The quartet, often labeled as one of Europe’s finest ensembles, was formed in l984 while its members were students at the Paris Conservatoire, and is named after violinist and composer Eugene Ysaÿe (1858-1931) who was a powerful influence in advancement of chamber music in France.
The Ysaÿe Quartet gained international recognition when it became the first French quartet ever to win the grand prize at the Evian International String Quartet Competition in 1988. It appears regularly in the U.S., Asia, and throughout Europe.
In 2003 the Ysaÿe Quartet founded its own record label, and the most recent releases feature repertoire by Haydn, Schumann, Mozart, Faurè, Beethoven and Franck.
The members of the Ysaÿe Quartet are on the faculty of the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where they have established a special class for string quartets.
Tickets will be available at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center, or by phone at 614-8343, one week prior to the concert between 3 to 6 p.m.