Quatuor Habanera


As they are fond of seldom visited musical territories, the musicians of the Habanera Quartet have made their way according to the artists they have met since 1993. Unprejudiced, they sail on different stages, from contemporary creations to unusual repertoires and transcriptions, from world music to improvised music.

After studying in the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMD) where the Habanera Quartet was awarded a first chamber music prize, it has made up a probably unique record with eight first international chamber music prizes (Bordeaux, Sanguinetto, Düsseldorf, Osaka).

The Habanera Quartet has recorded for Alpha productions since the latter’s creation. From Mysterious morning (Alpha 010), an overview of contemporary works (by Ligeti, Xenakis, Donatoni ...) to their record devoted to Glazounov, Grieg and Dvorak (Alpha 041) not to mention their meeting with Louis Sclavis for their common CD « L’engrenage », the specialized music press praises their eclectism, giving them numerous awards (Golden Diapason, recommended by Classica and Répertoire).

Year after year, the Habanera Quartet is more and more widely heard in France (Théâtre de la Ville, “Folles journées” in Nantes, “Festival de l’Epau”, IRCAM, Radio France, “Académie Bach”…) and all around the world (Japan, China, the USA, Canada, Europe). Classical musicians without tail coats, they wish to desacralize classical concerts, coming up with Bach, Steve Reich, Dvorak and Ligeti in the same night. Louis Sclavis, Michel Portal or David Krakauer have not been mistaken as they blend with the strong framework of the quartet when they improvise.

With Benjamin Lazar, the comedian, they created the show How Wang-Fô was saved by Marguerite Yourcenar in the “Académie Bach” in Arques la Bataille in 2007. Set to music by Alain Berlaud, this show was supported by the Culture Department in Haute-Normandy ( Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles ) and will be on in November 2008 within the Rouen Opera Season, then in Normandy during the Autumn Festival and eventually on February 16th 2009 on the stage of the Paris Opera Comique.

As distant followers of Adolphe Sax, the Habanera Quartet plays Selmer saxophones and mouthpieces, then contributing to their improvement.