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Arpeggione Quartet
Arpeggione Quartet  Biography
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Arpeggione Quartet

Selected as laureates at the Evian International Quartet Competition in 1989, the Arpeggione, following a series of radio and television appearances and an increasingly international career, is being hailed as one of the leading ensembles to have emerged from France in recent years.

Having been entitled to practise with some of the world's top masters of chamber music (such as the Lasalle, Alban Berg and Amadeus Quartets), its talent is appreciated as exceptional by them all.

From 1989 to 1993, the Arpeggione was the official Quartet-in-residence at the Sorbonne, marking the first experience of an artistic partnership with a French university.

In March 1996, the Arpeggione were invited to perform at the Elysée Palace by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to celebrate his eightieth birthday.

Firmly established as guests at the major music halls and festivals in France (Musée d'Orsay, Opéra Bastille, Carrousel du Louvre), the Quartet also appears abroad like at the Salzburg, the Lockenhaus, the Schloss-Elmau (Germany), the Wiener Klassisch or the Ottawa Strings of the Future Festival, or else at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.

In March 1999, the Arpeggione celebrated its ten years at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, with the complete set of Schumann's three string quartets and the piano quintet, joined by Jean-Philippe Collard for the latter work – an event which was greeted by the standing ovation of a completely full house.

In november 1999, they played once more at the Wigmore Hall in London, for the fourth consecutive year, and made an exlusive recording of the performance.

The repertoire of the Arpeggione is considerable in wealth and extension from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven – along with Schubert, Schumann and Brahms – to Stravinsky, Bartok, Schönberg, Berg and Webern, with special mention to our "big three" French composers – Debussy, Fauré, Ravel. It has just revived Florent Schmitt's outstanding string quartet which had never been played, at least in France, for fourty years now.

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