It is a rare stroke of luck when siblings achieve a comparable professional mastery on their instruments and then also represent international top level in playing chamber music. One such stroke of luck is the Quatuor Tchalik, founded in 2013 with Gabriel (1st violin), Louise (2nd violin), Sarah (viola) and Marc Tchalik (violoncello). And there is even a family-option to play as a piano quintet with brother and pianist Dania which is regularly used. Since 2018 at the latest, as double-awarded prize winners at the Salzburg Mozart Competition, the four have been playing in the top league of the European string quartet scene.
Growing up in a Russian-French household with Ukrainian roots, the siblings have been making music together from an early age.
To mark its tenth anniversary, the Quatuor Tchalik released its sixth album on its own label Alkonost in 2023, following recordings of “Reynaldo Hahn” and their tribute to the 100th anniversary of Camille Saint Saëns’ death, a private album of maximum repertoire value in several respects: the recording of the two string quartets no. 1 and No. 5 as well as the Piano Quartet op. 93 by Shostakovich’s pupil Boris Tishchenko (1939-2010), whose work the four have been working on intensively since 2000. The release of an album with works by the Ukrainian composer Borys Mykolajowytsch Ljatoschynskyj (1894-1968) and Ravel will follow in 2024.
Concert highlights in Germany in 2023/2024 will take the quartet to venues including the Cologne and Dresden Philharmonie, the Heidelberger Frühling and, for film recordings for an ARTE documentary, to the main hall of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. In France, they can be experienced at the Salle Gaveau, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and on 6 May 2024 for the album presentation at the Salle Cortot in Paris.
Most recently, they performed Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge” op. 133 live on Radio France.