Due to the pandemic, we have sadly had to cancel the Music Masterclasses

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20th July - 25th July 2020

David Gaillard - Viola

Son of a rock guitarist and a storyteller, David Gaillard was introduced to music by oral transmission and improvisation. While continuing his musical education with extensive studies at the conservatoire of Mulhouse (unanimous first prize in violin, piano, theory, composition and conducting) he started to appear on stage at a very young age for classical, jazz or rock concerts.

Ranked first in the entrance examinations for the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) in Paris, he received unanimous first prize in viola, first prize in harmony and second prize in counterpoint, before being accepted for his master’s degree. His teachers were Jean Sulem, Bruno Pasquier, Hatto Beyerle and Veronika Hagen.

Subsequently David Gaillard entered the Orchestre de Paris as principal viola and finally was chosen as the successor of Bruno Pasquier at the CNSM de Paris.

As an appreciated chamber musician he appeared on the big international stages with artists such as Menahem Pressler, Christoph Eschenbach… He is member of the Dissonances Quartet with David Grimal, Arnaud Vallin and Xavier Philips.

Even though he is a well-known artist in the world of classical music he has nevertheless kept his passion for all styles of music and continues expanding his horizon.

He was member of the Sirba Octet, a renowned ensemble for yiddish music and critically acclaimed recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon, for thirteen years and has joined Jean-Philippe Viret and his quartet « Supplément d’Ame » who has appeared at festivals such as the Paris Jazz Festival and « Jazz in Marciac ».

Tristan Cornut - Cello

Born in Paris, Tristan Cornut is laureate of many international competitions, notably the ARD Competition in Munich, the Domnick Competition in Stuttgart and the Gaspar Cassado Competition in Hachioji (Japan). 

He has appeared as a soloist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra among others. Since 2012 he is principal cellist of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

As a chamber musician, he has performed with many leading artists, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Antonio Meneses, Salvatore Accardo, Daniel Hope and Bruno Giuranna. Tristan has also been awarded top prizes for chamber music at the Melbourne and Trondheim Competitions.

A graduate of the Paris Conservatory, Tristan Cornut studied with Roland Pidoux, and later with Jean-Guihen Queyras in Stuttgart and Freiburg. Since 2017 he holds a professorship at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart.

Annelien van Wauwe - Clarinette

The Belgian clarinetist Annelien van Wauwe, former BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the renowned Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2018, is known for her expressive, intensive, lyrical and honest performances. She is considered to be one of the most fascinating and original clarinetists of her generation.

The Dutch record company Pentatone signed a long-term partnership with Annelelien in 2018. Her remarkable debut CD "belle époque" with the Orchestre National de Lille under Alexandre Bloch was released in 2019.

Annelien has won numerous competitions. Her joint first prize award at the 61st International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich in 2012 was a decisive step towards international recognition.  Since then, Annelien has performed with many leading orchestras including the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk, the Deutsches Symphonieorchester, the SWR Radio Symphonie Orchester Stuttgart, the Münchner Kammerorchester, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the numerous symphonic orchestras of the BBC.

She made her BBC Prom's debut in the summer of 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cadogan Hall and in 2018 performed Mozart's clarinet concerto at a televised BBC Prom with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaerd. Annelien makes regular appearances at prestigious halls in Europe as well as international festivals.

As an inspired chamber musician, Annelien co-founded the Brussels chamber music ensemble CAROUSEL in 2018 with the aim of performing existing and new chamber music of the highest level.

Together with pianist Lucas Blondeel, she recorded the sonatas by Weinberg and Prokofiev for the Genuin label. This album was highly appreciated by the press and Annelien won the Klara Award from the Flemish Radio in 2015.

Her passion for music, and the clarinet in particular has inspired a number of composers to write for her.  For example, Manfred Trojahn dedicated his "Sonata V" to Annelien in 2017. Her intensive practice of yoga and its positive influence on her clarinet playing prompted Annelien to commission SUTRA, a clarinet concerto based on breath and meditation, written by Wim Hendrerickx and co-commissioned by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

Annelien van Wauwe originally studied with the renowned soloist Sabine Meyer in Lübeck. They have a deep musical bond and can be found on stage together on a regular basis.  Among her teachers are international performers, including Yehuda Gilad in Los Angeles, Pascal Moragues in Paris, Alessandro Carbonare in Rome and Wenzel Fuchs and Ralf Forster in Berlin.  Annelien has a strong affinity for early music and studied historical clarinet with Eric Hoeprich and Ernst Schlader.  She is an avid pedagogue, regularly gives masterclasses and is principal teacher at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp.

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