Quatuor Diotima

— String Quartet

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 Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris). The quartet’s name evokes a double musical meaning: Diotima is at once an allegory of German romanticism – Friederich Hölderlin gives this name to the love of his life in his novel Hyperion – and a rallying cry for the music of our time, brandished by Luigi Nono in his composition Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima. Quatuor Diotima has worked in close collaboration with several of the greatest composers of the late twentieth century, notably Pierre Boulez and Helmut Lachenmann. The quartet regularly commissions new works from composers such as Toshio Hosokawa, Miroslav Srnka, Alberto Posadas, Mauro Lanza, Gérard Pesson, Rebecca Saunders and Tristan Murail. The quartet’s recordings are regularly praised and honoured with awards by the international musical press: French magazine Diapason’s Diapason d’Or (five awards including two Best of the Year), Classica (Best of the Year), Télérama, Gramophone (Editor’s Choice), The Strad and many others. Quatuor Diotima appears regularly in the world’s finest concert halls and concert series.




— Joan Magrané

Quatuor Diotima