Ebene Quartet

Pierre Colombet, Gabriel Le Magadure violin
Adrien Boisseau viola
Raphaël Merlin cello

After studying with Gábor Takács, Eberhard Feltz, György Kurtág and the Ysaÿe Quartet, their unprecedented victory at the 2004 ARD International Competition in Munich was the starting point for a rise that has been illustrated by numerous other awards. The Ébène Quartet's momentum, the charismatic playing of its musicians, their fresh approach to traditions as well as their openness to new forms have reached a large and young audience.

Fundamental works of the classical repertoire remain at the forefront of the four musicians' work: their performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's quartets op. 95 and 127 will be a highlight of this season.

The Quartet will also perform in 2015/2016 in concerts at the Wigmore Hall in London, the LG Arts Center in Seoul, the Berlin Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall in New York, among others; they will also give a cycle of three concerts in Brussels.

Passionate about teaching and transmission, they regularly teach at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and are involved in festivals with original programming.

The Ebony Quartet's first recording of works by Haydn was unanimously praised by the critics. Their subsequent recordings of quartets by Béla Bartók, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, and others, have won Gramophone's Recording of the Year, Strad Selection, BBC Recording of the Month, Midem Classic Award, Classica's Choc de l'année, and the BBC Music Magazine Award. The Quartet was also nominated "Ensemble of the Year" at the 2009 Victoires de la musique. In 2010, the album "Fiction" and the corresponding DVD with a live recording of their arrangements of jazz standards and film music brilliantly illustrate the singularity of this multifaceted ensemble. The release of their South American music album "Brazil", with Stacey Kent and Bernard Lavilliers as main guests, marked the beginning of 2014. Erato released the live recording (CD and DVD) of the Quartet's concert with Menahem Pressler: "A 90th Birthday celebration" concert held on the occasion of the pianist's birthday in Paris in November 2013.

The quartet, awarded the Belmont Prize by the Forberg-Schneider Foundation in 2005, allows them to play on exceptional instruments lent by private individuals. They are also in residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation. In the summer of 2015, the Ebène Quartet was the laureate quartet in residence at the Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.


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