MASTERCLASS 2

Monday 22nd of  July 2019 - Saturday 27th of July 2019

 The Team 

ERIC LACROUTS  Violin

As Leader of the Opéra National de Paris orchestra, Eric Lacrouts has approached the great works of the opera and symphony repertoire under the baton of the most famous directors (Solti, Osawa, Gergiev, Boulez, Salonen, Bychkov, Prêtre, …). He also collaborates with numerous composers for their creations.

As the first violin of the Psophos Quartet, he plays in various European festivals, among artists such as Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giurana, Antonio Meneses, Régis et Bruno Pasquier, Denis Pascal et Cédric Tiberghien

He is also a founding member of the Jean Baptiste Vuillaume String Trio together with his brother Cyrille Lacrouts and Pierre Lenert.

He has been a member of the World Orchestra for Peace, directed by Valery Gergiev, since the summer of 2010.

He plays a violin made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume dated 1835, and a bow crafted by Christian Barthe.

ROMAIN LELEU  Trumpet

Romain Leleu is widely regarded as one of the leading trumpeter of his generation. « Instrumental soloist revelation »by the French Grammy Awards Victoires de la Musique, he has built an international career on the five continents, in recital as well as with world class orchestras.

He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (Paris, France) and at the Karl- sruhe Musikochschule in Germany, and was awarded several prizes (Classic revelation Adami, the Banque Populaire Foundation, the SAFRAN Foundation for Music, and the Prize for the Delduca Foundation of the French Académie des Beaux Arts. 

Romain Leleu is a regular guest at internationalfestivals - la Roque d’Anthéron, Colmar, Menton, Radio France Montpellier, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Auvers-sur-Oise, Nantes and Japan FolleJournée, Brussels Musiq3, Seoul Spring Festival, and at prestigious venues – Luxembourg Philharmonie, Royal Albert Hall in London, Auditorium de Radio France in Paris, Bucharest Athéneum, Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Concert Hall, Ongakudo Hall Kanazawa, Hermitage St Peters- burg Theatre, Cincinnati Museum Center, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées 

As a chamber musician he also often loves to pair with Thierry Escaich, François Dumont, Ibrahim Maalouf, Frank Braley to name but a few.
His keen interest to give a new breathe to the trumpet repertoire led him to create the Romain Leleu Ensemble, a string quintet, in 2010.

All Romain Leleu’s discography has been critically acclaimed and awarded (RTL Gold Classic, Diapason 5, Pizzicato, Resmusica), widely radio broadcasted (Radio Classique, FIP, France Musi-que, Classic FM, Musiq3).

Romain Leleu is designated as teacher at the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique from September 2018, and gives inter- national masterclasses (Seoul National University, Tokyo College of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Merida International Brass Academy in Mexico). He manages a Trumpet Collection for the Billaudot Publishing House (Paris)

MAYEUL GIRARD Viola

Mayeul Girard began his viola studies at a very young age. After taking a First Prize at the Conservatoire of Boulogne-Billancourt under the guidance of Michel Michalakakos, he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he studied with Bruno Pasquier, David Gaillard, Françoise Gnéri et Nicolas Bône. A founding member of the Quatuor Girard in 2008, he entered the class of the Ysaÿe Quartet at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, then gained his third degree at the Haute École de Musique of Geneva under the guidance of Miguel da Silva.

He has been invited to the Académie Ravel, the Académie Musicale de Villecroze and the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and is a member of the European Chamber Music Academy. He receives advice from Alfred Brendel, Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl and Valentin Erben. Supported by the Banque Populaire and HSBC Foundations, a prize-winner of the Prix Ravel and the Concours de Genève, he has then recorded for the historic label Les Discophiles Français.

In 2016 he founded the Ensemble Gustave with Sullimann Altmayer, Tristan Cornut and Antoine de Grolée. They share their passion for chamber music and deepen the repertoires with other musicians or composers. In 2017, they ordered and created a piano Quartet to the French composer Benoit Menut.

His concert partners also include, among others, Lydija Bizjak, Guillaume Bellom, Raphaël Pidoux, François Salque, Nicolas Dautricourt, Alexandra Soumm, Miguel da Silva, Maurice Bourgue, Romain Leleu and Dame Felicity Lott. He has appeared at many celebrated halls and festivals both in his native France and internationally, such as La Folle Journée de Nantes, l’Opéra-Comique (Paris), Le Printemps des Alizées (Morroco), or the Wigmore Hall (London). He is regularly invited to broadcast on France Musique, and has performed with Jean-François Zygel for French television. He has taught viola and chamber music at the Caen Conservatoire since 2013, where he has been artistic advisor since 2017.

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