Quatuor Danel – Danel Quartet

Marc Danel, violin
Gilles Millet, violin
Vlad Bogdanas, viola
Yovan Markovitch, cello

“The Quatuor Danel was founded in 1991 and has operated in its current formation since cellist Yovan Markovitch joined the group in 2014. Their packed concert diary takes them to all major concert stages worldwide and over the past 30 years they have made a series of groundbreaking CD recordings. Their musical partners include major artists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Alexander Melnikov, Adrien La Marca, Clemens Hagen and the Borodin Quartet. The group is known for their bold, focused interpretations of the string quartet cycles of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Weinberg. Their lively and fresh vision on the traditional quartet repertoire subsequently earned them rave reviews from the public and the press.
Russian composers occupy a special place in Quatuor Danel’s repertoire. They championed Shostakovich’s once unknown string quartets and recorded the complete cycle for Fuga Libera. Danel was the first quartet to record another great string quartet cycle of the twentieth century: Mieczysław Weinberg’s 17 quartets. Their performance in Manchester and Utrecht was the first ever live interpretation of the complete Weinberg cycle worldwide. In addition to a double cycle at the Wigmore Hall from 2023, the quartet has performed the Weinberg and Shostakovich cycles at the Philharmonie de Paris, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, ElbPhilharmonie Hamburg, Phillips Collection Washington and in Japan and Taiwan.
Quatuor Danel is a quartet in residence at the University of Manchester, Great Britain.
The quartet’s latest CD release contained César Franck’s string quartet and piano quintet and a Tchaikovsky edition with all three quartets and the sextet ‘Souvenir de Florence’. Both CDs were released with CPO. In March 2024 the live recording of the complete Shostakovich string quartets – recorded at the Gewandhaus Leipzig – will be released by label Accentus.”