St. Patrick’s Day this year will find us celebrating a little French this year as Quatuor Ebène takes to our stage for the evening of March 17th.
Formed in 1999 at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory in France, the quartet features founding members Pierre Colombet (violin), Gabriel Le Magadure (violin), and Raphaël Merlin (cello). Adrien Boisseau (viola) joined them in 2015.
In 2004 the quartet participated in the ARD International Music Competition. They place first in the string quartet category and continued from there to win award and gain praise. 2005 saw the ensemble win the Belmont Prize of the Forberg-Schneider Foundation. The Foundation continues to work with the quartet to enable them to play priceless old instruments from private collections.
In addition to performing in Europe, Canada, and the US, Quatuor Ebène has released several CDs. Recording of Bartok, Debussy, Mendelssohn (both Felix and Fanny), and Fauré are all award winners and have received great praise from the critics. In addition to traditional classical recordings they have two cross over CDs. Fiction is a live recording of jazz arrangements and was released in 2010. Brazil was released in 2014 and is a collaboration with Stacey Kent, an American jazz singer. They have a scheduled April 15, 2016 release for another CD – Schubert: Quintet and Lieder.
To hear Quatuor Ebène perform live in Toronto, join us on March 17, 2016 at 8pm at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. http://music-toronto.com/
The quartet will also give a masterclass on Wednesday the 16th in the evening. Details for the class can be found here – http://music-toronto.com/outreach.htm The class is open for any to attend for free.