Formed in 2016, the Quatuor Agate derives its name from one of the most beautiful chamber music pieces, Johannes Brahms’s Second Sextet, dedicated to his second love, Agathe von Siebold. Seven years later, this fascination with Brahms materialized with the release of their debut album in February 2024, featuring the complete String Quartets under Appassionato, le label.Read the biography
The Agate played all three Brahms’s quartets on the final weekend…. They played his first quartet with restless intensity but with a hint of sweetness behind the severity, sounding both warm and threatening. I suspect the composer would have been pleased.
A strong troupe, with perfect interplay and a fascinating capacity for shaping the music.
The all-male French quartet, who particularly impressed with a brilliant account of Bartók’s Third Quartet, later gave a poignant reading of Debussy’s evocative Quartet.
In Op.76 No.5, the Quatuor Agate opened with an Allegretto that constantly delighted the ear with rethought phrasings, splendid riffs and for once, a coda that was actually exhilaratingly fast.
The Frenchmen of the Quatuor Agate demonstrated that Debussy is their kind of music. They captured the dreaminess of the style hypnotically, but also showed they could really generate propulsive energy when required.
The musicians of Quatuor Agate […] enthused the audience with dreamy playing as well as with rough sounds
Learn more about the Quatuor Agate.Read the biography
The Quatuor Agate is honored to join the big family of artists supported by the Fondation Banque Populaire! Thank you so much for your trust!see the article
The Quatuor Agate is honored to have won The Canadian Commission Prize, in honour of the R.S. Williams & Sons Company!see the article
The Agate Quartet is honored to have been chosen as one of the 2021 Artists of the Young Classical Artists Trust in London!see the article
We are very happy and honored to join the Günther-Caspar Foundation and its wonderful Career Advancement Program!see the article
View our concert of the 13th of November at the Fondation Singer-Polignac.see the article
View our concert of the 3rd of September at the Opéra Garnier.see the article
The Quatuor Agate is now dressed by the tailors RIVES Paris.see the article
We answer a few informal questions in our interview with YCAT.see the article
In 2016, Quatuor Agate created the Corsiclassic festival, their own chamber music
festival taking place in Corsica.
The festival aims to broaden the circle of classical music to reach a greater public, accross commented and illustrated classical pieces.
The 2024 edition of the festival will take place the 12, 13, 14 and 15 September 2024 in an exceptional venue: the Eglise Saint-Roch d’Ajaccio.
« A well-crafted, demanding and accessible program »
BRAHMS: The String Quartets out on February 23
Artistic Director of @festivalcorsiclassic
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