The luminous talent of the Hermès Quartet members has consistently brought them acclaim. The Washington Post praises their “world-class quartet playing” and says “they will likely take their place among the top quartets of our time.” This season, the Quartet (violinists Omer Bouchez and Elise Liu, violist Yung-Hsin Chang, and cellist Anthony Kondo) performs at the Evergreen Museum and Library and at Montreal’s Ladies’ Morning Musical Club, and has been invited to return to the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach and Rockefeller University. Their far-reaching and flourishing career also includes tours throughout France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium, as well as performances in the United Arab Emirates.
The Paris-based Hermès Quartet has already been heard in prestigious European venues. They have been presented in Italy at the Chamber Music Association of Trieste and Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, as well as in performances in Argentina and Japan, and they have been frequent guest artists at music festivals around the world such as the Mantova Chamber Music Festival, Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Festival de Colmar, the Krzyzowa Music Festival and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In the U.S., they have given recitals at the Lied Center of Kansas, the University of Georgia, the Friends of Chamber Music in Texas, Iowa State University, University of Florida Performing Arts, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, Candlelight Concert Society, Feldman Chamber Music Society, the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, the Embassy Series, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Schneider Concerts at The New School, the National Gallery of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series, Wave Hill, Stephens Performing Arts Center, and the Morgan Library and Museum.
Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Hermès Quartet made its U.S. debuts to rave reviews at the opening concerts of the Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. The Quartet has been awarded many prestigious prizes: a “2014-15 Prix de la Critique: Revelation Musicale” from Association profesionnelle de la critique théâtre, musique et danse; the 2013 NORDMETALL Ensemble Prize from the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; First Prize at the 2011 Geneva International Music Competition and the “Coup de Coeur Breguet” prize, which brought them a recording on the Ysaÿe Records/Nascor label; First Prize in the 2012 European Young Concert Artists Auditions in Leipzig, Germany; First Prize at the 2010 European Chamber Music Competition in Paris; and First Prize at the 2009 Lyon International Music Competition, along with three special awards and the Bayer “Coup de Coeur” prize. The Quartet currently holds the Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair of YCA and the Florence Gould Foundation Fellowship, and was the 2012-16 Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.
The Quartet’s new CD, Schumann’s 3 Quartets Op. 41, is garnering critical praise and prizes including Classica Magazine’s “Choc de l’année” and “Le Choix de France Musique.” Classical Music Magazine wrote: “Oozing freshness in every bar, this young French quartet is entirely delightful in these three great works. Phrasing, intonation and blend are spot on, and the performers temper the composers impetuousness with tenderness and grace. Excellent sound.”
The members of the Quartet met at the Lyon Conservatory and formed the ensemble in 2008 under the tutelage of Zoltan Toth and Reiko Kitahama. They have worked with the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste Berlin, and studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris with members of the Ysaÿe Quartet. The Quartet receives support from the Foundation Banque Populaire.
[Group name is pronounced: air-MEZ]
[Omer Bouchez: Oh-mare Boo-shay
Elise Liu: Eh-leeze Lee-ew
Yung-Hsin Chang: Young-Shin Chang
Anthony Kondo: Anthony Condo]
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