Tana String Quartet
The Quatuor Tana 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.

Recipient of the Pro Quartet – CEMC foundation in Paris, the ensemble, consisting of three French and one Japanese players, has studied with Professors Paul Katz, Walter Levin, Eberhart Feltz, Alasdair Tait and Nicholas Kirchen. They were selected as part of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy in 2011, where they worked with David Alberman, Andrés Keller, Yann Robin, Raphaël Cendo, Ondrej Adamek and members of the Jerusalem Quartet, and were re-invited in 2013 to conduct all contemporary music performances together with the Academy’s ensembles.

Based in Belgium, the Quatuor Tana has appeared at major festivals including Verbier, Montreux-Vevey, Dinard, Ars Musica, Klara, Pharos Foundation in Cyprus, Berlioz, Controtempo at the Villa Medici in Rome, and in venues including BOZAR in Brussels, the Auditorium du Louvre and Studio CentQuatre for Maison de Radio-France in Paris, the Auditorium in Dijon.  In 2012, they received the Verbier Festival Academy Prize, the Fuga Prize of the Union of Belgian Composers and the Octave of Music, and the following year were awarded the HSBC European Music Academy Aix-en-Provence Festival prize, which will allow them to design projects with the festival support for the next three years. 

In addition to a busy concert schedule, the Quatuor Tana 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 I-Pads.  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 an 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 2014