Founded in 2006 by four musicians from the National Higher Conservatory of Music of Lyon and Paris – Julien Dieudegard and Frédéric Aurier, violin, Julian Boutin, alto, Luc Dedreuil, cello – the Béla Quartet champions the repertoire of the 20th century as well as the work of contemporary composers.
The ensemble performs in France and internationally on a variety of stages: Cité de la Musique in Paris, Arsenal Concert Hall in Metz, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Flâneries Musicales in Reims, Biennale Musique en Scène in Lyon, Why Note, Les Musiques Festival in Marseille, Villa Médicis, Les Suds Festival in Arles, Jazz Nomades, Africolor, L’Atelier du Plateau Festival, Musique Action, and Les Journées Electriques in addition to concert halls throughout France.
The Bela Quartet distinguishes itself by being at the initiative of new compositions and fostering the dialogue between composers and performers. They have performed or are about to perform works by Philippe Leroux, Robert HP Platz, Francesca Verunelli, Francesco Filidei, Daniel D’Adamo, Thierry Blondeau, Benjamin de la Fuente, Jean-Pierre Drouet, François Sarhan, Nimrod Sahar, Jérôme Combier, Garth Knox, Sylvain Lemêtre, Frédéric Aurier, and Frédéric Patter among others.
Thriving in the many worlds of contemporary music, the members of the Béla Quartet frequently join forces with emblematic artistic figures like the performer and improviser Jean-François Vrod, the unclassifiable rocker Albert Marcoeur, the griot Moriba Koïta, the young oud master Ahmad Al Khatib, and the radical jazz Jean Louis Trio.
In 2013, the quartet released two records. One was dedicated to a piece co-written by Thierry Blondeau and Daniel D’Adamo, Folding and Unfolding from the Cuitcatl Collection on the label La Buissonne. The second record, Métamorphoses Noctures, was dedicated to the music of Ligeti and was released by AEON. The latter received universal critical acclaim (ffff Télérama, Luister 10 Award, Gramophone Critic’s Choice Award,…).