愛瑪仕四重奏
Hermès Quartet
愛瑪仕四重奏卓然的演奏,為他們帶來肯定與讚譽。《華盛頓郵報》讚揚他們的演出「具有世界頂級水平」,「將是我們這個時代最好的四重奏之一」。這個樂季,愛瑪仕四重奏在巴爾的摩的常綠博物館暨圖書館、蒙特婁的女士早安音樂俱樂部演出,並且受邀回到棕櫚灘室內樂協會、洛克斐勒大學演出。他們的演出足跡同時遠至法國、義大利、德國、瑞士、奧利地、比利時、阿拉伯聯合大公國等地。

來自巴黎的愛瑪仕四重奏已經在歐洲許多重量級的音樂廳演出。他們受邀至的里雅斯德的室內樂協奏,以及波隆那的愛樂協會演出,也受邀在阿根廷與日本演出;他們多次受邀參與音樂節活動,包括曼托瓦室內樂音樂節、柯瑪音樂節、索鎮橘園音樂節、蒙彼利埃與法國廣播音樂節、克日若瓦音樂節、梅克倫堡藝術節。在美國,愛瑪仕四重奏則在堪薩斯的藝術歌曲中心、喬治亞大學、德國室內樂之友、愛荷華州立大學、佛羅里達大學表演中心、費德曼室內樂協會、威廉斯堡室內樂協會、大使系列、水牛城室內樂協會、新學院的史奈德音樂會、國家藝廊等地。

2012年獲得青年藝術演奏家首獎的愛瑪仕四重奏,在卡內基大廳的贊克爾廳(Zankel Hall)的青年藝術家音樂會系列,以及華盛頓甘迺迪藝術中心泰瑞斯劇院(Terrace Theatre)舉行他們的美國首演,獲得樂評一致讚賞。愛瑪仕四重奏奪得許多重量級獎項:2014-15年戲劇、音樂與舞蹈專業協會頒給他們評審團大獎;2013年他們在梅克倫堡藝術節獲得室內樂大獎;2011年他們獲得日內瓦國際音樂大賽的首獎以及「寶磯獎」,這讓他們有一紙錄音合約;2010年他們獲得巴黎的歐洲室內樂大賽首獎、2009年奪得里昂國際音樂大賽首獎。愛瑪仕四重奏於2012-16年為布魯塞爾伊麗莎白禮拜堂的常駐藝術家。

愛瑪仕四重奏的新錄音為舒曼的三首弦樂四重奏,作品41,獲得高度好評,拿下法國《音樂世界》雜誌「震撼世界」唱片大獎(Choc de L'année)。古典音樂雜誌評論:「每一個小節都新鮮無比,這組年輕的法國四重奏團在這三闕偉大的作品裡展現愉悅的一面。分句、音調有著嶄新的交融,演奏者以優雅與溫柔,緩和作曲家在曲子中的浮躁。錄音極棒。」

愛瑪仕四重奏的團員們在里昂音樂院相遇,在Zoltan Toth與Reiko Kitahama的教導下,於2008年組成四重奏。他們在柏林藝術大學向阿特密斯四重奏學習,在巴黎則獲得易沙意四重奏的指導。愛瑪仕四重奏得到法國大眾銀行的協助,開啟其演奏事業。

The luminous talent of the Hermès Quartet members has consistently brought them acclaim. The Washington Post praises their “world-class quartet playing” and says “they will likely take their place among the top quartets of our time.” This season, the Quartet (violinists Omer Bouchez and Elise Liu, violist Yung-Hsin Chang, and cellist Anthony Kondo) performs at the Evergreen Museum and Library and at Montreal’s Ladies’ Morning Musical Club, and has been invited to return to the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach and Rockefeller University. Their far-reaching and flourishing career also includes tours throughout France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium, as well as performances in the United Arab Emirates.

The Paris-based Hermès Quartet has already been heard in prestigious European venues. They have been presented in Italy at the Chamber Music Association of Trieste and Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, as well as in performances in Argentina and Japan, and they have been frequent guest artists at music festivals around the world such as the Mantova Chamber Music Festival, Festival de l'Orangerie de Sceaux, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Festival de Colmar, the Krzyzowa Music Festival and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In the U.S., they have given recitals at the Lied Center of Kansas, the University of Georgia, the Friends of Chamber Music in Texas, Iowa State University, University of Florida Performing Arts, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, Candlelight Concert Society, Feldman Chamber Music Society, the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, the Embassy Series, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Schneider Concerts at The New School, the National Gallery of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series, Wave Hill, Stephens Performing Arts Center, and the Morgan Library and Museum.

Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Hermès Quartet made its U.S. debuts to rave reviews at the opening concerts of the Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.

The Quartet has been awarded many prestigious prizes: a “2014-15 Prix de la Critique: Revelation Musicale” from Association profesionnelle de la critique théâtre, musique et danse; the 2013 NORDMETALL Ensemble Prize from the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; First Prize at the 2011 Geneva International Music Competition and the “Coup de Coeur Breguet” prize, which brought them a recording on the Ysaÿe Records/Nascor label; First Prize in the 2012 European Young Concert Artists Auditions in Leipzig, Germany; First Prize at the 2010 European Chamber Music Competition in Paris; and First Prize at the 2009 Lyon International Music Competition, along with three special awards and the Bayer “Coup de Coeur” prize. The Quartet currently holds the Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair of YCA and the Florence Gould Foundation Fellowship, and was the 2012-16 Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.

The Quartet's new CD, Schumann’s 3 Quartets Op. 41, is garnering critical praise and prizes including Classica Magazine’s “Choc de l’année” and “Le Choix de France Musique.” Classical Music Magazine wrote: “Oozing freshness in every bar, this young French quartet is entirely delightful in these three great works. Phrasing, intonation and blend are spot on, and the performers temper the composers impetuousness with tenderness and grace. Excellent sound.”

The members of the Quartet met at the Lyon Conservatory and formed the ensemble in 2008 under the tutelage of Zoltan Toth and Reiko Kitahama. They have worked with the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste Berlin, and studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris with members of the Ysaÿe Quartet. The Quartet receives support from the Foundation Banque Populaire.