France

Distribution

Hugues Girard, violin
Agathe Girard, violin
Odon Girard, viola
Lucie Girard, cello

The Quatuor Girard is composed of four brothers and sisters from a large family originally from Avignon in the south of France. They are graduates of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM), either the Paris or Lyon branch as the case may be.

In 2008, the Quatuor Girard was admitted to the graduate program for string quartets in CNSM, Paris, to study under the supervision of François Salque. In January 2010, they were admitted to the prestigious class of the Ysaÿe Quartet at the Conservatoire Régional de Paris, and in september 2011 in the class of Miguel da Silva in the Haute Ecole de Musique of Geneva.

Support from the ECMA-European Chamber Music Academy, headed by Hatto Beyerle, founder member of Alban Berg Quartet, has enabled them to work with members of Artis, Alban Berg, Lindsay, and Talich Quartets, as well as, the artists Alfred Brendel, Jean-François Heisser or Jean-Guihen Queyras.

In September 2010, the Quatuor Girard was awarded the Prix Académie Maurice Ravel in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France. The Banque Populaire Foundation granted the quartet a fellowship in June 2010, and in July they were subsequently awarded the HSBC prize by the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. In November 2011, they win a 3rd Prize at the Geneva International Competition.

The Girards are now invited to play in various concert halls and musical festivals. They have been heard in performance in many venues in France, Switzerland, Austria, England, Italy, Macedonia, Morocco, Japan. They perform with artists such as Philippe Bernold, Maurice Bourgue, Miguel da Silva, Nicolas Dautricourt, Henri Demarquette, Jean-Claude Pennetier, François Salque, Dame Felicity Lott ...

The Quatuor Girard is in residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation, Paris.

The Quatuor Girard published under the label « Les Discophiles français », a first album rewarded by the critics (Choice of France Musique, Qobuzissime).

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