The Castagneri String QuartetThe award-winning French ensemble Sarah Bittloch, Martial Gauthier, violins Emmanuel Haratyk, viola Yovan Markovitch, cello
The highly-accomplished Castagneri String Quartet have been enchanting audiences across Europe for the past eight years, appearing at such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Munich Gasteig, the Opéra de Lausanne and London’s Wigmore Hall, and winning a fistful of awards along the way at the Evian, London and Banff String Quartet competitions. Comprising Sarah Bittloch and Martial Gauthier on violins, Emmanuel Haratyk on viola and Yovan Markovitch on cello, the ensemble will perform in seven venues throughout Ireland from March 6–14, 2003. Their programme will include Haydn’s Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 ‘Sunrise’, ‘Ainsi la Nuit by the French composer Dutilleux, and Dvorák’s Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 'American.’ Commissioned by Music Network, ‘felt’ by Dublin-born composer Dave Fennessy will receive its world première performance.
The quartet’s second violinist, Martial Gauthier, plays left-handed, allowing the ensemble to seat themselves with the two violins at the front, giving a superb balance to their sound.
A recipient of prestigious awards in Florence and Munich, the Castagneri String Quartet have performed at the Abbaye de l’Epau, Périgord Noir, Brighton, ‘Folle Journée and the Schleswig-Holstein festivals, Maison de Radio-France, Théâtre du Châtelet and Musée d’Orsay, Jacqueline DuPré Music Building in Oxford, Philharmonica Roma, Louisiana Museum and Philharmonie de Bruxelles.
For their début recording they produced a french music programme with the soprano Sophie Koch before recording a Brahms and Zemlinsky solo string quartet CD for Chant du Monde, which was released in September 2000. A future and ambitious project will be the recording on a DVD of Mozart’s Prussian Quartets for Ambroisie/Lorcom Multimedia. Chamber music partners include pianists Anne Quéfellec, Philippe Cassard, Nicolas Angelich and Michel Dalberto, violinist Renaud Capuçon, oboist François Leleux, harpist Marielle Nordmann, the Belcea String Quartet and soprano Jessye Norman with whom they performed in Europe (Auditori in Barcelona, Teatro Real in Madrid, Théâtre du Châtelet and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam). In October 2003, the Castagneri String Quartet will perform for both the City of London Music Society and the London
String Quartet Foundation, which organises the International Competition in which the Castagneris took 2nd Prize in 1997.
Sarah Bitlloch has recently joined the Castagneri String Quartet on first violin, along with viola player, Emmanuel Haratyk. The quartet receives the generous support of the French Association, AFAA, which allowed its musicians to tour South America (in collaboration with the CIDIM), Africa and the Middle East.
On Tour: Thurs 6 Mar Dublin (Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Fri 7 Mar Mullingar (All Saints Church, 8pm), Sat 8 Mar Drogheda (Droichead Arts Centre, 8pm), Mon 10 Mar Monaghan (Market House, 8.30pm), Wed 12 Mar Omagh (Omagh Library, 8pm), Thurs 13 Mar Bangor (North Down Heritage Centre, 8pm), Fri 14 Mar Enniskillen (The Grand Hall, Castle Coole, 8pm).
Haydn Quartet Op 76 No 4 ‘Sunrise’
Dutilleux ‘Ainsi la Nuit’
Dave Fennessy ‘felt’
Dvorák Quartet No 12 in F, Op 96 'American'
"The members of the young Castagneri Quartet offer a warm and expressive reading, performing with the utmost polish… "- The Strad, January 2001