The Franz Joseph String Quartet was created in 2002 by four enthusiastic and leading early-music string players from Montreal to quench their thirst for the quartet repertoire of the Enlightenment using period instruments, while still nourishing an interest for parallel repertoires. Having long performed individually and together in Quebec’s major chamber and ancient music ensembles (Orford String Quartet, Orchestre Baroque de Montréal, Ensemble Arion, Franz Joseph Trio, Les Idées heureuses, Les Boréades, Ensemble Caprice, etc.), the members of the Quartet pursue with fervour their performance of the complete Haydn string quartets. The Quartet also performs works of Arvo Pärt on an ATMA CD nominated for two 2004 ADISQ awards and an Opus Award. A second ATMA CD, featuring the Opus 10 quartets of Henri-Joseph Rigel, won the 2005 Opus Award in the category “Record of the Year – Classical, Romantic, Post-Romantic, and Impressionist Music.” In addition, the Quartet performed twice at the Palace of Versailles, under the auspices of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles: first during their 2005 Automne Musical and again in 2007 for the Centre’s 20th anniversary. In addition to appearing frequently at various Canadian music festivals, the Quartet produces its own concert series in Montreal since 2008.
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