Concert of Diotima Quatuor

The French Institute of Cyprus takes part to the 12th International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival with the coming of the Diotima Quatuor. Friday 8 October 2021 - 20/30 - Shoe Factory (304 Ermou Str. Nicosie).

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Please click on the picture to listen to the extract:  Schoenberg, Berg, Webern: Complete music for string quartet

Quatuor Diotima, comprised of Yun-Peng Zhao (violin), Constance Ronzatti (violin), Franck Chevalier (viola) and Pierre Morlet (cello) is one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world today. It was formed in 1996 by graduates of the Paris National Conservatory.

The quartet ’s name evokes a double musical significance: Diotima is at once an allegory of German romanticism – Frieder ich Hölderlin gives the name to the love of his life in his novel Hyperion – and a rallying cry for the music of our time, brandished by Luigi Nono in his composition Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima.

The Quatuor Diotima has worked in close collaboration with several of the greatest composers of the late twentieth century, notably Pierre Boulez (who revised his Livre pour Quatuor for them) and Helmut Lachenmann. The quartet regularly commissions new works from the most brilliant composers of our time, including Toshio Hosokawa, Miroslav Srnka, Alberto Posadas, Mauro Lanza, Gérard Pesson, Rebecca Saunders and Tristan Murail.

Reflected in the mirror of today’s music, the quartet projects a new light onto the masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Beethoven, Schubert , the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg and Webern) , as well as Janáček, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók.

In the quartet ’s rich discography one finds, notably, their interpretations of the Bartok’s quartets, the Second Viennese School and the definitive version of the Livre pour Quatuor by Pier re Boulez (on Megadisc). Their recordings are regularly praised and awarded by the international musical press: French magazine Diapason d’Or (five awards including two Best of the Year), Classica (Best of the Year ) , Télérama, Grammophone (Editor ’s Choice), The Strad, and many others.

Quatuor Diotima has recorded exclusively for the Naïve label for ten years; in 2016 they launched their Diotima Collect ion, devoted to the works of major composers of our time. The first releases in the collection, devoted to Miroslav Srnka and Alberto Posadas are to be followed with musical portraits of Gérard Pesson, Enno Poppe and Stefano Gervasoni. In 2019, Quatuor Diot ima recorded works by Rune Glerup, Tristan Murail and Rebecca Saunders.

Quatuor Diotima appears regularly in the world’s finest halls and concert series. In recent season,they have appeared in renowned chamber music series such as Konserthuset Stockholm,Concertgebouw Brugge, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, GNEM Marseille, Gong Festival Copenhagen,Wien Modern or Transit Leuven. Their debut at Philharmonie Berlin was followed by manyengagements in Germany, such as Nürnberg, Stuttgart, Kassel, Hamburg, Schwetzingen, Munich,Diusburg and Hannover.

Since 2008, Quatuor Diotima has had a privileged relationship with the Région Centre-Val deLoire, which hosts the quartet in residence. This relationship is also an important laboratory forartistic and pedagogical projects. Quatuor Diotima has developed a series of quartet concerts inOrléans that brings together a new generation of quartets with established ensembles. At thel’Abbaye de Noirlac, the quartet hosts and teaches master-classes that bring together youngcomposers and quartets from around the world.

The Quatuor Diotima is also regularly invited by the University of York for a series of concerts,chamber music master classes, and to work with student composers. Autumn of 2018 marked thebeginning for the quartet of a three-year residence as invited artists at Radio France in Paris. In2018, Diotima Quartet was awarded the European Cultural Heritage Award by the French Ministryof Culture.

The Diotima Quartet is supported by the DRAC and the Région Centre-Val de Loire, and regularlyreceives assistance from the Institut Français, Spedidam, Musique Nouvelle en Li berté, Fondspour la Création musicale and from Adami, as well as from private sponsors.

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