Quatuor de Genève

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The Quatuor de Genève brings together four musicians who met in the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR). Driven by a shared passion for chamber music, the string quartet (formerly called Florestan) has established itself in the musical scene of our region. The Festival Amadeus, the Grand-Théâtre de Genève and the Schubertiade of Espace 2 (Radio Télévision Suisse) have, amongst others, featured the quartet in an eclectic repertoire ranging from Haydn to 20th century.

Since 2010, the Quatuor de Genève has been producing its own chamber music seasons, held at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva until May 2015. The first season featured the complete chamber music of Schumann and was followed by seasons programmed around Brahms (2011), Schubert (2012) and Mozart (2014). Whether in quartet, quintet or sextet with partners such as the cellist François Guye or the pianist Louis Schwizgebel, all concerts of this series met with enthusiastic responses. In autumn 2015, the quartet’s season moved to the Salle Centrale de la Madeleine, with a first concert around Mendelssohn’s Octet performed by the Quatuor Terpsycordes together with the Quatuor de Genève.

The Quatuor de Genève’s other recent engagements include invitations to play at the Schubertiade in Sion, at the Théâtre du Crochetan in Monthey, at the Festival Vernier Classique, at the Concerts de Jussy and in the season of La Roche-sur-Foron. With the quality of its work, the quartet has won the trust of Geneva music institutions. In November 2014, it was called by the Concours de Genève to accompany finalist pianists in a version for quintet of a Mozart concerto. The City of Geneva also hired the quartet to play in the 2015 series of concerts Musiques en été. Finally, a CD featuring string quartets of Geneva composers was recorded in autumn 2015, with the support of the Editions Billaudot in Paris. The release of the record, by Gallo, is expected in autumn 2016.

The quartet bears the name Quatuor de Genève as a tribute to the work of their elders who, under the same name, also led double careers with the OSR and in chamber music, and brilliantly championed string quartet in French-speaking Switzerland. The current ensemble has taken over the name Quatuor de Genève with their consent, hoping to live up to their legacy by keeping alive the flame for this wonderful repertoire.

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