Quatuor Modigliani string quartet
Amaury Coeytaux violin
Loïc Rio violin
Laurent Marfaing viola
François Kieffer cello
Founded in 2003, the Modigliani Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most sought-after quartets, featuring regularly in major international series and the most prestigious concert halls around the world. In addition to numerous European tours that have brought them to Wigmore Hall, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the quartet annually performs in the United States and in Asia. Following the reactivation of the Rencontres Musicales d’Évian festival in 2014, the Quartet was responsible for its artistic direction for the next eight years. In 2020, the musicians were entrusted with the artistic direction of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition which hosts outstanding quartets and chamber ensembles every year during the Vibre! festival. 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 Modigliani Quartet performs and commissions a wide range of contemporary works from composers including Marc-Antony Turnage, Philippe Hersant, Peter Vasks, Kaija Saariaho and Evgeny Kissin. The musicians enjoy cultivating close friendships with their chamber music partners such as Sabine Meyer, Renaud and Gauthier Capuçon, Jean-Frédéric Neuberger, Beatrice Rana, Michel Dalberto, Fazil Say, Augustin Dumay, Amihai Grosz, Gary Hoffman, Paul Meyer, Michel Portal and Daniel Müller-Schott. The Modigliani Quartet’s rich collaboration with the record label Mirare has led to 15 recordings presenting their vast repertoire (Schubert, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Bartók), showered with awards in France and abroad. The Quatuor Modigliani gained international fame just one year after its formation, winning successively three first prizes in international competitions: at the Eindhoven International Competition (2004), Vittorio Rimbotti competition in Florence (2005) and the prestigious Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York (2006). After having been taught by the Ysaÿe Quartet and having attended masterclasses with Walter Levin and György Kurtág, the artists were invited to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin Universitat der Künste. Thanks to the support of generous sponsors, the Modigliani Quartet has the privilege of playing four magnificent 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, François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello ‘ex-Warburg’ by Matteo Goffriller.