Christophe Collette, violin
Anne Ménier, violin
Vincent Deprecq, viola
Yannick Callier, cello
Quatuor Debussy is settled in Lyon, France. They were honoured as they won the Evian International String Quartet Competition in 1993. They perform about eighty concerts a year in Europe, Asia, and North America. They are regular guests on famous concert halls like the Concertgebow in Amsterdam, the Philarmonie in Madrid, the Grand Theatre in Geneva, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Le Chatelet in Paris. They can also be heard at many of Europe finest festivals. They are founders of an academy of chamber music and a chamber music festival called "Les Cordes en Ballade" in the South of France.
The group's expansive repertoire is enhanced by their special commitment to bring works of French composers to the stage and the recording studio. Through their particular acclaim for their interpretations of the Debussy and Ravel quartet, they have introduced audiences to other French works such as those of Lalo, Lekeu, and the late romantic composer Ermend Bonnal.
Open to various influences and new experiences, the Debussy Quartet likes to surprise the public and to form new collaborations with artists like David Krakauer (Klezmer clarinet) in special programs that combine classical music with jazz and Klezmer. Among their chamber music partners are such luminaries as flutist Philippe Bernold, clarinetist Michel LeThiec and harpist Marielle Nordman. Noted for their performances both with pianists James Dick and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, the artists together offer the major piano quintet repertoire on tour.
In 1998, the Debussy Quartet signed a 10-year contract with the French Arion label for the recording of several volumes in the "French Music" collection (Bonnal, Ravel-Fauré) and the complete Shostakovitch Quartets. They also recorded clarinet quintets by Brahms and Webern with clarinetist Jean Francois Verdier. Two new CDs will be released in 2005 : the two last volumes of Shostakovitch Quartets. Among their other recordings are the complete works of Webern for string quartet (Harmonia Mundi), which received the coveted "Choc" of Le Monde de la Musique.