David Haroutunian, Leslie Boulin Raulet [violin]
Sarah Chenaf [viola]
Juliette Salmona [cello]
As a young well-established quartet, the Quatuor Zaïde won several international quartet competitions, they are regularly invited in the best festivals and concert halls in the world and collaborate extensively with distinguished world wide known musicians.
In March 2012, Quatuor Zaïde completed a grand slam at the Vienna Haydn International Competition taking First Prize and all three special prizes. In 2011, the quartet won 1st prize at the Beijing International Music Competition.
In 2010, only one year after it was formed, Quatuor Zaïde was awarded the International Press Prize by unanimous vote at the Bordeaux String Quartet International Competition, the 3rd Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition (Canada), 1st prize at the Charles Hennen International competition in the Netherlands and they also were the winner of the FNAPEC competition in Paris.
Quatuor Zaïde has already been invited to perform in such prestigious venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Vienna’s Musikverein, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Philharmonie in Paris, Jordan Hall in Boston, Beijing Performing Arts Center, Bonn’s Beethovenfest, New York’s Merkin Hall, Biblioteca de Luiz Arango in Bogota, Aldeburgh Festival, Folle Journée Région, the Korea’s Tongyeong Concert hall. They have toured in Germany, the Netherlands, China, Korea, Italy, portugal, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Colombia, Bresil and Greece.
In the 2015-2016 season, the quartet went back to some of these halls and play in Europe’s most prestigious halls, as they were nominated as ECHO Rising Stars. Each year, artistic directors of Europe’s top halls select a small group of artists considered the best in their fields to tour throughout the season in halls such as Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Barbican Centre, Paris’ Cité de la Musique, Cologne’s Philharmonie, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, Baden Baden’s Festspielhaus, Stockholm’s Konserthuset, Brussels’ BOZAR, Budapest’s Palace of Arts, Barecelona’s Auditori and Palau de la Musica, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation, Athens’ Megaron, Birmigham’s Town Hall and City Hall, Newcastle’s Sage Gateshead.
The quartet has had the pleasure to play chamber music with artists like Nicolas Altstaedt, Sung-Won Yang, Raphaël Sévère, Dasol Kim, Miguel Da Silva, Jerôme Pernoo, Yovan Markovitch, Edgar Moreau, François Salque, Julian Steckel, pianists Alexandre Tharaud, Bertrand Chamayou, Claire-Marie Leguay, Eric Le Sage, David Kadouch, Beatrice Rana, Doric Quartet, Zemlinsky Quartet, Voce quartet…
Quatuor Zaïde’s repertoire is wide and varied, ranging from classical repertoire to contemporary music; for which the quartet has a acquaintance with. Indeed, they play works by Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm, and Jonathan Harvey, with whom they had the great honour to work with. Since it was created in 2009, the quartet has studied regularly with Hatto Beyerle, violist and founding member of the Alban Berg Quartet, Johannes Meissl, and Ferenc Radosh.
Mécénat Musical Société Générale is Quatuor Zaïde’s main sponsor. The quartet was also chosen as the winner ensemble of the HSBC bank at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2010. Furthermore, the quartet has a residency in the prestigious Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris and has been invited to a residence in the Villecroze Music Academy.
Leslie Boulin Raulet plays on a violin made by Tononi kindly donated by the “Fond Instrumental Francais”.
Juliette Salmona plays a cello by Claude-Augustin Miremont on loan by the ‘Association des amis du violoncelle
The quartet regularly appears on TV and Radio shows.