Quatuor Modigliani

String Quartet

Amaury Coeytaux
Violin
Loïc Rio
Violin
Laurent Marfaing
Viola
François Kieffer
Cello
"When playing in a quartet, one of the most important things is to respect all the individual personalities of each member; they are part of the identity of the group."
Loïc Rio / Quatuor Modigliani, Februar 2019
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Biography

The Paris based Quatuor Modigliani, which was founded in 2003, is a regular guest of the world’s top venues and finest String Quartet and Chamber Music series. It was a special honor for the quartet to be the first string quartet ever performing in the big hall of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg in 2017. In 2020, the quartet became artistic director of the string quartet festival “Quatuors à Bordeaux” as well as the renowned “The Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition”.
In the new season, the Quatuor Modigliani is focusing on the composer Franz Schubert and his 225th anniversary in 2022 and is dedicating itself intensively to all of his string quartets: In spring and summer 2022, the quartet will play a Schubert cycle featuring all fifteen string quartets in Schwarzenberg and Hohenems. In October and November 2021, they will be touring in Düsseldorf and through Italy with the Schubert Octet with Sabine Meyer et al. Other highlights of the upcoming season 2021/2022 are concerts at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, at the Philharmonic Halls in Köln, Berlin and Paris, as well as in Istanbul and Basel.

In December 2020 the Quatuor Modigliani celebrated the world premiere of the String Quartet ‘Split Apart’, which was composed specifically for them by the British composer Mark Anthony Turnage. The piece has its origins in the UK’s referendum to leave or remain in the European Union: the composer’s despair and anger at the Brexit vote are channelled into the work. The string quartet was already presented at Musikverein Wien and at Flagey in Brussels; in the upcoming season, performances a.o. at Concertgebouw Amsterdam (October 2021) or at Staatstheater Darmstadt (April 2022) will follow.

Since its formation, the Quatuor Modigliani has been enjoying to perform bigger chamber music works, which is how the quartet has built true artistic friendships with other musicians such as e.g. Nicholas Angelich, Tanja Tetzlaff, Beatrice Rana or Renaud Capuçon. In 2021/2022, such concert highlights will be performances with Sharon Kam, Yeol Eum Son, Victor Julien-Laferrière or Julian Steckel.

The quartet has been recording for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 10 award winning CDs since. Their 9th album, “Portraits”, was featured in the bestseller list 2-2019 (category chamber music) at the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. Their album ‘Schubert Octet’, which was recorded together with Sabine Meyer, Bruno Schneider, Dag Jensen and Knut Erik Sundquist and published in April 2020, received international critical acclaim. In 2021, the Quatuor Modigliani is recording all of Schubert’s string quartets; release date will be in January 2022.
„One of today’s best quartets in the world... Balance, transparency, symphonic comprehension, confident style, their performance reached a very high and inspiring level.”Harald Eggebrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, the Quatuor Modigliani plays on four outstanding Italian instruments:

Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini,
Loïc Rio plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini,
Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani,
François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller.

The Quatuor Modigliani also thanks SPEDIDAM for its help.

2021 / 2022
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Contacts: Lenemarie Leukefeld, Ellen Bäuerle

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Programme

2022 / 2023
Programme I

Puccini: Crisantemi
Schubert: String Quartet No. 11 in E major, D 353 (1816)
***
Turina: String Quartet, op. 34 “Oración del Torero” 
Janácek: String Quartet No. 2
OR Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor ”From My Life” 

Programme II

Turina: String Quartet, op. 34 “Oración del Torero” 
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 3 in D major, op. 18 No. 3
***
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810 (1924) ”Death and the Maiden” 
OR Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D 887 (1826)

Programme III

Turnage: String Quartet “Split Apart”
Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet
***
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, op. 130 with „Grosse Fuge”, op. 133

Quatuor Modigliani, Amihai Grosz & Nathalia Milstein
String Quartet, Viola & Piano
06. — 12.02.2023

Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, op. 15
Turina: “Escena Andaluza” for Viola, String Quartet and Piano, op. 7
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 1 in A major, op. 18 MWV R 21

Quatuor Modigliani & Fazil Say
String Quartet & Piano
14.—18.11.2022

Say: Piano Quintet , op. 72 b‚ ‘Yürüyen Kösk – The Moving Mansion” (Hommage à Atatürk)
***
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, op. 44

Quatuor Modigliani: Schubertiade with guests

Programme I with Julian Steckel (Violoncello) & Adèle Charvet (Mezzo Soprano)

Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D 703 “Quartettsatz”
Reimann: Mignon Lieder (Franz Schubert “Mignon” – arr. for Soprano and String Quartet by Aribert Reimann)
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, op. 163 D 956

 

Programme II with Frank Braley (Piano) and Yann Dubost (Double Bass)

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, op. 114 D 667 “The Trout”
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D-minor, D 810 (1924) ”Death and the Maiden””
OR Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 G major, op. 161 D 887 (1826)

 

Programme III with Frank Braley (Piano) & Adèle Charvet (Mezzo Soprano)

Reimann: Mignon Songs (Franz Schubert “Mignon” – arr. for Soprano and String Quartet by Aribert Reimann)
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, op. 114 D 667 “The Trout”
Schubert: The Trout, D 550 (Song for Voice and Piano)
Schubert: String Quartet No. 9 in G minor, D 173

Schubert-Cycle

Concert I
Schubert: String Quartet No. 4 C major, D 46 (1813)
Schubert: String Quartet No. 1 C minor, D 18 (1810)
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Schubert: String Quartet No. 9 G minor, D 173 (1815)
 
Concert II
Schubert: String Quartet No. 2 C major, D 32 (1812)
Schubert: String Quartet No. 8 B-flat major, D 112 (1814)
***
Schubert: String Quartet No. 10 E-flat major, D 87 (1813)
 
Concert III
Schubert: String Quartet No. 7 D major, D 94 (1814)
Schubert: String Quartet No. 5 B-flat major, D 68 (1813)
***
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 D minor, D 810 (1924) “Death and the Maiden”
 
Concert IV
Schubert: String Quartet No. 5 B-flat major, D 68 (1813)
Schubert: String Quartet No. 6 D major, D 74 (1813)
***
Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 A minor, D 804 (1824) “Rosamunde”
 
Concert V
Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 C minor, D 703 (1820) “Quartettsatz”
Schubert: String Quartet No. 11 E major, D 353 (1816)
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Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 G major, D 887 (1826)

2021 / 2022

Schedule

22.08.2021
FR / St Jean de Luz
Quatuor Modigliani, Agnès Letestu
06.09.2021
20:00 Uhr
TR / Istanbul
Quatuor Modigliani
22.09.2021
20:30 Uhr
FR / Lyon
Quatuor Modigliani, Sélim Mazari

Discography

Haydn - Bartók - Mozart
Joseph Haydn
String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 2, "Fifths"

Belá Bartók
String Quartet No. 3, Sz 85

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 19, KV 465, "Dissonance"

Schubert Octet
Franz Schubert
Octet in F major, D 803

Sabine Meyer - Clarinet
Bruno Schneider - Horn
Dag Jensen - Bassoon
Knut Erik Sundquist - Double bass

Portraits
Felix Mendelssohn
4 Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81: III. Capriccio. Andante con moto

Sergei Rachmaninoff
String Quartet No. 1: III. Scherzo

Giacomo Puccini
Crisantemi, SC. 65

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26: II. Intermezzo

Fritz Kreisler
String Quartet in A Minor: II. Scherzo. Allegro vivo, con spirito

Samuel Barber
String Quartet, Op. 11: II. Adagio

Franz Schubert
5 Minuets, D. 89: No. 3

Alexander Borodin
String Quartet on the Theme 'B-la-F': III. Serenata alla spagnola. Allegretto

Dmitri Shostakovich
Two pieces for String Quartet, Op. 36a: II. Polka

Anton Webern
Langsamer Satz für Streichquartett

Roman Hoffstetter
String Quartet in F Major, Hob.III:17: II. Andante Cantabile

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento in F Major, K. 138/125c: III. Presto

Plink, Plank, Plunk!
Leroy Anderson

Schumann
Robert Schumann
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 41
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 41
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 41

Dvořák - Bartók - Dohnányi
Antonín Dvořák
String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96, "American"

Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, SZ 67

Ernst von Dohnányi
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 33

Haydn
Joseph Haydn
String Quartet, Op. 50 No. 1
String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 1
String Quartet, Op. 77 No. 1

Musique Française
Claude Debussy
String Quartet, Op. 10

Camille Saint-Saens
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 112

Maurice Ravel
String Quartet

Intuition
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga
String Quartet No. 3

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 6, K 159

Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 4, D46

Brahms
Johannes Brahms
Piano Quintet, Op. 34
Two Songs, Op. 91

Jean-Frédérice Neuburger - Piano
Andrea Hill - Soprano

Mendelssohn
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
String Quartet, Op. 13
String Quartet, Op. 80
Capriccio, Op. 81

Haydn
Joseph Haydn
String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4, "Sunrise"
String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3, "Rider"
String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 1

Schumann - Wolf - Mendelssohn
Robert Schumann
String Quartet, Op. 41 No. 1

Hugo Wolf
Italian Serenade for String Quartet

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
String Quartet, Op. 44 No. 1

nascor, 2006

Videos

Mendelssohn: Quartet op. 13 n°2 - Presto
Schubert: Quartett n°12 "Quartett-Satz"
Following the Modigliani Quartet during their last US tour 2018

Contact

Lenemarie Leukefeld
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Ellen Bäuerle
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