The quartet chose to assume the name of Eugene Ysaÿe (1858–1931), the Belgian violinist and composer, who continues to profoundly influence new generations of especially French-speaking musicians. He studied with Henryk Wieniawski and was the principal violin of the orchestra, which later developed into the Berlin Philharmonic. The Ysaÿe Quartet was formed in 1984, while the members were still students at the Paris Conservatory. Only four years later, the Quartet gained international recognition by being the first French quartet to win the Grand Prix at the Evian International Competition.
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