Master class d'András Keller avec le Quatuor Esmé (Lauréat HSBC 2018) - Festival d’Aix 2018

2020 Chamber music residency & Call for scores

June 12 2020 to June 20 2020

The residency is open to established string quartets whose average age does not exceed 30 years old on January 1st, 2020 and to mid-career composers

Five young and promising string quartets on the French and international scene have been invited to meet and exchange online in order to perfect their musical practice with the help of prestigious artists. Jonathan Brown and Arnau Tomàs, members of the Casals Quartet, and Garth Knox, violist and former of the Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble intercontemporain, will lead the online master classes and share their experience. The selected ensembles will also benefit from interactions with the pedagogical coach Mark Withers, and the musical career development specialist Christiane Louis. Cultural mediation, the string quartets by Beethoven, and the works by the three young selected composers will be the main content for this residency.

The work sessions will be held in English.



Jonathan Brown (viola) and Arnau Tomas (cello) — Cuarteto Casals (string quartet)
Garth Knox — Altist and former member of the Arditti Quartet and of the Ensemble intercontemporain
Christiane Louis — Instructor in artistic entrepreneurship at the Philharmonie de Paris
Mark Withers — Artistic and education projects leader at the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery & for the outreach skills sessions of the Festival d'Aix


Kajia Saariaho — Composer of the opera Innocence
Yasmin Hilberdink — Director of the String Quartet Biennale, Amsterdam
Emmanuel Hondré — Director of the Concerts Department of the Philharmonie de Paris


5 string quartets: Quatuor Consone, Quatuor Echéa, Quatuor Eliot, Quatuor Mona, Quatuor Viano
3 composers: Clàudia Baulies, Helena Skljarov, Matias Vestergård



With the support of

Aline Foriel-Destezet