Florent Boffard - piano
Eva Stegeman - viool
Nicolas Bône - altviool
Ursula Smith - cello
Photos: Simon van Boxtel
The Cristofori Piano Quartet was founded in the summer of 2002 and since then has performed throughout the Netherlands as well as in Germany, Italy and Belgium. The quartet brings together four musicians from the Netherlands, France, and the UK with broad experience as soloists and chamber musicians.
Some performance highlights of the ensemble include: a radio broadcast on Bayern 4 Klassik; a live radio broadcast from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; and an appearance in September 2007 at the International Chamber Music Festival at The Hague at which the Cristofori Piano Quartet performed the world premiere of Wagner’s Dreams by the Dutch composer René Samson.
In November 2004 the quartet recorded a CD of piano quartets by Beethoven and Schumann for the label Festivo Records. The German press has expressed particular praise:
“This is the best ever recording of the work.“(of the Beethoven)
“This CD is a tremendous asset because it sets new standards of interpretation.” Münchner Merkur August 26, 2005
Bartolomeo Cristofori di Franscesco lived in Padua from 1655 to 1731 and is generally considered to be the ’inventor’ of the pianoforte, the instrument from which the piano as we know it today has developed.
The Cristofori Piano Quartet named itself after this important historical figure because of the central role the piano plays in the quartet.
For more information:
Pascale Montauban (Belgium)
Arien Artists and Music Management
+32 4 9622 2515
MP3s Cristofori Piano Quartet (CD-recording for label festivo records): LISTEN HERE