The Stanislas Sextet associates the members of the Stanislas Quartet and two American musiciens, the violonist and viola player, John Fadial, and the cellist Beth Vanderborgh. They met in Nancy in 1994 and decided to explore together the magnificent repertoire for string sextets. In 1996 they gave their first concert in the Salle Poirel in Nancy, followed by a tour of America, which took them successively to West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and finally Washington, where their interpretation of the first sextet of Brahms was particularly appreciated by the critic of the Washington Post.
Since then the Stanislas Sextet has regularly performed on both sides of the Atlantic, with undeniable success. Between 1997 and 2000 it led the French-American Academy of Strings, which takes place successively in Mirecourt, the cradle of French string instrument fabrication, and the University of West Virginia. In October 2006, the Stanislas Sextet was invited in residence at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where master-classes alternated with concerts in Greensboro and in other towns in North Carolina. The concert given in the Fine Arts Museum of North Carolina in Raleigh, capital of the State, resulted in an enthusiastic article in Classical Voice. In 2012, they were invited to give some concerts and masterclasses at the University of Wyoming , where John and Beth are now professors.
The Stanislas Sextet has celebrated his 20th anniversary in 2016 in France, giving several concerts in Nancy and in Lorraine, and some masteclasses at the Conservatoire. Forgotten Records released at this occasion a CD presenting the string sextet by Dvorak and Verklärte Nacht by Schönberg, recorded live salle Poirel in March and May 2016.
Stanislas Sextet artists
Laurent Causse, violin and viola
Received the « Premier Prix », a degree with highest honors, in violin and chamber music from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris. He worked with such artists as Régis Pasquier, Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Salvatore Accardo. From 1986 to 1989, he was first violinist with the Viotti Quartet and at present is the concertmaster of the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lorraine , and teacher at the Conservatoire National de Région in Nancy.
John fadial, violin and viola
Holds degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Eastmann School of Music, and the University of Maryland. Since the founding of his duo with Beth Vanderborgh, they have toured intensively throughout the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Professor of violin at the University of Wyoming, he serves as concertmaster of Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
Bertrand Menut, violin
Started hes first musical studies in his hometown Brest (Brittany), before moving on to Paris, where he studied with Pierre Doukan and Gérard Poulet, obtaining three gold medals. From 1991 to 1998 lead-violin in the “Orchestre Pasdeloup” Paris, and since 1999 member of the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lorraine
Marie Triplet, viola
Received a golden medal from the Conservatoire National de Région of Strasbourg, before studying in Düsseldorf with Ojstersek and attending masteclasses with Serge Collot, Jean Sulem and Nicolas Bône. At present Professor at the Conservatoire National de Région in Nancy.
Jean de Spengler, cello
Obtained a degree in cello and chamber music from the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris and studied cello at the Hochschule für Musik of Vienna with André Navarra, and chamber music with members of the Alban Berg Quartet. Principal cellist of the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lorraine from 1983 to 2016, he is artistic manager of the Ensemble Stanislas.
Beth Vanderborgh, cello
Holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the Eastmann School of Music, and the University of Maryland. Since the founding of her duo with John Fadial, they have toured intensively throughout the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Professor of cello at the University of Wyoming, she currently serves as principal cellist of Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
“…Separatly they were fine; together they were excellent. Brahms's String Sextet No1 in B-flat, OP.18, a large, genial piece of music, demands flourish and open heart. The ensemble brought both-with the appropriate results….”
THE WASHINGTON POST (March 29.1996)
«… Great evening, with the sextet by Richard Strauss, followed by the first Brahms’s sextet. An outstanding performance…”
EST REPUBLICAIN ( Nancy, July 7. 1997)
“... In Brahms sextet n.2, they played with impeccable ensemble, rhythmic precision, technical expertise and expansive, passionate musicianship. Gorgeous music, exquisitely performed, and I do not believe I have overdone the superlatives….”
CLASSICAL VOICE OF NORTH CAROLINA (October 2006)