(...) The Girard Quartet (...) is formed entirely of Girards, and I gather there are five more at home. It is easy to put the members' unanimity of ensemble down to their familial closeness, but there was extraordinary singularity and shared purpose to their playing as they opened Haydn's op.76 no.5 in D major with elegant simplicity and continued with genuine authority. They are also extremely good -the finale hared along. Schumann's A minor Quartet op.41 no.1 was beautifully paced and shaped, with a natural ebb and flow. After a powerful account of the Akshelyan, I left the day thinking this was the quartet to beat. 

Tim Homfray, The Strad, February 2012 (About Geneva Competition, November 2011)