François Galichet, violin
Julie Gehan-Rodriguez, violin
Sylvain Séailles, viola
Thomas Ravez, cello

The Quatuor Varèse commit its talent to the interpretation of the great string quartet repertoire. Having studied with great masters of the genre and as a result of an extensive stage experience, the quartet have attracted international acclaim by achieving outstanding results in numerous major events.

In June 2014, the Quatuor Varèse received the Third Prize at the Paolo Borciani International Competition (Italy), and their performance of Arcadiana by Thomas Adès was distinguished with the Special Prize for the interpretation of a contemporary work. In February 2014, the quartet was awarded the Second Prize, in addition to the Special Prize for the best performance of a work by Mozart, at the Mozart International Competition (Austria).

Founded at Lyon Conservatoire in 2006, the quartet was initially taught by the Ravel, Debussy and Danel quartets. Afterwards, they studied with the Quatuor Ysaÿe and worked with such highly renowned musicians as Heime Müller, Rainer Schmidt and Natalia Prischepenko thanks to the ProQuartet-CEMC program. More recently, they studied with Miguel Da Silva in Geneva. In 2013, the Instituto Internacional de Música de Cámara de Madrid awarded the quartet a scholarship to pursue advanced studies with Günter Pichler.

The quartet regularly performs on stages around France, and past seasons have taken the ensemble to many concert halls abroad: Staatsbibliothek, Berlin (Germany); Concertgebouw, Bruges (Belgium); Centro Cultural Caja España-Duero, León (Spain); Nuit du Quatuor ProQuartet, Paris  ... The Quatuor Varèse is regularly invited to appear on radio programmes on Radio France and France Musique.

The Quatuor Varèse is grateful to have been granted the support of the Fondation Banque Populaire. The ensemble would like to thank the Tranin-Camard luthier's workshop in Lyon for kindly making a rehearsal room available.

Since 2011, the Quatuor Varèse has met with Paul Katz, Heime Müller, Valentin Erben, Rainer Schmidt, Eberhard Feltz, Günter Pichler and Natalia Prishepenko during the ProQuartet training program.