Quatuor Diotima at UChicago

The Quatuor Diotima is one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world today.

Quatuor Diotima

University of Chicago Presents
Mandel Hall
1131 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL, US 60637
February 25, 2022
Serving as the University of Chicago Presents’ 2022 Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence, French string quartet Quatuor Diotima presents a concert of Bartók’s third and fifth string quartets alongside one of Beethoven’s last composed works, String.

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, and 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 l’Abbaye de Noirlac, the quartet hosts and teaches masterclasses 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.

This concert 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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The France Chicago Center is an interdisciplinary organization based at the University of Chicago that facilitates, promotes, and fosters stronger ties between University of Chicago students and scholars and their colleagues in France, while raising awareness of French culture, art, and thought within the University of Chicago community.

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FACE Foundation

The French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation is a US non-profit organization that promotes French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects, in cooperation with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. It coordinates support for programs in the areas of visual arts, performing arts, music, film, translation, and secondary and higher education. 


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