Violin - Viola - Cello
The Elysée Quartet was created in 1995 by former members of two string quartets, both of which had won the Grand Prize at the Evian International Competition : the Ysaÿe and Anton Quartets.The uniqueness of the Elysée Quartet lies in the confrontation and assimilation of two different schools : the French school and the prestigious Russian school.These two schools are mutually enriching. They enable the blending of different ideas, the development of new dimensions in the interpretation of music, and a strength of expression which has great originality.
The Elysée Quartet has performed in many European countries (England, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal) as well as in Israel, Japan, China, Canada, Nicaragua, Russia... In France they have featured in many festivals, such as : the Orangerie de Sceaux Festival, the Périgord Noir Festival, the Fayence String Quartet Festival, the Lubéron String Quartet Festival, the Ile de France Festival, the Abbaye de l'Epau Festival, the Saison Musicale of Proquartet in Fontainebleau, etc.
The quartet is today composed of : Justina Zajančauskaitė (1st violin), Laurent Le Flécher (2nd violin), Andreï Malakhov (viola) et Igor Kiritchenko (cello)
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Justina Zajančauskaitė : Born in Lithuania, she studied violin in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris with Boris Garlitsky and Olivier Charlier. She studied chamber music with such renowned musicians as Itamar Golan and Hea-Sun Kang. She has won numerous prizes at national and international competitions. She is also a laureate of the « Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet pour la Vocation », the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Foundation, Meyer’s Foundation. From an early age, she has had opportunities to perform as a soloist with orchestra and as a chamber music player with different groups. Since she graduated from the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, she has been focusing her career on chamber music (first violin of the Elysée String Quartet since 2014). In 2007 Justina and her sister, pianist Simona Zajančauskaitė created The « Rokiškio klasikinės muzikos festivalis », chamber music festival in Lithuania .
Laurent Le Flécher : He studied at the CNSM and won a violin first prize as well as a chamber music first prize. After an advanced music chamber class in Mr Jean Mouillère’s class, he got into Veda Reynolds’ masterclass at the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia and benefited from a further coaching by the Amadeus quartet, the Alban Berg quartet and the Beaux arts Trio. He performed in a great number of international Competitions. Laurent Le Flécher performs in France as well as abroad. He is regularly invited to participate in various radio programmes such as “Carrefour de Lodéon”, “Plaisirs d’Amour” on France-Inter and France-Musique, RTFB (Belgium ); Swiss French radio.He has also performed wih Michel Dalberto, André Cazalet, Juliette Hurel, Benoît Fromanger. He is also artistic director of the Pornic Festival. He performed Ravel’s and Chausson’s Trio s with the Trio Archipel. The recording with the Trio Elegiaque of Pascal Dusapin’s Trio and Messiaen’s “Quatuor pour la fin des temps” was awarded a Diapason d’Or and the recent recording of Russian Trios won a 5 de Dapason.The complete recording of Beethoven’s trios will soon be on sale under Brilliant Classics label.
Andrei Malakhov : He studied viola at the Lysenko Specialized Music School and at the Ukrainian National Academy of Music Tchaikovsky in Kiev. After he obtained a Master's degree at the CNSM of Paris in the class of Gérard Caussé, he followed a training course at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris with Pierre-Henri Xuereb. He has won international competitions in Ukraine, Slovakia and Finland. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in many countries around the world and with renowned partners such as Henri Demarquette, Zakhar Bron, Anton Martynov, Laszlo Hadady, Julie Fuchs, Roman Mints, Annick Roussin, Valérie Aimard, Christophe Desjardins, Igor Volochine, Boris Baraz, Naaman Sluchin... Passionate by contempoorary music, Andrei Malakhov belongs to the ensembles "Le Balcon" and "Maja", where he collaborates with many contemporary composers: Pierre Boulez, Michael Levinas, Peter Eötvös, Valentin Silvestrov, Stefano Gervasoni and others.
Igor Kiritchenko : He was born in Odessa (Ukraine) . He began his cello studies at the Stoliarsky School. He studied withL. Evgrafov at the Gnessin Institute (Moscow), received his diploma in 1981 and completed an assistantship there in 1984. He studied chamber music with V. Berlinsky (Borodine Quartet) and completed graduate studies at the Paris National Conservatory with Alain Meunier. In 1981, he won First Prize in the All Russia Cello Compétition; in 1984 he was a winner in the International Cello Competition, Belgrade. In 1988, he joined the Anton String Quartet. In 1993, again with the Anton Quartet, he won First Prize and the Special Prize for the best interpretation of Russian music at the third Schostakovitch International Competition for String Quartets in St. Petersburg. As a member of the Anton Quartet, he has made numerous tours in France and abroad. He was invited to play by M. Rostropovitch (Prokofiev Festival, London), by S. Richter (December Nights in Moscow festival), by the Borodine Quartet, ....and has played with such artists as Yuri Bashmet, Michael Vaiman, Dina Yoffe, Michel Portal, Paul Meyer, Emile Naoumoff, Frank Braley, Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Dmitry Kirichenko, etc.... He has done numerous recordings for radio and television as well as numerous CDs with, among others, the Anton Quartet. Member of the Elysée String Quartet since 1995, Equinox Piano Trio, Trio Alta de Paris, Juon Project. Artistic director of 'Musical Season in Pays Basque'.