Principal Underwriters: Philip & Carol Cooper
|Mozart||Quartet in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonant"|
|Schubert||Quartet in A minor, Op. 29, No. 1, D. 804, "Rosamunde"|
|Mendelssohn||Quartet in F minor, Op. 80|
Pierre Colombet, violin
Gabriel Le Magadure, violin
Mathieu Herzog, viola
Raphaël Merlin, cello
Distinguished by its youth, open-mindedness, and versatility, France’s Ebène Quartet has had a meteoric rise to the top. Now among the world’s most sought-after quartets, the Quartet made its U.S. debut tour in March 2009 to widespread, dazzling critical acclaim. The tour featured performances in Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and at Carnegie Hall. In October 2009, the Ebène Quartet won "Recording of the Year" at the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards for their CD of Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré string quartets, only the fourth time that a chamber ensemble has won this prestigious prize. This same recording was named Gramophone’s December 2008 Editor’s Choice and received five-star ratings from both BBC Music Magazine and London’s Sunday Times.
In the 2008-2009 season, the Quartet participated in a Haydn cycle at London’s Wigmore Hall, with the Emerson, Hagen, and Arcanto Quartets. The Ebène celebrated the Haydn Year at Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts, and performed in other notable venues including the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Vienna’s Musikverein, the City of London Festival, and Gstaad’s Menuhin Festival. In the summer of 2010 the Quartet made its Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart debuts.
The Ebène Quartet’s live Haydn CD (Mirare, Harmonia Mundi) was released in February 2006 to unanimous worldwide praise, including a selection of “Album of the Month” by The Strad. As part of its multi-year deal with Virgin Classics, the Ebène released a Brahms CD in the fall of 2009, and released a jazz and crossover CD - FICTION - in the autumn of 2010. This improvisatory recording with the group known in France as “The Other Ebène” featured collaborators of international stature, including the singer Natalie Dessay.
Considered one of the finest quartets of its generation, the Quartet was named BBC Music Magazine’s 2009 Newcomer of the Year, and was also nominated for the renowned Les Victoires de la Musique Classique Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year for 2009. In June 2006, the Ebène was admitted to the esteemed BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, and in 2004 was awarded the First Prize of the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich. In 2005 the Quartet won the Forberg-Schneider Foundation’s Belmont Prize; the organization has since generously arranged to have the Quartet play four unique Italian instruments loaned by private owners.