In order to replace the string quartet professor Gábor Takács-Nagy who is departing for a well-deserved retirement, the Haute école de musique de Genève is honoured to engage for the first time an ensemble in residence: the Voce Quartet.
Winners of many international competitions, the members of the Quatuor Voce are not only committed to defending the great pieces of the classical repertoire but also to exploring new territory by venturing wherever their curiosity leads them, and they regularly play the music of new composers.
The quality of their performances has led them to perform all over the world, while their recordings of Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Bartók, Janáček and Schulhoff have been praised and recommended by the international press (The Strad, Télérama, Sud-deutsch Zeitung, Diapason, The Guardian).
Formed with the Ysaÿe Quartet, Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), and Eberhard Feltz, the Voce are keen to pass on their know-how and passion for chamber music to the younger generations and have solid references in terms of pedagogical skills. They have been teaching since 2010 in the framework of chamber music courses, in connection with ProQuartet, and in 2017 they created a festival-academy dedicated to chamber music, Quatuor à Vendôme.
The presence of the Voce Quartet at the HEM is a unique opportunity for students to benefit from a complete practical and theoretical training. The teaching of the string quartet by an experienced ensemble with a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the musician's profession promises to be in accordance with the enlightened vision of Gábor Takács-Nagy. In addition, the quartet will also have the task of supervising the string quartets admitted to the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in String Quartet at the HEM.