Akhtamar, an Armenian legend. The name of the quartet is based on the Armenian pieces by Komitas/Aslamazyan, that the ensemble plays regularly since its foundation, and which became its signature.
Based in Brussels, the Akhtamar quartet was first tutored by Guy Danel and the Debussy String Quartet. The quartet then has continued its studies at Vienna University of Music, in the class of Johannes Meissl and Vida Vujic.
The ensemble is selected to be part of ProQuartet‘s and the ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy), where they have taken masterclasses with the Alban Berg, Ysaÿe and Kronos Quartets, Natalia Prishepenko (Artemis Quartett) and Eberhard Feltz.
In 2016, they won the second prize in the Musiq’3 festival and were one of the six quartets selected for the “tremplins jeunes quatuors” of Paris’ Philharmonie.
The Akhtamar Quartet performs all around Europe (Radio France Festival in Montpellier, the Concertgebouw in Bruges, MonteLeón Festival in Spain…), and of course in Armenia. We can regularly listen to the ensemble on European radios (Musiq’3 in Belgium, France Musique, SWR2 in Germany…)
The quartet is also committed to social projects: they often play in psychiatric institutes in Paris, but also in primary and high schools, homes, intending to bring music to everyone.
The Akhtamar Quartet is very keen on working with contemporary composers. The musicians have had the opportunity to collaborate with several composers, such as Roger Boutry, Eugénie Alecian, and Jan Kuijken among others, who have already asked the quartet to record and perform their works.
In 2020, the quartet has recorded its first CD: “légende arménienne”. The Belgian label Cypres Records released this recording of the miniatures of Komitas and “un quatuor arménien” of Eugenie Alecian (dedicated to the Akhtamar Quartet).
The Akhtamar Quartet is part of Le Dimore del Quartetto, and is supported by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Concertgebouw Bruges, Karine Arabian Paris, Boghossian Foundation.