Sarah Dayan, violin
Guillaume Becker, viola
Lydia Shelley, cello
'One of the best French quartets I have heard for some years (...). The Quatuor Voce has every quality that goes to make a good quartet: refinement, beautiful tone, excellent ensemble, precise chording, fine rhythm and loads of character.' Tully Potter, The Strad
‘There is no doubt that this string quartet is amongst the best ensembles in the world.’ Reinhard Palmer, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Since its inception in 2004, the Quatuor Voce has been recognized internationally as one of the most fascinating string quartets among the young generation, performing worldwide alone or alongside outstanding artists such as Yuri Bashmet, Gary Hoffman, Nobuko Imai, Bertrand Chamayou, David Kadouch, Juliane Banse, to name but a few.
In only a few years the quartet received the highest prizes from renowned international competitions, including Geneva, Cremona, Vienna, Bordeaux, Graz, London and Reggio Emilia, and since then has been committed to championing the great repertoire for string quartet, seeking guidance from some of its leading exponents (Ysaÿe Quartet, Günter Pichler, Eberhard Felz).
The Quatuor Voce toured the most prestigious halls in Europe thanks to the ECHO organization, which named the quartet as ‘Rising Stars’ in 2013: Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Barbican (London), MUPA (Budapest), Gulbenkian (Lisbon), BOZAR (Brussels), Megaron (Athens), Philharmonie (Paris), Palau de la Musica (Barcelona)...
Open to diverse art forms, and in particular contemporary music, the Voce regularly work closely on new commissions from living composers, including Bruno Mantovani, Gianvicenzo Cresta, Graziane Finzi, Alexandros Markeas, François Meïmoun, Zad Moultaka… Their curiosity has lead them to experiment with different forms of concert performance: they frequently give their voice to silent movies from W. F. Murnau to Buster Keaton and have shared their universe with such diverse personalities as the musicologist Bernard Fournier, the singer and guitarist -M-, the choreographer Thomas Lebrun and the Canadian neo-folk singer Kyrie Kristmanson, with whom they released the album ‘Modern Ruin’ in 2015.
Their recordings of Schubert and Beethoven string quartets and the complete Mozart’s Flute Quartets (with French flautist Juliette Hurel) were met with high critical acclaim by the international press (The Strad, Télérama, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Diapason, Strings and Bow and Klassieke Zaken). Their most recent release of Brahms and Mozart’s string quintets with violist Lise Berthaud continues their collaboration with Alpha Classics.
During the 2015/2016 season the quartet will perform extensively in France and in Germany, and is invited to the Theatre of La Fenice in Venice, the Theatro Colón in Bogotá, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
The Quatuor Voce has benefited from the support of numerous organisations, most notably ProQuartet, the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, the Fondation Banque Populaire, the Academie Musicale de Villecroze, the Instituto Albeniz in Madrid, the Fondation Charles Oulmont, the Philharmonie de Paris, and is currently in residence at Paris’ Ecole Normale Supérieure.
The Quatuor Voce was in residence at ProQuartet from 2008 to 2012. In October 2015, the quartet participated in ProQuartet “Nuit du Quatuor” event at the Musée de l’Orangerie during the Nuit Blanche Paris.