Akhtamar, an Armenian legend. The name of the quartet is based on the Armenian Miniatures by Komitas/Aslamazyan, that the ensemble plays regularly since its foundation, and which became its signature.
Formed in Brussels in 2014, the ensemble was one of the six quartets selected for the “tremplins jeunes quatuors” of Paris’ Philharmonie in 2016 and in the same year won the second prize in the Musiq’3 festival.
The Akhtamar Quartet performs in prestigious concert halls and festivals all around Europe: Radio France Festival in Montpellier, the Concertgebouw in Bruges (Be), the MonteLeón Festival (Sp), and also plays in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Baltic States… and of course in Armenia.
In 2020, the quartet has released its first CD: “légende arménienne”. The label Cypres Records edited this recording of the miniatures of Komitas and “un quatuor arménien” of Eugenie Alecian (dedicated to the Akhtamar Quartet). Regularly broadcast on national radios (Musiq’3, France Musique, SWR2 in Germany…), légende arménienne has been rewarded with four stars by the prestigious BBC Music Magazine.
The Akhtamar Quartet is very keen on working with contemporary composers. Several composers, such as Roger Boutry, Eugénie Alécian, Jan Kuijken and Judith Adler de Oliveira, have asked the musicians to create and record their works.
The quartet has attached great importance to bringing classical music everywhere and to everyone. Therefore they created several shows, which they perform in various places (schools, hospitals, psychiatric institutes…)
The ensemble is part of ProQuartet and the ECMA. It also has the privilege of attending courses at the Joseph Haydn Institut at the University of Music in Vienna.
The Akhtamar Quartet is supported by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Concertgebouw Bruges, Le Dimore del Quartetto, Karine Arabian Paris and the Boghossian Foundation.