Clara Chartré, violin
Florane Gruffel, viola
Clément Dami, cello
The Quatuor Ernest was founded in 2013 by four students of Gábor Takács-Nagy’s chamber music studio at the Haute Ecole de musique de Genève. Since then, they have won numerous prizes including the top prizes of the Leopold Bellan International Competition 2017, the Prix Espoir du Festival Ravel, the 3rd Prize at the Tremplin jeunes quatuors de la Philharmonie de Paris, and the Daisy de Saugy’s Prize. The Quartet has performed in Switzerland, France, Germany and Hungria in prestigious venues such as the Philharmonie, Archives nationales and Invalides in Paris, Maison de la Radio and Eglise Saint-Germain in Geneva, Ludwig Festpielhaus in Füssen, and Académie Franz Lizst in Budapest. They have also played in many festivals : Verbier, Ravel, Sine Nomine, Vue d’Ensemble(s), Gaia, Les Musicales de Saint-Genoux, les Fieffés Musiciens, Résonnances Automnales, Festi’Vence, les Automneries Musicales. The Quartet was heard on the radio, on France Musique, Espace 2 and France Bleu.
The four musicians have shared the stage with renowned artists such as Marie-Josèphe Jude, Philippe Graffin, Cédric Pescia, Marianna Shirinyan, Gwendolyn Masin, Sylviane Deferne and Caroline Cohen-Adad. The Quartet often collaborates with brilliant musicians of its generation including violinists Diana Adamyan and Nathan Mierdl, violist Natanel Ferreira and pianist Natasha Roqué Alsina.
Committed to community engagement and education. the Quartet regularly plays at the Bateau Genève during breakfasts for the homeless, in retirement homes and hospitals, and in various educational projects. Since 2017, the ensemble produces its own series of concert: Les Cafés classique. Through it, it promotes classical music in untraditional settings, invites emerging chamber music groups of the Geneva scene and reaches new audiences.
The Quartet currently studies with Miguel da Silva at the CRR of Paris and receives additional training from Patrick Jüdt at the HDK Bern. In the last few years, they have participated in numerous masterclasses including the Villecroze Academy, the Ravel Academy, ECMA and Marktoberdorf and they are following the ProQuartet professional training program. They have received the precious advices of musicians of the Berg, Hagen, Mosaiques, Jerusalem and Bartok Quartets.
The Ernest Quartet's first CD, recorded with pianist Sylviane Deferne in 2017, has been well received and earned a Piano Maestro from the french magazine Pianiste. The Quartet benefits from grants from the Milou, Dénéréaz and Dulcimer foundations.