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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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 

Pierre Colombet violin
Gabriel Le Magadure violin
Marie Chilemme viola
Raphaël Merlin violoncello

"A string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band," praised The New York Times' Alan Kozinn following a March 2009 performance featuring the Quatuor Ebène. There is no doubt that these four French musicians have class and are perhaps the most creative ensemble on the international chamber music scene today. No other quartet moves with such ease and enthusiasm between different styles. Nevertheless, the quartet's traditional repertoire does not suffer in any way from its love of Jazz. On the contrary, the Ebènes' tendency to delve into the "other side" of music inspires their work in untangling and giving new life to classical works. From "promising young ensemble", the Quatuor Ebène has grown to become one of today's foremost quartets on the international scene and is regularly heard throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. 2009 marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with the Virgin Classics label. The quartet's Debussy, Ravel, Fauré recording was awarded several prizes, including "Recording of the Year" from Gramophone magazine. There followed a Brahms CD with the pianist Akiko Yamamoto, recorded with the support of Borletti-Buitoni Trust after receiving a BBT Award in 2007. The third CD, the Jazz and World Music album Fiction (released in 2010) was awarded an Echo Award as well and nearly hit the top of the charts! The quartet's latest CD includes Mozart's KV 421, KV 465 and KV 138 - for which they also got an Echo Award.

Photographs by Julien Mignot

  • 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

Nothing Personal

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)

Quatuor Ebène
Richard Héry drums
Stacey Kent

5099 628668 0 4 | EMI Classics



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.

Quatuor Ébène
Akiko Yamamoto piano

CD 5099921662225
Virgin Classics

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Ravel, Debussy, Fauré

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

Quatuor Ébène

CD 5099951904524 | Virgin Classics

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust


A 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."


Verbier 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.

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telephone: +49 30 414 781 717


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