Tana String Quartet
Live Quatuor Tana @Ars musica 2013
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, the Union of Belgian Composers (Fuga Prize) and received the Octave for best exponents of contemporary music. In 2013, they were honoured at the HSBC European Music Academy Awards and started a three year collaboration with the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence commencing with Oracion, a major cross-over project featuring both world and contemporary music, which has already been performed extensively in France.

Based in Belgium, 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, Abbaye de Royaumont...

In addition to a busy concert schedule, the quartet devises and presents educational projects, incorporating both audio and visual elements to allow younger audiences to interact with a performance that reflects the world they live in.

Tana is the only European ensemble to have discarded conventional scores to perform from iPads. The quartet is, for this reason, a privileged partner with Music Research Centres including: Centre Henri Pousseur in Liège, Belgium; GMEM in Marseille and ArtZoyd in Valenciennes, France.

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.

July 2014