The Quartet biography

Official biography

Do you know many classical clarinet quartets ?

This formation, out of the ordinary by nature, earned its prestige before French audiences thanks to the enthusiasm and dynamism of Quatuor Anches Hantées, the leading group of its kind in France. Since 2001, Elise Marre, Nicolas Châtelain, Romain Millaud and Bertrand Hainaut are paving the way by making their artistic demand accessible to everyone. No preconception is possible with a newly formed group. The curiosity of neophytes, music lovers and even our peers breathes new life into classical music.

The first clarinet quartet prizewinner of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and laureate of the Fondation Banque Populaire, “this ensemble is astounding in its individual and collective mastery, humor, sensitivity, accuracy of interpretation and relaxation. Skillfully alternating grand repertoire pieces with unexpected themes transcribed for clarinet, they unveil a range of sound and astonishing playing. These musicians provide easy access to a music that is not always accessible. Great to hear on CD of course, but especially to see in concert, because without a doubt, these four are an amazing live act!” (Le Progrès)

After tours in Morocco, Pakistan and Vietnam in 2012 & 2013, Quatuor Anches Hantées will be invited by the Alliance française de Quito to perform in Ecuador in October 2018.

In May 2017, Quatuor Anches Hantées released a 5th album called Ballabile in order to celebrate its 15th birthday. After Richard Dubugnon Saratoga Trails (2013), the group has comissionned another French composer, Philippe Hersant. They have premiered his Huit Esquisses in June 2018 (broadcasted on France Musique). Thanks to the Banque Populaire Foundation, they have also created Bagatelle-Prélude of Benoît Menut, a little opening work to Wintou’s Mirror (a tale by Fabrice Allia).

Photography credits : Maxime de Bollivier