Tana String Quartet
Live Quatuor Tana @ Académie du Festival d'Aix 2014
The Tana String Quartet was formed in 2010 to promote contemporary repertoire and enhance the relationship between composer and performer; they place no boundaries when selecting style or genre and often present classical repertoire alongside contemporary works.
The quartet is recipient of an array of international awards, from the Pro Quartet – CEMC foundation in Paris, the Verbier Festival Academy and the Union of Belgian Composers (Fuga Prize), they also received the Octave for best exponents of contemporary music. In 2013, they were honoured at the HSBC European Music Academy Awards and premiered Oracion; a major cross-over project featuring both world and contemporary music, produced by the Abbaye de Royaumont in collaboration with the Aix-en-Provence festival.
The Tana String Quartet has been invited to appear at prestigious festivals and concert series worldwide including d'Aix-en-Provence, Berlioz, MUSICA à Strasbourg, La Folle Journée, Saint-Denis, Albi, IRCAM/Manifeste, Musiques du GMEM, Controtempo, Verbier, Ars Musica, Klara, Darmstadt, Faithful in Berlin, Vale of Glamorgan, Girona, San Sebastian, Mostra Sonora/Valencia, Auditorium du Louvre, Cent-Quatre/Radio-France, Villa Medici in Rome, Pharos Foundation in Cyprus, Wigmore Hall, Conway Hall, BOZAR, Auditorium de Dijon and the Abbaye de Royaumont.
They will soon present a number of major new works composed especially for them, including Aracne, by Spanish composer Hector Parra, to be premiered in Paris (Louvre), and repeated at the Girona Festival, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Wigmore Hall in London and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the third quartet by French Rising Star composer, Yann Robin, at the Philharmonie de Paris, Wigmore Hall in London and Concertgebouw in Bruges.
Tana is the only European ensemble to have discarded conventional scores to perform from iPads, which they also use to accompany their educational work. A privileged partner with Music Research Centres including: Centre Henri Pousseur in Liège, Belgium; GMEM in Marseille and ArtZoyd in Valenciennes, France, the quartet gave the first ever concert on hybrid instruments, premiering a piece by Peruvian composer Juan Gonzalo Arroyo. This new system is a major contribution to electronic music.
The ensemble's name was selected in tribute to the residents of Antananarivo, Madagascar, where Antoine Maisonhaute had earlier visited on a humanitarian mission. In addition, 'Tana' utilises three different letters for a four letter word, a reflection of the line-up of a string quartet.

January 2015