Philippe Bernhard, Loïc Rio : violins
Laurent Marfaing : viola
François Kieffer : cello
The Modigliani Quartet was formed in 2003 and first attracted international attention in 2004 by winning the Frits Philips String Quartet competition in Eindhoven. The Quartet took First Prize at the Vittorio Rimbotti competition in Florence in 2005 and won the highly prestigious Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 2006 allowing them to regularly tour in the US since then.
It has since become one of the world's most sought after chamber ensembles. The quartet's recent or future engagements include Vienna's Musikverein, Lucerne Festival, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Luxembourg's Philharmonie , Brussel's Palais des Beaux-Arts, Gstaad Menuhin Festival or the Auditorium du Louvre alongside the Emerson, Jerusalem, and Takács Quartets.
The quartet also performed in venues like Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Théâtre du Châtelet, LSO St Luke's, La Fenice , the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Rheingau Festival, Tokyo's Kioi Hall.
The Quartet was selected for the ECHO Rising Star tour of Europe's most prestigious halls for the season 2011-12. The same year they will tour in Australia, the United-States and Japan.
Amongst the distinguished artists with whom the quartet has collaborated are Michel Dalberto, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Anne Gastinel, Gary Hoffman, Eric Le Sage, Paul Meyer, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Sabine Meyer, or Sol Gabetta.
The quartet released its third CD in September 2010 (Mendelssohn opus 13, opus 80 and 81/ Mirare). The CD already received elated reviews and was CD of the Month of the German Magazine FonoForum. Their previous Haydn CD, released in 2008 had also gained several prizes and awards including the "Grand Prix du Disque" de l'Académie Charles Cros...
After winning a First Prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Modigliani Quartet studied with the Ysaÿe Quartet in Paris, attended masterclasses by Walter Levin and György Kurtág, and then had the opportunity to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, the Modigliani quartet plays on outstanding Italian instruments:
Philippe Bernhard plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.
Loic Rio plays a 1734 violin by Alessandro Gagliano .
Laurent Marfaing plays a 1590 viola by Mariani.
François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller (former "Warburg") .