Just in: Top quartet loses its viola

Just in: Top quartet loses its viola


norman lebrecht

June 01, 2014

The Quator Ebène, perhaps the world’s most versatile ensemble, is looking for a new viola player.

Mathieu Herzog has decided, after 15 years, to apply himself to conducting. All four re fantastic musicians. We wish them well.

A message from the quartet:




Fifteen years have passed since the founding of the Quatuor Ebène. In our wildest dreams we had never dared hope for an adventure as rich, creative, intense, full of varied artistic achievements and fascinating encounters as this one. 

Today, Mathieu has made the decision to set sail for new musical horizons and to devote himself principally to conducting. His departure will take place over a significant transitional period, during which time we will continue to work together both on stage and in the recording studio. Thereafter the Quatuor Ebène will set out for new beginnings with a new musician.

In fifteen years – a blink of an eye, really – Mathieu’s inspiration, dynamism, and personality have contributed immensely to the quartet’s wonderful successes. We have braved through adventurous paths and sailed exhilarating waves…

Sincere thanks to all of those who support us,
And thank you to our audience.
See you soon at one of our next concerts !

Pierre Gabriel, Mathieu et Raphaël,
Le Quatuor Ebène…




  • How is the quartet planning to do the audition process?