The Quatuor Beat was officially formed in 2003.
Gabriel Benlolo, Laurent Fraiche, Jérôme Guicherd, and Patrice Gauchon who was later replaced by Aurélien Carsalade, entered Lazslo Haddady's chamber music class in the Paris National Higher Conservatoire of Music (CNSMDP) and graduated in 2005: they have been awarded a Chamber Music Prize summa cum laude with distinction. Laureate of the Gaetano Zinetti International Music Competition in Verona and of the Illzach International Chamber Music Contest (Spedidam Prize and Audience Prize), the Quatuor Beat is the only percussion ensemble to have succeeded in international chamber music competitions open to any ensembles.
They also won two prizes in 2012: the Audience Prize of the Young Audience Music Awards (YAMA) in Brussels and the Special Prize of the Jury of the Berlin Junge Ohren for its "Drumblebee" show.
Boosted by its success, the group has collaborated with young composers, such as Thierry Deleruyelle (command of Celero and 4 Vents, published by Billaudot), and worked on projects with famous composers like Marc-Olivier Dupin, recording two of his soundtracks for Jérôme Prieur's documentary "Vercingetorix, le roi des guerriers" (Arte/France 5) and more recently for the play "Andromaque" directed by Declan Donnellan (a CICT/Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production, co-produced by the Nord-Lille Theatre). Régis Campo also wrote "Musique Lunaire" and "7 x 4" for the Quatuor Beat; these pieces were created at the "CentQuatre" in May 2010.
Besides working on creations and original material, the Quatuor Beat has broadened its repertoire by creating unique arrangements and transcriptions of classical works for a percussion ensemble. With a diverse and virtuoso repertoire, the Quatuor Beat has performed several times on tours abroad, in Italy (Morelato Fondation, Convento di Santa Maria della Grazie Sanguinetto, Brenzone, Luoghi di Confine Trevenzuelo, Emilia Romagna Festival, Brisighella...), in Luxembourg (Philharmonie), in Germany (Munich BMW Welt, Cologne Philharmonia, Hambourg), in Switzerland (Lucerne Festival) and of course in France (Trianon, CentQuatre, Vichy "Musiques Vivantes" Festival, Lutetia, at the "Maison de Radio France", the Théâtre Rutebeuf in Clichy, at the Sénat, etc...).
Since 2007, thanks to stage director Pierre Jean Carrus, the quartet's concerts have turned into visual shows quite unlike any other.
Photo Credit: Emmanuelle Viale 2012