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 Modigliani Quartet, which was founded in 2003, has regularly performed in the world’s top venues and on the finest String Quartet & Chamber Music series. It was a special honor for the quartet to be the first string quartet to perform in the big hall of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg when it opened in 2017.
In season 2019/20, the quartet will be touring in North America and Asia, and in Europe they will be performing at Wigmore Hall in London, the Liederhalle Stuttgart, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Paris, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Prinzregententheater Munich, Konzerthus Stockholm, Konzerthaus Vienna and at the LAC Lugano. Further afield, they will make appearances at festivals such as Salzburg Festspiele, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele.
Since its founding the Modigliani Quartet has enjoyed performing larger chamber music works, which is how the quartet has built true artistic friendships with other musicians such as Nicholas Angelich, Daniel Müller-Schott, Yefim Bronfman, Beatrice Rana and Renaud Capuçon. Highlights of 2019/20 will be performances with Christian Zacharias in Evian and touring throughout Europe with the Schubert Octet with Sabine Meyer.
In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, a festival created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud and made famous through its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich. The joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet achieved immediate success, and the festival has now become again 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 9 CDs, all awarded prizes and receiving international critical acclaim. Their last album, Portraits, which was published in January 2019, was featured in the bestseller list 2-2019 (category chamber music) at the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. “Each single one of the works is shining in a new light and at the same time, in each one, this brilliant ensemble is celebrating itself in a breathtaking stylistic confidence," says Eleonore Büning in the jury justification.
After fifteen years of building up their own sound and profile, the Modigliani Quartet is now 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, the Modigliani Quartet 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 Modigliani Quartet also thanks SPEDIDAM for its help
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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