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Stanislas Quartet

Guest Artists, string quartet

Founded in 1984, the Stanislas Quartet was named after Stanislas Lescinsky, King of Poland and the last Duke of Lorraine, who made Nancy his renowned capital.
Alone  or as part of a larger group, the Stanislas Quartet and Ensemble  became one of the more interesting French ensembles, notable for the quality of their interpretations as well as the originality of programming.

Nationally acclaimed in the festival of « Presences 94 » sponsored by Radio France – Paris, they have also performed in numerous festivals and concerts in France and abroad (Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Russia, Northern and Southern America, Japan, Taïwan, Middle East, Africa).

In March 1996, the Stanislas Quartet made its debut in the USA (Washington DC, West Virginia and North Carolina), having great success with the public and press. Mark Carrington, in the Washington Post, described its performance  as « particularly effective ». Since then, the quartet  is regularly reinvited for some series of masterclasses, concerts and recordings by the universities of West Virginia, North-Carolina, Colorado and Wyoming.

Each year, they have a concerts-series in Nancy with an enthusiastic and ever increasing public. They play frequently throughout the region of Lorraine where they have given more than three hundred concerts for diverse audiences.

The music of our era, is at the centre of the ensemble’s activities: to the extent that, in addition to numerous first performances of contemporary works, the organisation of events such as invitations to Nancy of Henri Dutilleux, George Crumb, Klaus Huber or György Kurtag for retrospectives of  their works, including meetings and masterclasses in collaboration with the Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatoire of Nancy.

The Stanislas Ensemble and Quartet have already recorded  almost fifty compact discs, warmly received by international critics. The  CD with works by George Crumb, Henri Dutilleux and Raymond Depraz, acclaimed by the music magazine Diapason as being a “recording of reference”. The Stanislas Quartet undertook the world premier recording of the six string quartets of Joseph-Guy Ropartz, followed by recordings dedicated to Florent Schmitt, Maurice Emmanuel, Jean Cartan and Louis Thirion ( “10” by the magazine Classica-Répertoire, “Recommended” by Classica “CD of the Month” by Le Monde de la Musique, “Higly recommended” by Fanfare /USA, “Ring” by Classique-Infos, “Joker” by Crescendo etc…). In addition, the label Forgotten Records published  a dozen of live recording, mainly devoted to  to the great classical repertoire: Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel etc. For the 250th anniversary of the birth  of Beethoven, they released the complete live recording of his quartets in a set of 8 CDs.