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Ebène Quartet Comes to America in March For Eight-City Tour

France’s Dynamic Young Ebène Quartet Comes to America in March For Eight-City Tour, Including Performances in Washington D.C. and in New York City at (Le) Poisson Rouge and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall 

Quartet’s Debut Album on Virgin Classics, Featuring Quartets by Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré, Already Getting Rave Reviews

“What a sensational disc!  At a time when there is a multitude of crack new quartets, Quatuor Ebène here stake their claim to join the top rank with riveting playing that encompasses an almost other-worldly sound-range.  The Debussy especially left me reeling.”

– Gramophone “Editor’s Choice,” December 2008

Described by the Strad magazine as “interpreters of rare understanding and communicative flair,” France’s dynamic, genre-crossing Ebène Quartet comes to America in March 2009 for an eight-city tour that will include performances in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress (March 13), as well as in New York City at (Le) Poisson Rouge (March 11) and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall (March 20).  Showcasing its trademark versatility and adventurousness, the Quartet will perform a wide range of repertoire.  At both New York venues, for example, it will play classical and romantic chamber works and, during the second half of the Poisson Rouge program, improvisations.  Both New York concerts will feature music heard on the group’s Virgin Classics debut album: Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor at (Le) Poisson Rouge, and Ravel’s String Quartet in F major at Weill.

Though all four members of the Ebène Quartet are still only in their 20s, the group has quickly become one of Europe’s most talked-about ensembles.  It is regularly lauded not only for its invigorating performances of standard chamber music repertory, but also for its equally compelling performances of contemporary fare, popular music, and even jazz.

Debussy and Ravel wrote only one quartet each, and the two have often appeared together on disc.  However, the addition of the sole quartet by Fauré, on this first release of the Ebène Quartet’s new exclusive contract with Virgin Classics, provides an opportunity to hear these three great French quartets on a single album.  Critical acclaim for the recording, issued in the U.S. in October, has been extremely enthusiastic on both sides of the Atlantic.  In its five-star review, London’s Times summed it up this way: “Three masterpieces played by young musicians with a rare degree of expressive subtlety, blended sonorities, and electrifying joy.”  Gramophone named the disc an “Editor’s Choice” in December, and it was also a Sunday Times “CD of the Week” and a BBC Music magazine five-star review.  New Yorker critic Alex Ross called the album “outstanding” on his popular blog, The Rest is Noise, and directed readers to a YouTube video featuring the ensemble playing “Misirlou”:

Tour dates and complete programs for the New York concerts follow.  For additional information visit

Members of the Ebène Quartet

Pierre Colombet (violin); Gabriel Le Magadure (violin); Mathieu Herzog (viola); Raphaël Merlin (cello)

US TOUR DATES – March 2009

March 6

Boston, MA

Private concert

March 8

Oklahama City, OK – Chamber Music In Oklahoma

Program includes Fauré Quartet

March 11

New York, NY – (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street

Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 71, No. 2; Debussy: Quartet in G minor, Op. 10; Original transcriptions and improvisations

General admission with suggested donation of $15

Doors open 7pm, for event at 7:30 pm

Event information: 212-505-FISH

March 13

Washington, D.C. – Library of Congress

Program includes Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré Quartets

March 15

Neskowin, OR – Neskowin Chamber Music

Program includes Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré Quartets

March 16 and 17

Portland, OR – Portland Friends of Chamber Music

Program on March 17 includes Fauré Quartet

March 18

Seattle, WA – Seattle Symphony

March 20

New York, NY – Weill Recital Hall

Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K. 136; Brahms: Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1; Ravel: String Quartet in F major

March 22

Gainesville, FL

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For further information contact:

Glenn Petry, 21C Media Group:           (212) 625-2038,  [email protected]

Mariko Tada, EMI Classics:       (212) 786-8964,  [email protected]

– February 19, 2009

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