Collegiate Faculty



Jean-Michel Fonteneau is a founding member of the Ravel String Quartet, winner of two prizes at the Evian String Quartet Competition, and of the first French Grammy award "Les Victoires de la Musique Classique." They toured extensively around the world and singlehandedly created the first-ever string quartet residency program in France. Highly sought after, Fonteneau performs frequently with such renowned artists as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Kim Kashkashian and members of the Amadeus, Juilliard, Pro Arte and Fine Arts quartets. A passionate and devoted teacher, he served on the faculty of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, France, until 1999, when he moved to the United States to join the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His students have won national and international competitions, appeared on From the Top and received Presidential Scholar honors. He appears regularly at summer festivals including the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Domaine Forget, Oberlin at Casalmaggiore, MYA and ARIA. Fonteneau's recordings can be found with Musidisc-France and Albany Records.

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