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Founded in 2018 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, the Mona Quartet represents the unity of four international musical personalities: Verena Chen and Charlotte Chahuneau, violins, Arianna Smith, viola and Elia Cohen Weissert, cello. They established immediately a presence at such venues as the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez Hall at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Studio 104 at Radio France, and through a series of six concerts, at la Salle Cortot in Paris. The quartet recently performed alongside Emmanuel Pahud, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Valentin Erben, Philippe Graffin and Marie-Joseph Jude. They have offered debut concerts at le Musée de l’Orangerie, le festival Musique à l’Empéri, the Edinburgh International Festival, Jérôme Pernoo’s festival Vacances de Monsieur Haydn à la Roche-Posay, the Festival Debussy, Festival de Dinard, Festival du Val d’Aulnay, Festival Soirées Musicales en Val de Seugne, l’Orangerie de Sceaux, l’Eglise de Ciboure, and le musée Jean-Jacques Henner. In February of 2019 they were named Artists in Residence at ProQuartet-CEMC in Paris as well as the Foundation Villa Musica in Germany. Since their formation, the quartet has worked with such musical pedagogues such as François Salque, Mathieu Herzog, Valentin Erben, Günter Pichler, Rainer Schmidt, Martin Beaver, Jérôme Pernoo, and Miguel da Silva. Mesmerised by their talent after their debut at Musique à Flaine, the pianist and composer Abdel Rahman El Bacha dedicated his piece Prélude à cordes to the young quartet and invited them to perform at the 2019 Classissimo Festival in Brussels. The quartet was awarded Le Prix de l’Orangerie de Sceaux and the Prix du Méjan from their time at the Festival Ravel in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Since 2019, the Mona Quartet furthers its chamber music training with Professor Günter Pichler in the International Institute of Chamber Music of Madrid at the Reina Sofía School of Music.