Part of: Chamber Sessions III
This concert is made possible, in part, by The Joan and Ernest Bragin Endowment Fund.
What began in 1999 as a distraction for four young French musicians in the university practice rooms has resulted in lasting reverberations throughout the music scene.
The Quatuor Ebène’s unprecedented victory at the 2004 ARD International Music Competition marked the beginning of its rise, which has culminated in numerous prizes and awards. The quartet was presented with the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2007, and received support from the organization for a decade. In 2005, the ensemble won the Forberg-Schneider Foundation’s Belmont Prize; since then, the foundation has worked closely with the musicians, who perform on instruments that have been loaned by Gabriele Forberg since 2009.
The quartet’s recordings have won numerous honors, including Gramophone, ECHO Klassik, BBC Music Magazine, and Midem Classical awards. The 2010 album Fiction, which features jazz arrangements, further solidified the Quatuor Ebène’s unique position in the chamber-music scene, as did Brazil (2014) in collaboration with Stacey Kent and Eternal Stories (2017) with Michel Portal. In the fall of 2014, Erato released A 90th Birthday Celebration: Live in Paris, a CD and DVD of Menahem Pressler’s birthday celebration concert with the Quatuor Ebène. In 2015–2016, the quartet collaborated with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky on the CD Green: Mélodies françaises, which won the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Award, and released a CD of Schubert lieder with baritone Matthias Goerne, plus the composer’s String Quintet with cellist Gautier Capuçon.
The fundamental classical repertoire for string quartet remains a cornerstone: This season, the Quatuor Ebène focuses on Beethoven’s string quartets. The ensemble will present the complete Beethoven cycle in 2020 in celebration of the Ebène’s 20th anniversary and the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
The 2017–2018 season finds the Quatuor Ebène performing at the Berlin Philharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Konserthuset Stockholm, and Brussels’s Centre for Fine Arts, as well as the Musikfest Bremen and Verbier Festival.