Parisii Quartet

Sunday, November 4, 2012
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, William Andrews Clark Library - Facility

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Reservation lottery submission deadline: October 8, 2012 Admission: $25 per person. Please see the online reservation-by-lottery form for additional information.

A limited number of student seats are available at a discounted price of $10 per ticket for UCLA students only.


Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies
(310) 206-8552


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Approaching its 30th anniversary, the Parisii Quartet was founded at the beginning of the 1980s by four prize-winning graduates of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris.

The quartet won early acclaim with its triumphs at three major international competitions: Banff (1986), Munich (1987), and Evian (1987). Invitations followed from the major concert halls and festivals of Europe, and the Parisii has since toured regularly throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. Highlights of the group's European seasons include concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Edinburgh, Lausanne, Barcelona, and Madrid.

Much in demand in Paris, the Parisii has been featured in a presentation of all the Haydn quartets at the Opéra Bastille, performed all of the Beethoven string quartets at the Salle Gaveau, and appeared frequently at the Musée d'Orsay.

In January 1995, the ensemble made an extraordinarily successful seventeen-concert debut tour of the United States. Subsequent North American tours have included appearances in Washington, New York, Toronto, Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis, New Orleans, Miami, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

The Parisii made its debut in East Asia in the fall of 1993, with concerts in Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo, and has returned to the Far East twice since then. The quartet has also made several tours of South America.

Noted for its performances of distinctive and unusual repertoire from the 18th through the 21st centuries, the Parisii has distinguished itself with award-winning recordings of works by such French composers as Menu, Pierné, Tailleferre, and Reynaldo Hahn, as well as the Complete String Quartets by Anton Webern.

The Parisii recording of the sixteen string quartets of Milhaud won the Grand Prix Charles Cros. The ensemble made the first-ever recording of Le livre pour quatuor by Pierre Boulez. In the spring of 2003, Decca released their recording of William Sheller’s complete works for string quartet.

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