BIOGRAPHY

Founded by four students from the Conservatory of Paris, all first prize laureates in both instrument and chamber music, the Parisii Quartet will this year celebrate its 30thanniversary: we are invited to fully measure the distance covered during these past 30 years of musical and human adventure, unique in their intensity and richness.

The keystone in their itinerary, the search of the perfect sound and profound conviction that music needs to be lived from the inside, is legated to the Parisii Quartet from its master, Maurice Crut, brilliant representative of the French-Belgian tradition and member of the renowned Pascal Quartet.

The Melos, Amadeus and Lasalle Quartets, all contribute to the first edifying years of the Parisii Quartet, consecration of which is the first prize of the Evian and Munich Competitions in 1987. This victory opens the door to the Quartet to the most intense series of chamber music performances, which attain over 100 concerts per year across 80 countries.

Based on a shared ambition of excellence and eclecticism, over the years the Parisii musicians develop a repertoire of impressive breadth and unequaled quality of interpretation, undoubtedly placing them amongst the greatest. The Parisii Quartet remains to date the only string quartet worldwide offering a live performance of the incredibly complex full works of P. Boulez “Book for string quartet”. 

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Convinced by the importance of supporting musical creation, the Parisii musicians actively contribute to reveal a number of contemporary composers.

Strengthened by their insatiable curiosity and enthusiasm and bound by their infallible complicity, the Parisii Quartet remains loyal to its musical credo drawn from Alban Berg’s “play contemporary works like classics and classics like contemporary works”.

The Parisii Quartet’s discography faithfully reflects its musical itinerary, distinguishing itself for its breadth and eclecticism. While offering grand integrals such as Beethoven, Brahms and Webern, its first recordings are dedicated to the French repertoire (J. Ibert, A. Roussel, G. Tailleferre, G. Pierné, C. Franck, G. Fauré) over which the Quartet enjoys unanimous recognition throughout the world. Its discography also largely leaves room for a contemporary repertoire with numerous original works (G. Amy, G. Pesson, E. Canat de Chizy) as well as the rediscovery of key works from the 20th century (R. Hahn, P. Menu, P. Boulez).

Among the many awards to its name, the Parisii Quartet receives the Charles Cros Great Prize (2002) for its interpretation of the integral works of D. Milhaud’s 18 Quartets (published by Naïve). Other awards include Music Victory (1994) for the original soundtrack of the movie “The Public Writer” composed by William Sheller (Auvidis), with whom the Parisii Quartet makes the classical music bestseller 2003 with its album “William Sheller – Works for string quartet” (Universal), Choc by Le Monde de la Musique for “Techno Parade” by G. Connesson (BMG), the Prize of the New Recording Academy for Franck & Pierné (Universal), FFFF by Télérama for Debussy – Ravel – Menu (Auvidis), Diapason Découverte for A. Honegger (Saphir), etc.

The Parisii Quartet recently added a CD to its discography, dedicated to E. Chausson (Saphir): together with Sandrine Piau, Régis Pasquier and Philippe Bianconi, the Quartet interprets three outstanding works by the composer: the beautiful melody “Perpetual Song” op. 37, the Concert op. 21, and the “String Quartet” op. 35, Chausson’s last uncompleted work.

The Parisii Quartet receives the support of Musique Nouvelle en Liberté.

Arnaud Vallin, first violin | Doriane Gable, second violin | Dominique Lobet, viola | Jean-Philippe Martignoni, cello