The Alcan Quartet — violinists Laura Andriani and Nathalie Camus, violist Luc Beauchemin, and cellist David Ellis — is active in Canada and internationally, and has a well-deserved reputation for excellence. The quartet’s originality, contagious enthusiasm, unique sonority, and remarkable cohesion have all contributed to its success. Critics agree that, both on stage and in the recording studio, the Alcan Quartet possesses the qualities that characterize the best ensembles: a recognizable personality, a homogeneous sound, and an elegant style.
After sixteen years of performing, the quartet today is at the height of its powers. The ensemble’s list of accomplishments is impressive: close to 1000 concerts; over 100 live radio broadcasts (Radio Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio in the USA, and Radio France); numerous television appearances; tours throughout North America, Europe, Asia; and a number of commissioned pieces and first performances.
In addition to performing, the quartet is regularly asked to teach and give master classes at universities, conservatories, and summer camps. The Alcan Quartet has been quartet-in-residence at the Université de Montréal since 1997.
The Alcan Quartet is based in Chicoutimi, Québec, where it was founded in 1989. It is named after, and financially supported by, the multinational aluminum company Alcan. It receives the unconditional support of the Orchestre Symphonique Saguenay-Lac Saint Jean. It also receives support from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and from the Canada Council for the Arts.