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Quatuor Diotima - Music From Paris

Serving as the UChicago Presents’ 2021/22 Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence, the French string quartet Quatuor Diotima will present three concerts this fall. 

This concert series is presented in partnership with the France Chicago Center and with the support of the Jazz & New Music program of FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. 

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Quatuor Diotima - Music From Paris I October 27, 2021 | 7:30PM
On the first night of this Music from Paris series, Quatuor Diotima will present an excerpt of Pierre Boulez’s only string quartet followed by a piece from Gérard Pesson, written for and premiered by Quatuor Diotima. The evening will conclude with the eternally influential Claude Debussy’s only string quartet.  
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Quatuor Diotima - Music From Paris II October 28, 2021 | 7:30PM 
On this second performance of the Music from Paris series, Quatuor Diotima presents music by Russian, Polish, and Hungarian composers who were profoundly influenced by French composers and culture. 
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Quatuor Diotima - Music From Paris III October 29, 2021 | 7:30PM 
For their final concert in the Music from Paris series, Quatuor Diotima performs three modern classics from the chamber music repertoire. This concert opens with Dutilleux’s masterful Ainsi la Nuit followed by Ravel’s Quatuor à cordes, which is often considered Ravel’s first masterpiece. Quatuor Diotima is joined by pianist Meng-Chieh Liu to close out this three-night series with the highly emotional Piano Quintet in F minor by Franck. 
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Quatuor Diotima
Yun-Peng Zhao (FR); Constance Ronzatti (FR); Franck Chevalier (FR); Pierre Morlet (FR)

The Quatuor Diotima is one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world today; it was formed in 1996 by graduates of the Paris national conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris).
The Quatuor Diotima has worked in close collaboration with several of the greatest composers of the late twentieth century, notably Pierre Boulez (who revised his Livre pour Quatuor for them) and Helmut Lachenmann. The quartet regularly commissions new works from the most brilliant composers of our time, including Toshio Hosokawa, Miroslav Srnka, Alberto Posadas, Mauro Lanza, Gérard Pesson, Rebecca Saunders and Tristan Murail.

Reflected in the mirror of today’s music, the quartet projects a new light onto the masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Beethoven, Schubert, the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg and Webern), as well as Janáček, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók.

Since 2008 The Quatuor Diotima has had a privileged relationship with the Région Centre-Val de Loire, which hosts the quartet in residence. This relationship is also an important laboratory for artistic and pedagogical projects. The Quatuor Diotima has developed a series of quartet concerts in Orléans that brings together a new generation of quartets with established ensembles. At the l’Abbaye de Noirlac, the quartet hosts and teaches master-classes that bring together young composers and quartets from around the world.

The Quatuor Diotima appears regularly in the world’s finest halls and concert series. They perform this season in renowned chamber music series as well as those devoted to world premieres and contemporary music (e.g. the centennial of Donaueschinger Musiktage, Amsterdam Muziekgebouw, Konserthuset Stockholm, Marseille, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Bozar Brüssel, String Quartet Biennale Philharmonie de Paris, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Brucknerfest Linz, Liederhalle Stuttgart).


The University of Chicago Presents concert series endeavors to present music on an intimate scale at the highest level, creating for audiences of all ages experiences that transform, entertain, educate, and enlighten, inspiring a powerful sense of shared humanity. Advancing the values of its home at the University, UCP engages all—the student, the Nobel Laureate, the uninitiated, the dedicated musician, and everyone in-between—to nurture curiosity through great music-making.

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