MORE THAN A NAME
Named after the charismatic opera diva Maria Malibran Malibran Quartet strongly connects with opera and lyricism. Besides the great repertoire for string quartet stretching from the late 18th century to contemporary music they explore the fascinating repertoire for voice and string quartet.
Maria Malibran lived in Brussels with violinist-virtuoso Charles de Bériot and performed throughout Europe and America. During her short life but also long after her death she inspired many a romantic artist in the 19th century. Contemporary accounts of her voice describe its range, power and flexibility as extraordinary. For Tatiana Samouil, Aki Saulière, Tony Nys and Justus Grimm it is clear that by giving her name to their string quartet they aim at the same intensity of music making, the same dedication to music.
MALIBRAN STRING QUARTET
The Malibran Quartet was founded in 2008 by Tatiana Samouil, Tony Nys and Justus Grimm in order to share and deepen their passion for chamber music. They gave their first concerts in the 2008-2009 season. One of their first concerts, in Lisbon CCB, was recorded for Mezzo.
In these first years they established a solid repertoire performing intensively in the chamber music series of La Monnaie, along with concerts in Maastricht, Lisbon and Paris. They participated in the KlaraFestival (in 2011, 2012 and 2013), with European radio broadcasting, the Nuit de Beloeil festival and the Dias da Música in Lisbon. In the meantime they have grown to be an ensemble with a strong vision and belief in the future of classical music based on the values of our cultural, human and philosophical heritage. Since the end of 2014 the French violinist Aki Saulière joined the quartet reinforcing the international character of the ensemble.
Formed in La Monnaie the quartet has a strong affiliation with opera. It chose to name itself after the legendary opera diva Maria Malibran finding inspiration in her passionate life and her commitment to music.
In their program they dedicate special attention to works written by opera composers such as Verdi and Puccini and in contemporary music also to composers such as Philippe Boesmans, Benoît Mernier and Pascal Dusapin. An important component of their repertoire is the exploration of the repertoire for voice and string quartet, with works by Respighi, Chausson, Schönberg… and ordered a new composition for soprano and string quartet.
Since they successfully recorded the complete chamber music by César Franck with David Lively, the Malibran Quartet has regularly performed with this American pianist. Their Franck box was awarded the prestigious Caecilia Prize for best Belgian cd-production (2012) and received a Joker from Crescendo. The quartet has more recordings planned: the complete string quartets of Huybrechts (Cypres) and a cd with (partly inedited) French repertoire.