Founded in 2017, Elmire Quartet has, after only a few years of existence, already made its mark on the French and international scene.
Made up of four Paris-based musicians – David Petrlik and Yoan Brakha on violins, Hortense Fourrier on viola and Rémi Carlon on cello – the quartet has already worked with some of the greatest quartettists, including members of the Hagen, Ysaÿe, Berg, Modigliani and Ébène Quartets. Laureates of several competitions, Quatuor Elmire won Third Prize and the Special Prize for best interpretation of a contemporary standard piece at the Carl Nielsen International Competition in Copenhagen in 2019, Second Prize in the European Chamber Music Competition of the FNAPEC, and Second Prize in the Virtuoso & Belcanto Competition.
Renowned for its appearances in festivals such as Folles Journée de Nantes, Festival des Arcs and Rencontres Musicales d’Évian, the quartet has been lucky enough to share the stage with musicians such as Claire Désert, Michel Dalberto, Anne Gastinel, Lise Berthaud, Olivier Charlier, Lise de LaSalle, François Salque, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Lucienne Renaudin Vary, Felicien Brut, Xavier Philips, Abdel Rahman El Bacha and Anne Queffélec. Quatuor Elmire has been artist in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac since 2019 and became Spedidam Generation Artist in 2022. They are fortunate to be supported by the Fondation Banque Populaire, of which they are laureates. In 2023 the quartet became artist in residence at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.
The quartet has already performed in some of Europe’s finest venues, in a variety of repertoires, and their 2023–24 season will mark their debut in places such as La Seine Musicale, the Museums-Gesellschaft in Frankfurt and La Scala in Paris.
David Petrlik plays a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1842, Yoan Brakha plays a Nicolas Desrousseaux from 1747, Hortense Fourrier plays a Joël Klépal viola from 2017, and Rémi Carlon plays a Gioffredo Cappa cello from 1714.