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Ludwig Quartet

Thierry BRODARD, 1st violin

Manuel DOUTRELANT, 2nd violin

Padrig FAURE, viola

Anne COPERY, cello

 

Founded in 1985 after first brilliantly obtained prizes at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, the Ludwig Quartet integrates the cycle of perfection in string quartet with Bruno Pasquier. He also receives guidance from conductor Sergiu Celibidache and works with the Berg, Tokyo, Amadeus, LaSalle and Kolish quartets.

After winning numerous international competitions (Menuhin Foundation, Portsmouth Competition, Arthur Honegger Competition, Florence Vittorio Gui Competition), the Ludwig are invited to spend a year at Yale University with the Tokyo Quartet before becoming “Quartet in residence” at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris.

Over the years, the Ludwig Quartet has been invited to give concerts around the world in prestigious venues such as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Opéra Comique, the Cité de la Musique, the Orsay Museum, the Orangery of Sceaux, the Cziffra auditorium of the Chaise-Dieu, the Wigmore Hall of London, the Merkin Hall of New York, the National Theater of Taipei or the National Theater of Shanghai. On concert tours, he performs throughout Eastern Europe, Canada, Japan, New Caledonia, Korea, the Middle East, Africa and India.

For having distinguished themselves, the founding members of the Ludwig Quartet are made Knights of Arts and Letters.

The Ludwig owes a wealth of award-winning discography, including the Grand Prix of the Lyric Record, the French Recording Academy Grand Prix, the Charles Cros International Record Grand Prix and the Midem Grand Prix. A recording of Dmitri Chostakovitch’s Quartets No. 1, 3 and 8 was released in October 2011 under the Calliope label.

Talking curiously about the contemporary repertoire, the Quatuor Ludwig has created many works in collaboration with Thierry Escaich, Philippe Hersant, Michael Lévinas, Alain Louvier and Ivan Jevtic.

The Ludwig Quartet is very keen on teaming up with other musicians on the stage, including Abdel Rahamn El Bacha, François-René Duchâble, Brigitte Engerer, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Anne Quéfellec (piano), and Emmanuelle Bertrand ( cello) or Christophe Gaugué (viola).

Since its creation, the Quatuor Ludwig, pioneer of the genre, imagines and produces text and music performances in the company of magnificent actors such as: Marie-Christine Barrault, Michel Bouquet, Fanny Cottençon, Jean-François Balmer, François Marthouret, Didier Sandre and Nicolas Vaude. This specific work of comedian shows is not unrelated to the scenic beauty of the musicians, allowing the Ludwig Quartet to offer itself to a less specialized audience.

When not on stage, the Quatuor Ludwig knows how to be a pedagogue, through many masterclasses and other educational projects for conservatories, but also for larger audiences, uninitiated to the practice of music. He is also asked to accompany his advice of young professional quartets.

The musicians of the Ludwig Quartet always have in common this love of chamber music, which they passionately defend throughout the world, in search of an absolute that is always inaccessible.

 

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