Les Dissonances Quartet

Four musical individualities – David Grimal and Hans-Peter Hofmann (violins), David Gaillard (viola) and Xavier Phillips (cello) – brought together by friendship and passion, roaming the paths of the musical world and pursuing their lives as soloists, orchestral players and chamber musicians, met for the first time in the music of Leoš Janáček.

Since then they have travelled in the company of Bartók, Mozart, Webern, Beethoven and Schubert. The Quatuor Les Dissonances indicates their desire to come together in an essential activity, playing string quartets in the spirit of the collective ‘Les Dissonances’, founded by David Grimal a decade ago: untrammelled high standards, freedom of affinity, a thirst for invention.

Formed in 2012, the Quatuor Les Dissonances has already appeared in such venues as the Opéra de Dijon, the Opéra Comique, the Opéra National de Paris, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Geneva Conservatoire, the Franconia Festival in Germany and the Musika Mùsica Festival (Bilbao).

Their first recording of Janáček’s ‘Intimate Letters’ Quartet and Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartet, is released on the Dissonances Records label in 2017.

It is perhaps therein that the immense talent of this quartet resides, obliging each listener to leave his or her prejudices at the door of the concert hall and inviting them to rediscover certain repertory pieces as if listening to them for the first time.’


Equally at ease in transparent and dense textures, the members of Les Dissonances skilfully recreate the gripping atmosphere of the work.