Sarah Dayan - viool
Cécile Roubin - viool
Guillaume Becker - viool
Florian Frère - cello
« One of the best French quartets I have heard for some years […], refinement, beautiful tone, excellent ensemble, precise chording, fine rhythm and loads of character. » Tully Potter, in The Strad, april 2009
In the space of a few years and under Quatuor Ysaÿe’s guidance, Voce have won many prizes at international competitions : Geneva, Cremona, Vienna, Bordeaux, Graz and London. They have quickly made their mark on the international scene, as a quartet, and playing with such renowned artists as Miguel da Silva, Yuri Bashmet or Michel Portal, or younger musicians (Shani Diluka, Bertrand Chamayou, David Kadouch). Their debut recording, of pieces by Schubert, was acclaimed by The Strad magazine and Télérama, the leading French culture magazine. The quartet is very keen to bring classical music out of the traditional boundaries of the concert hall, and have experimented with various forms of musical expression: they have given a new «voice» to masterpieces from the silent film era by Murnau, Lubitsch, Keaton, Vidor or Pabst. Ever curious to discover new personalities and confront new horizons, they have worked with people from very diverse backgrounds : musicologist Bernard Fournier, pop singer and guitarist Matthieu Chédid, improvisation maverick Jean-François Zygel, choreographer Thomas Lebrun or bird singers Johnny Rasse and Jean Boucault.
At the same time they are visiting schools to instil their love of music in the young generation, and coaching amateur musicians during music camps. They also devote time to more personal artistic projects, organising festivals in southern Ardèche : le Printemps des Saisons and le Coeur en Musiques.
Since it was founded in 2004, Quatuor Voce has benefited from the support of many institutions, such as Fondation du Groupe Banque Populaire, the Albeniz Institute, the Académie musicale de Villecroze and Fondation Charles Oulmont. In 2006 Quatuor Voce joined the ProQuartet-CEMC professional training programme, and went on to become « ProQuartet-CEMC’s Quartet in Residence » in 2008. In 2009, at Günter Pichler’s initiative, they received a scholarship from Madrid’s Instituto Internacional de Música de Cámara, where they have been studying under Alban Berg Quartet’s first violin.