Having always chosen to focus on exchange and transmission, the Debussy String Quartet animates each year various courses and workshops for professional and amateur musicians. Imagined in collaboration with the major musical actors of the territory (conservatories, universities, training centers …), these sessions are aimed at all types of musicians wishing to discover or progress in the art of the string quartet, or more usually chamber music.
In march 2019, the first edition of the Debussy String Quartet’s chamber music week-end was held. Born from the desire to share a common passion for chamber music, the weekend was punctuated with concerts, conferences and master classes, open to all. During this weekend, the Debussy String Quartet gave courses to some already constitued young quartets. A restitution concert were held on the last day of this week-end, open to all, to allow the students to perform in front of an audience.
A second edition is already discussed with the desire to create more links between the Lyon 2 University (where the weekend were held) and the Debussy String Quartet.
The Debussy String Quartet has been part of the ProQuartet network (European Chamber Music Center) for many years, which, since 1987, has accompanied the career of young musical ensembles. Each year, the training program is aimed at groups from all over the world, thus attesting to the association’s international influence. In a desire to promote professional integration, concerts, residences, awareness-raising actions and international exchanges can be offered to registered ensembles.
Alongside ProQuartet’s professional training program, the association offers chamber music opportunities for amateur musicians of all ages and all levels, playing strings, winds and keyboards. These activities allow amateur musicians to work with chamber music professionals during workshops, weekends and customised classes.
For the 2019-2020 season, the Debussy String Quartet will conduct a ProQuartet chamber music course on January 25 and 26, 2020 at the Lyon Conservatory. A weekend of lessons which will be punctuated by concerts, and which is part of the Tempo Vivace Festival of the Lyon Regional Conservatory. On the program for this weekend of chamber music:
• 4 hours of course on a chosen piece’s extract
• Invitation to the rehearsal or to the concert of the Debussy String Quartet
• Concert of the participants
• Possibility to be programmed as part of the Tempo Vivace festival
• Practice rooms made available