Founded in 2009, Quatuor Zaïde endeavor not to specialize in any specific repertoire, as they are convinced that music of the past enlightens the news and that is not possible to understand the music of the past without living with present music. Taking part in the creation of new pieces is one of the points of interest of the quartet, who has notably played for the first time works by Francesca Verunelli, Marco Momi and Bryce Dessner.
Awards: Very quickly, the quartet won an impressive amount of awards in international competitions such as: 1st prize at the Charles Hennen International competition in the Netherlands (2010), 1st prize at the Beijing International Music Competition (2011), 1st prize at Vienna Haydn International Competition (2012). It has also won prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition (Canada) in 2010, at the ARD in Munich in 2012, the International Press Prize by unanimous vote at the Bordeaux String Quartet International Competition (2010). Quatuor Zaïde was also selected to take part in the Rising Star ECHO program in 2015. The quartet wants to thank its patron, the Société Générale for its precious support in its debut.
Quatuor Zaïde has already been invited to perform in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein in Vienna, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Jordan Hall in Boston and Beijing Concert Hall. They have toured in Germany, the Netherlands, China, Italy, Belgium, Austria, and Greece.
Since 2018, the four musicians also manage the artistic direction of the International String Quartets Festival of the Lubéron.
Quatuor Zaïde has had the pleasure to play chamber music with artists like Julian Steckel, Jerôme Pernoo and pianists Alexandre Tharaud, Bertrand Chamayou, David Kadouch or Jonas Vitaud. Since it was created, the quartet has worked regularly with Hatto Beyerle, violist and founding member of the Alban Berg Quartet, with whom they work as part of the ECMA-European Chamber Music Academy.
First violin : Charlotte Maclet
Second Violin : Leslie Boulin Raulet
Viola : Sarah Chenaf
Cello : Juliette Salmona
Photo : ©Kaupo Kikkas