1st Violin : Baptiste Lopez
Born in 1980, Baptiste Lopez began learning the violin in Mexico at the age of five. He undertook his principal violin studies in France at the Paris Conservatoire in the class of Jean-Jacques Kantorow, graduating in 2005 with a "Premier Prix de violon". In 2003, Baptiste became a member (second violin) of the Gaudi Quartet, a prominent ensemble on both the national scene and abroad. He was appointed first violin of the Gaudi quartet in 2006 before founding the Edding quartet in 2007.
Alongside his work as a string quartet specialist, Baptiste developed a keen interest in the practice of early music on period instruments, which quickly led him to work with personalities such as Philippe Herreweghe, Robert Levin, Sigiswald Kuijken and Christophe Coin. He performs with many of Europe's preeminent ensembles including Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, the Opéra National de Paris, and La Chambre Philharmonique.
Baptiste is also a founding member of the octet "NorthernlighT", an ensemble dedicated to exploring chamber music for strings and winds from the eighteenth century. At the invitation of Philippe Herreweghe, Baptiste performs regularly as guest concertmaster with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Antwerp.