Artists biographies
Quatuor Diotima

Founded in 1996 by laureates of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Diotima Quartet has gone on to become one of the world’s most in-demand ensembles. The name reflects the musical double identity of the group: the word Diotima is a reference to German Romantisism – Friedrich Hölderlin gave the name to the love of his life in his novel Hyperion - while it is also a nod to the music of our time, recalling Luigi Nono’s work ‘Fragmente – Stille, An Diotima’.

The Diotima Quartet is honoured to partner with several of today’s major composers, such as Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough and Toshio Hosokawa, while also regularly commissioning new works from a broad range of composers.

The Diotima Quartet has performed widely on the international scene and at all of the major European festivals and concert series (such as at the Berlin Philharmonie; Berlin Konzerthaus; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Cité de la musique Paris; London’s Wigmore Hall and SouthBank Centre; the Vienna Konzerthaus, and so on). They have also been artist-in-residence at Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord from 2012 to 2016.

The critical and public success of the Diotima Quartet’s album of the Onslow Quartets which came out in 2009 on Naïve cemented the exclusive partnership between the ensemble and the record label. In addition, upon the invitation of the Megadisc label, the quartet made a widely acclaimed recording of Pierre Boulez’s ‘Livre pour quatuor révisé’ in 2015. In 2016, to celebrate 20 years since the quartet was formed, two recordings have been released:  firstly, a boxset dedicated to the Viennese School of Music, and secondly the release of a new series of contemporary composer portraits.

The upcoming season will be rich in engagements for the quartet, including the cycle of Beethoven-Schoenberg-Boulez works at Wien Modern, concerts in various countries premiering Enno Poppe’s new string quartet, the complete Bartók string quartets in one evening at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris and four international tours, across South America, Japan, the United States of America, as well as the ensemble’s first tour to Russia.

Foto: Verena Chen Foto: Verena Chen

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017