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The Renoir quartet

Hélène Collerette, violin
Florent Brannens, violin
Teodor Coman, alto
Marion Gailland, cello

Since its founding in 1995, the Renoir Quartet has benefited from the advice of great masters such as Günter Pichler, Henry Meyer, Walter Levin, Rainer Schmidt and Thomas Kakuska within the ProQuartet association. In the course of the year 2000, it successively won First Prize at the FNAPEC Competition in Paris, Third Prize at the "Vittorio Gui" International Competition in Florence and Fifth Prize at the London International competition. In 2003, at the Bordeaux International Competition, the Renoir Quartet was awarded the Ministry of Culture Prize and elected the Société Générale Musical Patronage’s ‘Coup de cœur’ (Favourite).
The Quartet has performed in France (Salle Pleyel, Salle Cortot and Musée d'Orsay in Paris, Lyon Opera, "Filature" in Mulhouse, Besançon International Festival, the Rencontres musicales of Fontainebleau...) as well as abroad: Asia, Quebec, Israel, England, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, New Caledonia... It has played chamber music with renowned partners such as Alain Meunier, Paul Katz, Hélène Couvert, Cédric Tiberghien, Ferenc Vizi, Jonathan Gilad, Cédric Pescia, Nicolas Bône and Christophe Gaugué.

A regular guest of Radio-France, the Renoir Quartet has taken part in the "Alla Breve" series of recordings since 2002 and participated in the ‘Présences’ Festival from 2003 to 2006. Nonetheless, its attachment to the broad string quartet repertoire does not prevent it from being involved in premiering contemporary works or appearing alongside jazz musicians such as bass players Renaud Garcia-Fons and François Moutin and pianist Antoine Hervé, as well as with artists of world music.
In 2001, Classica devoted a disc to the group, featuring Joseph Haydn’s "Fifths" Quartet and Felix Mendelssohn’s Quartet n°1, Op.44. That same year, supported by the French Action for Artistic Aid (AFAA), the Quartet recorded a disc in the "Déclic" series: Beethoven’s Quartet in F major, Op.18 n°1, Henri Dutilleux’s Ainsi la nuit and Webern’s Langsamer Satz M.78. A Schumann programme was released by Zig-Zag Territoires in June 2006.

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