HERMÈS QUARTET

Omer Bouchez, violon
Elise Liu, violon
Lou Chang, alto
Yan Levionnois, violoncelle

The Hermes Quartet’s flourishing career includes tours throughout Europe, Asia (China, Japan, Taiwan), the United States and South America, as well as Morocco, Egypt, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates. They are frequently invited to major French and foreign festivals such as the Roque d’Anthéron festival, the Flâneries Musicales de Reims, the Radio France and Montpellier festivals, the Périgord Noir festival, the Colmar festival, the L’Orangerie de Sceaux festival, the Deauville Easter festival, the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival, the Krzyzòwa Music Festival, the Mantova Chamber Music festival…

Regularly invited to the United States, the quartet performs in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Their career has been marked by decisive encounters: the Ravel, Ysaÿe, and Artemis quartets, with whom the four musicians trained and developed a common musical thought; and later on, important personalities such as Eberhard Feltz in Berlin, and later on Alfred Brendel, the great inspiration with whom they work regularly today.

The Hermes Quartet has received numerous awards: “Musical Revelation of the Year” of the Critics’ Prize 2014-15, the “Nordmetall Ensemble Preis 2013” of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. He was also awarded First Prize at the Geneva International Competition 2011, First Prize at the FNAPEC Competition 2010, First Prize at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition 2009, and First Prize at the YCA International Auditions in New York.

The four musicians were Artists in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Chapel from 2012 to 2016, and have been supported since 2015 by the Banque Populaire corporate foundation and the Singer-Polignac foundation in Paris.

The Hermès Quartet’s recordings have all been rewarded by French and international critics. After a highly acclaimed complete set of Robert Schumann’s quartets (notably awarded a Choc de l’année 2015 by Classica magazine), their latest opus, released in January 2018 and devoted to the quartets of Ravel, Debussy and Dutilleux, has received a Choc de Classica, ffff de Télérama and 5 diapasons, as well as awards in Germany and the Netherlands.

Elise Liu plays a David Tecchler violin on loan from the Fonds Instrumental Français. Since August 2016, Omer Bouchez plays a Joseph Gagliano 1796 violin on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale.