From a promising young ensemble, Quatuor Ebène has grown to become one of today's foremost
quartets on the international scene.
After its dramatic 2004 triumph at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in
Munich, where the ensemble was also awarded five additional special prizes,
Quatuor Ebène went on to win the Forberg-Schneider Foundation's Belmont Prize in
2005. It has since remained close to the foundation, which has very generously
arranged to have the quartet outfitted with several unique Italian instruments, on loan
from private owners.
The year 2009 marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with the Virgin Classics
label. The quartet's Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré album was honored with several prizes,
including the Chamber Music Recording of the Year ECHO Klassik award and the Choc du
Monde de la Musique award, in addition to being named Recording of the Year
by Gramophone. A CD featuring music by Brahms with pianist Akiko Yamamoto
demonstrated the ease with which the quartet moves between styles.
A jazz and world music album, entitled Fiction, was released by the quartet in
fall of 2010 and quickly climbed the charts, earning the ensemble another ECHO
Klassik award. At the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, Virgin Classics released a
live DVD of Fiction, recorded at Folies Bergère in Paris. This was followed by a
CD of Mozart's K. 421 and K. 465 string quartets and the Divertimento K. 138, for which the
quartet received yet another ECHO Klassik in 2012. Felix and Fanny-featuring
Mendelssohn's Op. 13 and Op. 80 string quartets, as well as the only string quartet
composed by his sister Fanny-was released in early 2013. Earlier this year, Quatuor Ebène
collaborated with jazz vocalist Stacey Kent on her latest CD, Brazil.
Highlights of Quatuor Ebène's 2014-2015 season include concerts at Wigmore Hall in London,
the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and Munich's Herkulessaal.