The Kuss Quartet has long ranked amongst the most interesting quartets on the international scene.”
Thomas Schacher, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 2018

The trade­mark of the Kuss Quartet is their con­cept-based pro­gramming. With com­mon the­mes run­ning throughout their pro­gram­mes, they offer uni­que expe­ri­en­ces to accusto­med audi­en­ces and new lis­teners ali­ke. Leader Jana Kuss and Oliver Wille have been play­ing side by side for over 25 years. Together with their long-stan­ding col­leagues William Coleman and Mikayel Hakhnazaryan, they seek to vali­da­te the eter­nal “muss es sein?” of string quar­tet play­ing with their own brand of curio­si­ty.

The cross-gen­re Beethoven pro­gram­me “Force and Freedom” was deve­lo­ped tog­e­ther with direc­tor Nicola Hümpel and her music and dance thea­t­re “Nico and The Navigators”. The pre­mie­re will take place at the Schwetzinger Festspiele in May 2020 and can also be seen at the Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Kissinger Sommer and the Radialsystem Berlin.

In ear­ly 2019, the Kuss Quartet was the first German string quar­tet to recei­ve Stradivari’s legen­da­ry “Paganini Quartet” on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. The quar­tet play­ed Beethoven’s com­ple­te string quar­tet cycle on the­se instru­ments in June 2019, by invi­ta­ti­on of the Suntory Hall, Tokyo. The live, recor­ded cycle will be released in ear­ly 2020 by the British label Rubicon Classics with the sup­port of G. Henle Verlag. At the end of 2019, to mark the 100th anni­ver­s­a­ry of the birth of the com­po­ser Mieczylsaw Weinberg, Sony Classical will release the Piano Quintet, tog­e­ther with Olga Scheps. In 2018 the quar­tet recei­ved the Opus Klassik Prize, for their record­ing of works by Rudi Stephans, also on the Sony label.

In the past few years, the quar­tet has been able to com­mis­si­on four new works for string quar­tets by Enno Poppe, Aribert Reimann, Manfred Trojahn and Bruno Mantovani, thanks to sup­port from the sta­te of Lower Saxony/Musik 21. The coope­ra­ti­on part­ners inclu­ded Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Paris Biennale, Wigmore Hall London and Suntory Hall Tokyo.
In the com­ing years Iris ter Schiphorst, Mark André and Francisco Coll will com­po­se new string quar­tets for the Kuss Quartet.
At the begin­ning of their care­er, the quar­tet was awar­ded first pri­zes by the German Music Council and the Borciani Competition, recei­ved a Borletti-Buitoni Award and was a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organization.

Today, the Kuss Quartet inspi­res the next genera­ti­on at nume­rous mas­ter clas­ses. William Coleman (Mozarteum, Salzburg) and Oliver Wille (in Hanover and Birmingham) are also pro­fes­sors at European uni­ver­si­ties.

The Kuss Quartet plays exclu­si­ve­ly Pirastro strings.

Season 2019 – 2020
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The Kuss Quartet has long ranked amongst the most interesting quartets on the international scene.”
Thomas Schacher, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 2018

The trade­mark of the Kuss Quartet is their con­cept-based pro­gramming. With com­mon the­mes run­ning throughout their pro­gram­mes, they offer uni­que expe­ri­en­ces to accusto­med audi­en­ces and new lis­teners ali­ke. Leader Jana Kuss and Oliver Wille have been play­ing side by side for over 25 years. Together with their long-stan­ding col­leagues William Coleman and Mikayel Hakhnazaryan, they seek to vali­da­te the eter­nal “muss es sein?” of string quar­tet play­ing with their own brand of curio­si­ty.

The cross-gen­re Beethoven pro­gram­me “Force and Freedom” was deve­lo­ped tog­e­ther with direc­tor Nicola Hümpel and her music and dance thea­t­re “Nico and The Navigators”. The pre­mie­re will take place at the Schwetzinger Festspiele in May 2020 and can also be seen at the Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Kissinger Sommer and the Radialsystem Berlin.

In ear­ly 2019, the Kuss Quartet was the first German string quar­tet to recei­ve Stradivari’s legen­da­ry “Paganini Quartet” on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. The quar­tet play­ed Beethoven’s com­ple­te string quar­tet cycle on the­se instru­ments in June 2019, by invi­ta­ti­on of the Suntory Hall, Tokyo. The live, recor­ded cycle will be released in ear­ly 2020 by the British label Rubicon Classics with the sup­port of G. Henle Verlag. At the end of 2019, to mark the 100th anni­ver­s­a­ry of the birth of the com­po­ser Mieczylsaw Weinberg, Sony Classical will release the Piano Quintet, tog­e­ther with Olga Scheps. In 2018 the quar­tet recei­ved the Opus Klassik Prize, for their record­ing of works by Rudi Stephans, also on the Sony label.

In the past few years, the quar­tet has been able to com­mis­si­on four new works for string quar­tets by Enno Poppe, Aribert Reimann, Manfred Trojahn and Bruno Mantovani, thanks to sup­port from the sta­te of Lower Saxony/Musik 21. The coope­ra­ti­on part­ners inclu­ded Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Paris Biennale, Wigmore Hall London and Suntory Hall Tokyo.
In the com­ing years Iris ter Schiphorst, Mark André and Francisco Coll will com­po­se new string quar­tets for the Kuss Quartet.
At the begin­ning of their care­er, the quar­tet was awar­ded first pri­zes by the German Music Council and the Borciani Competition, recei­ved a Borletti-Buitoni Award and was a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organization.

Today, the Kuss Quartet inspi­res the next genera­ti­on at nume­rous mas­ter clas­ses. William Coleman (Mozarteum, Salzburg) and Oliver Wille (in Hanover and Birmingham) are also pro­fes­sors at European uni­ver­si­ties.

The Kuss Quartet plays exclu­si­ve­ly Pirastro strings.

 

Season 2019 – 2020
We ask you kind­ly to print, repro­du­ce or publish this bio­gra­phy wit­hout making any chan­ges. Omissions and modi­fi­ca­ti­ons are per­mit­ted only after con­sul­ta­ti­on with the Konzertdirektion Goette.

 

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