JULY 15 —ALCAN QUARTET
Laura Andriani, violin • Nathalie Camus, violin • Luc Beauchemin, viola • David Ellis, cello
Concerts by this dynamic and world-renowned string quartet are always eagerly anticipated and well attended.
The group is a CAMMAC favourite!
The Alcan Quartet — violinists Laura Andriani and Nathalie Camus, violist Luc Beauchemin, and cellist David Ellis — has developed a reputation for excellence throughout Canada and internationally since its formation over twenty years ago. The quartets originality, contagious enthusiasm, unique sonority, and remarkable cohesion have all contributed to its long term success. Critics agree that, both on stage and in the recording studio, the Alcan Quartet possesses the qualities that characterize the best ensembles of its kind: a recognizable personality, a homogeneous sound, and elegant style.
The ensemble’s list of accomplishments is impressive: close to 1000 concerts; over 100 live radio broadcasts (Radio Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio in the USA, and Radio France); numerous television appearances; tours throughout North America, Europe, Asia; and a number of commissioned pieces and first performances.
The quartet’s discography includes major works from the string quartet repertoire including Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak, Debussy, Borodin, and others. These recordings have received adulatory reviews in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The quartet won the “Prix Opus, recording of the year” for its CD of Schubert Quartets.
In addition its performing career, the quartet is regularly invited to give master classes at universities, conservatories, and summer chamber music institutes.
The Alcan Quartet is based in Chicoutimi, Québec where it receives the unconditional support of the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean. The quartet takes its name from its principal patron, the multinational aluminum company Alcan. The quartet also receives support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts.