Quatuor Modigliani

String Quartet

Amaury Coeytaux
Violin
Loïc Rio
Violin
Laurent Marfaing
Viola
François Kieffer
Cello
The four French players met more than 15 years ago at the Conservatoire de Paris and soon caught the quartet bug. In the meantime, new principal violin Amaury Coeytaux has been infected too. The group takes its energy from on-the-road lifestyle, where music is its outlet. Interacting with one another, they are brash and impulsive, an approach that leads them to discover the essential contrasts and polarities, contours, and endless lines in their repertoire.
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The Paris based Quatuor Modigliani, founded in 2003, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2023.
It is a regular guest at the world’s top venues and finest String Quartet and Chamber Music series. In 2017 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 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”.

For the Quatuor Modigliani’s anniversary celebration, Jean Frédéric Neuburger composed a new string quartet that will be performed throughout Europe in the upcoming anniversary season 2022/2023, including concerts in Madrid, Warsaw, Paris and London. Since the past season, the quartet has been focusing on the composer Franz Schubert’s 225th anniversary in 2022 and will maintain this focus also in the new season with e.g. a three-part Schubert-cycle at the Musikfest Hamburg in May 2023. Other highlights include an extensive US Tour in April 2023 or performances at the Philharmonic Halls in Luxembourg, Köln and Oslo.

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 channeled into the work. The string quartet was already presented at Musikverein Wien, at Flagey in Brussels and at Concertgebouw Amsterdam; the upcoming season 2022/2023 will include performances at Bergen and Oslo as well as in the USA.
„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
Since its formation, the Quatuor Modigliani has enjoyed performing bigger chamber music works, which is how the quartet has built true artistic friendships with other musicians such as e.g. Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Tanja Tetzlaff or Beatrice Rana. In 2022/2023, such concert highlights will be performances with Jean-Guihen Queyras, Yeol Eum Son and a sextet program with Nathalia Milstein and Amihai Grosz.

The quartet has been recording for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 12 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 January 2022, the Quatuor Modigliani has released its newest album: a recording of all 15 string quartets by Franz Schubert, which was received enthusiastically by the international press. In April 2022, FonoForum wrote: “In the steep crescendos, in the jagged major-minor conflicts or the wildly driving-out gestures glows an extraordinary intensity, the music sometimes reaches a point where something seems to tear apart.”

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.

2022 / 2023
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Contacts: Matthias Hermann, Ellen Bäuerle

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Programme

2023 / 2024
Italy

Mozart: String Quartet in G major, K 156 (134b) No. 2 of the “Italian Quartets”
Élise Bertrand (*2000): Commissioned work on an Italian theme
Wolf: Italian Serenade in G major
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Puccini: Crisantemi, SC 65
Verdi: String Quartet in E minor

Folk Spirit
Stravinsky: Three pieces for String Quartet
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73
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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 “Rasumowsky“
Anniversary Programme
20 years of Quatuor Modigliani with a selection of the quartet's favourite pieces
Haydn: String Quartet in G major, op. 54 No. 1 Hob III: 58
Wolf: Italian Serenade in G major
Jean-Frédéric Neuburger: Commissioned piece for Quatuor Modigliani
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Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in d minor, D 810 ‚ “Death and the Maiden”
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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 “Rasumowsky“
2022 / 2023

Schedule

26.12.2022
20:00 Uhr
DE / Köln - Kölner Philharmonie
Quatuor Modigliani, Yeol Eum Son
06.01.2023
20:30 Uhr
FR / Amiens - Maison de la Culture
Quatuor Modigliani
16.01.2023
19:30 Uhr
GB / London - Wigmore Hall
Quatuor Modigliani
20.01.2023
19:30 Uhr
DE / Weikersheim - Tauberphilharmonie
Quatuor Modigliani, Quatuor Agate
02.02.2023
13:00 Uhr
GB / London - St. Lukes
Quatuor Modigliani
09.02.2023
20:15 Uhr
NL / Amsterdam - Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal
Quatuor Modigliani, Amihai Grosz, Nathalia Milstein
10.02.2023
20:00 Uhr
DK / Humlebæk - Museum Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Quatuor Modigliani, Amihai Grosz, Nathalia Milstein
17.02.2023
20:00 Uhr
CH / Basel - Don Bosco Basel
Quatuor Modigliani
19.02.2023
15:30 Uhr
FR / Pau - Théâtre Saint-Louis
Quatuor Modigliani
03.03.2023
20:00 Uhr
ES / Madrid - Auditorio Nacional de Música CNDM Sala de Cámara
Quatuor Modigliani, Pablo Barragán, Magali Mosnier, Yann Dubost, Luis del Valle, Victor de Valle, Vassilena Serafimova
09.03.2023
20:00 Uhr
CH / Lausanne (Epalinges) - Salle de spectacles d'Epalinges
Quatuor Modigliani
13.03.2023
FR / Toulon - Palais des Congrès Neptune
Quatuor Modigliani, Adrien Boisseau, Victor Julien-Laferrière
15.03.2023
20:30 Uhr
FR / Poitiers - Théâtre-Auditorium de Poitiers (TAP)
Quatuor Modigliani
31.03.2023
FR / Chantilly -
Quatuor Modigliani, Maria Joao Pires

Discography

Schubert
Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 1
String Quartet No. 4 in C major
String Quartet No. 13 in A minor

String Quartet No. 2 in C major
String Quartet No. 6 in D major
String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major

String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major
String Quartet No. 8 in B flat major
String Quartet No. 11 in E major

String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major
String Quartet No. 9 in G minor
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden'

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, 'Quartettsatz'
String Quartet No. 7 in D major
String Quartet No. 15 in G major

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

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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

Matthias Hermann
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Ellen Bäuerle
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 712
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