Abdel Hamid El Shwekh (first violin) started the violin at the age of five with his father, who played with Oum Kalssoum, the greatest singer in the Arab world. After studying in Cairo with Sarvar Ganiev, he came to Geneva to study with Corrado Romano, and obtained his virtuoso diploma with the mention “Premier prix, premier nommé”. One year before the end of his studies, he was appointed by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande as tutti first violin. Two years later, he won the competition for the position of co-concertmaster of the same orchestra. He has played as a soloist with numerous orchestras. He has also performed chamber music with great artists, such as Gerhard Oppitz and Emmanuel Ax.

Sidonie Bougamont (second violin) was trained at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London, where she performed her first solo concerts, and then at the prestigious University of Indiana in Bloomington. Back in France in 1999, she completed postgraduate studies at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP). After winning several prizes at international competitions, such as Long-Thibaud and Yehudi Menuhin, she was invited to numerous European venues. She was concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, and is now principal second violin of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Passionate about chamber music, she recently joined the Quatuor de Genève.

Galina Favereau (viola) studied viola at the Glinka Conservatory in Novosibirsk, and completed postgraduate studies at the Geneva Conservatory. She perfected her skills with Tasso Adamopoulos at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, and received a master's degree from the Conservatory of Sion. With the Chamber Orchestra "Young virtuosos of Siberia" and with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, she gave many concerts in Russia, Germany and Switzerland. She teaches violin at the Collège du Léman in Geneva and the Versoix Music School, and since 2000 has been playing with many groups, such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Lancy, the Lausanne Sinfonietta, the Zurcher Kammerorchester and the Ensemble Instrumental Romand.

Alain Doury (cello) studied cello in Paris with Jean Barthe, Erwan Fauré and Bernard Michelin before coming to Geneva to complete his virtuoso diploma with Guy Fallot. He held the principal cello position at the Zurich Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 2009 and played in parallel with various groups, such as the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain de Lyon, the Rouen and Lyon Operas, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, and the Asia Pacific United Orchestra. He is regularly appointed as an assistant professor at the Geneva Conservatory. Chamber music is also an important part of his activities (the Bern quartet, the "Le B" quartet, the Geneva cello octet, the Mail trio, the Ensemble Instrumental Romand, and the “Les Chambristes” ensemble).

Ramses Quartet

@Bernard Martinez