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51st Chamber Music
Concert Season

Modigliani Quartet

Amaury Coeytaux     Loic Rio     Laurent Marfaing     François Kieffer
  ​Tuesday, November 7, 2023
  7:30 PM Harris Concert Hall

Chamber Music With A French Flair

The Paris Based Quatuor Modigliani is One of Today’s Most Sought-After Quartets

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2023

“ The Modigliani Quartet clearly belongs to

the world’s greatest "  

 — Le Monde

Elegance           Sophisticated Beauty                Inscrutable Balance               Invigorating  Suppleness

Music Program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart       String Quartet No. 3 in G major, K. 156 (K. 134b) (1772)

Hugo Wolf                                      Italian Serenade for String Quartet in G major, WW XV / 3   


Giacomo Puccini                           I Crisantemi [Chrysanthemums] for String Quartet      

Giuseppe Verdi                              String Quartet in E minor 

Music Program

“ of the best quartets before the public today.” —Washington Post 


“Modigliani musicians show they’re a fab foursome”         —Seattle Times

The Quartet

Founded in 2003, the Modigliani Quartet is recognized as one of today’s most sought-after quartets, featuring regularly in prominent international series and on the world’s most prestigious stages.

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

After reviving the Rencontres Musicales Evian in 2014, of which they assured the artistic direction for 8 years, the quartet was entrusted with the artistic direction of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in 2020. As part of their festival “Vibre !”, the quartet counts some of the greatest quartets and chamber music ensembles amongst their guests’ artists. Through masterclasses and workshops, the festival provides an ideal environment to work with and mentor the young generation, a mission at the heart of the quartet’s activities. The quartet is also the founder of the Saint-Paul-de-Vence Festival and the Arcachon Chamber Music Festival, both created in 2011.

About the Artists

One of today’s best quartets in the world…Balance, transparency, symphonic comprehension, confident style, their performance reached a very high and inspiring level.”       — Süddeutsche Zeitung  

Quatuor Modigliani - Haydn - Bartók - Mozart

Quatuor Modigliani - Haydn - Bartók - Mozart

Release date / Sortie : 5 February 2021 Haydn - Quatuor en ré mineur opus 76 n°2 Hob.III.76 "Les quintes" Mozart - Quatuor n°19 K.465 en do majeur opus 10 n°6 "Les dissonances" Bartók - Quatuor à cordes n°3 en do dièse mineur Sz. 85 Freedom brings forth creativity. Thus emerges the shared ideal championed by the three masterpieces of this programme, each illuminating a turning point in the lives of their authors where a fresh chapter begins and new horizons beckon. The turn of the century and the rise of intellectual thought brought about delightful freedom and keen inspiration to Haydn and Mozart. Its absence, however, saw the creative voice of Bartók extinguished, the composer stricken with self-doubt and disenchantment in the years following the Great War. One might find themselves enthralled by the poetry of these works or galvanized by their originality. Yet above all, their most profound quality lies is the testimony they bear of the human nature and its tenacity. -------------------------- Du sommet de l’époque classique aux années bouillonnantes du XXe siècle, le quatuor à cordes s’est imposé comme genre par excellence auquel les compositeurs confient leurs idées les plus novatrices. Le Quatuor Modigliani met en lumière trois chefs-d’œuvre d’une originalité éclatante, chacun témoin d’un moment charnière dans les vies de leurs créateurs. Poésie, audace et soif de vivre portent haut le discours singulier de ces quatuors à travers lesquels s‘ouvrent de nouveaux horizons. Facebook :




“ The Modigliani is not the kind of quartet, common today, that lures the listener into a bath of warm, sumptuous string tone, or that dazzles with pyrotechnics. Instead, it plays with a Gallic cool, supported by a solid, thoroughly unified technique.”                                                                                                                                               — The New York Times

“a gripping and persuasive performance, played with awesome individual and communal brilliance”         — The Strad

“ The Birmingham Chamber Music Society's season opened with one of the world’s great established string quartets. It closed Sunday with what could rank among the finest of the next generation. The Modigliani Quartet have forged a rare combination of depth, enthusiasm and near-faultless technique.”                                             — The Birmingham News


"There’s a bright, youthful spark to the Modigliani quartet’s playing – and I mean youthful in the best possible way. The sound is mainly light and shiny (...) the litheness is invigorating, and there’s a stripped-back beauty in the slow movements that stopped me in my tracks."                                                                                     — The Guardian, Kate Molleson

" The Modigliani played Dvorak's American as if it had been specially written for them and in the hands of the players, Schubert's musical magic embraced an audience which listened in absorbed silence."        The West Australian

"It is a real treat to hear with what panache, what witty playfulness, what youthful energy the quartet plays, yet never yielding to casualness. The balance of the four voices, the delicacy of sounds is always impressive, with constant attention to dynamics, harmony and rhythmic precision. It sounds effortless, sovereign and extremely supple."