• Monday, Feb 6, 2012

    Ebène Quartet Caps Off Two-Week North American Tour with March 18 Performance in Zankel Hall 

    Program Includes Jazz Improvisations as well as String Quartets by Mozart and Beethoven
    Photo by Julien Mignot.
    Program Information
    Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    Ebène Quartet

    •• Pierre Colombet, Violin
    •• Gabriel Le Magadure, Violin
    •• Mathieu Herzog, Viola
    •• Raphaël Merlin, Cello

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
    Jazz Improvisations
    The versatile Ebène Quartet performs Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421, and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131, highlighting their acclaimed command of traditional string quartet repertoire, and a selection of jazz improvisations, exemplifying their renowned passion for a range of musical styles on Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall.

    Evidence of the Parisian ensemble’s unique ability to switch seamlessly from core classical repertoire to jazz and pop can be heard on two Virgin Classics CDs released in 2011: Dissonances, an all-Mozart album featuring two of the composer’s “Haydn” Quartets including K. 421, which they’ll perform on March 18, and Fiction, featuring arrangements of jazz and popular pieces. NPR Music named Fiction one of the top 10 Classical and top 50 albums of 2011. For a video of the Ebène Quartet performing Misirlou, made famous in the film Pulp Fiction, click here.

    Artist Information
    In 2004, the Ebène Quartet triumphed at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in Munich, where, in addition to First Prize, the dynamic ensemble was awarded five additional special prizes. The young quartet received Gramophone Magazine’s 2009 “Recording of the Year,” BBC Music’s 2010 “Newcomer of the Year,” and ECHO-Klassik’s 2011 “Chamber Music Recording of the Year” honors on their way to becoming one of today’s foremost quartets on the international scene. Though widely acclaimed for its interpretation of works by classical composers, the quartet’s members have not shied away from their passions for jazz and popular music.

    Formed in 1999 when the members were students at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory outside Paris, the group’s lineup has remained the same since 2001. During their days at the conservatory, each member pursued non-classical musical activities and studies: violinist Gabriel Le Magadure played bass and drums, cellist Raphaël Merlin was a jazz pianist, violinist Pierre Colombet was in a rock band, and violist Mathieu Herzog was in a funk and soul band.

    The Ebène Quartet has studied extensively with the Ysaye Quartet in Paris as well as with Gábor Takács, Eberhard Feltz, and György Kurtág. Since the 2007–2008 season, the quartet has performed in prestigious concert halls including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berliner Philharmonie, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Recently, the quartet has broadened its focus to music education, giving a series of master classes at L.A.’s Colburn School.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced at $42 and $56, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For more information discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.
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