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    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 on February 23rd 2024, featuring the complete String Quartets under Appassionato, le label.


    A few weeks after the quartet’s inception, they embarked on their first venture—the creation of the CorsiClassic festival, an annual event in Ajaccio, Corsica. The festival’s mission is to bring chamber music to diverse audiences.

    Distinguished in various international competitions and festivals for several years (including the Best Contemporary Interpretation Prize at the BANFF International String Quartet Competition 2022, Audience Prize at the Steels-Wilsing Competition 2020, and  in the Verbier Festival 2019), the Quatuor Agate achieved a significant milestone in 2021 by winning the prestigious auditions of the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in London.

    A highlight of 2023 saw them named ECHO Rising Stars, embarking on a tour of Europe’s major concert halls for the 24/25 season.


    From 2021 to 2023, they made their debut at renowned venues such as Wigmore Hall  in London, Concertgebouw  Amsterdam, Alte Oper  Frankfurt, Prinzregententheater in Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Dortmund, TauberPhilharmonie in Weikersheim, Brucknerhaus Linz, as well as participating in festivals like Verbier Festival, Festival de Salon-de-Provence, Festival de Radio France, Britten-Pears Arts in Aldeburgh, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Lammermuir Festival (Scotland), among others.

    In the notable events of the 23/24 season, the Quatuor Agate tours globally, including the United Kingdom, Colombia, and Hawaii.
    They will make their debut at the Philharmonie de Paris, Heidelberger Frühling, and return to Wigmore Hall, Lammermuir Festival, and Leverkusen stART Festival.


    The quartet regularly collaborates with esteemed musicians and ensembles, including Emmanuel Pahud, Enrico Pace, Éric Le Sage, Frank Braley, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Marc Danel, Gabriel Le Magadure, Pierre Fouchenneret, the Kronos Quartet, the Quatuor Ebène, the Quatuor Modigliani, and the Jerusalem Quartet.

    They are set to release a recording with Frank Braley and Gabriel Le Magadure featuring Concert de Chausson for Appassionato, le label on March 1st 2024.

    Simultaneously, they recorded an album with American tenor Eric Ferring in Chicago for the Delos label, scheduled for release in the fall of 2023.


    Currently, the quartet is an Artist-in -residence at the Fondation Singer Polignac, a Grand Resident of ProQuartet in Paris, and an Associate Artist at the La Brèche Festival.

    The Agates receive support from the Günther-Caspar Stiftung and the Fondation Banque Populaire.


    The quartet has studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Eberhard Feltz, in Paris under the direction of Mathieu Herzog, and with the Quatuor Ebène at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich.

    Adrien Jurkovic plays on a violin attributed to Giuseppe Giovanni Guarneri generously loaned by Dr Peter Hauber.

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    Dear readers,


    The origins of the Quatuor Agate
    lie in a concert that never took place.

    In October 2015, its four members were living in Berlin. Adrien, Thomas, Raphaël and Simon – all more or less recently transplanted from France – were making the most of the ever-changing city’s vibrant cultural life, especially its eclectic musical scene.

    Raphaël, a viola player, received an invitation to perform in Corsica that winter. He discussed it with the three other members of the future Quatuor Agate.
    They were already good friends, but the ensemble was yet to take formal shape, since each player was making his own way as a musician.

    They decided unanimously to accept the invitation, enthused as much by the idea of performing Schubert and Mozart in a church in the mountains of Corsica

    as by the prospect of escaping to the sunny Mediterranean from dark and chilly Berlin.

    They started rehearsing and the weeks went by. Meanwhile, in Corsica, the planned concert faded gently into oblivion.

    When Raphaël tried to get in touch with the organisers, either the phone just rang or he went onto voicemail.

    In the end, realising the situation was futile, he informed the other players that the concert was off.

    But the phantom concert gave birth to something.

    The players had been obliged to give their ensemble a name – shared with a semi-precious stone and Johannes Brahms’ second love, Agathe von Siebold – and all the rehearsing had sparked a passion for exploring the quartet repertoire.

    The following spring they met the pedagogue Eberhard Feltz, who worked with them at length, acquainting them with the dialectic of Haydn, the harmonic complexity of Bartók, and the metaphysical power of Beethoven.

    They came to realise that if they really wanted to do justice to the art of the quartet (while still having time to go and see a film now and then), they would have to leave the orchestral academies that had brought them to Berlin in the first place.


    Once their decision had been made, the Quatuor Agate could embark on its first concert tour.
    Where else but in Corsica?

    Since then the quartet has toured several continents and appeared at festivals in such places as Verbier, Venice, Melbourne and Montreal.
    The players are based in Paris, where, savouring the experience of becoming more than the sum of their parts, they continue to develop as a musical ensemble.

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