Akhtamar, an armenian legend. The name of the quartet is based on the armenian pieces by Komitas/Aslamazyan, that the ensemble plays regularly since its foundation, and which became its signature.
The Akhtamar Quartet regularly performs in Belgium and in France, but also in Germany, Switzerland… The string quartet played in well-known festivals such as Radio France in Montpellier, the festival van Vlaanderen, Voix Intimes, Quatuor à l’Ouest, Midis-Minimes, Musicancy, festival du Vigan…
Several composers have already asked the Akhtamar String Quartet to record and perform their works (Roger Boutry, Eugénie Alecian, Jan Kuijken…). In 2016, their first performance of un quatuor arménien written by Eugénie Alecian and dedicated to the Quartet, was the beginning of an international tour (France-salle Cortot, Germany, Armenia, Switzerland…).
The quartet is also committed to social projects. As a example, the quartet played several times in psychiatric institutes in Paris. They also regularly perform in primary schools in Brussels. In 2017, they created a musical tale for primary schools and a show for 12 to 18 years old, as part as the Jeunesses Musicales Tours,. The ensemble also works with thePapier Plum’ Company.
The Akhtamar Quartet was founded at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles. The Quartet was tutored by Guy Danel and the Debussy String Quartet during its studies.
The ensemble is also part of ProQuartet‘s and the ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) training institutions, in which they have been taught by the Alban Berg Quartet, Natalia Prishepenko, Eberhard Feltz and Johannes Meissl. The ensemble also received the teaching of the Kronos and Ysaÿe string quartets during masterclasses.
In 2014, the Akhtamar Quartet won the the Horlait-Dapsens Prize in Brussels, and in 2016, they were one of the six selected string quartets for musical springboard of the Philharmonie in Paris, and for the Supernova selection in Flanders. In July 2016, they recieved the second prize given by the belgian radio Musiq’3. The ensemble was invited on “France Culture” radio in 2017 and “France Musique” in 2018.
2019 is the year of the quartet’s first cd, a collaboration with Cypres Records. For the 150th birthday of Komitas, the quartet will record the Komitas/Aslamazyan’s miniatures and “un quatuor arménien” of Eugenie Alecian, at Bruges’ Concertgebouw.
The ensemble is part of Le Dimore del Quartetto since 2018.
The Akhtamar Quartet is supported by
A strange word sounding like the Orient
Noun with multiple meaning
From the one who let out this scream
« Akh Tamar ! »
When he was drowned by the floods
After the Breath wiped out
The gleam taut of his loved one
Isle of the Van lake
Cathedral taut towards the volcans
With the stones marked from the genius of Mankind
As a blast of air to the great light
With painted walls
As an inspiration towards the close light
Lacklustre, stroken down
The stormes lash you
Your gleam comes back
Wrap the Men who try the hyphen
You guide our children who are born a second time to life.
As a note taut to Life
Your young musicians rekindle music as Tamar light.