Quatuor Diotima

The Quatuor Diotima is one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world today; it was formed in 1996 by graduates of the Paris national conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris).

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The quartet’s name evokes a double musical significance: Diotima is at once an allegory of German romanticism - Friederich Hölderlin gives the name to the love of his life in his novel Hyperion- and a rallying cry for the music of our time, brandished by Luigi Nono in his composition Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima.

The Quatuor Diotima has worked in close collaboration with several of the greatest composers of the late twentieth century, notably Pierre Boulez and Helmut Lachenmann. The quartet regularly commissions new works from the most brilliant composers of our time, including Toshio Hosokawa, Miroslav Srnka, Alberto Posadas, Mauro Lanza, Gérard Pesson, Rebecca Saunders and Tristan Murail.

Reflected in the mirror of today’s music, the quartet projects a new light onto the masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Beethoven, Schubert, the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg and Webern), as well as Janáček, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók.

In the quartet’s rich discography one finds amongst others, notably, the recording of all six string quartets by Béla Bartók (Naïve, 2019) and their interpretations of the Second Viennese School (Naïve, 2016).

In 2016 the quartet launched the “Diotima Collection” devoted to the works of major composers of our time. In 2021, the quartet released three musical portraits of Gérard Pesson, Enno Poppe and Stefano Gervasoni and one of Mauricio Sotelo.

On the occasion of György Ligeti's 100th birthday in 2023, the quartet is releasing an album dedicated to the composer. This album marks the new collaboration between Quatuor Diotima and the label "Pentatone" and is receiving an incredible positive response. Gramophone Magazine writes, among other things: "this new Quatuor Diotima disc should become the go-to Ligeti string quartets disc for the foreseeable future. "

The Diotima Quartet was the first quartet in residence at Radio France from 2019 to 2021.
After a 14-year territorial residency in the Centre Val-de-Loire region, the Diotima Quartet has found a new home in the Grand Est region, sharing strong cultural links with Germany and Switzerland, which resonate with the quartet's repertoire and partners in Europe. This residency allows the quartet to develop its Academy in partnership with the Cité Musicale-Metz inviting young composers and string quartets, a chamber music series in Strasbourg as well as an educational residency at the Ecole Nationale de Lutherie in Mirecourt, while amplifying the presence of chamber music throughout the region, of which the string quartet is one of the emblematic disciplines.

Very active in teaching and training young artists, the Diotima Quartet has recently been an Associate Artist at the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy, an Artist in Residence at the University of Chicago and has been invited to give masterclasses at the University of California in Los Angeles, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, the Casa del Quartetto in Reggio Emilia and York University.

Quatuor Diotima regularly performs in the world's most prestigious concert halls and concert series. The season opens with a tour of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, followed by the anniversary concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.
The Quatuor Diotima has been invited back to the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin, Kings Place in London, Bozar Brussels, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Circulo Bellas Artes Madrid, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Amici della Musica Firenze and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

A major tour takes the quartet to Korea, Japan and China in spring 2024.

In 2024, the Phiharmonie de Paris will host the world premiere of the new string quartet by Augusta Read-Thomas and the work by Marc Monnet.

The Quatuor Diotima is subsidized by the French ministry of Culture and the Région Grand Est and receives support from the SACEM, the Institut Français, the Spedidam, the Adami, as well as private donors.

The Quatuor Diotima is a member of the PROFEDIM, Futurs Composés and FEVIS professional organizations.


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