Representatives of a new generation of promising and energetic classical musicians, ardently revisiting the classical repertory, they have already spread their talent to the four corners of the earth and received awards at numerous international competitions and festivals.
The Voce, as they like to call themselves, are already part of the French string quartet landscape. In March 2008, in a partnership between the Proquartet-CEMC (Centre Européen de Musique de Chambre) and the New England Conservatory, they had a residency in Boston under the direction of famous American Cleveland Quarter cellist Paul Katz.
Julien Decoin, cello
Cécile Roubin, second chair violin
Guillaume Becker, viola
Sarah Dayan, first chair violin
Winners at the 61st International Contest in Geneva, Quatuor Voce very quickly gained notice after its creation in 2004. In a few years of collaboration, the four musicians have received numerous awards in international competitions, including third prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Crémone, first place in the Musical Forum of Normandy, and third place at the Joseph Haydn International Chamber Music Competition in Vienna.
In July 2007 they won two awards for interpretation—for the performance of quartet pieces by Mozart and N. Bacri – at the International String Quartet Competition in Bordeaux. In addition, they have received awards from the Fondation Groupe Banque Populaire since 2007.
Quatuor Voce joined the class of Quatuor Ysaÿe at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris in 2005, and took classes by Valentin Erben, Günter Pichler, Walter Levin and the Quatuor Artemis, offered by ProQuartet-CEMC. They have also had the opportunity to work with Christophe Coin (Quatuor Mosaïques), Martin Lovett (Quatuor Amadeus), Jean Mouillère (Quatuor Via Nova), François Salque and the Talich Quartet.
The group has performed in numerous festivals and concert halls in France and abroad, such as the Festival de Radio France de Montpellier, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Festival de musique de chambre de Divonne, Vienna Konzerthaus, the Grand Théâtre of Bordeaux, the Théâtre de Crémone, the Théâtre Mogador and Maison de la Radio in Paris. They have played along side Théodor Coman, Miguel da Silva, Simon Zaoui, Thierry Escaich and members of the FJ2D, H20 and Lachrymae ensembles. They have also participated in Jean-François Zygel's "La Leçon de musique" on several occasions. Eager to share in new experiences, they have also performed live for silent films by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Ernst Lubitsch and Buster Keaton and are in charge of artist direction for the Festival de cordes à La Charité sur Loire and the Festival Le Coeur en Musiques in Ardèche Méridionale. Quatuor Voce has been invited to numerous broadcasts by France Musique, such as Cabaret classique, Un mardi idéal, La cour des grands, and Cordes sensibles.
In the Press
With perfection interpretation, Voce has magnificently paid homage to Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn.
Le Journal du Centre
Their approach to Beethoven's String Quartet #14, opus 131 is already remarkable, at once precise and dramatic, demonstrating above all a perfect mastery of that conversational art that is the quartet.
Simon Corley, ConcertoNet.com
Their musicality along with their curiosity have made them one of the most likeable quartets that I have ever had the pleasure of working with; there is no doubt that their career, which is just now beginning, will see them playing the best festivals throughout the world.
Miguel da Silva, violist for Quatuor Ysaÿe
Link to the artists' web site: http://quatuorvoce.free.fr/
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