The French group is one of seven musicians and ensembles taking part in the development programme


BBC Radio 3 has named the seven musicians and ensembles taking part in its New Generation Artists scheme from 2015-2017 – including the Van Kuijk String Quartet.

Launched in 1999, the UK programme helps young musicians embarking on an international career to reach the next stage of their development, by offering them performance and broadcast opportunities.

The Van Kuijk Quartet – violinists Nicholas van Kuijk and Sylvain Favre-Bulle, violist Grégoire Vecchioni and cellist François Robin – was founded in 2011 and studied at the Paris Conservatoire with the Ysaÿe Quartet. The group won the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition in March, and first prize and the audience award at the 2013 International String Quartet Competition in Trondheim, Norway, as well as the special ProQuartet-CEMC Prize at the 2013 FNAPEC Competition in Paris.

The other New Generation Artists this year are clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, pianist Beatrice Rana, tenor Ilker Arcayürek, mezzo Kathryn Rudge, jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd and trombonist Peter Moore.