Pierre Colombet, violin
Gabriel Le Magadure, violin
Mathieu Herzog, viola
Raphaël Merlin, cello
"Among the elite of today's string quartets…the musical sophistication was a delight throughout."
--The Washington Post
Rather unusual in today's world of chamber music, Quatuor Ébène's stylistic acrobatics may at first meet hesitant ears. But there is no doubt: these four French musicians have class and are one of the most creative ensembles on the international chamber music scene today. Few quartets move with such ease and enthusiasm among different styles, whether it's performing Haydn, Debussy, their own arrangement of the music from the movie Pulp Fiction, or improvising to Chick Corea's Spain. And yet, with the Ébènes, whenever they create a new work, it is always with taste and integrity.
Ébène violinist Pierre Colombet says, "Our jazz playing also helps to inform our classical performance. It enables us to look at the score from a different perspective and to see classical music as a kind of improvisation. We like to be as free as possible in our performance and for every concert to be slightly different."
For their Fortas debut, the Ébènes play a varied program that features Haydn's String Quartet, Op. 20 and Mendelssohn's powerful String Quartet in A minor followed by a journey into their jazz repertoire.
Program and Notes
The Fortas Chamber Music Concerts are supported by generous contributors to the
Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, and by a major gift to the fund
from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.
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