QUATUOR ÉBÈNE - Beethoven 250th (1770-2020)
Pierre Colombet, violin
Gabriel Le Magadure, violin
Marie Chilemme, viola
Raphaël Merlin, cello
Founded in Paris in 1999, the Quatuor Ébène has established itself as one the most innovative and adventurous of all quartets performing in the major concert halls of the world. With their charismatic playing, their fresh approach to tradition and their open-mindedness with new forms, the musicians have won a string of major prizes and regularly receive five-star reviews for their concerts.
In 2005, the ensemble won the Belmont Prize of the Forberg-Schneider Foundation, and since then, the Foundation has worked with the musicians to make it possible for them to play priceless instruments from private collections. Awards for their recordings include the ECHO Klassik Prize, the BBC Music Magazine Award and the Midem Classic Award. Recent projects have included, in autumn 2014, the 90th birthday concert in Paris for Menachem Pressler (who performed for Camerata Musica in October 2011). In 2015 and 2016 the quartet focused on the genre of the song, collaborating with Philippe Jaroussky for the CD Mélodies françaises, which won the BBC Music Magazine Award in 2016, and they have also released a Schubert CD with Matthias Goerne (who performed for Camerata Musica in April 2018). The quartet has also released a critically acclaimed recording of the great Schubert Quintet in C with Gautier Capuçon (who also performs to Camerata Musica, later in this season).
In 2020, the Quatuor Ébène will be presenting the entire cycle of the Beethoven quartets to mark their own 20th anniversary and the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth in 1770.