We are delighted to share the news that we will be internationally represented by the legendary Berlin agency, Impresariat Simmenauer. We would like to thank Romain Blondel for believing in the quartet and supporting us these past 12 years. Solea Management will continue to represent us in France and Korea.
As many of you already know, Phlippe Bernhard decided to stop his career as a violinist (at least for now) and therefore leave the Modigliani Quartet
These 13 years with him have been wonderful and we wish him lots of happiness and success in his new life.
We are thrilled to announce today that our friend Amaury Coeytaux is joining the quartet as its new First Violin. Amaury will quit his current job as concert master of the Radio France Philharmonic to join us as of December 2016.
We would like to thank you for your kind support and look forward to playing for you in our new line up.
All best wishes
The Modigliani quartet
Oji Hall Tokyo (September 2016)
Saint-Paul de Vence Festival (july 22d to 31st 2016)
Concert de Chausson with Renaud Capuçon and David Kadouch (Evian 2016)
Le Figaro (june 2016)
L'Express (june 2016)
Superb Artistry, Impeccable Technique, and Three Encores from the Modigliani Quartet
17/02/2016 SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL
United States Mozart, Shostakovich, and Beethoven: Modigliani Quartet, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 12.2.2016 (BJ)
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 49 Beethoven: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, Quartetto serioso
Having first encountered the Modigliani Quartet in Montreux in 2007, I have since then counted myself a warm admirer, and the original positive impression I gained of these four young Frenchmen’s artistry was amply confirmed two seasons ago in Seattle. The well-planned Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert now under review was again a resounding success.
It was enhanced by the presence on the program of two masterpieces from the Austro-German classical school, both of them in the minor mode, but differing illuminatingly in their handling of key. The Beethoven culminated with an almost frivolous ending in the major, and the Mozart evinced that composer’s characteristic if not always recognized fatalism with its uncompromising D-minor conclusion. Mozart was a man who, as he declared in a letter, never went to bed without reflecting that the night in question might well be his last—a thought that it is hard to imagine expressed by Beethoven, who challenged fate indefatigably rather than condescending to submit to it.
Violinists Philippe Bernhard and Loïc Rio, violist Laurent Marfaing, and cellist François Kieffer responded to these contrasting artistic qualities with total conviction. With characteristics of tone sufficiently varied from one to another yet blending perfectly, they also deployed the impeccable technical control that led me to remark on one of those previous occasions that “It takes an ensemble like the Modigliani Quartet to remind one that, rather like the more elite denizens of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, some quartets are more in tune than others…There is a world of difference between ‘around the note’ and ‘smack in the middle of it.’” The result, with these superb players, is that even passages that previously seemed knotty and impenetrable suddenly take on a pristine clarity, all supposed problems magically resolved.
Shostakovich’s First Quartet is perhaps the least profound of the fifteen essays he eventually contributed to the genre, but here too the Modiglianis’ intensity and zest made a more arresting experience of it than usual.
After their exhilarating dash through the coda of the Beethoven quartet, they gave us no fewer than three encores: Puccini’s Crisantemi, a once popular Andante cantabile from a string quartet by Roman Hofstetter that used to be attributed to Haydn, and a diverting all-pizzicato piece by Leroy Anderson that rejoices in the title Plink, Plank, Plunk—thus demonstrating, as a correspondent observed to me after the concert, “not only their generosity… but also that they don’t take themselves too seriously.” Among the several fine quartets that have played for PCMS this season, I do not think there is one that could be called superior to the Modigliani.
REVIEW "Modigliani Quartet brings finesse, passion to concert Fine ensemble playing, flawless intonation impress Four Arts audience"
US Tour-February 2016
CD of the month- BR Klassik (December 2015)
The Guardian (Thursday 5 November 2015)
Interview in Libération
New CD: On 16th October
From Madame Figaro!
This 2015 Summer Festivals
Rencontres Musicales d'Evian - Teaser 2015
As seen in the BBC Music Magazine
Concert review in the Dallas Morning News
Interview in Montreal "La Presse"
On tour from the 9th to the 20th of April in the United States.
Watch us on Arte
The video broadcasting of the first concert of last year's edition of the Rencontres Musicales d'Evian presenting the Modigliani Quartet in Haydn quartet op.77/1 and Schubert 10th quartet and joined in the 2nd half by the winner of the Rostropovich competition 2005 Marie-Elisabeth Hecker for the great String Quintet of Franz Schubert.
Rencontres Musicales d'Evian 2015
We are happy to present the program of the next edition of the Rencontres Musicales d'Evian.