Photos, Interview, Reaction: Zaïde Quartet

12 October 2015

French string quartet Zaïde Quartet began their début Irish tour in Dublin on 8 October 2015 with a beautiful programme featuring Mozart, Bartók and Shostakovich string quartets as well as music by Irish composer Philip Martin. For more on the tour, please see here. In Dublin 2, Co. Westmeath, Dun Laoghaire, Clifden, Castleconnell, Carrick-on-Shannon, Waterford, Cork and Birr.


"What a beautiful evening! Thank you Zaïde Quartet and Music Network." - Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

"Standing ovation for Zaïde Quartet tonight at Triskel." - Tony Sheehan, Cork

"Zaïde Quartet wowed in Large Room. What virtuosic variety. Angry Shostakovich, bubbly Mozart and scary Bartók." - Liam Murphy, Waterford

"Extraordinary rich and vibrant string sound from Zaïde Quartet in Waterford." - Cathy Desmond, Waterford

"Sensational string sounds: Zaïde Quartet wowed in Waterford." - Waterford Music

"Powerful performance by Zaïde Quartet in Castleconnell this evening." - Limerick Arts Office

"Great evening's music from the Zaïde Quartet at the Pavilion Theatre, thanks Music Network." - Martin Foyle, Dun Laoghaire

"Great concert tonight in Castletown Geoghegan!" - Gerard Crotty, Castletown-Geoghegan

"Lovely programme and beautiful playing from Zaïde Quartet on the first leg of their Irish tour. Beautiful concert - outstanding programme notes by Liam Cagney." - Ruth Robinson, Dublin


Leslie Boulin-Raulet, violinist in Zaïde Quartet, spoke to Goldenplec's Michael Lee ahead of the tour. Read the interview here.


Martin Adams of The Irish Times said, "No less authoritative was the young French group the Zaïde String Quartet, which is on a Music Network tour ... Don’t miss it. Their playing of quartets by Shostakovich, Mozart, Philip Martin and Bartók is fresh, energetic and sensual." Read the piece in full here.

Sophie Lynch of Goldenplec reviewed the quartet's performance in Triskel Christchurch, praising their "fresh" and "engaging" interpretations. Read the review here.


As part of our mission to connect tours to music education programmes, Zaïde Quartet hosted masterclasses for Irish music students in Cork and Birr on Friday 16 October and Saturday 17 October. Read about the sessions here.


Newman University Church, Dublin. Photos by Emily O'Callaghan:

On the road to Clifden...

All Saints' Church, Castleconnell:

Georgian Large Room, Waterford:



Liam Cagney wrote the notes for Zaïde Quartet's programme. Read them here.


For more information on the tour, see here.