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Philippe Bernhard, Loïc Rio : violins
Laurent Marfaing : viola
François Kieffer : cello
“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 Eggbrecht in Süddeutsche Zeitung “Modigliani musicians show they’re a fab foursome”. Seattle Times, November 2013
The Modigliani Quartet, formed by four close friends celebrated in 2013 ten years of playing together and has already become of the world’s top string quartets, playing in venues like Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Brussels’s Bozar, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Cité de la Musique, Lucerne Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, Rheingau Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Washington DC’s Library of Congress, Marlboro Festival, Seattle’s Meany Hall, Houston’s Friends of Chamber Music, Lanaudière Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Luxemburg’s Philharmonie , Zurich’s Tonhalle, Munich’s Herkulessaal, La Fenice in Venice.
In 2014 and 2015, the Modigliani Quartet is playing at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Munich?s Prinzregenstheater, Barcelona’s Auditori , Cité de la Musique, Auditorium du Louvre, Köln Philharmonie, Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum. They will tour again in Australia, Japan, China and the United-States.
The quartet has recorded for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 5 award-winning CDs, all receiving great acclaim in several countries. Their first Haydn CD was a Strad selection, their Mendelssohn CD in 2010 was a Fono Forum selection (disc of the month) and aroused admiration from critics and audiences worldwide. In 2012 their fourth CD was dedicated to youth with quartets by young Mozart, Schubert and Arriaga.Their Debussy-Ravel-Saint Saëns CD in 2013 also got rave reviews including a Strad selection. They released a second Haydn CD in 2014. The renowned critic and string quartet specialist Harald Eggbrecht wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about this CD : “It is a real treat to hear with what panache, what witty playfulness, what youthful energy the quartet plays, yet never yielding to casualness. The balance of the four voices, the delicacy of sounds is always impressive, with constant attention to dynamics, harmony and rhythmic precision. It sounds effortless, sovereign and extremely supple.”
Only one year after they were formed, the quartet attracted international attention in 2004 by winning the Frits Philips String Quartet competition in Eindhoven. The Quartet then took First Prize at the Vittorio Rimbotti competition in Florence in 2005 and won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 2006.
Following their studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Modigliani Quartet studied with the Ysaÿe Quartet in Paris, attended masterclasses by Walter Levin and György Kurtág, and then had the opportunity to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
The quartet regularly plays chamber music with Sabine Meyer, Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angellich, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker or Daniel Müller-Schott and various musician friends.
In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d?Evian. After a 13-year pause, the festival, made famous by its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich, and created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud will start a new life through the joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet.
Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, the Modigliani quartet plays on four outstanding Italian instruments: Philippe Bernhard plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Loic Rio plays a 1734 violin by Alessandro Gagliano, Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani, François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller (former “Warburg”) .
The Modigliani Quartet is also very thankful for the help of the SPEDIDAM.