Diotima Quartet

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Quatour Diotima, founded by graduates of the Paris and Lyon Conservatoires, wasawarded first prize at the FNAPEC Competition, Paris in 1999, and the Contemporary Music Prize at the London String Quartet Competition in 2000, in which year, at the invitation of ProQuartet, they began a two-year residency at the Centre Européen de Musique de Chambre, Fontainebleau.

From the outset Diotima have been performing internationally and have appeared at many of the major concert venues and music festivals across Europe including Cité de la Musique, Centre Georges Pompidou, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Mozarteum Salzburg, Bregenz Festival, Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, Helsinki Festival, Konserthuset Stockholm, Villa Medici Rome, Casa da Musica Porto, Auditori de Barcelona and the Athens Festival. Concert tours have taken them further afield, to Japan, USA, Mexico, Central and South America, China and Korea.

Quatuor Diotima’s repertoire ranges from Haydn to the composers of our time, with particular focus on the Classical period, French Romanticism, the early Twentieth Century, and a selection of major works from the last 50 years. An equally significant part of their activity is the performance and dissemination of newly commissioned works.

Diotima’s first CD of works by Lachenmann and Nono received the Young Talents prize at the award ceremony ‘Diapason d’or de l’année’. Their subsequent CD of Janacek comprises the two quartets played from new critical editions and the première recording of the composer’s viola d'amore version of Intimate Letters. Their discography also includes quartets by Lucien Durosoir, Schoenberg’s virtuosic concerto for quartet and orchestra, a cycle of works by Alberto Posadas (Diapason d’or, November 09), and quartets by George Onslow (Diapason ‘CD of the month’, January 2010). A recording of music by Toshio Hosokawa is due for release on NEOS, and a disc of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern is in preparation for the Naïve label.

Highlights of 2010 and beyond include appearances at the Cité de la Musique Paris, Sydney Festival, Gulbenkian Auditorium Lisbon, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Amphithéâtre Bastille Paris, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Centre Acanthes Metz, Musikfest Bremen, Takefu Festival Japan, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Bouffes du Nord Paris, The Frick Collection New York, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Salzburg Biennale, Printemps des Arts Monte Carlo, Auditorium du Louvre and Wigmore Hall London. 

Naaman Sluchin, violin
Yun-Peng Zhao, violin
Franck Chevalier, viola
Pierre Morlet, cello

Playlist

String Quartet No. 30 in C minor, Op. 56

George Onslow (1784-1853)

I. Allegro maestoso ed espressivo
II. Minuetto - Moderato
III. Adagio cantabile e sostenuto
IV. Finale-Vivace

String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”

Leos Janacek (1854-1928)

I. Andante
II. Adagio
III. Moderato
IV. Con moto

INTERMISSION

String Quartet in F Major

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

I. Allegro moderato - Très doux
II. Assez vif - Très rythmé
III. Très lent
IV. Vif et agité

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