DEC 22 / 8:00 PM

Modigliani Quartet

Philippe Bernhard  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.”


“Modigliani musicians show they’re a fab foursome.”


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, Philhamronie 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 2015/16 season, the quartet will tour in Australia, Japan, Korea, the United-States and Europe.

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 5 award-winning CDs, all receiving great critical 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.” Another critic from Hessischer Rundfunk wrote “The Modigliani ensemble’s interpretation pays true homage to the clarity and eloquence of Haydn’s work, while at the same time sacrificing none of the master’s roguishness. They are not afraid to take risks, regardless of the consequences – a more animated recording would hardly be possible.” The next release will be a Bartok-Dohnanyi-Dvorak CD in the fall of 2015.

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: 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.


Concert Program

Haydn : String Quartet in G minor, op.74/3

Ravel : String quartet in F

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Mendelssohn: String quartet n° 6 in F minor, op.80