Terpsycordes Quartet
Girolamo Bottiglieri, first vioin
Raya Raytcheva, second violin
Blythe Teh Engstroem, viola
François Grin, cello

Prism of musical repertoires, multiplicity of approach, kaleidoscope of personalities. These many facets combine to make up the unique character of the Terpsycordes Quartet. The formation was awarded First Prize at the Geneva Competition in 2001, and has succeeded in radiating its quadruple talent – both on stage and in the recording studio.

Terpsycordes’ recordings, all acclaimed by the specialized press, reflect a determination to penetrate the very heart of each piece they play: Schubert’s Death and the Maiden and Beethoven’s Opus 132, for the first time on period instruments, Schumann (Opus 41) and Haydn (Opus 33 and The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross ), sharply in focus, not to mention contemporary works by the Swiss composer Gregorio Zanon, ), and incursions into the world of tango (Piazzolla, with William Sabatier) ans jazz (with Mael Godinat Trionyx). Their last album, dedicated to the Vierne quintet has rapidly established itself as a reference.

The Terpsycordes Quartet, based in Geneva, was founded in 1997, and taught by Gabor Takács-Nagy. Drawing vitality from their contrasting origins (Italy, Bulgaria and Switzerland), its members offer dazzling performances to audiences of major concert seasons and festivals around the globe. In 2017 the Quatuor Terpsycordes will celebrate its 20th anniversary. They will perform extensively in Europe as well as a tour of China.

The muse Terpsichore is their constant inspiration – linking earth and spirit: Terre (earth), psy (spirit), cordes (strings).

With the support of the City of Geneva.

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