Apolline Kirklar violin II
Loïc Abdelfettah viola
Emmanuel Acurero cello
The Joyce Quartet unites four young musicians : Leo marillier violin I, Apolline Kirklar violin II, Loïc Abdelfettah viola and Emmanuel Acurero cello who graduated from the highest distinction of the Paris Conservatory, the Artist Diploma, where they met, specializing in 20th and 21th century performance and creation.
Before our gathering together, we had all played with each other in duo, and trio, and ensemble in festivals such as Présences, Toroella de Montgri, Villecroze, Inventio, making our quartet a natural evolution. We’re all recipients of funds such as the Mécénat Musical Société Générale or the Fondation de France.
The Joyce Quartet was deemed remarkable at even its first outings :
« the involvement, the tone they use for this music brings immediate approval… the 16th quartet by Beethoven is no testamentary afterthought, according to the Joyce, in this final work of his – it is a rather bafflingly abrupt work, after the experimental feast of the preceding works. The flow and accompliceship with which these musicians its blend of lightness and gravitas stress the intelligence, the balance and the human collusion of their discourse (with a marvelous Assai lento, played with a rare intensity) » (Alain Cochard, ConcertClassic)
« Whether in the sublime, ornamented Adagio, the bold Scherzo, or the feverish last Presto – where impressive « shivers » come and go like an entrancing motto – the quintet – Joyce and Claire Merlet – gives a remarkably « lived in » reading of [the Beethoven quintet]… showing a faultless involvement, keeping alive and reinventing its musical fervor until the end » (Classicagenda).
We will be beneficients of a masterclass given by the Diotima Quartet in Noirlac abbey. We are performing Webern, Janacek, and Brahms in Salle Cortot in 2021, Wyschnegradsky at the Marbrerie de Montreuil, Schumann and a premiere in Orléans, Schubert, Bartok, and Haydn in Provins. Our recent recorded performance « Schönberg/Beethoven » will be screened in India via Poona Music Society channel.