Coline Alecian, violin
Jennifer Pio, violin
Ondine Simon, viola
Cyril Simon, cello
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 plays 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, the Festival of MonteLeón… The ensemble was invited on “France Culture” radio in 2017, “France Musique” in 2018 and Musiq’3 in 2019 and 2020. The ensemble is part of Le Dimore del Quartetto since 2018.
2020 is the year of the quartet’s first cd, a collaboration with Cypres Records. The quartet has recorded the Komitas/Aslamazyan’s miniatures and “un quatuor arménien” of Eugenie Alecian, at Bruges’ Concertgebouw.
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 : they played several times in psychiatric institutes in Paris, and also regularly in schools in Brussels. Since 2017, they perform their 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 the Papier 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. It is also in a string quartet post-graduate at the Joseph Haydn Institut in Vienna University of Music, in the class of Johannes Meissl and Vida Vujic. 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 and Eberhard Feltz.
In 2014, the Akhtamar Quartet won the the Horlait-Dapsens Prize in Brussels, and in July 2016, they recieved the second prize given by the belgian radio Musiq’3.
The Akhtamar Quartet is supported by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Concertgebouw Bruges, Karine Arabian Paris, Boghossian Foundation.