The Ardeo quartet

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Mi-Sa Yang violin, Carole Petitdemange violin, Inoue Noriko viola, Joëlle Martinez cello. 

The Ardeo Quartet was a Resident Artist of the Fondation Singer-Polignac from 2008 to 2016.

If Ardeo – in latin : I burn – is the name of this quartet, it’s also their motto when they play their repertoire ; their success shows it’s a good choice. The Ardeo Quartet was formed in 2001 at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSM), and today they have become one of the most highly praised and enthusiastically applauded French chamber music ensembles.

The perfect artistic cohesion of the quartet is based on unrelenting work and the reigning spirit of harmony and complicity between its members. The exceptional qualities of the group have been acknowledged by numerous international prizes.

Between 2004 and 2009, the Quartet was awarded the second prize and two special prizes at the Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition in Moscow, the second prize as well as the international press prize at the prestigious Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, the first prize in the FNAPEC competition, the third prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne and at the International String Quartet Competition « Premio Paolo Borciani » as well as, also in Italy, the audience prize at the Bologna festival.

Beyond the teaching they received at the CNSM in Paris, the Ardeo Quartet further perfected their art with Rainer Schmidt of the Hagen Quartet at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, and also benefited from advice in master classes from such masters as the Hagen Quartet and the Fine Arts Quartet, P.L. Aimard, W. Levin, G. Pichler, P. Katz, A. Meunier, E. Feltz, G. Takacs, A. Keller, A. Brendel…

This training and their success in competitions has led the Ardeo Quartet to play in famous venues and festivals in Europe : Santander in Spain, Kuhmo in Finland, Amsterdam Concertgebouw in the Netherlands, Basel Casino in Switzerland, Lockenhaus in Austria, the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival and the Bonn Beethovenfest in Germany, Youri Bashmet’s Festival Elba isola musicale d'Europa, the Bologna Festival and Amici de la Musica Firenze in Italy, Prussia Cove in England, Christmas in the Kremlin in Russia …

In France, they have been heard at the Cité de la musique, Orsay Museum, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre Mogador, Salle Cortot, Orangerie de Sceaux, as well as at the following festivals : Radio France, Montpellier, Comminges, Deauville, Entrecasteaux, Colmar, Pays de Faïence, Moments Musicaux de La Baule, Flâneries de Reims, Septembre musical de l'Orne, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Musique en Périgord…

The Ardeo Quartet also enjoys the privilege of sharing the stage with prestigious musicians : David Kadouch, Bertrand Chamayou, Jérôme Ducros, Renaud Capuçon, Henri Demarquette, Jérôme Pernoo, Alain Meunier, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Nicolas Bone, Evgeni Koroliov, Mario Brunello, Christoph Richter, Paul Katz, Reto Bieri, Michel Portal…

Very interested in contemporary composition, the Quartet has worked in close collaboration with composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Edith Canat de Chizy and Kaija Saariaho…

The Ardeo Quartet has been loyally supported by Mécénat Musical Société Générale since 2005 and was selected in 2006 by Culturesfrance for the Déclic programme. They have been in residence with Pro-Quartet since 2010.

Fervently committed to the transmission and sharing of chamber music, the Ardeo Quartet has been giving regular classes in schools in the 18th district of Paris since 2008.

The Ardeo Quartet recorded their first CD, widely acclaimed by international critics, in 2007 : the world premiere of the first two quartets by Charles Koechlin. In 2010 Transart Live brought out Ardeo’s live performance of the Shostakovich quintet with the pianist David Kadouch. This fruitful collaboration gave rise to another recording, this time with Decca : the Schumann quintet .




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