Quatuor Girard , Hugues Girard violin, Agathe Girard violin, Odon Girard viola, Lucie Girard cello.
The Girard Quartet (Quatuor Girard) has been a Resident Artist of the Fondation Singer-Polignac since 2011.
The Girard Quartet is composed of two brothers and two sisters from a large family originally from Avignon in the south of France. They are graduates of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM), either the Paris or Lyon branch as the case may be.
In 2008, the Girard Quartet was admitted to the graduate program for string quartets in CNSM, Paris, to study under the supervision of François Salque. In January 2010, they were admitted to the prestigious class of the Ysaÿe Quartet at the Conservatoire Régional de Paris, and in september 2011 in the class of Miguel da Silva in the Haute Ecole de Musique of Geneva.
Support from the ECMA-European Chamber Music Academy, headed by Hatto Beyerle, founder member of Alban Berg Quartet, has enabled them to work with members of Artis, Alban Berg, Lindsay, and Talich Quartets, as well as, the pianists Alfred Brendel or Jean-François Heisser, The Quartet has been invited to the Forum Musical de Normandie and to the Académie musicale de Villecroze.
In September 2010, the Girard Quartet was awarded the Prix Académie Maurice Ravel in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France. The Banque Populaire Foundation granted the Girard Quartet a fellowship in June 2001, and in July they were subsequently awarded the HSBC prize by the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. In November 2011, they win a 3rd Prize at the Geneva International Competition.
The Girards are now invited to play in various concert halls and musical festivals. They have been heard in performance in France in many venues : the Auditorium of the Musée d'Orsay, Opéra-Comique, Théâtre du Châtelet, Grand Salon des Invalides, Festival Jeunes Talents in Paris, Soirées et Matinées musicales d'Arles, the Renaissance du Vieux Palais d'Espalion, Académie de la Chaise-Dieu, Cordes sur ciel, 1001 notes en Limousin, Deauville, Jeudis Musicaux des églises romanes à Royan, Journées Ravel de Montfort l'Amaury, Menton, Musique en Albret, Uzerche, Val d'Aulnay, Pentecôte en Berry... in Switzerland, Austria, England, Italy, Morocco, and Japan. They perform with artists such as Philippe Bernold, Maurice Bourgue, Miguel da Silva, Nicolas Dautricourt, Henri Demarquette, Jean-Claude Pennetier, François Salque, Dame Felicity Lott ...
In January 2012, they will perform their first concert in London's Wigmore Hall.
The Girard Quartet is in residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation, Paris. The Girard Quartet is supported by the Fondation d'Entreprise Banque Populaire, as well as, the Association Hélène Berr. In December 2010, the quartet was awarded a scholarship from the Académie Musicale de Villecroze.
The Girard Quartet published under the label « Les Discophiles français », a first album rewarded by the critics (Choice of France Musique, Qobuzissime).
Hugues Girard plays a Nicolo Gagliano violin from 1735, Agathe Girard a Landolfi from 1759, and Lucie Girard a Bernardel-Père, "ex-Navarra", lent by the Fondation Zilber.
Translation : Morris Goldberg
March 2019, B Records
- The Starry Sky
June 2018, Paraty
- Haydn - Schubert - Schumann : Recital
November 2012, Les Discophiles Français
Concerts at the Fondation Singer-Polignac
Concerts d'atelier : Quatuors de Beethoven #1 | September 18, 19 & 20 2018
Concert d'atelier : Quatuor Girard & Guillaume Bellom | March 22, 2018
Concert d'atelier : Quatuor Girard | May 11, 2017
Concert d'atelier : Tribute to René Girard | March 10, 2016
Concert d'atelier : Quatuor Girard | November 4, 2014
Concert de saison : Mozart éternel | June 17, 2014
Concert de saison : Fulgurances chambristes | February 14, 2013