Friday 26 April 2024, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP


Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne

Amaury Coeytaux, violin

Loic Rio, violin

Laurent Marfaing, viola

François Kieffer, cello

Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1, ‘Rasumovsky’
Quartet in D minor, D. 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’

‘One of the best quartets in the world today’, wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung of the Quatuor Modigliani; ‘with balance, transparency, symphonic comprehension, and a confident style, …at the very highest level’. Founded in 2003, the Quatuor Modigliani is one of  the world’s most sought- after quartets, featuring regularly in prominent international series and on the world’s most prestigious concert halls.

In addition to annual tours in the United States and in Asia, the quartet’s numerous European tours have brought them to such distinguished venues as Wigmore Hall, the Paris Philharmonie and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

A year after their founding, the Quatuor Modigliani won three First Prizes successively at the Eindhoven International Competition (2004), the Vittorio Rimbotti in Florence (2005) and the prestigious Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York (2006). Following studies with the Ysaÿe Quartet and masterclasses with Walter Levin and György Kurtág, the Quatuor Modigliani was invited to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin Universität der Künste [University for the Arts].

The quartet enjoys cultivating close friendships with their chamber-music partners, amongst them artists such as Sabine Meyer, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Jean-Frédéric Neuberger, Beatrice Rana, Fazil Say, Augustin Dumay, and Daniel Müller-Schott.

The Quatuor Modigliani's productive collaboration with the Mirare record label has led to fifteen recordings reflecting their vast repertoire (including Schubert, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Bartók among many others), and winning them numerous awards in France and beyond. The quartet also performs and commissions a wide range of contemporary works from composers including Marc-Antony Turnage, Philippe Hersant, Peter Vasks, Kaija Saariaho and Evgeny Kissin. On the occasion of their most recent recording-release, the prestigious British magazine, The Strad, selected the quartet as their cover feature.

Through the support of generous sponsors, the Quatuor Modigliani has the privilege of playing four magnificent and historic Italian instruments: Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Loïc Rio plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani, and François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller.