Time and time again, the press has heralded the dedicated and demanding interpretations of Bela Quartet. “The excellent Bela Quartet,” Le Monde, July 2013.
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 Bela Quartet came together around a passion to defend the fabulous repertoire of the 20th Century as well as its creation.
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 its commitment to be at the initiative of new compositions and to nurture 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.
Curious and excited about the variety of movements in contemporary music, the members of Bela 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 discs. One was dedicated to a work co-written by Thierry Blondeau and Daniel D’Adamo, Folding and Unfolding from the Cuitcatl Collection on the label La Buissonne. The other, Metamorphoses Noctures, was dedicated to the music of Ligeti and was released on the label AEON. The latter was received with great acclaim from the press (ffff Télérama, Luister 10 Award, Gramophone Critic’s Choice Award,…).