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Agate Quartet

String Quartet


Formed in 2016, the Paris-based Quatuor Agate studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Eberhard Feltz and in Paris under the guidance of Mathieu Herzog, and with the Quatuor Ebène at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich.

"A perfectly-matched ensemble of genuine interpreters. The Quatuor Agate emanates grit, intensity, evocation, imagination, and sheer infectious energy."

-The Violin Channel

Comprising violinists Adrien Jurkovic and Thomas Descamps, violist Raphaël Pagnon, and cellist Simon Iachemet, the quartet were finalists at the 2022 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and received the award for the best performance of the newly commissioned quartet by Dinuk Wijeratne.



In 2021, the Quatuor Agate were prize-winners at the prestigious YCAT International Auditions. Other recent highlights include debut recitals at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall Alte Oper Frankfurt, and a tour across the UK including recitals at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, Brucknerhaus Linz, TauberPhilharmonie Weikersheim, the Verbier, Salon-de-Provence, Radio France and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals.

The quartet are currently artists-in-residence at the Fondation Singer Polignac, resident at ProQuartet in Paris and Associate Artist at the Festival La Brèche in Savoie (France). They collaborate on a regular basis with Frank Braley, Romain Guyot, Marc Danel, Enrico Pace, Gabriel Le Magadure, Pierre Fouchenneret, the Quatuor Ebène, the Modigliani Quartet, and the Jerusalem Quartet.

They have performed at Verbier Festival Academy, the Montreal International String Quartet Academy (MISQA), the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy, “Musique à Flaine” and the “Spring International Chamber Music Course Hanns Eisler” with acclaimed teachers such as Günter Pichler, Gerhard Schulz, Valentin Erben, Sir András Schiff, Tabea Zimmerman, Christoph Poppen, the Ysaye, the Talich and the Vogler Quartets.

In 2016, the Quatuor Agate created the CorsiClassic Festival. Based around Ajaccio in Corsica, its mission is to promote chamber music in areas of the island where classical music is rarely available.

In 2023, the quartet will record the complete Brahms Quartets for the Naïve label.

What would be your dream gig?
Concert de Chausson with Anne Sophie Mutter in our festival “CorsiClassic” in Corsica.
What is a song that makes you turn the radio up?
Definitely DJ Snake Feat Dillon Francis - Get Low. Or any West coast rap song from the 90’s.
What would you say makes you unique as a musician?
This mysterious bond that unites us is really what makes us unique. Because we’ve been fortunate enough to keep all original quartet members, there is a very deep connection and understanding with each other.We believe the story we tell is much more impactful because of this bond. We trust each other and stand together on our journey as a quartet. This bond between 4 people is really what makes every quartet story and sound so special in the end.
Do you keep all 3 meals phone free? No social media scrolling.
While we are on tour, we typically enjoy talking and joking around but who can resist the thrill of social media scrolling from time to time?


Born in Germany
String Quartet
graduation cap
Hochschule für Musik in Munich | Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler
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Eberhard Feltz | Mathieu Herzog
Notable awards/competitions won
Finalist and best performance of the commissioned work at the 2022 Banff International String Quartet Competition | Prize winners at the 2021 YCAT International Auditions | Prizewinners at the 2020 Steels-Wilsing Foundation Competition at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival | Prize-winners at the 2019 Verbier Festival Academy

upcoming events

march 2023

25marAll Day29Music Teachers National Association National Conference(All Day) Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV 89431Event Type :conferences & tradeshowsFOLLOW

28mar6:00 pm9:00 pmVirtual Event2023 Avery Fisher Career Grants Ceremony6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Streams Event TagsAvery Fisher Career GrantsFOLLOW

april 2023

03apr9:00 am12:00 pmVirtual EventWigmore Hall Presents "The Power and the Glory"9:00 am - 12:00 pm Event Type :Streams Event TagsWigmore HallFOLLOW

04aprAll Day07National Opera Association Annual Convention(All Day) Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria, 2626 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056Event Type :conferences & tradeshows Event TagsNational Opera AssociationFOLLOW

10apr9:00 am12:00 pmVirtual EventWigmore Hall Presents Meta49:00 am - 12:00 pm Event Type :Streams Event TagsWigmore HallFOLLOW

12aprAll Day15Lyon International Chamber Music Competition(All Day) Opéra de Lyon, Main Hall, 1 Pl. de la Comédie, 69001 Lyon, FranceEvent Type :competitions Event TagsLyon International Chamber Music Competition,piano trioFOLLOW

12apr12:00 pm3:00 pmVirtual EventYCA Presents Pianist Zhu Wang & Friends12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Event Type :Streams Event TagsYoung Concert ArtistsFOLLOW

13aprAll Day15National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show(All Day) Anaheim convention center, Anaheim, CA 92802Event Type :conferences & tradeshows Event TagsNAMM,The National American of Music Merchants ShowFOLLOW

14aprAll Day16Virtual Event2023 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition(All Day) Event Type :Streams Event TagsCarl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition,chamber musicFOLLOW

14apr9:00 pm11:00 pmVirtual EventMinnesota Orchestra and David Afkham9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Event Type :Streams Event TagsDavid Afkham,Minnesota OrchestraFOLLOW


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