Ⓒ Steve Murez
The Tchalik Quartet has the peculiarity of being composed of four brothers and sisters. Born into a family with Russian origins and where music holds a central place, they have played together from a very early age. This immersion in chamber music has enabled them to develop a closeness and natural harmony and sensitivity which are apparent in their music.
The above qualities have been recognised at the very first international competition in which they have taken part. In February 2018, the Tchalik Quartet brilliantly came away with 1st Prize and a Special Prize for the best interpretation of a Mozart quartet at the International Mozart Competition 2018 in Salzburg.
The Quartet has studied with such internationally renowned musicians as Jan Talich and Vladimír Bukac (Talich Quartet), Yovan Markovitch (Quatuor Danel), Luc-Marie Aguerra (Quatuor Ysaye), and Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartett). In 2016, they were admitted into the class of Günter Pichler (first violin and founder of the Alban Berg Quartet) at the Escuela Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia in Madrid. Thanks to these prestigious musicians who represent the different European musical traditions at their highest level, the Tchalik Quartet has developed a fine repertoire of classical and romantic music.
They are also keen players of the contemporary repertoire. They have premiered works by composers like Jacques Boisgallais, Michèle Reverdy, Bastien David, and they are releasing in 2019 their first album Short Stories dedicated to Thierry Escaich's chamber music works, with whom they have been working for a while.
The Quartet has played at prestigious festivals in France, including those of Radio France Occitanie Montpellier, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Orangerie de Sceaux, Périgord Noir, Musicales du Golfe, Festival des Forêts, Festival de violoncelle de Beauvais, and the Festival du Comminges. They also played at the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris, at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen, at the Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme in Paris, and in 2020 they will be on stage at the Auditorium du Louvre. Internationally they have been invited to the Rheingau Festival in Germany, to the Midis Minimes in Brussels, to the Bodensee Festival in Switzerland, to the Palazetto Bru Zane in Venice, to the Haydn Festival at the Esterhazy Castle in Hungary, to the Mendelssohn House in Leipzig and to the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
They have also been regularly invited to play for the radio such as France Musique and the RTBF in Belgium.
The young musicians also received the Chamber Music Award at the International Summer Academy of Vienna University (ISA) and the Award of the Fondazione Monte dei Paschi 2017 in Siena. They are laureate of the Tremplin de la Philharmonie de Paris, and are supported by the Safran Foundation. By the end of 2017, the Quartet had become designated residents of ProQuartet and was selected by Simone Gramaglia (Quartetto di Cremona) to take part in the Le Dimore del Quartetto project in Italy. In 2019 the Tchalik Quartet became laureate of the academy of the Heidelberger Frühling.
The instruments played by the members of the Quartet are exclusively made for them by violin maker Philippe Mitéran and bow-maker Konstantin Cheptitski.
The Tchaliks regularly play as a quintet with their pianist brother, Dania Tchalik.