Ebène Quartet Is Named NPR “Best of 2011” and Returns to North America for Nine-City Tour in March

“France’s Ebène Quartet has fast become one of the hottest chamber groups in the world, with excellent reason: The youthful group’s warmth, vitality, deep curiosity and musical intelligence has carried it far already.” – NPR Music

The thrilling, young, and award-winning Ebène Quartet – described by the New York Times as “a string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band” – added more accolades to an already impressive list when NPR named Fiction, the quartet’s 2011 Virgin Classics release, one of their 10 Favorite Classical Albums of 2011 as well as one of their overall 50 Best Albums of the year. Ebène takes repertoire from that album as well as from September’s all-Mozart album Dissonances on the road in the United States and Canada in March. Performances begin in San Diego (March 2), and include stops in San Francisco (March 8), New Orleans (March 14), and New York City, where they will make their Carnegie/Zankel Hall debut (March 18). Ebène continues its devotion to music education with three master classes at the Colburn School in Los Angeles (March 5-7).

Autumn 2011 has been a banner season for Ebène, with live performances, master classes, and the release of two new recordings from Virgin Classics. The first, Dissonances – described by the Los Angeles Times as “exquisite” – takes its name from the strikingly modern harmonies that open the first movement of the C-major “Haydn” quartet (K. 465); that album also features the composer’s K. 421 “Haydn” quartet and the Divertimento (K. 138).The second recording, Fiction – Live at Folies Bergère, is a concert DVD filmed at one of Paris’s most famous music halls and spotlights music the quartet describes as being performed by “the other Ebène,” including pieces by the Beatles (“Come Together”), Wayne Shorter (“Footprints”), and the quartet’s already talked-about spin on “Misirlou,” a tune made famous by its inclusion in the film Pulp Fiction. After an October performance in California, the Los Angeles Times’s Mark Swed raved, “Ebène is a quartet to catch sooner rather than later.” Mozart’s “Dissonance” Quartet and music from Fiction will be featured on Ebène’s concert programs this season in the United States. During their upcoming tour, Ebène will also perform quartets by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky.

North American 2012 tour dates:

March 2, 2012
San Diego, CA
UC San Diego
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Borodin: String Quartet No. 2
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

March 3, 2012
Costa Mesa, CA
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Borodin: String Quartet No. 2
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

March 4, 2012
Eugene, OR
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Schubert: Quartet in A minor, Op. 29, No. 1, D. 804, "Rosamunde"
Tchaikovsky: Quartet in D Major, Op. 11, "Accordion"

March 5-7, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
Colburn School
Master classes

March 8, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Herbst Theater
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Borodin: String Quartet No. 2
Ravel: String Quartet in F major

March 10, 2012
Edmonton, Canada
Convocation Hall
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Borodin: String Quartet No. 2

March 11-12, 2012
Calgary, Canada
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Borodin: String Quartet No. 2

March 14, 2012
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Friends of Music
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Borodin: String Quartet No. 2
Jazz improvisations

March 18, 2012
New York, NY
Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall debut)
Jazz improvisations
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

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