Artists


BALSAM

© Kathleen Michiels

Laika

Belgium

Balsam

Laika makes ‘theatre of the senses’. Theatre that starts from new or existing theatre scripts and theatre inspired by contemporary or classical prose from world literature. Theatre that appeals to the senses. Theatre that is bound up with the art of cooking and the pleasure of eating together. 

Peter De Bie and Jo Roets are the artistic driving forces behind the company. They are joined by artists from different disciplines who deliver the company’s hallmark: clear, expressive and sensory shows for children, young people and adults, all of whom foster a childlike sense of wonder. Laika stages productions in halls and auditoria, large and small, but doesn’t hesitate to venture beyond the theatre. For example, site-specific projects, sometimes out in the open air, are part of the repertoire. Laika often joins forces with other companies at home and abroad to make co-productions and is much in demand at international festivals.

Laika is all about smelling, feeling, seeing, hearing and tasting; about sampling epic stories and simple tales, new dishes and unfamiliar worlds. 

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Zefiro Torna

Belgium

Balsam

The internationally renowned vocal-instrumental ensemble Zefiro Torna brings to life the cultural heritage of the middle ages, renaissance and baroque in a unique way. Zefiro Torna does not limit itself to a merely historical approach but combines this with other musical traditions, as well as literature, science, philosophy and contemporary art expressions in the field of visual arts, theatre and dance. This results in captivating and comprehensive concepts with a variety of symbolical or allegorical themes.

The musicians of BALSAM play classical instruments like lute, theorbo, baroque guitar, recorder, (bass) flute, saxophone, (bass) clarinet, flugelhorn. Lesser-known instruments like the Hardanger fiddle, chatkan, kaval or duduk refer to ancient traditions from countries like Norway, Mongolia, Balkan… These instruments have a special place in the timeless music of Zefiro Torna.

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L’offrande musicale

Ensemble Ausonia 

Belgium

L’offrande musicale

Under the impetus of harpsichordist Frédérick Haas, Ausonia was formed in 2001 with its first recording, devoted to the rediscovery of Francoeur’s violin sonatas, with violinist Mira Glodeanu and double bassist James Munro. His ambition: to give a profound meaning to the interpretation of 17th and 18th century music, to rediscover a quality and intensity of playing that is both imbued with the sources and relieved of automatisms. Between the inventiveness of the continuo and the enlightened guidance of the first violin, the ensemble evolves between flexibility and precision. Ausonia is a space of freedom where everyone is invited to express themselves, to feed the collective work with intensity. 

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Frédérick Haas 

France

L’offrande musicale 

Harpsichord and musical direction

Trained at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and the Sorbonne in Paris, Frédérick Haas is passionate about the manufacture of early instruments and steeped in French classical culture. He is welcomed in all the major venues dedicated to Baroque music, both as a soloist and as a member of the Ausonia ensemble, of which he is a co-founder. His approach to the keyboard – harpsichord, organ and fortepiano – gives an essential insight into the works he performs, as demonstrated by his solo discography, which is regularly praised by the specialist press. With Ausonia, he has recorded Francœur, Rameau, Bach, Biber…

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Mira Glodeanu 

France 

L’offrande musicale 

Violin

A sought-after violinist, Mira Glodeanu has performed all over the world and has made numerous recordings as a soloist or konzertmeister, with the Collegium Vocale, the Arpeggiata, the Poème Harmonique, Tafelmusik, etc. Her discography includes sonatas by François Francoeur (a composer she has helped to rediscover), the complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord by J.S. Bach, the Rosary Sonatas by Biber and a highly acclaimed disc devoted to the German Baroque solo violin repertoire. S. Bach’s complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord, Biber’s Rosary Sonatas and a highly acclaimed recording of the German Baroque solo violin repertoire. She is a professor of baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and plays on a violin by A. Chappuy, Paris, 1757. Chappuy, Paris, 1757, and a rare violin by M. Groblicz, Cracow, 1604.   

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Emmanuelle Dauvin

France

L’offrande musicale 

Violin

Emmanuelle Dauvin became interested in the repertoire and interpretation of works from the 17th and 18th centuries at an early age. She studied baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Mira Glodeanu and at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Amandine Beyer. She soon joined various ensembles specialising in early repertoire such as the New Baroque Times, the Parlement de Musique, the Agrémens, the Chapelle Harmonique, the Poème Harmonique, the Chapelle Rhénane, Orfeo 55, Zene, the Talens Lyriques, Ausonia and the Arts Florissants. Between historical research and modernity, she revived an ancient practice unheard of since the 18th century by accompanying herself on the organ, thus playing alone pieces for violin and bass. 

Emmanuelle Dauvin has performed in France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Romania, Spain and Mexico: Resonanzen Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, Teatro Real in Madrid and Guanajuato, Festival de Saint-Michel en Thiérache, Chamber Music Festival Tallin, Philharmonie de Cluj, MA Festival in Bruges, Festival d’Utrecht, Flagey (Brussels), Cité de la Musique, Opéra Comique (Paris), Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, Philharmonie de Paris… 

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Anne Parisot 

France

L’offrande musicale 

Traverso

Anne studied the transverse flute in Paris with Patrick Gallois and left at the age of 19 to perfect her skills in Germany and Switzerland. There she studied modern flute with Robert Aitken and Félix Renggli and traverso with Karl Kaiser, Marc Hantaï and Jan de Winne. She graduated from the Musikhoschule Freiburg im Breisgau, the Musikakademie Basel and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. 

She performs mainly with the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Passions de l’Ame, Les Siècles, le Cercle de l’harmonie and regularly with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, les Musiciens du Prince, les Ambassadeurs, la Grande Écurie… She works under the direction of conductors such as René Jacobs, Pablo Heras-Casado, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jérémie Rhorer, Hervé Niquet, Marc Minkowski… 

Since 2007 she has also been a member of the Spira Mirabilis study project in Italy and a partner in several chamber music ensembles. 

Anne teaches historical flutes at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional d’Avignon.

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James Munro 

Australia

L’offrande musicale 

Contrabass, violone

Born in Australia, James Munro studied contrabass at the Sydney Conservatorium. He then went on to study in Holland at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he specialised in baroque contrabass and violone, graduating in 1992. He has performed as principal contrabass with many renowned early music ensembles and works together with several prominent international orchestras, including La Petite Bande, Anima Eterna, Collegium Vocale Ghent, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Les Musiciens du Louvre, etc. James Munro regularly teaches master classes on both contrabass and violone in the Netherlands, Belgium, Romania and France.

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Les Yeux d’Argos

France

L’offrande musicale 

Urban Beethoven 

Les Yeux d’Argos is a multi-faceted collective engaging in visual and digital arts research and creation. Their project is to bring the public face-to-face with a new vision of the essential qualities of the image, which cross references the sciences, nature and society.

The collective is devoted to sharing and recontextualising scientific, technical and industrial knowledge and to developing social, scientific and ecological conscience. They create sensitive digital and interactive installations that reveal the mysteries of the physical world and raise questions about the nature of being.

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Misia Sert

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Revue Blanche

Belgium

Misia in concert

Revue Blanche is a vocal/instrumental chamber music ensemble with an unusual and richly coloured combination of soprano, viola, harp and flute. Begun in 2010, the ensemble has made rapid strides winning the VRT-Klara Young Talent Award in 2013, the YAMaward in 2016 and recording their very well received disc ‘Shelter’.

The ensemble was named ‘Revue Blanche’, after the French art and literary magazine published at the end of the 19th century. White is the sum of the entire colour spectrum and hints at the idea of the blank canvas, anxiously waiting for opinions and reflections to be written upon it. This influential idea segues smoothly into the aesthetics this ensemble focuses on, resulting in an ongoing search for interesting repertoire. 

Revue Blanche has performed in major concert halls such as Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Amsterdam, Temppeliaukion kirkko Helsinki, Nordea concert hall Tallinn, Opéra de Lille, Bozar Brussels, Flagey Brussels, Concertgebouw Bruges, deSingel Antwerp and De Bijloke Ghent. 

It is clear that the ensemble’s ambitions are wide-ranging. Revue Blanche is not only a chamber music ensemble but is open to other contemporary art forms. It also produces multidisciplinary programmes fusing visual arts, dance, literature and electronic music. This hybrid approach leads to a unique way of experiencing various artistic tendencies of our musical heritage.

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Lore Binon

Belgium

Misia in concert

Soprano

Lore Binon started her musical career as a violinist. Gradually, however, the passion for the voice was taking over. During her studies, she received the Cardon Prize, awarded by the Brussels Royal Conservatory to students with exceptional merits. She continued her training at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona and graduated magna cum laude at the Royal Conservatory of Amsterdam after studying with Valérie Guillorit.

Her delicate and rich musical personality makes Lore a sought-after soloist at home and abroad. She joins musical productions of ensembles and orchestras such as Ictus, Oxalys, Vlaams Radio Koor, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and the Spectra ensemble. In amongst others Die sieben letzte Worte unseres Erlösers – a co-operation with the international Haydn Biënnale-, Bach’s Magnificat, Brahms’s Liebeslieder and Neue Liebeslieder, Händel’s Dixit Dominus and Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, she performs solo parts. She happily and fruitfully collaborates with conductors such as René Jacobs, Hervé Niquet, Jos van Veldhoven and Michel Tabachnik. This season, she premieres on the opera stage as Barbarina from Le Nozze di Figaro, with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra conducted by René Jacobs. She recurrently performed with Ictus and Rosas (Drumming by Steve Reich) and took part in an extensive tour of the Matthäus Passion.

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Kris Hellemans

Belgium

Misia in concert

Viola

Since 2006, Kris Hellemans has been the first viola in Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Occasionally, he is also the first viola in several other Belgian orchestras.

Apart from the orchestral repertoire, Kris has also developed a passion and aptitude for chamber music. He took masterclasses chamber music with the genre’s most prominent musicians and ensembles such as Artemis Quartett, Quatuor Danel, Heime Müller, Eberhard Feltz, Roger Chase and Renaut Capuçon. With the Alfama Quartet, of which he was a member from 2008 until 2014, he performed at various famous (inter)national music halls and chamber music festivals. Kris is a founding member of Revue Blanche, a unique combination of the voice, the flute, the harp and the viola. Revue Blanche has performed in Concertgebouw Brugge, Bozar, Flagey and abroad. The ensemble received the Klara Young Talent Award 2013.

As a freelance chamber musician, Kris frequently joined the Prometheus ensemble, the Spectra ensemble, Festival Est-Ouest and several others.

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Caroline Peeters

Belgium

Misia in concert

Flute

Caroline is the first flute of Flanders Symphony Orchestra. She is equally sought-after by other Belgian orchestras such as De Filharmonie, Brussels Philharmonic and l’Orchestre Philharmonic de Liège. Her talent is also acknowledged in the United Kingdom where she joined The English Chamber Orchestra and The London Philharmonic Orchestra, performing in the Royal Albert Hall and recording at the Abbey Road Studios.

Apart from the orchestral repertoire, Caroline also relishes chamber music. She is a founding member of Revue Blanche, a unique combination of the voice, the flute, the harp and the viola. Revue Blanche has performed in Concertgebouw Brugge, Bozar, Flagey and abroad. The ensemble received the Klara Young Talent Award 2013.

As a freelance flutist, Caroline frequently joins the renowned Ictus Ensemble. Her regular co-operation with De Munt and Opera Vlaanderen illustrate her aptitude for the opera repertoire.

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Anouk Sturtewagen

Belgium

Misia in concert

Harp

As a soloist and a chamber musician, Anouk performs on a regular basis. She has been a soloist in concertos by Händel, Mozart and Debussy and played in duo with double bass Joost Maegerman. 

Since 2004, Anouk has been the solo harpist in Flanders Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance harpist, Anouk frequently joins De Filharmonie, Brussels Philharmonic, De Munt, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and Oxalys. During the 2010-2011 season, Anouk had a trial period at the London Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to which she is still linked as a freelancer.

With the Bilitis Duo, she created the 2013 musical theatre performance “Un ballet réaliste”, a production commissioned by Muziekcentrum de Bijloke that focuses on Cocteau. She also joined the “Tips and Tricks” performance, equally commissioned by de Bijloke. The musical score of “Tips and Tricks” is composed by Joris Blanckaert; the text discussing migration is written by Sarah Eisa.

Schwanengesang, un cycle ?

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Stephane Ginsburgh

Belgium

Schwanengesang, un cycle ?

Piano

A tireless surveyor of the repertoire but also explorer of new combinations including voice, percussion, performance or electronics, Stephane Ginsburgh performs as a soloist in many international festivals such as Ars Musica (Brussels), Quincena Musical (San Sebastian), ZKM Imatronic (Karlsruhe), Agora (Paris), Bach Academie Brugge, Ultima Oslo, Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse, Gaida (Vilnius), Warsaw Autumn, Klara Festival (Brussels), Festival Forum (Moscow) and Musica Strasbourg. He has collaborated with many contemporary composers such as Frederic Rzewski, James Tenney, Philippe Boesmans, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Stefan Prins or Matthew Shlomowitz as well as with choreographers such as Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (Rosas) and visual artists such as Peter Downsbrough and Kurt Ralske. Ginsburgh has recorded for Sub Rosa, Naxos, Cypres, Kairos and World Edition. He likes immersive programs offering integrals: Prokofiev’s Sonatas, Beethoven’s last Sonatas, Rachmaninov’s Etudes-Tableaux. Ginsburgh holds a Masters in Music and studied piano with Paul Badura-Skoda, Jerome Lowenthal, Vitaly Margulis and Claude Helffer. He also holds a Bachelor in Philosophy of Science from U.L.B. and a Doctorate in Arts from V.U.B. 

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Shadi Torbey

Belgium, Lebanon

Schwanengesang, un cycle ?

Bass-baritone

Shadi Torbey completed his studies in literature as well as in cultural management at the University of Brussels. He then studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where he earned the highest degrees in Opera and Concert. He then perfected his skills under the direction of José van Dam at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

He has had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned directors (Braunschweig, Carsen, Latella, Pizzi, Ronconi, Herrmann…) and prestigious conductors (Christie, Bartoletti, Davin, Lopez-Banzo, McCreesh, Pidò, Goodman, Equilbey, Viotti…).

His stage roles include Leporello (Don Giovanni), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Lord Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims), Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), the Drum Major (Le Caïd), Mephisto (Ludwig Spohr’s Faust), Colline (La Bohème), Ismenor (Dardanus), and Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress).

Forme(s) de vie

Shonen

France

Forme(s) de vie

Dance company 

Shonen, based in Marseille, was founded in 2007 under the leadership of Eric Minh Cuong Castaing, a choreographer and visual artist. 

Since then Shonen has carried a dozen transdisciplinary choreographic creations – shows, performances, films, installations – bringing together dance and new technologies within the framework of processes qualified as “In situ in socius”, creating links between public and private institutions (research laboratories, schools, hospitals, NGOs, etc.) and the art world. His creations are presented in the field of performing arts as well as the visual arts, in France and internationally.

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Éric Minh Cuong Castaing 

France

 

Forme(s) de vie

Choreographer

The choreographer Éric Minh Cuong Castaing, born in Seine-Saint-Denis, founded the company Shonen – “teenager” in Japanese – in 2007. He has been an associate artist of the Ballet National de Marseille since 2016.

Within his company, he has created about fifteen shows, installations, performances, films… combining dance and new technologies (humanoid robots, drones, augmented reality…). His projects, which he describes as “in socius”, take shape within societal realities, in partnership with institutions outside the art world (research laboratories, schools, hospitals, NGOs…). Eric M.C.C. explores the relational modes of the body and its representations in the digital age, questioning the dualities of art/society, reality/fiction, nature/culture, organic/artificial.

Graduate of the Gobelins L’école de l’image (Paris), the choreographer Eric M.C.C. was first, during several years, a graphic designer in the animation cinema. Interested in the relationship between the body and the image, as well as in real-time choreographic writing, he discovered hip-hop in 1997, then Japanese buto, under the guidance of masters Carlotta Ikeda and Gyohei Zaitsu, and finally contemporary dance, notably with the German visual choreographer VA Wölfl.

The work of his company is shown in France and Europe, supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and has received various awards (Audi talents 2017, Pulsar 2017,..).

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The Wunderkammer of Polyphony

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Graindelavoix

Belgium

The Wunderkammer of Polyphony

Graindelavoix is an Antwerp-based music and art ensemble, directed by Björn Schmelzer, working with the past as a message in a bottle, erupting the flow of current trends.  

The “grain” is the bone in the throat, the thing out of place, in the past as well as in the present.

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Urban Beethoven

Nima Sarkechik

France, Iran

Urban Beethoven

Piano

His remarkable concerts at the National Gallery of Arts and at the Kennedy Center in Washington crowned a flourishing international career. From Rome to New York, via Bogota and Tel Aviv, the Franco-Iranian pianist is acclaimed in the most prestigious halls around the world. 

Among other distinctions, he is a laureate of the Banque Populaire Group Foundation and finalist of the Clara Haskil competition. His commitment leads him to share the stage alongside Cyprien Katsaris, David Lively and Husseyin Sermet within the framework of the Association of Artists for Peace (ADAP), but also to teach in south-eastern Cappadocia to young Turkish students not far from the Syrian border. 

The urban arts are regularly invited to join his artistic projects, with the most disadvantaged youth as well as the most informed audiences. 

He also devotes himself to Persian music with great masters of the Iranian tradition. 

His first recording, released in 2008 by Zig-Zag Territoires / Harmonia Mundi, is dedicated to Frédéric Chopin and Hugues Dufourt. 

As part of the “Urban Brahms” project that he founded in 2015, the following year the complete music for solo piano by Brahms was released for the label “live at the Triton” recorded in 6 concerts. 

Between Argentina and France, via the United States, Central America, China and Russia, he currently devotes himself to the recording of chamber music with piano by Brahms. The urban arts find their place in it thanks to a unifying and multidisciplinary momentum.

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Hervé Sika

France

Urban Beethoven

Dance

Hervé Sika, choreographer, dancer and teacher, created his company in 2006. This was the start of a singular choreographic research in which hip hop, the raw material of his work, constitutes a starting point for exploring new territories. His dance is nourished, constructed and transformed by encounters and collaborations. He is influenced by many things: hip hop culture, contemporary dance, butoh, theatre, circus, plastic arts, visual arts… He has worked with choreographers Hamid Ben Mahi and Christine Bastin, directors Mohamed Rouabhi, Guy Alloucherie and Ahmed Madani, circus artists from the Académie Fratellini and the CNAC in Chalon… but also with historian Gérard Noiriel, the Bondy Blog team, the Palais de Tokyo and the Centre Pompidou. More recently, he has regularly been involved in the world of classical music, whether through his numerous collaborations with the pianist Nima Sarkechik, or through his meeting with the conductor Mélanie Levy-Thiébaut. He worked with her on the amateur creation project Hip Hop Story, and then on the Opera Ballet Corps pour Corps. He recently worked with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris on Douze Cordes – an ‘opéra boxé’ (boxed opera) written with and for prisoners.

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Shirly Laub

Urban Beethoven

Musical direction string orchestra

Shirly Laub studied with Clemens Quatacker at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and with Viktor Liberman and Philippe Hirshhorn in Utrecht. In 1997 she was awarded the title of ‘Jeune Soliste des communautés des radios publiques de langue française’ and in 2001 received a Juventus award from the Council of Europe. That same year she joined the New York-based Silk Road Ensemble, in which she played chamber music with cellist Yo-Yo Ma throughout the world. She has made recordings of music for violin and piano duo and of chamber music and as first violinist for various radio stations, including Musiq’3, Klara, Concertzender, Radio Classique France, Suisse Romande, Radio Canada, RAI, and the BBC, and on the Explicit! and Fuga Libera labels. As a solo violinist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, from 1998 to 2005, she was regularly invited to perform as concertmaster at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), in the BBC orchestras, and in the leading Belgian symphony orchestras, as well as in France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Korea. Concerts as a soloist and chamber musician – for the most part as first violin of Oxalys and in TrioFenix – have seen her perform in the world’s most prestigious concert halls. She also teaches the violin at the Royal Brussels Conservatory.

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C#2

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Cindy Castillo

Belgium

C#2

Organetto

Cindy Castillo studied organ at Brussels, Namur, Strasbourg and Paris Conservatories with Jean Ferrard, Benoît Mernier, Christophe Mantoux, Michel Bouvard and Olivier Latry. She is a winner of the Rotary Foundation, Fondation de la Vocation and Fondation de Lacour. In 2008-2009 she was artist in residence at the Sapporo Concert Hall. 

Cindy Castillo works in close relationship with contemporary composers like Claude Ledoux, Jean-Pierre Deleuze and Pierre Slinckx. She teaches organ with Hampus Lindwall at IMEP (Namur) as part of the brand new educational project called “OrgueStudio”.

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Pierre Slinckx

Belgium

C#2

Composition, live electronics

Pierre Slinckx likes to mix electronic music with classical acoustic instruments. He plays live electronics together with his fellow musicians in a chamber music setup. The duet “C#1” with Cindy Castillo on the church organ and the quintet “M#1” with the Quatuor MP4 are two recent projects embracing this approach. Both pieces have been released by Cyprès records. His next album is dedicated to a large piece written for the Hopper Ensemble and will be released on the same label.

Pierre Slinckx teaches musical analysis at ARTS2 in Mons.

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Julien Chauvin

France

ARTONOV at the Villa Carpentier
Violin & direction

Julien Chauvin was attracted at an early age by the Baroque revolution and the new wave of historically informed performance practice using period instruments, and moved to the Netherlands to train at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Vera Beths, who founded L’Archibudelli with Anner Bylsma.

In 2003, he was a prizewinner at the International Early Music competition in Bruges. Since then he has performed as a soloist in South America, South Africa and Georgia, while at the same time playing in the leading European Baroque ensembles, before founding in 2005 Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, which he directed jointly with Jérémie Rhorer for ten years.

Realising his desire to bring back to life a celebrated ensemble of the eighteenth century, in 2015 he formed a new orchestra, Le Concert de la Loge. The ambitions of this modern recreation have been demonstrated by its exploration of forgotten works from the French orchestral and vocal-operatic repertory, but also of innovative forms of direction (the ensemble is directed from the violin) and concert formats encouraging spontaneous and imaginative reactions from the audience.

In parallel with this, he continues his collaboration with the Quatuor Cambini-Paris, formed in 2007, with which he performs the string quartets of Jadin, David, Gouvy, Mozart, Gounod and Haydn.

Julien Chauvin has recorded concertante works by Haydn, Beethoven and Berlioz on the Eloquentia and Ambroisie-Naïve labels. In 2016 he began recording Haydn’s complete ‘Paris’ Symphonies with Le Concert de la Loge for Aparté.

He regularly appears in recital with Jean-François Heisser, Alain Planès, Christophe Coin, Justin Taylor and Olivier Baumont. He and Baumont recorded the disc ‘À Madame’ at Versailles Palace.

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Karine Crocquenoy

France

ARTONOV at the Villa Carpentier
Violin

Karine is a deeply responsive musician whose sensibilities were nurtured behind the scenes at the Orchestre National de France, where she spent her entire childhood with her musician parents.

Smiling, elegant, always there for others, she enchants audiences with her radiant stage presence and the subtlety of her playing.

She is a founding member of the Quatuor Cambini-Paris. This string quartet, formed in 2007, has received unanimous acclaim from the critics of such publications as Diapason, Classica, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Les Échos, The New York Timesand Télérama.

Within the quartet, she also excels in logistics – perhaps even with a touch of perfectionism!

Her sound palette on the classical violin – in which she graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris – has been enriched over time by the warm colours of gut strings and all the period bows that shape each musical line.

For many years now she has combined her energies with the members of Le Concert de la Loge (Julien Chauvin) and Les Talens Lyriques (Christophe Rousset).

An indefatigable traveller, she appears in festivals and prestigious concert halls around the world, among them such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Berlin Philharmonie.

Her discography includes more than forty recordings with such labels as Ambroisie, Naïve, Aparté, Harmonia Mundi, Palazzetto Bru Zane and Virgin Classics.

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Pierre-Éric Nimylowycz

France

ARTONOV at the Villa Carpentier
Viola

Upon first discovering orchestra and chamber music within the walls of the music school of his childhood, just outside Paris, Pierre-Eric Nimylowycz felt destined to become a musician.

Faithful to these first feelings of artistic joy, he studied violin, baroque violin and viola with Nathanaëlle Marie, Patrick Bismuth, Manuel Solans and François Fernandez; harmony and counterpoint with Raphaël Picazos, Pierre Pincemaille and Loïc Mallié; and orchestration with Olivier Kaspar, first at the Boulogne Conservatoire, and then later at the Paris and Lyon conservatories of Music (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique) before receiving his Bachelor of Musicology at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne.

Thereafter, he had the opportunity to play chamber music with artists such as Patrick Cohen, Olivier Beaumont, Jaap Schröder, François Fernandez, Cécile Agator, Stéphanie Marie-Degand, Jérôme Pernoo, Henri Demarquette and Sergey Malov, in ensembles such as Le Cercle de l’Harmonie (Jérémie Rhorer), Le Concert d’Astrée (Emmanuelle Haïm), Ricercar Consort (Philippe Pierlot) and Les Talens Lyriques (Christophe Rousset).

He is particularly interested in the string quartet repertoire as a viola player. It was with a desire to explore new musical horizons through the rediscovery of neglected works that he joined the Cambini-Paris Quartet in 2010.

He has since recorded the world premiere of Terra Desolata, composed by Thierry Escaïch, for a baroque ensemble.

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Grégoire Korniluk

France

ARTONOV at the Villa Carpentier
Cello

Atypical, diverse and ambitious, this is how one could describe the musical career of Gregoire Korniluk, a cellist with many facets.

Grégoire Korniluk has performed as a soloist in Europe and the United States, and he has been invited to chamber music festivals such as Cobham (UK), South Hadley (USA), Cordes sur ciel, Auvers sur Oise, Festival de violoncelles de Beauvais etc.

He has played regularly with the Paris Opera Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, solo cello with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux etc. 

In 2004, he met the accordionist Daniel Mille and the actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, who have since become his constant companions. Together they have performed hundreds of times their shows “Apollinaire”, “3 Poètes Libertaires”, acclaimed by the press as well as by the public.

Numerous jazz personalities have relied on his talent, both in concert and in the studio, such as Daniel Mille, Ibrahim Maalouf, Hugh Coltman, Diego Imbert, Frank Woeste, Greg Hutchinson, Driss El Maloumi, Ballaké Sissoko.

His pleasure of sharing the stage being the common thread of his artistic encounters, chamber music naturally finds its place; with pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and long-time accomplice Sarah Nemtanu, concertmaster of the Orchestre National de France, they created the Neuburger-Nemtanu-Korniluk Trio in 2020

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Vincenzo Casale

Italy

ARTONOV in the Villa Carpentier (second part)
Clarinet

Vincenzo Casale (1981) is an Italian clarinet player and conductor, who has specialized in historical performance practice with original instruments. He is much in demand throughout Europe and North America both as a soloist and a chamber music player, and in recent years has been invited to take part in several projects as a guest conductor and artistic director. He has performed in solo and chamber music concerts with artists such as forte-pianists Claire Chevallier, Boyan Vodenitcharov and Viviana Sofronisky, as well as playing chamber music with Sergei Istomin, Roel Dieltiens, Paul Dombrecht, Marcel Ponseele and Genevieve Soly.

Besides collaborating on tours throughout Europe and America in recent years, one can cite those with the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, the Chambre Philharmonique, the Orchestra of the 18th century, Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Köln, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Les Agremens, Concert Spirituel, Il Fondamento, Das Neue Orchester,Kölner academie, Opera Fuoco, Philidor, Harmony of Nations, Ecurie et Chambre du Roi, Anima Eterna, Les talens lyrique, Bachorchester Hannover, Camerata Silesia, Cercle dell’ Harmonie…

He also owns a remarkable collection of historical clarinets with many romantic French and German originals (Pöschl, Osterried, Guerre, Simiot, Greve, Widman, Lefevre…). 

He is Professor of historical clarinet at the Gent Royal Conservatory and also teaches at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. 

Vincenzo Casale is founder and artistic director of the ARTONOV Festival. 

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Thomas Luks

Belgium

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Concept and cello 

Thomas Luks studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and obtained his first prize cello with Roel Dieltiens, while also studying early chamber music with Paul Dombrecht. He then specializes in baroque cello with Lidewij Scheifes and during various masterclasses (with Bruno Cocset, among others).

Thomas Luks collaborates with numerous ensembles such as Le Cercle de l’Harmonie (Jérémie Rohrer), Les Arts Florissants (William Christie), Les Agrémens (Guy Van Waas),  Anima Eterna (Jos Van Immerseel) , Les Talens Lyriques (Christophe Rousset), La Petite Bande  (Sigiswald Kuijken) and Les Ambassadeurs (Alexis Kossenko). He was a member of La Chambre Philharmonique (Emmanuel Krivine) and a founding member of Il Fondamento (Paul Dombrecht).

As a chamber music player, he works with Bachplus, Il Gardellino, Stradivaria, and is a founding member of the pianoforte trio Inedito and the Tost string quartet.

Thomas Luks also works with dance and theater companies. He created ‘To Intimate’ with dancers/choreographers Mark Lorimer and Cynthia Loemij, ‘Minnevozen’ with theater company Leporello, music theater pieces for children ‘D’Bremer Stadtmuzikanten’ and ‘Terra Nova’ with Dan Tanson and Virginie Descharmes, among others.

Marieke Bouche

France

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Violin

After studying in Lyon and then specialising in classical and romantic music in Saintes, she now performs in small ensembles as well as in large structures.

She is a violinist in numerous ensembles, baroque (Collegium Vocale Gent (P. Herreweghe), B’rock (R. Jacobs), and classicial and romantic (Cercle de l’Harmonie (J.Rohrer), Orhcestre des Champs Elysées (P. Herreweghe), Animan Aeterna (J. van Immerseel), le Concert de la Loge (J. Chauvin), Il Convito (Maud Graton).

In chamber music, she has been invited for various projects, including regularly in the following ensembles: Les Cris de Paris (G. Jourdain), Le Banquet Celeste (Damien Guillon), La Simphonie du Marais (H. Reyne), La Clique des lunaisiens (A. Marzorati). She is a member of a baroque group, Suonare e Cantare, and a variable-geometry ensemble ranging from sonata to chamber orchestra, with a classical and romantic repertoire, La Petite SYmphonie (D. Isoir). 

Since 2015, She has developped her activity in the theatre. In 2015, with the actress Cécile Coustillac, she created a concert-lecture bringing togehter Bach and Duras, that has been presented in numerous festivals. Her second creation, in collaboration with the puppet company Métaphores, stages a short story by Marguerit Yourcenar, “Commen Wang Fo fut sauvé” (How Wang Fo was saved), based on music ranging from Purcell to Debussy. In it she is both storyteller and musician.

Wendy Ruymen

Belgium

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Viola

Wendy Ruymen studied at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles with Thérèse-Marie Gilissen. She graduated with a first prize for viola and chamber music, and later with the higher diploma for viola, magna cum lauda.

She then specialized in Classical and Romantic music performance practice with Jean-Philippe Vasseur in Saintes (F).

At the Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Brussel she was a student of Sigiswald Kuijken.

Wendy collaborates with numerous renowned ensembles : Les Muffatti, B’Rock, L’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Vox Luminis, Les Agrémens, Collegium Vocale Gent, Les Talens Lyriques, Ricercar Consort, Cappriccio Stravagante, Lingua Franca…

Mark Lorimer

United Kingdom

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Dancer 

Since graduating from the London School of Contemporary Dance in 1991, Mark Lorimer has worked as dancer, choreographer, teacher and rehearsal director. His main collaborations as a dancer have been with Rosas/Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker (1994- present) and with ZOO/Thomas Hauert (1997- 2005). Alongside these he has worked on many projects with (among others) Alix Eynaudi, Deborah Hay, Boris Charmatz, Kris Verdonck, Marten Spangberg, Drillet et Saldana (UPSBD) and Alain Buffard. He occasionally makes his own work and will be premiering a piece at the La Batie Festival in Geneva in September 2021 “Canon and On and On… » with independent dancers from the region. He teaches regularly at P.A.R.T.S., la Manufacture Lausanne (generating personal material and musical choreographic writing), CDC-Toulouse and for other institutions and independent dance organisations.

Damien Tresanini

France

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Workshop animator

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Stage director

After studying music therapy and operatic singing, Damien Tresanini devoted himself to stage direction. Since 2011, he has been working with Annie Tasset for, among others, Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc) and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel). At the Paris Opera, he has collaborated with Willy Decker, Isabelle Cardin and Duane Schuller for La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) and La Fanciulla del West (Puccini). He assisted Armand Delcampe in L’Amant Jaloux at the Atelier Théâtre Jean Vilar in Louvain-la-neuve, and works regularly at the Opéra de la Monnaie: La Vestale (directed by Eric Lacascade), Foxie! La Petite Renarde Rusée (directed by Christophe Coppens), Orfeo & Majnun (directed by Martina Winkel and Airan Berg), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski). His first production as author/stage director “La Querelle ou l’art de décrier ce qu’on n’entend pas” was premiered in Apt in 2016.

He regularly leads workshops for children on opera productions including The Little Sweep (Britten), Orfeo & Majnun, Bastien & Bastienne (Mozart). Recently he has collaborated with the Brussels Museum of Fine Arts and Solentra to offer workshops for children around the works on display at the museum.

Jens Van den NieuwenhuysenArtists 2021