Quatuor Ébène (photo Julien Mignot)

Alpha and Omega

Quatuor Ébène
Sat 24 May 2025 20:15 - 22:00
Sat 24 May 2025
20:15 - 22:00
  • Sat 24 May 2025
    20:15 - 22:00
    Grote Zaal


19:45 / Entreehal / Support
By students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

20:15 / Grote Zaal / Main programme
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 1 in F
Raphaël Merlin Self Portrait in Three Colors* (Dutch première)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor

* supported by Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ 


Quatuor Ébène:
Pierre Colombet violin
Gabriel Le Magadure violin
Marie Chilemme viola
Yuya Okamoto cello

String quartets from three centuries and three countries

French Quatuor Ébène is known for its versatility. They are as comfortable playing film scores or Beatles arrangements as quartets from Haydn to Ravel. A few years ago, Ébène garnered jubilant reviews with the monster project Beethoven around the world: recordings of all of Beethoven’s string quartets in seven prestigious concert halls. Tonight, they play his First String Quartet. In addition, they will play Tchaikovsky’s Third (and last) String Quartet and a brand new work by composer Raphaël Merlin, who is also Ébène’s cellist.

Merlin is a multi-talent. He once composed a cello concerto for internationally-acclaimed cellist Nicolas Altstaedt. This will be Merlin’s first string quartet, and for his very own group: a premiere to look forward to. Incidentally, Beethoven’s String Quartet No 1 was the second quartet he composed, as he had already finished quartet number 3 by then. It is said that for the hauntingly beautiful Adagio, Beethoven was inspired by the dramatic apotheosis at the tomb in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.