Acccording to the philosophers of the Ancient Greece, « thymos » means the breathing of the soul, the alliance between body and mind.
Inspired by the spirit of this concept, the musicians of the Thymos Quartet created this ensemble in 2001 to share intense moments of music with wide audiences. The Thymos Quartet stems from the meeting of four musicians who won Distinction Prizes at both the Paris and Lyon music conservatories.

From the very begining, the Quartet aspired to have a large repertoire spanning from baroque to contemporary. The Quartet has been invited to perform in renowned festivals, such as Amboise, Prades, Montpellier and at varied concert halls among which the auditoriums of the Orsay Museum and of the Sorbonne, The Mogador Theater, Favart and Pleyel, as well as in the French oversea departments and in several European cities. In August 2005, the Quartet was the guest of the Ravinia Festival (Chicago) with the pianist Christoph Eschenbach. The Thymos Quartet did appear in August 2007 at the International String quartet Festival of Luberon (South of France). In May 2010, it played in the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux on the occasion of the annual international competition in chamber music, and in the Festival "Legendary violins" at Beaulieu-sur-Mer in the French riviera. In 2011-2012 the Thymos gives a musical performance around Steve Reich with Karine Saporta's dance company at the cité de la musique. It also participates in the international Biennale of string quartet that takes place at the Cité in January 2012. In addition, the musicians are invited at the Kennedy centre in Washington for a specific program in March 2012 and then in May 2013 in the Fougères Musicales Festival and at the Salle Gaveau (organised by Proquartet in Paris) with Christoph Eschenbach (piano), Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano) and Yann Dubost (doublebass).

After performing at the Auditorium of the Musée d'Orsay, at Theater of Bordeaux, in the Chateau de Cadillacand the Festival of Fougères, the Thymos Quartet toured Brazil in the state of Espirito Santo.
On this occasion the Quartet played to more than 1,000 children.
For the 2014-15 season, the Thymos Quartet will perform in Chateau de Maisons-Laffitte, in the Festival of Fougères, at the Philharmonie in Paris, among others.
They will record a cd about a Schubert program in February 2015 with pianist Christoph Eschenbach and bassist Yann Dubost.
In 2016, the Quartet Thymos will tour Brazil (Rio, Vitoria, Sao Paulo ...) and the United States (Washington, Duke University ...).
The year 2017 will see a proposed tour of Asia (Japan, Korea).


Thymos Quartet is supported by the French Institute and Spedidam

Honor committee Artistic advisor
Chairman Christoph Eschenbach Christopher Bayton
Members Gilbert Amy Association, loi 1901
Alain Meunier Chairman Jean-Jacques Renard
  Bernard Mounier Secretary

Sandra Bernhard

  Pierre Duterte Treasurer

Marie Sylvie Bizien-Tessadri