Bleuenn Le Maître, violin
Cécile Grassi, viola
Guillaume Martigné, cello
“One of the best string ensemble in Europe” says The Times about the Psophos Quartet (from ancient greek « sonic event »), surely a leading name in the European musical scene.
Founded in 1997 at Lyon Conservatoire (CNSMDL), the Psophos Quartet pursued its training with the Quatuor Ysaÿe at Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) and with the great Walter Levin in Basel, a quartet artist that touched them with his passion, commitment and musical standards. The Psophos Quartet also trained during many masterclasses with ProQuartet.
First Prize of the 2001 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, the Psophos Quartet is invited to perfom in prestigious venues and festivals such as Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London Wigmore Hall, Les Folles Journées (Nantes, Tokyo, Lisbon), Les Prom’s... The quartet often share the stage with musical figures such as Cédric Tiberghien, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Renaud and Gauthier Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Bertrand Chamayou, Nemanja Radulovic... During tours around Europe, Asia, Africa, the United States and the Middle East, the quartet gives many masterclasses to share its experience as a quartet.
In 2009, the Psophos Quartet welcomed two new members - Eric Lacrouts (violon) and Guillaume Martigné (violoncelle) - an enriching human and musical change. The balance between the new forces has given the Psophos Quartet calm and serenity, guaranteeing its quality and maturity.
The quartet was the first French string quartet selected by the prestigious BBC 3 New Generation Artists in London. They were nominated at the 2005 Victoires de la musique, recording many discs, such as the Maurice Ohana quartets, rewarded with Le Monde de la Musique "Choc" and Diapason 5/5.
Curiosity led the Psophos Quartet to meet new artists, dancers, actors, stage directors. For three years, the Psophos Quartet was in-residence at Paris L'Athénée Théâtre Louis Jouvet where it gave a series of chamber music concerts. The quartet perfomed at the Théâtre National de Chaillot and the Opéra de Lyon with the choreographer Philippe Decouflé. A new show with Christophe Malavoy « Qui se souviendra » was performed in Paris and around France between 2014 and 2015. Meeting Jean-Marie Machado and Dave Liebman led to the creation of the show « Painting notes in the air », entering into the world of jazz.