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About Quatuor Debussy

France's Quatuor Debussy is noted for the breadth of its repertory, which features not only French music including not only their namesake's sole quartet but also less familiar French music such as that of Romantic composer Joseph-Ermend Bonnal, and all the Shostakovich quartets, which they have recorded as a cycle, German and Austrian music, American contemporary works, and music for children. The Quatuor Debussy, or Debussy Quartet, was formed in 1990 by a group of students at the Lyon Conservatory. Their membership of violinists Christophe Collette and Marc Viellefon, violist Vincent Deprecq, and cellist Cédric Conchon has remained constant. With a win at the Evian International String Quartet Competition, they have attracted bookings in top concert halls including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Louvre in Paris, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and more, and they are regular guests on the European festival circuit. They have formed their own chamber music festival and academy, Les Cordes en Ballade, where they continue to teach regularly. The Quatuor Debussy has collaborated with various artists in mixed chamber works, and, more unusually, with the Compagnie Käfig modern dance ensemble, with not only their music but also their movements being incorporated into choreographed works. By 1995 they had begun their recording career with an album of quartets by George Onslow, Charles Dancla, and Pierre Rode on the Valois label. They have also recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Arion (a series of recordings of obscure French works), Decca (as part of a recording of an 1802 transcription of Mozart's Requiem), Timpani, and Evidence. Their complete cycle of Shostakovich quartets was maintained as it switched from Arion to Evidence. In 2018, the Quatuor Debussy was heard on the classical-jazz crossover release Claude Debussy: le jazz - Preludes for a Quartet, on Harmonia Mundi. They have released three albums of music for children in France. ~ James Manheim