Final Concert ECMA
European Chamber Music Academy
Monday 4. April 2016
Hanson Quartet: Anton Hanson (Violin I), Jules Dussap (Violin II), Gabrielle Lafait (Viola), Simon Dechambre (Cello)
Quatuor Akilone: Emeline Concé (Violin I), Elise De-Bendelac (Violin II), Louise Desjardins (Viola), Lucie Mercat (Cello)
Parlando Quartet: A chamber group from the Norwegian Academy of Music
Sonus Saxophonequartet: Szymon Zawodny (Soprano), Marko Dzomba (Alto), Franz Kienzl (Tenor), Aleksandar Jankech (Baritone)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): String quartet No 21 in D Major, K575
- Menuetto: Allegretto
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Three Pieces for String Quartet
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975): String Quartet No 7 in f sharp minor, Op. 108
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): Holberg Suite, Op. 40,
arrangert for saxophone quartet
- Praeludium (Allegro vivace)
- Sarabande (Andante)
- Gavotte (Allegretto)
- Air (Andante religioso)
- Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)
Thanks to its noteworthy and exceptional stage presence, Quatuor Hanson won the 3rd Prize and Audience Prize at the 11th International Competition for String Quartet in Lyon in April 2015. The quartet was also awarded a scholarship (Bourse de l’Académie des Beaux Arts) at the 2014 edition of the European music ensemble competition run by FNAPEC. Since 2015, the four musicians have been in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac. Having now graduated from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, this French string quartet receives regular coaching from Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, and the Ebène Quartet.
Quatuor Hanson’s members invest a great deal of effort into researching and understanding the musical language. And thanks to their perfect knowledge of the musical repertoire that historically underpins the string quartet genre, especially that of Joseph Haydn, Quatuor Hanson have come to strongly identity with a type of discourse where intelligence and a touch of humour flavour the delicacy and the sensitivity of its interpretation.
The ensemble has performed in most large halls in France, including the Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio in Paris, the Opéra de Lyon, Salle Cortot, and Cité de la Musique, and is regularly invited to play throughout Europe (Germany, Norway, England, Austria, Italy, Switzerland).
Quatuor Akilone blossomed out of the meeting of four musicians whose personalities are both eclectic and sparkling. It was founded in 2011 at the CNSM of Paris. Inspired from the Italian word «aquilone» (the kite), its name recalls a bridge between sky and earth, a shared pleasure, and a beautiful imaginary and colorful flight. It symbolizes also a desire to create a connection between the different arts and artists.
The quartet is regularly invited in several festivals. Next to those programming, it is through the universe of live shows that is designed their projects. Coming from that is the show Aventures Surréalistes, created in April 2014, uniting the theater and the graphic arts around the quartet, who evolves alone on stage with the narrator.
They are lucky to be able to take advices from well-known musicians, such as Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, Miguel Da Silva or the Ebène and Debussy Quartets. The Akilone quartet is member of the European Chamber Music Academy since 2013.
The Sonus Saxophonequartet refreshes classical music with youthful energy, the courage to blaze new trails, virtuosity and great joy of playing. Their repertoire includes innovative arrangements of works by Bach, Grieg, Gershwin up to original, contemporary compositions. The four young musicians live and study together in Vienna at the University of Music and performing Arts and Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität. They get additional artistic impulses from working with Marialena Fernandes and Leonhard Paul.
As an ensemble they have been awarded with 1st prizes in international chamber music competitions in France, Austria and Slovenia (e.g International Chamber Music Competition Illzach, International Chamber Music Competition Svirel, Windisch Kammermusik Preis, Musica Juventutis)
As part of their concert activities they played in renowned concert halls like Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Volkstheater Wien, Brucknerhaus Linz and Philharmonija Ljubljana.
Their recordings got broadcasted on the Austrian national radio Ö1, Klassikradio Germany and the Slovenian national radio. In 2015 they got nominated for the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA).