Debussy Quartet

string quartet
Christophe Collette, violin
Marc Vieillefon, violin
Vincent Deprecq, viola
Cédric Conchon, cello

“To play three quartets almost entirely from memory with such a level of intelligence and musicality would already be beyond most players.”

— The Guardian

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Biography

Winners of the Evian International String Quartet Competition 1993, and the Victoire de la musique 1996 ("best chamber music formation"), the Debussy Quartet established its reputation as one of the finest quartets of today.

It has been almost thirty years that the Quartet has shared their musical interpretations with audiences around the world on the most prestigious stages: Europe, Japan, China, USA, Canada, Australia, and Russia. 

Their programmes include major works from the quartet repertoire (French music, romantic, classical, jazz, etc.) of which over a dozen are played from memory.

On their most recent CD, Debussy... et le jazz (Harmonia Mundi, 2018), the quartet pays tribute to Claude Debussy by revisiting his preludes with the collaboration of leading jazz artists. 

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*Represented in North America only

Programmes and projects

When music becomes colors


– G. LEKEU : Molto Adagio
– C. DEBUSSY : quartet in G minor, opus 10
– G. LEKEU : Méditation
– M. RAVEL : quartet opus 35 in F Major

The Debussy string quartet presents a concert in shadows and light, with silhouettes and strings in enigmatic backlighting: as they plunge into the repertoire of three great composers, their profound, passionate interpretations move progressively through the shadows into the light. This programme is performed completely by heart, without music stands or scores, allowing the musicians to once again leave the beaten tracks of a classical music performance. They live the works fully, far from the frozen image of a chamber music concert, in a setting that is marked by an intimate chiaroscuro. This aesthetic choice brings the audience closer to the music, giving listeners the opportunity to discover all its rich and sensitive facets.

Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's Seven Last Words from the Cross are two masterpieces with clear links: both are anchored in a dialogue between human and divine, between life and death, between earth and heaven. Never before paired, these works are united by a common message yet are different and complementary in their styles. Two incredible stagings by Louise Moaty, two works performed from memory, four musicians in motion, and four solitudes united by music: a candle-lit scene casts shadows and glares, recalling encounters and isolation, echoing in images the music performed.

Reviews

“As for the Debussy Quartet, their feat can hardly be overstated. To play three quartets almost entirely from memory to such a level of intelligence and musicality would already be beyond most players.” 

—  The Guardian

“The subtlety, beauty and sinew of the playing are simply amazing.” 

—  Gramophone

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