Amaury Coeytaux, violin
Loïc Rio, violin
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
The Paris based Quatuor Modigliani, founded in 2003, is a regular guest of the world’s top venues and finest String Quartet & 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.
Highlights of this season are tours through Germany in October 2020 and February 2021 with concerts at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, among others, as well as a U.S. tour in March 2021. In December 2020 the Quatuor Modigliani celebrates the world premiere of the String Quartet ‘Split Apart’, which was composed specifically for them by the British composer Mark Anthony Turnage. Following the premiere, the quartet will present the piece at Staatstheater Darmstadt, Musikverein Wien, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at Flagey in Brussels and at the Pollack Hall in Montreal.
Since its formation, Quatuor Modigliani has enjoyed performing larger chamber music works which has built true artistic friendships with other musicians including Nicholas Angelich, Tanja Tetzlaff, Yefim Bronfman, Beatrice Rana and Renaud Capuçon. In 2020/21, concert highlights are performances with Veronika and Clemens Hagen, playing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Souvenir de Florence’ at Auditorio Nacional de Música CNDM Madrid, Flagey in Brussels, and at the Berlin Philharmonie, as well as a Schubert Octet tour with Sabine Meyer in November 2020, with concerts in Germany and Italy.
In 2014, after a thirteen year hiatus, the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, a festival created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud and made famous through its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich, returned with Quatuor Modigliani at the helm as Artistic Directors. The joint efforts of the Evian Resort and Quatuor Modigliani achieved immediate success and the festival has once again become one of Europe’s major and most publicized summer musical events.
The quartet has been recording for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 10 award winning CDs since. Their ninth album, “Portraits”, was featured in the bestseller list 2-2019 (category chamber music) at the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. Also their latest 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. The quartet’s next project, a CD featuring recordings of Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 3 and ‘Souvenir de Florence’ (with Veronika and Clemens Hagen) is expected to be released in season 2021/22.
After fifteen years of building up their own sound and profile, Quatuor Modigliani felt happy to pass their experience to the next generation. In 2016 they created The Atelier within the Festival in Evian and will be organizing the Bordeaux International Competition including a festival and various masterclasses from this season onwards.
Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, 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.
Quatuor Modigliani also thanks SPEDIDAM for its help
2020 / 2021
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“a gripping and persuasive performance, played with awesome individual and communal brilliance”
The Strad, January 2010
“The range of dynamics and colour is wide, and the rhythmic tension and drive—in the Finale of Haydn’s Rider Quartet and elsewhere—superb. They also give the music space, in the Rider’s visionary slow movement and in the deceptively leisurely opening of the Sunrise Quartet.”
The Sunday Times, July 2008
“The Modigliani played with animated zest and an underlying tension which built up momentum to frenetic climaxes, highlighting the taut pizzicatos in the second movement and the languid exchange of the main theme in the third.”
The New York Times, February 2008
“With its immense musical gifts, this foursome has the potential to someday reach the top echelon.”
The Washington Post, February 2007
“The Birmingham Chamber Music Society's season opened with one of the world’s great established string quartets. It closed Sunday with what could rank among the finest of the next generation. The Modigliani Quartet have forged a rare combination of depth, enthusiasm and near-faultless technique.”
The Birmingham News, February 2008
“The Modigliani is not the kind of quartet, common today, that lures the listener into a bath of warm, sumptuous string tone, or that dazzles with pyrotechnics. Instead it plays with a Gallic cool, supported by a solid, thoroughly unified technique.”
The New York Times, February 2007
“Haydn and Ravel seemed to live again with the outstanding Modigliani quartet’s unforgettable flame.”
Le Monde de la Musique, November 2006
“The Modiglaini Quartet played Kurtag’s 12 Microludes marvellously, followed by a dazzling interpretation of Ravel’s Quartet, showing great maturity.”
l’Humanité, August 2006
“Throughout this recording the young musicians are the perfect example of how a promising flower can bloom into a wonderful fruit: pulpy, juicy, extremely tasty and fragrant.”
Res Musica, April 2006
“Amazing musical maturity and cohesion... an excellent understanding of the harmonic density of works and a great polyphonic limpidness… an outstanding sense of rhythm.”
Classica Répertoire, May 2006