Hall Concert Room I 14h30

Jan 2020

PARIS

13/01/2020 19:00

Enno Poppe: Freizeit
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 59/1
Bruno Mantovani:  “Beethoveniana”

String Quartet Biennale
Philharmonie de Paris

Nov 2019

HAMBURG

19/11/2019 20:00

Beethoven op. 133

@KörberForum

WORPSWEDE

18/11/2019 20:00

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Streichquartett op. 18/1
Streichquartett op. 130/ op.133 (Große Fuge)

BUDAPEST

11/11/2019 — 18/11/2019 Ganztägig

@Kamara.hu Festival (Artistic Director: Dénes Várjon & Izabella Simon)

Oct 2019

HANNOVER

20/10/2019 15:00

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18/4 C Minor, Op. 74 E flat Major,
Op. 130 B Major with Große Fuge Op. 133

@Orangerie Herrenhausen, 15h00

HANNOVER

20/10/2019 11:00

Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 95 F Minor, Op. 127 E flat Major

@Orangerie Herrenhausen, 11h00

HANNOVER

19/10/2019 18:00

Beethoven:
String Quartets Op. 18/3 D Major, Op. 59/1 F Major, Op. 18/1 F Major
Mantovani: Beethoveniana (German Premiere)

@Orangerie Herrenhausen, 18h00

YEREVAN

09/10/2019 20:00

Beethoven

Philharmonic Hall

Sep 2019

LONDON

22/09/2019 11:30

Mozart / Brahms

@Wigmore Hall, 11h30

DANNENBERG

21/09/2019 13:00

DANNENBERG

20/09/2019 19:00

Poppe/ Reimann/ Trojahn
Beethoven op. 135

WEIKERSHEIM

07/09/2019 20:00

Enno Poppe. Freizeit
Mozart: String Quartet B‑Dur K458
Reimann: 7 Bagatelles for
Schumann: Piano Quintet Op. 44 with Dirk Mommertz

Schloss Weikersheim

Aug 2019

RHEINGAU MUSIKFESTIVAL

13/08/2019 20:00

Enno Poppe:  „Freizeit“ für Streichquartett (2016)
Beethoven: Quartett für zwei Violinen, Viola und Violoncello Nr. 9 C‑Dur op. 59,3
Schubert: Quintett für zwei Violinen, Viola und zwei Violoncelli C‑Dur D 956 op. post. 163

mit Benedict Kloeckner, Violoncello

Jul 2019

SOMMERLICHE MUSIKTAGE HITZACKER

27/07/2019 16:00

Aribert Reimann: „Die schö­nen Augen der Frühlingsnacht“
Sechs Lieder für Sopran und Streichquartett von Theodor Kirchner nach Gedichten von Heinrich Heine, bear­bei­tet und ver­bun­den mit Sieben Bagatellen für Streichquartett

Arnold Schönberg: Streichquartett Nr. 2 fis-Moll op. 10

mit Sarah Maria Sun, Sopran

VERDO, 16h00

GEZEITEN FESTIVAL

25/07/2019 20:00

Aribert Reimann (*1936): Ollea — Vier Gedichte von Heinrich Heine für Sopran solo
„Die schö­nen Augen der Frühlingsnacht“

Arnold Schönberg: Streichquartett Nr. 2 fis-Moll op. 10 mit Sopranstimme

mit Sarah Maria Sun, Sopran

Aribert Reimann (Moderation)
Raoul-Philip Schmidt (Moderation)

FREDEN

23/07/2019 Ganztägig

Fredener Musiktage

Jun 2019

CULLY

22/06/2019 20:00

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 59/1 & Op. 133

TOKYO

16/06/2019 Ganztägig

Gala Concert

@ Suntory Hall I 14h00

TONGYEONG

14/06/2019 20:00

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18/1, Op. 135 & Op. 59/3

TOKYO

13/06/2019 19:00

The Beethoven Cycle V

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C‑sharp Minor, Op. 131
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
Mantovani: Quatuor à cor­des N°6, “Beethoveniana” (World Premiere, co-com­mis­sio­ned)

@ Suntory Hall I 19h00

TOKYO

11/06/2019 19:00

The Beethoven Cycle IV

String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132
String Quartet No. 13 in B‑flat Major, Op. 130, “Grosse Fuge”

@ Suntory Hall I 19h00

TOKYO

08/06/2019 19:00

The Beethoven Cycle III

String Quartet No. 10 in E‑flat Major, Op. 74, “Harp”
String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”
String Quartet No. 12 in E‑flat Major, Op. 127

@ Suntory Hall I 19h00

TOKYO

05/06/2019 19:00

The Beethoven Cycle II

String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, “Razumovsky No. 1”
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky No. 2”
String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky No. 3”

@Suntory Hall I 19h00

TOKYO

02/06/2019 14:00

The Beethoven Cycle I
String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4
String Quartet No. 6 in B‑flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6

@ Suntory Hall I 14h00

May 2019

LONDON

27/05/2019 Ganztägig

Beethoven & Poppe

@ Wigmore Hall I 13h00

ORLÉANS

21/05/2019 20:30

Beethoven: Streichquartette Op. 59, Nr. 1, 2 & 3

La Scène natio­na­le d’Orléans, 20h30

KÖLN

01/05/2019 Ganztägig

mit Bas Böttcher (Slam Poetry)

@WDR Funkhaus, Kleiner Saal, 19h00

Apr 2019

INNSBRUCK

30/04/2019 20:00

Igor Strawinski — Concertino für Streichquartett
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski — Auswahl aus dem „Kinderalbum“ für Klavier op. 39 (Fassungen für Streichquartett)
Igor Strawinski — Drei Stücke für Streichquartett
Sulchan Tsintsadze — Georgische Miniaturen
Komitas Vardapet — Armenische Miniaturen
Ludwig van Beethoven — Streichquartett Nr. 9 C‑Dur op. 59/3

@ Tiroler Landeskonservatorium | 20h00

AHRENSBURG

28/04/2019 20:00

Streichquartette von Beethoven

@ Eduard-Söring-Saal Stormanschule Ahrensburg | 20h00

Mar 2019

ICKING

23/03/2019 15:00

Klangwelt Klassik”

Aribert Reimann — 7 Bagatellen (2017)
Ludwig van Beethoven — Nr. 16 F‑Dur op. 135
Ludwig van Beethoven — Nr. 15 a‑Moll op. 132

@ Konzertsaal Rainer-Maria-Rilke Gymnasium | 19h30

ICKING

22/03/2019 19:30

Ludwig van Beethoven / György Kurtág / Ludwig van Beethoven
György Kurtág / Helmut Lachenmann / Johann Sebastian Bach / Thomas Adès
Elliott Carter / György Kurtág / Ludwig van Beethoven

@ Konzertsaal Rainer-Maria-Rilke Gymnasium | 19h30

BERLIN

20/03/2019 Ganztägig

Beethoven-Zyklus VI

@Piano Salon Christophori |20h00

BERLIN

18/03/2019 Ganztägig

Beethoven-Zyklus V

@Piano Salon Christophori | 20h00

Feb 2019

LIDKÖPING (SWE)

09/02/2019 17:00

@ St. Nicolai Church Lidköping | 17h00

BORAS (SWE)

08/02/2019 19:00

@ Boras Konstmuseum | 19h00

MELLERUD (SWE)

07/02/2019 19:00

@ Kulturbruket pa Dal | 19h00

Jan 2019

BERLIN

28/01/2019 20:00

@ water­ga­te — Klassik Lounge, kul­tur­ra­dio rbb
mit Olga Scheps, Klavier I 20h00

Dec 2018

HAMBURG

08/12/2018 19:30

Johannes Brahms — Streichquartett B‑Dur op. 67
Aribert Reimann — Sieben Bagatellen für Streichquartett
Enno Poppe — »Freizeit« für Streichquartett
Ludwig van Beethoven — Streichquartett a‑Moll op. 132

@ Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal | 19h30

Nov 2018

BERLIN

12/11/2018 0:00

@watergate — Klassik Lounge I 20h00

NEUSS

11/11/2018 Ganztägig

@ Insel Hombroich, Scheune I 11h00

HANNOVER

09/11/2018 20:00

Johannes Brahms: Streichquartett B‑Dur op. 67
Manfred Trojahn: 5. Streichquartett (Uraufführung)

@Sendesaal des NDR I 20h00

Oct 2018

HANNOVER

22/10/2018 — 23/10/2018 Ganztägig

Mozart/Beethoven: Streichquintette mit Finalisten des Joseph-Joachim Violinwettbewerbs

WINNENDEN

19/10/2018 20:00

Schlosskonzert
@ Klinikum Schloss Winnenden, Andachtssaal | 20h00

WEIDEN

05/10/2018 19:30

Max-Reger Tage

Max Reger — Streichquartett Es-Dur, op. 109
Ludwig van Beethoven — Streichquartett Nr. 14, cis-Moll, op. 131

@ Sparkasse Oberpfalz Nord, Weiden | 19h30

Sep 2018

CUXHAVEN

06/09/2018 20:00

Weinberg: Klavierquintett

mit Olga Scheps, Klavier

Jul 2018

SOMMERLICHE MUSIKTAGE HITZACKER

28/07/2018 — 06/08/2018 Ganztägig

@ Verdo Kultur- und Tageszentrum

BERLIN

25/07/2018 20:00

Beethoven-Zyklus II

@ Piano Salon Christophori I 20h00

BERLIN

23/07/2018 20:00

Beethoven-Zyklus III

@ Piano Salon Christophori I 20h00

Jun 2018

LONDON

03/06/2018 11:30

@ Wigmore Hall

May 2018

Concert in Saint-Denis

24/05/2018 20:00

@ Eglise Saint-Paul de La Plaine

Concert in Saint-Denis

24/05/2018 12:30

@ Eglise Saint-Paul de La Plaine

Concert in Saint-Denis

24/05/2018 10:00

@ Eglise Saint-Paul de La Plaine

Concert in Ravensburg

19/05/2018 20:00

@ Festsaal Weißenau

Concert in Zurich

13/05/2018 19:30

@ Tonhalle Maag

Mar 2018

Concert in Hamburg

30/03/2018 17:30

@ Elbphilharmonie, Kleider Saal

Concert in Manchester

19/03/2018 19:30

@ Concert Hall, Royal Northern College of Music

LONDON

16/03/2018 19:30

@ Wigmore Hall

Concert @ Musikwoche Hitzacker

04/03/2018 17:00

@ Verdo Kultur- und Tagungszentrum

Feb 2018

Concert in Stuttgart

21/02/2018 20:00

@ Liederhalle Stuttgart, Mozartsaal

Concert in Budapest

18/02/2018 19:00

@ Solti Hall, Liszt Academy

Concert in Berlin

16/02/2018 20:00

@ Piano Salon Christophori

News

Next concerts

Next concerts

Unfortunately, our live per­for­man­ces are still very limi­ted, the first time we can be tog­e­ther on sta­ge is June 14th at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. Together with our fri­ends from Nico & the Navigators the pro­gram “NOW — Force and Freedom, Beethoven Variations in Corona Times” will be per­for­med. We are very gra­te­ful that the Konzerthaus Dortmund is a part­ner in at least a par­ti­al rea­li­za­ti­on of our spe­cial Beethoven pro­ject.
Further con­certs in Hanover, at Schloss Elmau and at the Hitzacker Summer Music Festival are still planned,but have not yet been final­ly deci­ded / con­fir­med. We will keep you up to date and hope that we can pro­vi­de you with more good news and of cour­se live music again soon.
Yours sin­ce­rely, the Kuss Quartet

“Force and Freedom” — digital version

Force and Freedom” — digital version

Together with the Kuss Quartet, the ensem­ble Nico and the Navigators wan­ted to con­tri­bu­te to the Beethoven year 2020 an extra­or­di­na­ry per­for­mance on various european sta­ges: the tit­le was “Force and Freedom”, they wan­ted «music in the exis­ten­ti­al ten­si­on bet­ween exter­nal cons­traints and inner free­dom with its indis­solub­le con­trast bet­ween explo­re sub­jec­tive desi­res and objec­tive rea­li­ty in which Beethoven had to move and assert throughout his life. »
The pre­mie­re would have taken place on May 1, 2020 as part of the Schwetzingen SWR Festival, fur­ther per­for­man­ces were plan­ned at Kissinger Sommer, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, at BOZAR Brussels and Radialsystem Berlin.

On March 18, 2020, rehe­ar­sals had to be stop at the Berlin Ufer stu­di­os, the pre­mie­re on May 1, 2020, tog­e­ther with the ent­i­re Schwetzingen Festival, has been can­ce­led and is now post­po­ned to next year.

At the begin­ning of April, howe­ver, an online pro­ject was initia­ted, which is based on the work on Force and Freedom and in addi­ti­on to the ques­ti­ons asked the­re, also nego­tia­tes the cur­rent restric­tions on life. In short, fast or medi­ta­ti­ve clips, which are based on the com­ple­te record­ing of all Beethoven Quartets, indi­vi­du­al minia­tures of the artists are put tog­e­ther, which as a gro­wing digi­tal dia­ry are small memo­ries such as time cap­su­les or remi­nis­cen­ces of the pre­sent situa­ti­on of soci­al distan­cing.

It is a tech­ni­que bey­ond the usu­al strea­ming: the choice of the pie­ces and the cut of the sce­nes put the snapshots in con­text and deve­lop a who­le, a digi­tal sta­ging out of frag­ments. This method can­not replace the com­mon expe­ri­ence of a phy­si­cal per­for­mance. Rather, the work is an expres­si­on of the individual’s lon­ging for each other, which should be pre­ser­ved as a las­ting expe­ri­ence from this cri­sis. ”

The indi­vi­du­al sequen­ces can alrea­dy be fol­lo­wed on soci­al media. The ent­i­re dia­ry you can watch HERE.

At the end of this path the­re is an extra­or­di­na­ry memo­ry game, which can be put tog­e­ther from a selec­tion of a total of 29 clips. If you find the right solu­ti­on, you can take part in the raff­le of tickets at Schwetzinger Festspiele 2021!

Kuss @IDAGIO Live

Kuss @IDAGIO Live

The Kuss Quartet is invi­ted at IDAGIO Live for a litt­le series with four epi­so­des star­ting April 29th — along­si­de with artists like Iván Fischer, Kirill Gerstein, Thomas Hampson and others, pre­sen­ting their record­ings, musi­cal ide­as and insights on the Classical Streaming App.
Every Wednesday from 7 pm: CLICK

Out Now! All Beethoven Quartets Live from Suntory Hall

Out Now! All Beethoven Quartets Live from Suntory Hall

We are immen­se­ly hap­py to pre­sent you the result from many years of our quar­tet life.
Finally, the CD box with 8 CDs have just been released at Rubicon Classics.
Many thanks to our sound engi­neer Dirk Fischer, the Nippon Music Fondation for the loan of the Stradivari quar­tet, to the Henle Verlag for the Urtext mate­ri­al, to the Suntory Hall Tokyo for the gre­at coope­ra­ti­on and many nume­rous hel­pers, sup­por­ters and spon­sors.
We wish our audi­ence lot of joy and plea­su­re at their homes while lis­ten­ing to the album!
Available here:
Amazon UK
Prestoclassical
IDAGIO, Spotify und iTunes

Concerts cancelled

Concerts cancelled

Dear fri­ends, dear fans,

unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly we have to let you know that our con­certs in Warstein, Paderborn, Kleve as well as Hameln and Amsterdam have been can­ce­led or post­po­ned. The coro­na­vi­rus pan­de­mic has reached Germany as well.
If you like, you can purcha­se our new CD, which will be released on March 27th and at least lis­ten to our Beethoven cycle at home! We hope for bet­ter times soon, stay healt­hy and safe,

best regards from the Kuss Quartet

Highlights 2019/20

Highlights 2019/20

The Kuss Quartet con­ti­nues per­forming Beethovens String Quartet cycle in the upco­m­ing sea­son, which they will per­form in several con­certs in October & March in Hanover. Furthermore, the ensem­ble appears twice at Wigmore Hall London, at the Quartet Biennale in Paris and at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as in many other cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Kiel, Dannenberg. Siegen, Kleve, Paderborn, Heiligendamm and Schloss Elmau.
The four of them are delight­ed about the invi­ta­ti­on by Hungarian pia­nist Dénes Várjon to his cham­ber music fes­ti­val in November 2019 in Budapest, whe­re they will per­form with Várjon him­s­elf and again with cel­list Miklós Perényi.
The inten­se col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Nico & the Navigators will be con­ti­nued for the Beethoven pro­ject “Force & Freedom” with its pre­mie­re at the Schwetzinger Festspiele in May 2020.
Further per­for­man­ces will take place at Konzerthaus Dortmund, Palais de Beaux-Arts Brussels and at the Kissinger Sommer Festival. All details and links can be found HERE.

“Beethoveniana” — Bruno Mantovani

Beethoveniana” — Bruno Mantovani

Beethoveniana”, the new com­mis­sio­ned work of Bruno Mantovani will be pre­mie­red in June 2019 at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Other pres­ti­gious com­mis­sio­ners, next to the quar­tet its­elf and the Suntory Hall are the Landesstifung Niedersachsen Musik21, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London and the Paris Biennale/ ProQuartet.

(Photo Credit: © Ferrante Ferranti)

Ensemble in Residence” @JM International Chamber Music Campus

The Kuss Quartet is invi­ted as “Ensemble in Residence” to teach string quar­tets and other cham­ber music ensem­bles at the 64th Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus  from September 03–14 2019.
Other pro­fes­sors are Heime Müller, who is also Artistic Director of the cam­pus, Dirk Mommertz from Fauré Quartett and Günter Pichler, legen­da­ry first vio­li­nist of the for­mer Alban Berg Quartet.
Please visit this LINK for app­li­ca­ti­ons and fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on.

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