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Ebony Quartet

Pierre Colombet, Gabriel Le Magadure violin
Adrien Boisseau high
Raphael Merlin cello

After studying with Gábor Takács, Eberhard Feltz, György Kurtág and the Ysaÿe Quartet, their brilliant and unprecedented victory at the 2004 ARD international competition in Munich was the starting point of an ascent illustrated with many other distinctions. The momentum of the Ébène quartet, the charismatic play of its musicians, their fresh approach to traditions as well as their openness to new forms were able to reach a large and young audience.

The fundamental works of the classical repertoire remain at the forefront of current affairs for the four musicians: their interpretation of the quartets op. 95 and 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven will be a highlight of this season.

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

Passionate about teaching and transmission, they speak regularly at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris and at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and get involved in festivals with original programming.

The first disc of the Ebony Quartet with works by Haydn was unanimously praised by critics. Their subsequent recordings of quartets by Béla Bartók, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Félix and Fanny Mendelssohn, were awarded among others with the "Recording of the Year" award from Gramophone magazine, Strad Selection, the BBC “Recording of the Month”, the Midem Classic Award, the Shock of the Year Classica, the BBC Music Magazine Award. The Quartet was also named “Ensemble of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique 2009. In 2010, the album “Fiction” and the corresponding DVD with a live recording of their jazz standard and film music arrangements brilliantly illustrate the singularity of this multi-faceted set. The release of their South American music album "Brazil", with main guests Stacey Kent and Bernard Lavilliers, marked the start of 2014. In the same year, Erato released the live recording (CD and DVD) of the concert of the Quartet with Menahem Pressler: "A 90th Birthday celebration" concert organized on the occasion of the pianist's birthday, in Paris, in November 2013.

The quartet, awarded in 2005 the Belmont Prize from the Forberg-Schneider foundation, allows them to play on exceptional instruments loaned by individuals. He is also in residence at the Singer-Polignac foundation. In the summer of 2015, the Ebène quartet was the winning quartet in residence of the Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

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