MUSIC MASTERCLASS : WEEK 1


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Solenne Païdassi - Violin

“ She has it all: a perfect mastery, a firm bow, warm tones in low notes and bright ones in thehighs, a rare purity of intonation and a whole lot of intelligence.

Solenne Païdassi, winner of the Long-Thibaud 2010 competition, not only has an amazing talent,but also a great deal of flair.

She is for sure one of the best French violinists of her generation.
With her taut and bright but still gentle aesthetic, her cheeky smile and raging humor, her vitality,her drive and her sense of rhythm, Païdassi thrives high.

What an impressive charisma! “

Nicolas Derny | Diapason 2015

Since her coronation at the Long-Thibaud 2010 competition, the violinist Solenne Païdassimaintains her course with the determination, the integrity and the sensibility that define herplaying. Just as comfortable when playing Tchaïkovski, Brahms, Bach or Rihm, the youngmusician has recently taken up her position as Concertmaster of the Belgian National Orchestra.According to a large part of her faithful audience, the French soloist literally “sings” with herinstrument. Her beautiful sound, her peaceful strength and her will to play for others are all keys toher success.

Despite her young age, Païdassi already performed in some of the most prestigious halls in theworld: the Tonhalle in Zürich, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Carnegie Hall in New York, theConcertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Gaveau in Paris and many others... She also took part inmany festivals such as the Festival International de Colmar, the Festival Radio France Montpellier,the Folle Journée de Nantes, the Tongyeong International Music Festival, the Sion ValaisInternational Festival, and others...

She was invited as a soloist by the Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France, the OrchestreNational de France, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montpellier, the Cannes and AuvergneOrchestras, the Sinfonia Varsovia and much more... She had the opportunity to perform under thebaton of Lawrence Foster, Shlomo Mintz, Vladimir Spivakov, Theodor Guschlbauer and DarellAng.

Critics highly praised her recordings. The first one, recorded with French pianist LaurentWagschal, is dedicated to Franck, Pierné, Saint-Saëns and Massenet (Indesens, 2013). In 2014,she recorded an opus dedicated to Stravinsky and Szymanowski (Aparté 2014) that was awardeda CHOC by Classica magazine. Her newest album, the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas, willbe released at the end of the year.

After finishing her studies at the Nice and Geneva conservatoire, then at the London RoyalAcademy and at the Philadelphia Curtis Institute of Music, Païdassi received her diploma at theHanover Hochschule für Musik und Theater. Winner of many awards, in France and abroad, shestood out during the Hanover international competition of in 2009, the Sion-Valais competitionand the Gyeongnam competition in Korea.

Païdassi is a regular guest on France Music but also on Deutschlandradio Kultur and NDR Kultur.She was broadcasted in the SüdWestRundfunk with the Stuttgart Radio-Sinfonieorchester in2012.

She plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini of 1784, lent by the French Zilber Vatelot Rampalfoundation. 

Hélène Dautry - Cello

Initially trained as a pianist, Hélène Dautry turned later to cello, developing very quickly an exceptional record that led her after only five years to the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris where she studied cello with Maurice Gendron and chamber music with Jean Hubeau. After being awarded an exceptional first prize as cellist, she earned a postgraduate degree in chamber music in the class of Jean Mouillière.

Prize winner of the International Maurice Ravel Academy, Hélène Dautry was invited to play under conductors such as Jean-Pierre Wallez, Frédéric Chaslin, Patrick Fournillier, Peter Csaba ...

During her twelve years as principal cello of  the Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra, she had the opportunity to perform as a soloist in the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Consequently she was solo cello of the Besançon Orchestra for ten years, conducted by Peter Csaba.

Member of Geister Trio and Léonore Trio, she also shared the stage with many artists such as Catherine Collard, Edson Elias, Jean-Claude Van den Eyden, Romano Pallottini, Hugues Leclère, Jérôme Ducros, Jérôme Pernoo, Pierre Fouchenneret, Radu Blidar, 

Jean-Marc Philipps ..., performing at several festivals:  La Roque d'Anthéron, Midi Minimes in Brussels, Les Arcs, Young Soloists in Perigord, Nancyphonies, Musicalta, International Music Meetings in Graves, Academies Festival of Colmar, Music'Alp Festival ...

Since 2012, Hélène Dautry  is a regular guest of the  Cello Arte Festival with Bruno Rigutto Sergio Lamberto, Geneviève Teulières-Sommer, Pierre-Henri Xuereb, Giacomo Fuga ...

In addition to her concert career, she is a renowned pedagogue, as cello Professor at several institutions: Conservatoire de Région de Paris, Pôle Supérieur Paris-Boulogne, Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris and Royal College of Music in London. As part of a tribute to Maurice Gendron she was invited to give a master class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2002. She also gave public lessons in St. Petersburg, Minsk, CRR Lyon, the Master Class at the Château de La Roche Guyon ...

She has recently recorded an album with pianist Bruno Rigutto dedicated to works of Franck, Schumann and Debussy which will be released under the label Lyrinx in the near future.

Recognized as one outstanding personality of her generation, Hélène Dautry is passionate about the transmission and sharing of music.

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