Terpsycordes quartet


Quatuor newTerpsycordes Quartet is
Girolamo Bottiglieri, first violin
Raya Raytcheva, second violin
Caroline Cohen Adad, viola
Florestan Darbellay, cello

Prism of repertoires, multiplicity of approaches musical approaches, kaleidoscope of personalities. So many facets that give the Terpsycordes Quartet its unique identity Terpsycordes its unique identity, both singular and plural. Rewarded in numerous international competitions, including a First Prize in First Prize in Geneva in 2001, this four-piece quartet has been able to radiate a multiple talent, homogeneous and complementary in the alchemy of the musicians, radical and daring in the reading of the works; while always keeping in mind the breath of the muse Terpsichore, daughter of music that links gesture and spirit: Earth, psy, strings.

Founded in 1997 and based in Geneva, the Terpsycordes Quartet was taught by Gábor Takács-Nagy, before perfecting its skills with members of the Budapest, Hagen, Lasalle and Mosaïques Quartets, among others. Galvanised by the contrast of their origins (Italy, Bulgaria and Switzerland), its members regularly dazzle audiences in major halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Victoria Hall in Geneva.

For this 2021-22 season, the Terpsycordes Quartet will celebrate its 25th anniversary! On the occasion of this jubilee, it is planning a number of significant activities. It is also continuing to perform the complete Haydn quartets in partnership with the Geneva Museum of Art and History. It is creating a mediation project around the musical tale "4 Boxes for 1 journey" and is collaborating with several Geneva composers in order to participate in the creation of contemporary music. Finally, Terpsycordes plans to record the quartets of Debussy and Ravel on period instruments, as well as the quartet and piano quintet of Frank Martin.

Both on stage and on record, the Terpsycordes advocate eclecticism. Their recordings, all of which have been praised by the specialist press, reflect this desire to reach the essence of the text in an approach that combines rigour and fantasy: Schubert, Beethoven and Haydn revealed by period instruments (Ricercar and Ambronay Editions), Schumann's quartets (Claves) and Vierne's piano quintet (Brilliant Classics); not forgetting their commitment to modern and contemporary Swiss music (Gerber and Bloch, on VDE Gallo, and Zanon, on Claves) and forays into the worlds of tango (Piazzolla, with William Sabatier) and jazz (with Maël Godinat Trionyx).

Committed to young audiences, the Terpsycordes Quartet takes part in educational programmes every year.

With the support of the City of Geneva and the Republic and Canton of Geneva