October 19, 2023

Quatuor Diotima Is “Committed To Innovation And Seeks Dialogue With The Composers”

Quatuor Diotima has been featured in a fantastic article by Concerti.de in the latest October Issue.

Berlin at the beginning of 2023, the atmosphere in the Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie is highly concentrated. Not only has the Quatuor Diotima immersed themselves in Ligeti’s difficult first string quartet, the audience is also listening spellbound – when suddenly a short pop noise abruptly ends the game. Primarius Yun-Peng Zhao rushes backstage to replace the broken violin string. This forced break lasts less than two minutes – and yet the musicians appear contrite during the interview the following day.

“It can always happen that a string breaks,” explains violinist Léo Marillier. “But this time it happened in a really bad place, right before the end, so all the tension that had built up is suddenly gone.” “Other ensembles probably accept such an incident more relaxed than we do,” adds viola player Franck Chevalier, while his colleagues nod in agreement. The impression of the concert evening is confirmed in the course of the conversation: musicians are doing what they do Part of musical life not only with a lot of dedication, but also with great conscientiousness.

Jakob Buhre