Quatuor Diotima (photo: Promo)

Chamber Music

The Quatuor Diotima plays Ligeti, Debussy and Bartók

The Quatuor Diotima, which takes its name from Luigi Nono’s String Quartet Fragmente – Stille. An Diotima, knows how to wonderfully combine contemporary music with the Classical and Romantic string quartet repertoire: Gyorgy Ligeti’s oscillating, shimmering Second String Quartet, Béla Bartók’s plaintive First String Quartet, in which the composer mourns an unrequited love, and Claude Debussy’s highly Romantic contribution to the genre form the exciting programme of this concert.

Quatuor Diotima:

Yun-Peng Zhao violin

Constance Ronzatti violin

Franck Chevalier viola

Pierre Morlet cello

György Ligeti

String Quartet No. 2

Claude Debussy

String Quartet in G minor

Béla Bartók

String Quartet No. 1, Sz 40

Dates and Tickets


They have played on major international stages like Auditorium du Louvre and Cité de la Musique from the outset, and given guest performances in Japan, the US, in Central and South America, China and Korea: the musicians of the Quatuor Diotima, whose name is an homage to a string quartet by Luigi Nono, Fragmente – Stille. An Diotima. Their name tells their story, referring to the ensemble’s strong commitment to contemporary music in combination with the classical and Romantic string quartet repertoire. “A more competent ensemble than the Quatuor Diotima can hardly be imagined for concerts with contemporary string quartet music. Perfect is an inadequate word to describe the quality of their interaction” (Hamburger Abendblatt).

The four musicians of the Quatuor Diotima will begin their concert in the Chamber Music Hall with György Ligeti’s Second String Quartet. It refers to Béla Bartók’s quartet oeuvre, among other works, and musically the piece takes form as a continuous metamorphosis of timbres and patterns of movement, for instance in the third movement, a pizzicato piece with the mechanical polyrhythms typical of Ligeti. Claude Debussy’s only string quartet, by contrast, presents itself in orchestral colourfulness – with “oriental” melismas and an abundance of aphoristic sound fields that alternate in a breath-taking tempo. The evening rounds off with Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1: a musical journey out of darkness into light, with a “Hungarian” Vivace finale that ensures a conciliatory finish after a dramatic beginning.

Quatuor Diotima (photo: Promo)