Music Network Presents Terpsycordes Quartet on Tour from 4-12 March

30 January 2011

"The performances of the Terpsycordes Quartet contain much to admire."

International Record Review

"In every movement there is intelligence and a well-developed sense of shape and argument"


Given their dizzying virtuosity and lyrical power, it’s only fitting that this multi-award winning ensemble takes its name from Terpsichore, the whirling muse of dance and song. The Geneva-based Tersycordes Quartet are on a Music Network tour of Ireland from 4-12 March, performing works by Mozart, Brahms, Deirdre McKay and Henri Dutilleux. At a time when it is increasingly hard to stand out from the crowd, this is one of the few string quartets that regularly perform a varied repertoire on both modern and period instruments, while the chemistry created by the contrasting personalities prompted one critic to describe the group as “a collision of an Italian, one Bulgarian and two Swiss”. The Terpsycordes Quartet’s highly eclectic sound is the result of perspiration as well as inspiration – the finesse of their playing is grounded in a meticulous study of texts and styles, and the quartet has been critically acclaimed for its bold reworking of well-worn classics. No wonder then, that since winning a First Prize at the Geneva Conservatory in 2001, the Terpsycordes Quartet has built up a reputation as one of the most remarkable ensembles of its generation.

Violinist Girolamo Bottiglieri is a graduate of the Rome Santa Cecilia Conservatory and the Geneva Higher Conservatory, where he studied under Corrado Romano and was awarded First Virtuoso Prize in 1997.  He has since won several international competitions, and plays as soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Girolamo devotes a large part of his professional activity to early music, to philological research and to playing works of the baroque, classical and romantic periods on period instruments.  He is founder and first violin of the baroque ensemble La Nouvelle Ménestrandie and a soloist with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.

Having grown up in Bulgaria, it was a scholarship awarded by the Kayaleh Foundation that took violinist Raya Raytcheva to Switzerland enabling her to continue her studies.  There, in 2001, she won the First Virtuoso Prize at the Geneva Conservatory, and a few years later the First Virtuosity Prize for string quartet. Raya now also teaches at the Geneva Conservatoire Populaire de Musique.

Born in Geneva, Caroline Haas studied at the Geneva Conservatory. As a professional quartet player, she plays with chamber music ensembles with musicians such as Jos van Immerseel and Emmanuel Pahud. She has participated in the creation of contemporary pieces and worked alongside composers such as György Kurtag and Heinz Holliger.  She teaches string quartets at the Geneva Conservatoire Populaire de Musique.  She also plays a baroque viola within the ensembles La Nouvelle Ménestrandie and Elyma.

Known for playing a wide range of styles on both period and modern cellos, François Grin is a graduate of the Lausanne Conservatory, the Geneva Higher Conservatory of Music and the London Royal Academy of Music. He teaches cello and chamber music at the Lausanne Social School of Music, and plays with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.  He is also artistic director of the Haudères Music Festival.

On Tour: Friday 4th March NAVAN (Solstice Arts Centre, 8pm), Saturday 5th March BIRR (Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, 8pm), Sunday 6th March BRAY (Mermaid Arts Centre, 8pm), Tuesday 8th March DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Wednesday 9th March LISTOWEL (St. John’s Theatre, 8pm), Thursday 10th March TIPPERARY TOWN (Tipperary Excel Centre, 8pm), Saturday 12th March CLIFDEN (Church of Ireland, 8pm)  

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