Lendvai String Trio fotografiert von Sarah Wijzenbeek

Lendvai String Trio

Nadia Wijzenbeek, violin
Ylvali Zilliacus, viola
Marie Macleod, cello

“With beautifully clear, natural sound…The Lendvai Trio once more acquit themselves with flying colours, their infectious enthusiasm consistently communicated.” Gramophone, 2014

In 2020, the Lendvai String Trio celebrates its 15th anniversary season performing regularly at major venues throughout Europe such as Wigmore Hall in London and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. The trio has recorded extensively and to great acclaim, including the complete string trios by Beethoven (BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Choice in June 2013) and Martinů, both for Stone Records. Their most recent international success is the completion of a three-year project uncovering, performing and recording all sixteen string trios by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen for Champs Hill Records.

“Röntgen’s inexhaustible fecundity of melody, musical charm and compositional craftsmanship combine in the most delightful manner…delivered with impeccable musicianship by the wonderful Lendvai Trio.” 
Gramophone, 2016

In 2011 the trio was awarded the prestigious Kersjes Ensemble Prize in Holland, as well as being selected for the Concertgebouw’s Young Artist Series in Amsterdam. In 2005 they were selected for the Holland Music Sessions ‘New Masters on Tour’, resulting in a series of concerts across Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Netherlands.

The trio regularly performs at festivals in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden and their concerts and recordings are broadcast by Dutch Radio 4, Swedish Radio P2 and BBC Radio 3.

The trio enjoys and gets inspiration from regular collaborations with other artists. Recent highlights have included concerts with oboists Alexei Ogrintchouk and Nicholas Daniel, and pianists Paolo Giacometti, Tom Poster, Charles Owen, Alasdair Beatson and Martin Sturfält. As well as regularly commissioning new works, the Lendvai String Trio is also keen to uncover and revive forgotten works for the genre.

Alongside the trio Nadia is concertmaster of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Ylvali is guest principal at the Royal Swedish Opera and Marie solo cellist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bläserquintett Profive

Bläserquintett Profive

The members are all professors at music academies: Wally Hase (flute) in Vienna, Jochen Müller-Brincken (oboe), Albrecht Holder (bassoon), Manfred Lindner (clarinet) and Christoph Ess (horn) in Würzburg. In addition to their teaching activities, the musicians are also active as soloists and in other chamber music formations (including Consortium Classicum, Ensemble Villa Musica, Residenz-Quintett Munich), but in the exclusive top ensemble PROFIVE they always find the symbiosis of professional faithfulness to the work and exuberant joy in playing.

At the Days of New Music 2001 in Würzburg, the quintet played the demanding wind quintet by A. Schönberg for the first time with this new line-up. The interpretation was praised by the press as a sensational highlight. This provided an incentive to let the era of the Würzburg wind soloists live on in a new and extremely lively form. The wide-ranging repertoire includes – starting with the earliest quintets M. Cambinis and A. Rosettis – via the piano quintets by W.A. Mozart, L. v. Beethoven and Fr. Danzi the colorful oeuvre of romanticism up to modern quintets.

It is a particular concern of PROFIVEs to publicize masterpieces that have not yet been played in addition to the traditionally known works.

This year the ensemble is a guest at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival. The artists also work increasingly with Juri Tetzlaff, the well-known KIKA presenter, and successfully present children’s and family concerts with programs such as ‘Peter and the Wolf’, ‘Carnival of the Animals’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Bremen Town Musicians’ , ‘Peer Gynt’ and ‘The Magic Flute’.

Quatuor Ebene fotografiert von JulienMignot

Quatuor Ebène

Pierre Colombet, violin
Gabriel le Magadure, violin
Marie Chilemme, viola
Raphaël Merlin, violoncello

“We need the inspiration from the audience” 
said Raphaël Merlin in an interview with the NZZ in Spring 2020, this was one of the central ideas of their “Beethoven Around the World” project. Between May 2019 and January 2020 the quartet recorded Beethoven’s 16 string quartets in a worldwide project on 6 continents. With this complete recording, the four celebrated their 20th stage anniversary, which they then crowned with performances of the complete string quartet cycle in major European venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris or the Alte Oper Frankfurt. Invitations from Carnegie Hall New York, the Verbier Festival and the Vienna Konzerthaus were also on the agenda.

After studies with the Quatuor Ysaÿe in Paris as well as with Gábor Takács, Eberhard Feltz and György Kurtág, the unprecedented and outstanding success at the 2004 ARD Music Competition followed, marking the beginning of the Quatuor Ébène’s rise to fame, which resulted in numerous other prizes and
awards. For example: In 2005 the quartet was awarded the Belmont Prize of the Forberg-Schneider Foundation, in 2007 it was prizewinner of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, and in 2019 – as first ensemble ever – it was honored with the Frankfurt Music Prize.

In addition to the traditional repertoire, the quartet also dives into other styles (“A string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band” New York Times, 2009). What began in 1999 as a distraction in the university’s practice rooms – improvising on jazz standards & pop songs – has become a trademark of Quatuor Ébène. To date the quartet has released 3 albums in these genres, Fiction (2010), Brazil (2014) and Eternal Stories (2017). The free approach to various styles creates a tension that is beneficial to every aspect of their artistic work. The complexity of their oeuvre has been greeted enthusiastically by audiences and critisc.

Quatuor Ébène’s albums, with recordings of Bartók, Beethoven, Debussy, Haydn, Fauré and the Mendelssohn siblings, have received numerous awards, including Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and the Midem Classic Award. In 2015 & 2016 the musicians have dedicated themselves to the theme “Lied”. They participated in the album “Green (Mélodies françaises)” by Philippe Jaroussky and released a Schubert album with Matthias Goerne (arrangements for string quartet, baritone and double bass by Raphaël Merlin) and the Schubert String Quintet with Gautier Capuçon.

With their charismatic playing, their fresh approach to tradition and their open engagement with new forms, the musicians haven been successful in reaching a wide audience of young listeners and in conveying their talent in regular master classes at the Paris Convervatoire. In January 2021, the quartet was commissioned by the Universty of Music and Performing Arts in Munich to establish a string quartet class as part oft he newly founded „Quatuor Ébène Academy“. Since autumn 2020, Raphaël Merlin is professor of chamber music in Munich.

 

Instruments & bows

Pierre Colombet is playing two violins: a 1717 Antonio Stradivari violin kindly loaned by a generous sponsor through the Beares International Violin Society and a 1736 Matteo Goffriller violin generously loaned by Gabriele Forberg-Schneider as well as a bow by Charles Tourte (Paris, 19th century) also loaned by Gabriele Forberg-Schneider.

Gabriel Le Magadure is playing two violins: a 1727 Antonio Stradivari violin loaned by the Beares International Violin Society and a violin from around 1740 with a Guarneri label loaned by Gabriele Forberg-Schneider. He plays a bow by Dominique Pecatte (ca.1845) loaned by Gabriele Forberg- Schneider.

Marie Chilemme is playing a viola by Marcellus Hollmayr, Füssen (1625) loaned by Gabriele Forberg- Schneider, prior possession of Mathieu Herzog.

Raphaël Merlin is playing two cellos: an instrument by Carlo Tononi, Venice (approx. 1720) loaned by the Beares International Violin Society and an instrument by Andrea Guarneri (1666/1680) from Cremona also generously loaned by Garbiele Forberg-Schneider.

Quatuor Modigliani

Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini
Loïc Rio plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini
Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani
François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller

regular guest of the world’s top venues and finest String Quartet & Chamber Music series. In the current and upcoming seasons, the quartet will be touring in the US, South America, Japan, and extensively throughout most of Europe. Highlights include the Wigmore Hall in London, the Paris Auditorium du Musée du Louvre, The Morgan Library & Museum New York, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Brussel Flagey, Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, the Munich Prinzregententheater, Tokyo’s Oji Hall and festivals such as Salzburg Festspiele, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2017 the Quatuor Modigliani was first the String Quartet to perform in the main Hall of the Hamburgs Elbphilharmonie.

In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, a festival created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud and made famous through its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich, after a pause of thirteen years. The joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet achieved immediate success and the festival has now become again one of Europe’s major and most publicized Summer musical events.

The quartet has been recording for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 8 CDs, all awarded prizes and receiving international critical acclaim. The next release will be „Carnet de voyages”. The Modigliani Quartet has built true artistic friendships and are regularly play with other musicians such as Nicholas Angelich, Daniel Müller-Schott, Yefim Bronfman, Sabine Meyer, Beatrice Rana and Renaud Capuçon.

After fifteen years of building up their own sound and profile, the Modigliani Quartet is now happy to pass their experience to the next generation. In 2016 they created the Atelier within the Festival in Evian and will be holding a series of masterclasses at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris beginning in November 2017. Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, the Modigliani quartet plays on four outstanding Italian instruments.

The Modigliani Quartet also thanks the SPEDIDAM for its help.