An interactive session with complete performances of two Beethoven string quartets.
Beethoven ~ String quartet Op. 74 (Harp)
Beethoven ~ String quartet Op. 135
Beethoven’s string quartets are a milestone in musical literature and encompass Beethoven’s entire life, right from the time he was a young man in Vienna until he was old and totally deaf.
The quartet Op. 135 is the last work that Beethoven composed. He was totally deaf and had no hope of hearing it, yet it is radiant music, as if to say that he was satisfied with what he had achieved.
The Arties Quartet is:
Pierre Fouchenneret, Violin
Sulliman Altmayer, Violin
Marc Desmons, Viola
Gauthier Herrmann, Cello
The Arties Festival was established in 2008 by cellist and traveler Gauthier Herrmann. Happening every March and November, the festival travels around India and has brought more than 35 excellent musicians from Europe. The Arties quartet was formed especially to study and perform the string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven. Each musician of the quartet is highly established in Europe and they have won many awards and prizes during their careers.
Pierre Fouchenneret was accepted by the Paris Conservatoire at the early age of 12. He performs around the world along with renowned musicians and is a member of the group Ensemble Contraste, Trio Magellan and Quatuor Raphaël.
Sulliman Altmayer is much in demand as a violinist and a dedicated chamber musician. He created the Trio Con Fuoco in 1998 whilst studying with Paul Boufil. Sulliman has toured the world and played with the most esteemed musicians.
Marc Desmons is principal violist of the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio-France and has started a career as a conductor. A seasoned traveller, he has discovered magnificent countries and civilisations, in particular Ladakh and Peru.
Gauthier Herrmann started studying cello at the age of eight with Nicole Daihnaut. In 1998, he joined the class of Marcel Bardon in the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR) where he obtained a first prize in cello in 2000. Gauthier started visiting India in 2001 and in 2008, created Arties Festival which has brought outstanding musicians from Europe to play chamber music in India.