Quatuor Modigliani
String quartet

Amaury Coeytaux, violin
Loïc Rio, violin
Laurent Marfaing, viola
François Kieffer, violoncello

Programme:
Franz Schubert, String Quartet No. 12 in C Flat, D 703
Maurice Ravel, String Quartet in F Major, op 35
Edvard Grieg, String Quartet No 1 in G Minor op 27

Quatuor Modigliani from Paris celebrated its fifteenth anniversary last season and can look back over an impressive career. The ensemble has established itself worldwide as one of the most popular quartets of its generation and performs in the most important concert halls and string quartet series. It was a particular honour for Quatuor Modigliani to be the first string quartet to be invited to play in the Elbphilharmonie's new Great Concert Hall in March 2017. Larger chamber music projects have resulted in artistic friendships with, for example, Nicholas Angelich, Tanja Tetzlaff, Yefim Bronfman, Beatrice Rana and Renaud Capuçon.

In the summer of 2014, the quartet took over the artistic directorship of the Rencontres Musicales d'Évian by Lake Geneva, whose renown is due to its former director Mstislav Rostropovich, when it resumed after a break of thirteen years. The festival is now once again one of the musical highlights of the European festival summer. By now, Quatuor Modigliani has recorded ten albums. On its release in April 2020, their recording of Schubert's Octet in F Major, D. 803 together with Sabine Meyer, Bruno Schneider, Dag Jensen and Knut Erik Sundquist received high praise from the critics.

Thanks to the generous support of private sponsors, the quartet plays on four exceptional Italian instruments: Amaury Coeytaux plays a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin from 1773, Loïc Rio a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin from 1780, Laurent Marfaing a Luigi Mariani viola from 1660 and François Kieffer a Matteo Goffriller violoncello from 1706.