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Founded in 2003, the Quatuor Béla is composed of four young musicians from Lyon, graduates of the Conservatoire (CNSM): Julien Dieudegard, Frédéric Aurier, Julian Boutin, and Luc Dedreuil. They were united by their desire both to champion the contemporary repertoire (Ligeti, Crumb, Scelsi, Dutilleux…) and to support all forms of musical creation: mixed media music, improvisation, musical theatre, and commissioned works.
Convinced that scholarly contemporary expression deserves to play a vital and even unifying role in all music that is alive and new, they participate in events which are deliberately hybrids.
« The use of a repertoire in perpetual transformation – which questions our cultural reference points with each work – gives us the opportunity for constant inquiry (…) trained in the now ancient discipline of the String Quartet, it is up to us to make our group of musicians thrive with the same boldness and intensity of those of the past. Now, in the spirit of today’s artists, we would like to enrich our work with the influences of other types of music: electroacoustic, improvisational, current and traditional. Our goal is to rethink stage space, the locations and structuring of concerts, as well as the relationship to the audience.”