According to the philosophers of Ancient Greece, ‘thymos’ means the breathing of the soul, the alliance between body and mind. Inspired by the spirit of this concept, the musicians of the Quatuor Thymos created this ensemble in 2003 to share intense moments of music with wide audiences. The Quatuor Thymos stems from the meeting of four musicians who won Distinction Prizes at both the Paris and Lyon music conservatories. From the very beginning, the Quartet aspired to have a large repertoire spanning from classical to contemporary music.
The Quartet has been invited to perform in renowned festivals, such as Amboise, Prades and Montpellier, and at various concert halls including the auditoriums of the Musée d’Orsay and of the Sorbonne, Théâtre Mogador, Salle Favart and Salle Pleyel, as well as in the French overseas departments and in several European cities. In August 2005, the Quartet was invited to play at the Ravinia Festival (Chicago) with the pianist Christoph Eschenbach. The Quatuor Thymos appeared in August 2007 and 2010 at the International String Quartet Festival of Luberon (South of France). In May 2010, it played in the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux during an international chamber music competition, and at the ‘Legendary Violins’ Festival at Beaulieu-sur-Mer in the French Riviera. In 2011–12 the Quatuor Thymos will be performing works by Steve Reich with Karine Saporta’s dance company at the Cité de la Musique. It will also be taking part in the international string quartet Biennale that takes place at the Cité in January 2012. In addition, the musicians have been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington.