Jana Kuss was born in East Berlin in 1975 and began playing the violin at the age of six. As a student Jana won many first prizes and scholarships from the German Republic and was given the use of a violin made by J.B. Vuillaume by the Mannheim Sinfonima Foundation.
When she was 14 years old and still at school, she founded the Kuss Quartet together with Oliver Wille. For many years they were taught and accompanied in their progress by Eberhard Feltz, and after the fall of the Berlin Wall they met Walter Levin who invited them to masterclasses in Paris, Salzburg, Spain and the Netherlands.
In 2001, Jana and her colleagues were invited to study at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and were the first quartet in the now famous programme founded there by members of the Cleveland Quartet.
As leader of the Kuss-Quartet, Jana has won numerous prizes and competitions. These include the Deutscher Musikrat and the Premio Borciani in Reggio Emilia (Italy). In 2002 and 2003 the Kuss-Quartet studied with the Alban Berg-Quartet at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne where they completed their studies.
Jana Kuss studied the violin with Eberhard Feltz, Adelina Oprean, Thomas Brandis and Michelle Auclair. As a 16 year old she met György Kurtag for the first time, with whom she subsequently worked together on many of his works.
In her role as a member of the Kuss-Quartett she has been invited to teach chamber music at the Kronberg Academy, Indiana University, as well as Universities in Berlin, Hamburg and Japan. She has performed with many musicians including Kim Kashkashian, Miklos Perenyi, Sharon Kam and Pierre-Laurent Aimard as well as sopranos Mojca Erdmann and Juliane Banse.
Jana Kuss is one of „100 Brains of Tomorrow“, an initiative of Germany - „Land of Ideas“