Quatuor Zahir


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Born in 2015, this young ensemble has been playing in many festivals, in France and throughout the world. It is though in 2017 that Zahir Quartet stands out winning the first prize of the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (Japan), earning an international recognition. They have been ever since invited to prestigious venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Folles Journées de Nantes, Montpellier’s Festival de Radio France and Tokyo’s Toppan Hall. Graduated from the Paris Conservatoire, Zahir Quartet is currently in a residence at Fondation Singer-Polignac. They also were awarded with many prizes: they were the 2016 FNAPEC International Chamber Music Competition laureate and won the first prize at the 2019 Manhattan International Music Competition and at the Berliner and Vienna as well. In 2018, the Quartet released their first album "Zahir" with the music label Klarthe. This recording highlights the reasons that brought the ensemble together: sharing the same artistic sensibility, a sharp thoroughness and the will of renewing the musical scenery. Like Paulo Coelho's hero in Zahir, the four saxophonists are very committed into pushing forward the quartet genre. The musicians underline a strong curiosity and creativity performing an original repertoire, thanks to their meeting with many composers and collaborating with a lot of artists like David Bismuth, Félicien Brut or Adèle Charvet.