The KRYPTOS QUARTET was created in 2002 and is composed of ambitious musicians having various origins, but devoted to the same passion: the string quartet. This extreme musical form beholds their great challenge and the name “Kryptos” refers to the quest which reveals the secret hidden in the music.
Winning the first prize in the Auditions for Classical Groups and Soloists organized by Forte, (a cooperation of the major Belgian concert organizers for classical music) proved to be a promising beginning which helped to form the goals of the group: the expression of their own identity, based on an opmal quality of
playing, and on the interpretation of an extending repertoire. This includes pieces from the classical period to contemporary times, with particular attention paid to less known but worth discovering works, especially by Belgian composers.
In October 2008 the KRYPTOS QUARTET won the Second Prize at the VIII th International Shostakovich String Quartet Competition in Moscow.
From September 2005 untill June 2008 the KRYPTOS QUARTET was coached by the Artemis Quartet at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music in Waterloo. This Institution gave them regular opportunities to perform in concert with international known masters like Augustin Dumay and Jean-Bernard Pommier. The quartet has participated in many masterclasses, particularly with the Alban Berg Quartet, the Borodin Quartet, the Danel Quartet, the Keller Quartet, the Artis Quartet, Paavo Pohjola and György Kurtág.
The KRYPTOS QUARTET is invited to perform in festivals throughout Europe like “Ars Musica”, “Klara Festival” and“Festival van Vlaanderen” (Belgium), “Festival de Menton” (France), “November Music Festival”, “Schumann Festival” (Holland) and the “Gdansk Spring” Festival (Poland). They give concerts in the most prestigious concert halls in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Poland and Russia and regularly perform for classical radios (Klara & Musique 3 in Belgium, Radio 4 in the Netherlands).
From January 2004, KRYPTOS QUARTET has appeared in Proust 1, Guy Cassiers’ musical theatrical project with the Ro-Theater, warmly welcomed by the press and the public, and with which they toured through Belgium, the Netherlands (Hollandfestival 2005), and Germany (Berliner Festspiele 2005).
In 2007 they joined jazz-pianist Alano Gruarin and Bert Joris for a crossover project and CD-recording (Profondo Blu).
They have been working together with top-musicians and exploring different genres as for example Ronald Brautigam (pianist), David Garret (violinist), Hendrikje Van Kerkhove (soprano), Roeland Hendrikx (clarinet-player) and Claron Macfadden (Jazz-singer).