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Amaury Coeytaux & 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
« This French ensemble is beautifully modulated, in the sense that every player has equal presence and voice, expressed with dashing fervour in Dohnányi (Quartet No 3) and gossamer brilliance in Ravel’s quartet. » The Guardian, August 2015
« This was a performance of shimmering, magical beauty, nuanced interpretation and total coherence among the players. With deeply held affinity for the music of a fellow Frenchman, the honeyed intensity of their tone was superbly suited to a benchmark performance. » The Scotsman, August 2015

« Youthful enthusiasm and enormous energy, with plenty of drama but also subtle expression… it would be hard to imagine a more commanding performance. » Dallas Morning News, April 2015

The Modigliani Quartet, formed by four close friends in 2003 is a regular guest of the world’s top venues like Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie de Paris-Cité de la Musique, Het Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Cologne’s Philharmonie, Victoria Hall, Brussels’ Bozar, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Munich’s Prinzregenstheater and Herkulessaal, Barcelona’s Auditori, Tokyo’s Oji Hall, Luxemburg’s Philharmonie, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and festivals like Lucerne, Schwetzingen, Rheingau, Kissinger Sommer, Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Schwarzenberg-Hohenems  Schubertiade, Maverick Festival, Lanaudière Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Copenhagen Chamber Music Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Montpellier Radio France Festival, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Baalbeck, Edinburgh International Festival.

In the upcoming seasons, the quartet will tour in the Unites-States, Japan, Korea, China  and all over Europe. They will return to Wigmore Hall for several concerts, to Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Philharmonie, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Tokyo’s Oji Hall among several prestigious venues. They will also play in the inaugural season of  Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie in 2017.

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 started a new life through the joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet. Following the promising success of the first edition, the festival has quickly become one of Europe’s major and most publicized events.

The quartet has recorded for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 6 award-winning CDs, all receiving great critical acclaim in several countries.The renowned critic and string quartet specialist Harald Eggbrecht wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about their Haydn CD in 2014: “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.

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, 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.



For further information please visit www.modiglianiquartet.com