Akhtamar, an Armenian legend. The quartet’s name is based on the Armenian Miniatures by Komitas/Aslamazyan, which the ensemble plays regularly since its foundation, which became its signature.
Formed in Brussels in 2014, the ensemble was one of 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), as well as venues in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Baltic States… and of course in Armenia.
In 2020, the quartet released its first CD: “légende arménienne”. The label Cypres Records produced the recording of Komitas’ miniatures and “un quatuor arménien” by Eugenie Alecian, dedicated to the Akhtamar Quartet. Regularly broadcast on national radios (Musiq’3, France Musique, SWR2 in Germany…), légende arménienne has been rewarded four stars by the prestigious BBC Music Magazine, and is one of the five nominees in the classical music category of the Octaves de la Musique 2021.
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 attaches great importance to bringing classical music everywhere and to everyone. They have several sets which they perform in establishments like schools, hospitals, homes, and 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.