Kuss Quartet“Each sound, each phrase, each newly conceived repeat seemed to have been cleared of dust, re-examined and lovingly repolished” extolled the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung after a concert by the Berlin-based Kuss Quartet. The ensemble’s readiness to experiment is manifest not only in its engagement with early and new music, but also in its interpretations of the standard quartet repertoire, informed by an awareness that – in their time – many of these works were ground-breaking in their impact. Subtle but distinctively charismatic, the Kuss Quartet is firmly established in the elite of the world’s string quartets.
In 2002, the Kuss Quartet was awarded with first prizes from the Deutscher Musikrat and the Borciani String Quartet Competition.
A Borletti-Buitoni Award followed in 2003, as did the group’s selection for the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars programme. The quartet’s career leads the four musicians to all major concert halls worldwide and includes invitations to numerous significant festivals.
The Kuss Quartet’s repertoire ranges from music of the Renaissance to works by Helmut Lachenmann and György Kurtág, with whom the quartet maintains a close relationship. In November 2013, the quartet released their latest recording on the celebrated English label Onyx Classics: The Schubert Quintet, featuring cellist Miklós Perényi, with whom they are connected by a close artistic friendship. Collaborations with other musicians have always been an important source of inspiration for the ensemble. The quartet has toured with such personalities as Kirill Gerstein, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Avi Avital, and soprano Mojca Erdmann with whom they will record a new CD featuring Schönberg and Brahms, in January 2015.
The 2014/2015 season includes concert tours in Europe and Japan, as well as engagements in Ukraine and two appearances in London.