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Quatuor Diotima

YunPeng Zhao, Violin
Constance Ronzatti, Violin
Franck Chevalier, Viola
Pierre Morlet, Cello

The Diotima Quartet celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. It takes its name from a piece by Luigi Nono, “Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima”, thereby affirming the members' commitment to the music of our time. They have collaborated closely with many major composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Toshio Hosokawa, and the ensemble regularly commissions new works to prestigious composers from all over the world such as Alberto Posadas, Gérard Pesson, Emmanuel Nunes or James Dillon. For all that, the Diotima Quartet does not disregard the string quartet classical repertoire.
The repertoire of the Diotima Quartet stretches from Beethoven and Schubert to contemporary composers and its musicians are famous for their performances of early 20th century music, as well as pieces from the last 50 years. Indeed, the Quartet has decided to perform contemporary works alongside 18th and early 20th century works in order to open up new listening horizons for the audience.
The Diotima Quartet is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication / Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Centre-Val de Loire, by Région Centre-Val de Loire, and receives regularly the support of French Institut, Spedidam, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté, Fonds pour la Création Musicale, Adami, as well as private sponsors.
Their first record (Lachenmann/Nono) was granted a Coup de Coeur by the Charles Cros Academy as well as the 2004 Diapason d'Or in the "Discovery" section of the magazine. Its discography features Janaček's two quartets (2008 Diapason d'Or), Lucien Durosoir's quartets (Choc award from Le Monde de la Musique), Schoenberg's concerto for quartet and orchestra (MDR Leipzig), Alberto Posadas' cycle Liturgia Fractal (Kairos, 2009 Diapason d'Or), Toshio Hosokawa's string quartets (Neos), a Chaya Czernowin record (Wergo) and a record with Thomas Larcher (ECM). Their recording of Onslow's quartets, released in 2009 by the label Naïve, was acclaimed by the press (Diapason d'Or, Evénement du Mois by Diapason Magazine, Excepcional by Scherzo Magazine...). After this first collaboration, the Quartet now records its classical repertoire exclusively for this label. In particular, a CD dedicated to the three composers of the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg, Webern) and their works for voice and quartet has been a great success. Their CD, dedicated to "American music": Steve Reich - Different Trains, George Crumb - Black Angels and Samuel Barber's quartet, has been awarded the Diapason d'Or for the year 2011. In 2014 Schubert's quintet (with Anne Gastinel) was acclaimed by the New York Times.
Alongside the birthday celebrations Naïve will release an edition of the complete works for string quartet of the Second Viennese School in spring 2016.

Highlights of the 2015-2016 season include:
Time of Music Viitasaari • Hindsgavl Festival Dänemark • Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus • MikroMusik Berlin • ZeitRäume Basel • Musica Festival Straßbourg • Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival • Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord Paris • Brugge Concertgebouw • Auditorium San Fedele Mailand • Philharmonie Essen • Kasseler Musiktage • November Music ‘s-Hertogenbosch • Theater am Marientor Duisburg • Societa Filharmonica Trento • Festspielhaus Baden-Baden • Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival • Muziekgebouw Amsterdam • Witten • NDR das neue Werk Hamburg • St. Petersburg • Royaumont Festival

Season 2015 / 2016 (September 2015)

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