It is their love for Berlin – its dynamic culture, rich and eclectic musical life – that brings these four
members of the Agate Quartet together for the first time.
These young people, native of the South of France (Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux), find in Berlin the
for their natural curiosity. They share an enthusiasm for bold, alternative, even underground projects and
2016, decided to set up the Agate Quartet to explore together their musical passions.
Their encounter with the string quartet repertoire is a decisive turning point in the life of the four
They have extensive and varied musical experience (from solos to chamber music, including with the
Berlin orchestras), and find in this new repertoire an infinite source of expression and inspiration.
quartet, they discover how their personal aspirations must be balanced with the needs of the group. Also,
together daily transcends their own abilities and reinforces their growing desire to carry on playing
To share this unique and wonderful repertoire, the Agate Quartet organized the first CorsiClassic Festival
Based around Corsica, its mission is to promote chamber music in areas of the country where classical music
rarely available. Their encounter with the German musical tradition plays an equally important role in
Having all been through the CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris),
they went on to study another 2 years at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with
Eberhard Feltz; there, their own French musical tradition is confronted with the German tradition of
the musical discourse.
With their artistic development in mind, the Agate Quartet moved to Paris at the start of 2018 to study
under the guidance of Mathieu Herzog, former violist with the Ebène Quartet. The quartet studies also with Luc-Marie Aguera at the Conservatoire de Paris.
They also join renowned chamber music academies such as the McGill String Quartet Academy (MISQA),
“Musique à Flaine” and the “Spring International Chamber Music Course Hanns Eisler” with acclaimed
teachers such as Günter Pichler, Gerhard Schulz, Valentin Erben, Tabea Zimmerman, Christoph Poppen,
the Ysaye, the Talich and the Vogler Quartets.
The quartet has been quickly invited to perform in several international festivals and venues : Hamburg
International Chamber Music Festival, Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn, Konzertverein Schwerin, Les
Floraisons Musicales, Musique dans la Rue d’Aix-en-Provence, Quatuor à l’Ouest, Festival de Septembre
à Sanary, Cité de la Musique de Marseille... with partners such as Florent Héau, Mathieu Herozg,
Ivan Karizna, Raphaël Chrétien and Alain Brunier.
2019 will see them perform in Festival d’Evian, La Brèche Festival, Casale Monferrato Festival among others.
Since 2018, The Agate Quartet is in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac and has been selected for
taking part in the Le Dimore del Quartetto project.
Adrien Jurkovic plays on a Giuseppe Giovanni Guarneri violin loaned by Dr Peter Hauber. Thomas Descamps
plays on a Charles Coquet violin.
Raphaël Pagnon plays on a Friedrich Albert viola.
Simon Iachemet plays on a Patrick Robin cello.