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Quatuor Hanson


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Founded in 2013 at the CNSMD in Paris, Quatuor Hanson has collaborated with Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl and the French quartets Ébène and Ysaÿe. The quartet has won many international prizes in numerous contests, including the Geneva International Music Competition, the Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna and the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition. The ensemble is supported by the Singer-Polignac Foundation, where the artists are residents, the Cordes Sensibles Foundation (Fondation de France) and the Banque Populaire Foundation. They regularly share the stage with musicians such as Bertrand Chamayou, Edgar Moreau, Adam Laloum, Pierre Génisson, Bruno Philippe, Vadym Kholodenko and Guillaume Bellom. The quartet has played at prestigious venues: the Auditorium du Louvre, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Paris Philharmonic, Geneva’s Victoria Hall and Vienna’s ORF Kulturhaus. The artists also regularly perform in Asia. Quatuor Hanson is an ensemble full of curiosity, passionately engaged with contemporary composers, such as Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm and Matthias Pintscher. In August 2020 at the Deauville Festival, the artists recorded a live performance of George Crumb’s poignant piece Black Angels for quartet in an extended line-up. The ensemble seeks opportunities to transcend time and enjoys unusual combinations of works by composers from different eras, bringing them together in such a way that the contrasts show the pieces in a new and unexpected light. The quartet’s first album, recorded for the Aparté label in 2019 was a double disc of Haydn, a composer who has accompanied the ensemble from its beginnings. It won several major awards (Diapason d’Or, Choc by “Classica” magazine, Qobuzissime and Choix by Radio France Musique) and was highly acclaimed by the international press. Their two next albums have also received numerous awards: Not All Cats Are Grey with music by Dutilleux, Ligeti and Bartók (2021) and a more recent CD dedicated to Crumb’s Black Angels (April 2022).