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Samika Honda, violin
The truly cosmopolitan Samika Honda was born in Kochi, Japan, grew up in England, and since 2000 has lived in Paris. She studied with Gérard Poulet and Olivier Charlier at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM) where she gained diplomas in Violin, String Quartet, Chamber Music, as well as the Master 2 degree in Violin. Prize winner at national and international competitions in violin and chamber music, she founded the Ise Quartet and the Ensemble Monsolo (ex-Quintet Monsolo). Samika Honda has performed in many festivals such as the Casals Festival in Prades, the Easter festival of Deauville, les Amis de Mozart, and Musique à la Ferme (France). She has played as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Yamagata, the Lower Silsesia Philharmonic Orchestra, and in prestigious halls including the Grand Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. Her 2010 recording of Ysaye's Six Sonatas for solo violin under the Polymnie label was nominated as the disc of the month in the January 2011 The Strad Magazine. Samika Honda has recorded her second album Pour Ysaye with Emmanuel Christien, releasing in september 2012 under the label Polymnie. Samika Honda is also an active charity musician, organising regularly charity events to help the victimes of the Tsunami in Japan, Haiti, Thailand, and participating in volunteer concerts tour for children in Bangladesh and in Japan with the Music Sharing (2012-2013). Samika Honda is the Leader of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2008, Samika Honda has played on a magnificent violin by Pietro Giacomo Rogeri (1721).
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Sylvain Durantel, viola
Sylvain Durantel began his viola studies under Françoise Gnéri and later Bruno Pasquier at the CNSM in Paris, where he would win a First Prize with jury honours, before advancing his skills on a “cycle de perfectionnement” course. A chamber music fan, Sylvain Durantel was trained by Christian Ivaldi, Jens Mc Manama, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Jean Mouillère and Walter Levin. He obtained a First Prize for the string quartet at the CNSM. He plays at the orchestras of the national operas in Paris, Ile de France, Capitole in Toulouse, and the Pays de la Loire.
Solo viola player of the Orchestre de Douai - Nord Pas de Calais, he is member of the Opéra National de Lorraine.

 

Julien Lazignac, cello
Winner of Charles Oulmont Prize, named "Classical Revelation of the Year 2008" by ADAMI, Julien Lazignac is d'emploi inspired by the teaching of Philippe Muller in whose class he obtained his Price of Conservatory Paris before perfecting with Raphaël Pidoux and receiving the guidance of David Geringas and Natalia Gutman during master classes. Winner of international competitions (second prize and special prize at Witold Lutoslawski, first prize at San Sebastian), he attaches great importance to chamber music in his practice. Training piano trio, with the Trio Metabole, he obtained his Master of the Paris Conservatory in the class of Claire Desert, Ami Flammer and Yovan Markovich and follows the teaching of Hatto Beyerle in the European Chamber Music Academy. In October 2009, the Great Price of Forum de Normandie is won by the cello piano duo Kanae Endo /Julien Lazignac. Training piano quartet, in Monsolo ensemble, he receives advice from Valentin Erben and performs with Monsolo Ensemble several tours in Japan before releasing a CD devoted to Chausson and Mahler. Julien Lazignac occurred during festivals "Pablo Casals", "La Roque d'Anthéron", "La Folle Journée" but also Salle Pleyel, Salle Cortot, and in the Great Hall of Warsaw. Passionate about contemporary music, Julien Lazignac is also dedicatee of Ancient Paraphrase on the Myth of Pan for cello and orchestra by composer Matthew Stefanelli. He ensured the creation on 12 March 2009, at the Auditorium St. Germain. Since 2011, Julien Lazignac is principal cellist of the orchestra Limoges in which he has participated in numerous symphonic and operatic productions but also in chamber music and as a soloist.

 

Emmanuel Christien, piano
Emmanuel Christien is one of France s most diverse young pianists. Born in 1982, he began playing the piano when he was five years old. Following early musical studies in the CNR of Nancy, he then studied with Olivier Gardon at the CNR Paris, and during this time was a prize winner in numerous different competitions. Admitted by unanimous jury vote to the prestigious CNSM of Paris as a student of Jacques Rouvier, he obtained the “Diploma de Formation Supérieure” with a unanimous jury distinction, also receiving the “Feydau de Brou Saint-Paul” award. He has performed and participated in masterclasses with celebrated musicians and personalities including J-P. Collard, P. Badura-Skoda, A. Quéffelec, J-C. Pennetier and A. Ciccolini. Emmanuel Christien has won numerous prizes and awards as a pianist, accompanist and chamber musician. In 2004, he was a prizewinner at the International Piano Competition Casagrande, for his performance of the piano music of Brahms. As a chamber musician, he has performed under the instruction of P-L. Aimard, D. Hovora, C. Ivaldi, M. Hentz, C. Désert and A. Flammer, and being highly commended for his ensemble playing in performance with cellist Aurélienne Brauner. A passionate advocate of vocal music, and a prize winner for the same, he has been coached in this capacity by J. Cohen and A. Grappotte. In 2005, Emmanuel Christien was accepted into the prestigious “cycle de perfectionnement” – at the CNSMDP and for this achievement, he was bestowed a Blüthner piano by Foundation of A. Reinhold. He has performed in his native France, and elsewhere in Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent performances include those at the Festival Summer Music in Epernay, National Archives, Paris Senate, the Theatre and Auditorium of the City of Music, Chopin Festival in Bagatelle, Roque d'Anthéron, Folle Journée in Nantes, in Pérouse and in Mitchell Hall in Aberdeen and most recently in Japan, invited to participate in the prestigious Kyoto Student Festival. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Orchestra of Caen, the soloists of the National Orchestra of France and the orchestra of the CNSMDP.

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