2022 : Terpsycordes Quartet’s 25th anniversary
Girolamo Bottiglieri, first violin
Raya Raytcheva, second violin
Caroline Cohen-Adad, viola
Florestan Darbellay, 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, at once singular and plural. The formation has won distinction at many international competitions, including a First Prize in Geneva in 2001, and has succeeded in radiating its quadruple talent – a magical blend of homogeneity and complementarity, innovation and audacity of interpretation.
The muse Terpsichore is their constant inspiration – music’s daughter linking gesture and spirit. Terre (earth), psy (spirit), cordes (strings).
Founded in 1997 in Geneva, the Terpsycordes Quartet was trained by Gábor Takács-Nagy and subsequently coached by members of the Budapest, Hagen, Lasalle and Mosaïque Quartets. Drawing vitality from their contrasting origins (Italy, Bulgaria and Switzerland) the musicians offer dazzling performances to audiences of major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Victoria Hall in Geneva.
After a year 2022 marked by the events of its 25th anniversary, the Terpsycordes Quartet continues to reach out to audiences old and new : a musical bike ride, an open-air concert, and other performances for the elderly or people with disabilities will punctuate the year 2023. The musicians will also perform frequently with various partners, including pianists Fabrizio Chiovetta and Cédric Pescia, soprano Katharina Ruckgaber, bandoneon player William Sabatier, and members of the Basilea Wind Quintet. The complete set of Joseph Haydn's string quartets will continue at the Museum of Art and History in Geneva, while a recording devoted to Frank Martin will be released at the end of the year by the Claves Records label.
Both on stage and in the recording studio, the Terpsycordes assert their eclecticism. Their recordings, all acclaimed by the specialized press, reflect a determination to penetrate the very essence of each piece they play, combining rigor and imagination: Schubert, Beethoven and Haydn revealed with period instruments (Ricercar and Ambronay), Schumann’s quartets (Claves), Vierne’s Quintet with piano (Brilliant Classics) ; not to mention modern and contemporary works by Swiss composers (Bloch and Gerber by VDE Gallo, and Zanon by Claves), as well as incursions into the worlds of tango (Piazzolla with William Sabatier) and of jazz (with Maël Godinat Trionyx).
Through its commitment to young audiences, the Terpsycordes participate each year in educational programmes.
Supported by the City of Geneva, Canton and Republic of Geneva.