The Quartet

Quatuor Terpsycordes


Girolamo Bottiglieri
Girolamo Bottiglieri Premier violon
Raya Raytcheva
Raya Raytcheva Second violon
Florestan Darbellay violoncelle
Florestan Darbellay Violoncelle
Caroline Cohen Adad
Caroline Cohen Adad Alto

Terpsycordes Quartet
Girolamo Bottiglieri, first violin
Raya Raytcheva, second violin
Caroline Cohen Adad, viola
Florestan Darbellay, cello

Prism of musical repertoires, multiplicity of approach, kaleidoscope of personalities – these many facets combine to make up the unique character of the Terpsycordes Quartet, at once singular and plural. The formation has won distinction at many international competitions, including a First Prize in Geneva in 2001, and has succeeded in radiating its quadruple talent – a magical blend of homogeneity and complementarity, innovation and audacity of interpretation. The muse Terpsichore is their constant inspiration – music’s daughter linking gesture and spirit. Terre (earth), psy (spirit), cordes  (strings).

Founded in 1997 in Geneva, the Terpsycordes Quartet was trained by Gábor Takács-Nagy and subsequently coached by members of the Budapest, Hagen, Lasalle and Mosaïque Quartets. Drawing vitality from their contrasting origins (Italy, Bulgaria and Switzerland) the musicians offer dazzling performances to audiences of major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Victoria Hall in Geneva.

For their season 2020-2021, the Terpsycordes Quartet is embarking on performances of the complete series of Haydn’s quartets. It is also honouring the one hundredth anniversary of Piazzolla’s birth through several programmes and a new sextet CD. It is creating two pluridisciplinarian shows: a musical play “Post-Scriptum 1826 – Beethoven and Schubert - conversation between two men of genius”, produced by Alain Carré; and “4 boxes for 1 voyage”, a musical tale co-written with Casilda Regeiro.

Both on stage and in the recording studio, the Terpsycordes assert their eclecticism.  Their recordings, all acclaimed by the specialized press, reflect a determination to penetrate the very essence of each piece they play, combining rigor and imagination: Schubert, Beethoven and Haydn revealed with period instruments (Ricercar and Ambronay), Schumann’s quartets (Claves), Vierne’s Quintet with piano (Brilliant Classics) ; not to mention modern and contemporary works by Swiss composers (Bloch and Gerber by VDE Gallo, and Zanon by Claves), as well as incursions into the worlds of tango (Piazzolla with William Sabatier) and of jazz (with Maël Godinat Trionyx).

Through its commitment to young audiences, the Terpsycordes participate each year in educational programmes.

Supported by the City of Geneva, Canton and Republic of Geneva.


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