Internationally acclaimed for their performances and recordings, and highly sought after as coaches and teachers, The Debussy Quartet is perhaps most well known for their passionate devotion to the French repertoire. In renowned concert halls from New York to Tokyo they have performed works of Ravel, Debussy and Fauré, while creating new audiences for works of their countrymen such as Lalo, Lekeu and Dancla. Formed in 1990 by a group of young musicians studying at the Conservatoire de Lyon, France, the Debussy Quartet has established its reputation as one of the finest quartets touring and recording today by maintaining a commitment to speak in a unique quartet voice, eschewing the creation of an international quartet sound. Winners of the prestigious Evian International String Quartet Competition, and chosen as the “Best Chamber Music Ensemble” by the 1996 French Classical Music Awards (La Victoire de la Musique), the Quartet have received international critical acclaim for their stylish, technically exciting and musically thoughtful performances. Each year, the quartet performs some 80 concerts across the globe, and is regularly heard at the world’s most distinguished concert halls: the Concertgebow in Amsterdam, the Philarmonie in Madrid, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Théâtre du Châtelet, and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. They are also featured in many of Europe’s finest festivals, including the Luberon Quartets Festival in France, the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the European Quartet Week in Cork, and the Beethovenfest in Bonn. The quartet’s impressive recording schedule includes the release of 16 CDs in 15 years, and they are currently fulfilling a ten-CD contract with the Arion label (Bonnal, Ravel-Fauré in the “French Music” collection). In addition to their busy concert and recording schedule, the group coaches young musicians at the Chamber Music Academy Teaching Festival it created in 1999, and each summer the Quartet welcomes fellow musicians to the “Cordes en Ballade” in the south of France, an itinerant chamber music festival which brings together the worlds of classical music, contemporary music and jazz in innovative and exciting ways.