[…] A quartet combined not only to the extent and in plenty top shape but also musicians capable of go through technical perfection to reach the musical communication. […] Catalan Musical Magazine. Concert at Palau de la Música, 10/11/2016
Kebyart Ensemble is one of the most promising formations of the current music scene. Born in Barcelona, it consists of four talented young musicians who are passionate about chamber music. They have a fresh and vibrant staging which has been praised by audiences and specialized critics. Their interpretations have secured them some of the most prestigious national awards.
Created in 2014. Initially guided by Nacho Gascón, they have also been coached by renowned musicians such as Kennedy Moretti, Cuarteto Casals, Cuarteto Quiroga, Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), Patrick Jüdt (Ensemble Modern), Johannes Meissl, Gregor Sigl (Artemis Quartett), Vincent David, Jordi Francés, Alexander Pavlovsky and Ori Kam (Jerusalem Quartet) and Ensemble Squillante.
The name, Kebyart, comes from one of the traditional Indonesian instrumental sets, the gamelan gong kebyar from Bali. Kebyar means “blooming process” in Balinese. It refers to explosive changes of tempo, dynamics, and character, and so on. The original name was Kebyar but they eventually added Art to create a name which would evoke their personal way of understanding music.
Among their awards there are the “El Primer Palau 2016 Award”, which gives young players the opportunity to debut in the in the Main Hall of the Palau de la Musica Catalana. In the same year they also got the “Juventudes Musicales de Cataluña” and “Catalunya Radio” First Prizes, the prestigious BBVA Music Prize-Montserrat Alavedra and the “Mirabent i Magrans” chamber music Sitges competition Second Prize. In 2015 they got the Second Prize at the 84th Edition of ”Permanent Chamber Music Competition of Juventudes Musicales de España”. Recently, they have been awarded with the First Prize at International Music Competition “Les Corts”.
Kebyart Ensemble has offered concerts throughout all Spain and also abroad in countries such as Germany, Russia, Austria, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. They have been in the seasons of the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Auditorium of Barcelona, the Juan March Foundation … They also have recorded their first album “Accents” by Columna Música, praised by the specialized critic.
Since 2018, they are one of the ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) groups, where they will have the opportunity to work with some of the most prestigious chamber musicians in Europe and offer concerts for different European capitals and China.
They are currently studying a chamber music master’s at the Hochschule für Musik Basel with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett), bassoonist Sergio Azzolini and pianists Claudio Martínez-Mehner and Anton Kernjak.
Since April 2017 they are Selmer and Vandoren artists.