The “Coups de Cœur” of the Modigliani Quartet in Chantilly

9 and 10 September 2023

The weekend will offer carte blanche to an ensemble that has become emblematic of the national and international chamber music scene: the MODIGLIANI QUARTET.

Founded in 2003, the French string quartet rapidly established itself as one of the most sought-after chamber music ensembles in the world. Performing each year in the United States, Asia and Europe in the most prestigious concert halls, Amaury Coeytaux, Loïc Rio, Laurent Marfaing and François Kieffer will have the pleasure of presenting their musical ‘coups de cœur’ in Chantilly.

Garnering numerous awards and prizes in its first seasons, the Modigliani Quartet went on to create the Festival Saint-Paul de Vence in 2011 and relaunched Evian Musical Encounters in 2014. Entrusted with the artistic direction of the International String Quartet Competition in Bordeaux in 2020, the Modigliani Quartet continues to flourish on and off stage.

They have chosen their ‘coups de cœur’ for the festival wisely, inviting special guests including baritone Matthias Goerne, pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and Iddo Bar-Shaï, as well as the violinist Sayaka Shoji, all internationally renowned soloists. It is a true joy to welcome them for a program of both time-honored classics and rarely heard chamber music masterpieces, brought vividly to life in the warm Chantilly acoustics.

Discover the weekend’s program:

SATURDAY 9 SEPT. 2023 - 6PM - DOME ● Quatuor Modigliani, Sayaka Shoji, Benjamin Grosvenor

Sayaka Shoji violin
Benjamin Grosvenor piano
Takemitsu: Fairy Distance

Sayaka Shoji violin
Benjamin Grosvenor piano
Debussy: Sonata for violin and piano in G minor

Quatuor Modigliani string quartet
Ravel: String quartet in F major, Op.35


Sayaka Shoji violin
Benjamin Grosvenor piano
Quatuor Modigliani string quartet
Chausson: Concert for violin, piano and string quartet Op.21

SUNDAY 10 SEPT. 2023 - 10AM - LE MENESTREL ● Masterclass Sayaka Shoji

Sayaka Shoji‘s violin MASTERCLASS

September 10, 10am-1pm, Conservatoire Le Ménestrel

2 Av. du Général de Gaulle, 60500 Chantilly

Registration at the Conservatoire : 03 44 58 02 90

SUNDAY 10 SEPT. 2023 - 11AM - PAINTING GALLERY ● Quatuor Elmire, Hortense Furier, Quatuor Modigliani

The Quatuor Modigliani presents its Young Talents Coup de Coeur:

Quatuor Elmire string quartet
Beethoven : String quartet in F major Op.18 n°1

Hortense Furier viola
Quatuor Modigliani string quartet
Mozart: String quintet in G minor K516

SUNDAY 10 SEPT. 2023 - 5PM – DÔME ● Quatuor Modigliani, Iddo Bar-Shaï, Matthias Goerne, Laurène Durantel

Members of the Modigliani Quartet violin, viola and cello
Iddo Bar-Shaï piano
Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor K.478

Matthias Goerne baritone
Laurène Durantel double bass
Quatuor Modigliani string quartet
Schubert / R. Merlin : Die Götter Griechenlands, D.677 – Der Tod und das Mädchen, D.531 Der Jüngling und der Tod, D.545 – Atys, D.585 – Der liebliche, Stern D. 861


Matthias Goerne baritone
Iddo Bar-Shaï piano
Beethoven: Mailied in E flat major Op. 52 No. 4
Beethoven: Der liebende in D major wow 139
Beethoven: Klage wow 113 in E major

Modigliani String Quartet
Beethoven: String quartet in F major Op.59 No.1 “Razumovsky”


Quatuor Modigliani

Formed in 2003, the Quatuor Modigliani has established itself as one of the most sought-after quartets of our time, a regular guest in major international series and prestigious concert halls throughout the world.

Sayaka Shoji

Sayaka Shoji is internationally renowned for her unique artistic versatility and detailed approach to her chosen repertoire. Her remarkable understanding of musical languages stems from her blend of European and Japanese origins. Born in Tokyo, Shoji moved to Siena, Italy, at the age of three. She studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and the Musikhochschule in Cologne, and made her European debut with the Lucerne Festival Strings and Rudolf Baumgartner at the Lucerne Festival, then at the Musikverein in Vienna at the age of fourteen.

Benjamin Grosvenor

Britain’s Benjamin Grosvenor is known the world over for his highly personal interpretations of the piano repertoire. His remarkable mastery of technique and his innate sense of the sound spectrum make him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.

Iddo Bar-Shaï

Iddo Bar-Shai was born in Nazareth in 1977 and studied at the Rubin Conservatory in Tel Aviv with Pnina Salzman. He has taken master classes in several countries, notably with Alexis Weissenberg. At the age of eleven, Iddo Bar-Shai was awarded a scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation. At the age of twelve, he gave his first concert with an orchestra.   Since then, he has successfully taken part in various competitions in Israel, the United States and France, as well as major festivals (Verbier, Ravinia, La Roque d’Anthéron, Lisbon, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and La Folle Journée de Nantes). He has also performed with various chamber music ensembles (Ysaye, Aviv and Ébène quartets).

Several of Iddo Bar-Shai’s concerts have been broadcast on radio. His first two CDs with Haydn sonatas and Chopin mazurkas, recorded by Mirare, were very well received by the critics.

Matthias Goerne

Matthias Goerne is one of the most sought-after singers on the international stage. He is a regular guest at major festivals and the most prestigious concert halls. He works with the major international orchestras and is a partner of eminent pianists and leading conductors.

Laurène Durantel

Laurène Durantel is bursting with ideas. Creative as she is, she immediately saw in the Ensemble Variances the ideal group to bring her style to life. In her own words, “Thierry’s music is colourful and sensual, with lots of phrasing, humanity and exchange”. In 2015, she was awarded the Nordmetall prize at the Meckenburg-Vorpommen festival, and was a Juventus laureate in 2013.