The first years of a string quartet demand heavy sacrifices to each of its members. The BBT has been a great support for us to build up a repertoire, make it live and has allowed us to constantly go beyond our limits. The BBT is very much aware of the difficulty and needs of human and artistic results. This partnership allowed us to record a CD, fund work and rest sessions, and we are now swamped with projects! We would like to thank the BBT from the bottom of our hearts.Quatuor Ebène"
Quatuor Ebène received support from BBT between 2007 and 2012. This page was last updated in May 2013. For an up to date biography visit www.impresariatsimmenauer.de
Pierre Colombet violin
Gabriel Le Magadure violin
Adrien Boisseau viola
Raphaël Merlin violoncello
Photographs by Julien Mignot
BBT Project: Virgin Classics CD: "Fiction"
"That there is also musical integrity in this crossover work is fascinating. From the off one gets the feeling that this project makes musical sense. The colours that are evoked in their version of Miles Davis’s All Blues are worthy of any of their work with Ravel and Debussy. The textures in the Pulp Fiction arrangement are kaleidoscopic."
Igor Toronyi-Lalic, The Times 22 October 2010
"A triumph of originality and verve."
Charlotte Gardner, BBC Online, www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviewers/hqqv, 2 November 2010
"Quatuor Ebène seem the string quartet most likely to take on the mantle of the Kronos Quartet, not least for their ability to accommodate jazz and pop influences."
Andy Gill, The Independent 22 October 2010
BBT Project: Brahms String Quartet No.1 and Brahms Piano Quintet, Virgin Classics CD
"Akiko Yamamoto proves to be an ideal partner in the Piano Quintet, which achieves an extraordinary sense of drive and emotional abandon in the Finale."
Calum MacDonald BBC Music Magazine October 2009
BBT Project: Debussy, Fauré, Ravel String Quartets, Virgin Classics CD
"They have such an extraordinary range of tone colour combined with a suppleness of rhythm which gives their playing a kind of serendipity as though they had just chanced on one achingly beautiful sound after another. The result is unforgettable."
BBC Radio 3 Building a Library: Faure Quartet. No 1 RECOMMENDATION, 28 March 2009
"Three French masterpieces (Debussy, Fauré, Ravel) played by young musicians with a rare degree of expressive subtlety, blended sonorities and electrifying joy. The late Fauré quartet achieves a fine balance between sounding suave and pulsing with life. Debussy quivers with febrile emotions, while the Ravel soars to heaven with refinement and poise."
***** The Times, September 2008
"A virtuosic, highly intelligent performance"
Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday, 12 October 2008
- New concert clothes
- New photos
- Help towards recordings for Virgin Records
- Website updates and training
- Travel and management costs
- Purchasing of recording equipment
- Help towards costs for setting up a new festival
- Participation in BBT Celebrated
Misirlou (theme from Pulp Fiction)
Corcovado with Stacey Kent
Fiction is a dream finally come true for Quatuor Ebène - a new approach to playing string quartets with an eclectic mix of improvised jazz and popular classics from Pulp Fiction to Corcovado. As well as Stacey Kent, Quatuor Ebène are joined on the CD by Luz Casal (for Amado Mio) Natalie Dessay (Over the rainbow) and Fanny Ardant (Lilac Wine)
Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1 (second movement Romanze: Poco adagio)
Brahms: Piano Quintet No. 1 in F minor, Op. 34 (third movement Scherzo: Allegro)
with Akiko Yamamoto piano
This Brahms disc with pianist Akiko Yamamoto follows up the French quartet’s highly successful debut Virgin Classics CD of Fauré, Debussy, Ravel.
Akiko Yamamoto piano
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
Ravel, Debussy, Fauré
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor (first movement Animé Et Très Décidé)
Fauré: String Quartet in E minor (first movement Allegro moderato)
Ravel: String Quartet in F major (first movement Allegro Moderato - Très Doux)
"Three French masterpieces (Debussy, Fauré, Ravel) played by young musicians with a rare degree of expressive subtlety, blended sonorities and electrifying joy… great disc." ***** The Times, September 2008
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
HUNGRY FOR MOREA video profile of Quatuor Ébène
"Work, work, work. We practice like crazy people."
"Give, give, give…create, create, create.”
A video profile of one of the foremost string quartets of their generation, filmed at Theatre Le Cadran, Briancon, February 2009. Including performances of Brahms, Ravel and Pulp Fiction."
LET GO AND GIVE UP YOUR EGOVerbier Festival Academy, an introduction to chamber music by Gábor Takács-Nagy and Heinrich Schiff
Chamber music is central to the ethos of Borletti-Buitoni Trust. For this reason it is fitting that BBT has supported Verbier Festival Academy since 2006. Filmed in Verbier in July/August 2007, Heinrich Schiff (BBT Honorary Committee member) and Gábor Takács-Nagy (Professor of Chamber Music, Verbier Festival Academy) illustrate the role and importance of chamber music. BBT Winners Jerusalem Quartet, Vilde Frang and Quatuor Ébène tell us the value of the festival and academy for them.
The Academy Quartet featured were Eduard Kunz piano, Vilde Frang violin, Barbara Buntrock viola, Leonard Elschenbroich cello.