Formed in 2007, the Cambini-Paris Quartet, one of the rare string quartets to play on period instruments, has quickly come to the fore on the musical landscape through the richness of its repertoire.
The ensemble has been singled out and applauded for performing masterpieces by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Mendelssohn and for its rediscovering forgotten French composers such as Jadin, David or Gouvy.
In order to realise as closely as possible the musical conditions which the composers knew in their day, the Cambini-Paris Quartet plays on instruments strung with gut and uses bows appropriate to each epoch.
By choosing the name of Giuseppe Maria Cambini (1746-1825), a violinist and prolific composer who led a life of adventure, the quartet bears witness to its interest in exploring the stylistic variety of the classical and romantic periods.
The Cambini-Paris Quartet has performed in the most renowned venues and festivals: the Frick Collection in New-York, the Philips Collection in Washington DC, the Salle Bourgie in the Fine-Arts Museum of Montreal, the Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, the Marble Palace of Saint Petersburg, the Opéra Comique, the Auditorium of the Louvre Museum and of the Orsay Museum in Paris, the Versailles Baroque Music Center (CMBV), the Caen Theater, the Arsenal in Metz, the Concertgebouw in Bruges, the Amuz Music Centre in Antwerp, the Bijloke in Gent, the French Institutes in Vienna and Budapest, festivals at Deauville, Sable-sur-Sarthe, Épau, Newbury and Saintes.
The recordings of the Cambini-Paris Quartet have been critically acclaimed : 4 stars of Classica, “ffff” Telerama magazine Prize, Diapason « discovery », « disc of the month » of Classic Voice and the “Coup de Coeur” of Carrefour de Lodéon and Concertclassic as well. Amongst those : the Mozart six quartets dedicated to Haydn (Ambroisie-Naïve), Théodore Gouvy, book-disc (Palazzetto Bru Zane), Félicien David (Ambroisie-Naïve), Hyacinthe Jadin (Timpani) and 200 years of music in Versailles (MBF).
Great artists such as Nicolas Baldeyrou, Jean-François Heisser, David Lively, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Christophe Coin, Jérôme Pernoo and Alain Planès have performed with them on equal terms.
Since June 2016, the Cambini-Paris Quartet has been performing on four historic instruments, lent as part of the project « Adopt a Musician », an initiative of MusicMasterpieces at Lugano : a violin by Francesco Pressenda of 1841, a violin by Giuseppe Rocca of 1839, a viola by Giuseppe Rocca of 1855 and a cello by Antonio Guadagnini of 1881.
From the 2016/2017 season, the Cambini-Paris Quartet embarks on an ambitious project to perform Joseph Haydn’s 68 quartets at the Caen Theatre. With three concerts per season, the series will run for eight years. The cycle of 68 string quartets by Haydn presented by Clement Lebrun creates a context for the musicians on stage which guides the audience on a voyage into an experience both participatory and sensory.
The Cambini-Paris Quartet is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Caisse des Dépôts (principal sponsor) and by the Caisse d’Épargne Île-de-France. It is associate artist at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris. It has also an ongoing collaboration with the Center of French Romantic Music (the Palazzetto BruZane) in Venice.