The Quatuor Métamorphoses takes a youthful, reflective look at the flamboyant repertoire of the string quartet.

Concert on 1 October 2023 in Les Eyzies at 5pm, at the Prehistory Interpretation Centre  


the Quatuor Métamorphoses, winner of the ProQuartet prize at the FNAPEC European competition, grant holder and laureate of the Académie Ravel, is also laureate of the Tremplin pour jeunes Quatuors de la Philharmonie de Paris, nominated member of the European Chamber Music Academy, and laureate of the Fondation de l?abbaye de Royaumont et de Villefavard.

A series of metamorphoses, similar to those recounted by Ovid in his masterpiece to which the Quatuor wished to pay tribute: fleeting, perpetual, invisible and above all plural. Le Jouer-ensemble transports performers and listeners into a broad movement that transcends them, for a quartet is a four-headed beast, a protean instrument that is "human, all too human" according to Nietzsche. Finally, metamorphosis is variation, the sculpting of emptiness by the musical element; variation is the whole history of music.

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, the Enlightenment spread across Europe, triggering an unprecedented earthquake that affected the entire history of music. Joseph Haydn invented a new musical form: the string quartet, a veritable space of freedom in which the notion of hierarchy between the instruments gradually gave way to a careful polyphony full of boldness and surprises. Opus 77 is one of Haydn's last achievements in this field: his mastery of harmony and the balance of timbres is such that the composer achieves a fullness of expression that already evokes Beethoven's final Quartets. At the same time, he retained what had made his previous opuses such a success: a masterly sense of drama, humour and lightness, and above all the leaping virtuosity of the Bohemian gypsy musicians that Haydn, with the experience of his many travels, knew so well.

Jean-Baptiste Souchon-Graziani
Madeleine Douçot

Mathilde completed her training at the Conservatoire National de Paris (CNSMDP), graduating first in her class at the age of 19. Playing with a number of French ensembles and orchestras, she is a member of Nemanja Radulovic?s Double-sens ensemble, with whom she has recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon label. 

Jean-Baptiste joined the Paris Conservatoire in the class of David Gaillard and Nicolas Bône. He has taken part in academies such as those in Schleswig-Holstein and Santander. He plays a viola by Stephan van Baer on loan from Lise Berthaud. 

Madeleine trained in the class of Marie-Thérèse Grisenti before leaving to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (2016-2023). A keen chamber music player and winner of numerous international competitions, young talent at the Jaroussky Academy in 2020, she is invited to play as a soloist or chamber musician all over the world. 

Pierre studied at the CNSMD in Lyon and at the Berlin University of the Arts. He completed his training in 2021 with the highest distinctions, and has performed at the Victoires de la Musique and the Paris and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Supported by the Clos Vougeot Foundation, he is also a journalist for the Bachtrack website. 


Which composer embodies the revolutionary spirit of his time more than Beethoven? Beethoven, who had freed himself from the yoke of the powerful, went even further than Haydn in abolishing the boundaries between instruments. He also abolished the frontier between popular and learned music, taking inspiration from a popular Russian theme to compose his Final, giving birth to one of the most famous masterpieces of the genre, with its voluptuous cello solos and above all its unfathomable slow movement, one of the most touching cantilenas in the history of music. 

To find out more about what to expect on 1 October 2023 at Les Eyzies :


On the programme:

  • Joseph Haydn: String Quartet op. 77 n.1 (1799)
  • Beethoven: Razumovski String Quartet, op. 59 n. 1 (1806)
  • Claude Debussy: String Quartet op.10 (1893)

The Prehistory Interpretation Centre, Les Eyzies

The Pôle d?interprétation de la Préhistoire is a Public Establishment for Cultural Cooperation (EPCC) designed to perpetuate the actions of the State, the New Aquitaine region and the Dordogne departmental council, as part of a comprehensive, joint approach to developing the heritage, cultural, tourist and landscape resources of the Vézère valley.

Given the exceptional richness of its prehistoric heritage, this region has been chosen to develop an ambitious policy based on cultural tourism, education and events, as well as access to documentary resources and scientific mediation. This initiative, which is being proposed for the Vézère valley as a whole, is set to be extended to other regions, starting with the whole of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, and to other partners at national and international level.

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