Born in 1992, Jean-Baptiste Doulcet is a pianist, improviser, composer. In 2019, he won the 4th prize and the Audience Prize in the Marguerite-Long competition (chaired by Martha Argerich), as well as the Modern Times Prize in the Clara Haskil 2019 competition (President Christian Zacharias).
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Jean-Baptiste is also the 2nd prize winner of the 8th Nordic Piano Competition and awarded by the Charles Oulmont Foundation.
Considered one of the rising stars of the French piano like Alexandre Kantorow and Rémi Geniet (Classica Magazine), he released his first CD recorded live during a Beethoven / Schumann recital as well as improvisations (label les Spiriades, 2017). We have heard it in recent years in France (Pleyel, Gaveau, Cortot, La Roque d’Anthéron, Lisztomania, and in 2020 at the Folle Journée in Nantes and Nohant), in Denmark, in the United States, in Germany, in Italy, in China … Recognized for his pianistic personality as much as a soloist as for his sensitivity as a chamber musician (he played with Augustin Dumay, Marc Coppey, the Hermès quartet, Jérôme Pernoo …), but also for his improvisation recitals (Nohant Festival, Aarhus Kammermuzik Festival, Glafsfjordens Festival…), Jean-Baptiste embodies multiple artistic facets.
After studying at the CNSMdp with Claire Désert (in piano and chamber music), Thierry Escaich and Jean-François Zygel (in improvisation), he now works with big names in piano pedagogy: Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist with whom he has been improving for two years now, Dmitri Bashkirov, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Epifanio Comis, Alexey Lebedev …
As a composer he has written no less than twenty works for solo instruments, chamber music or ensemble music. The Gewandhaus commissioned him for a second String Quartet, created in 2018 in Leipzig; the creation of his Trio with piano takes place at the Petit Palais in Paris, and personalities such as Jérôme Pernoo or Raphaël Pidoux perform his works. His Passion Trilogy for 12 cello ensemble based on poems by Goethe, is published by Alfonce Productions.
Born in South Korea, Jahye Euh started playing the piano at the age of 6 and studied at university in Korea. Then in 2008 she entered Géry Moutier’s class at the CNSMD in Lyon, where she pursued a third cycle “Artist diploma” in Florent Boffard’s class, after unanimously obtaining a master’s degree in piano with honors.
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She has worked with great performers such as Jean-Claude Pennetier, Aldo Ciccolini, Michel Béroff and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Laureate of the Orléans International Piano Competition and of the Maurice Ravel International Academy, she was invited to participate in the Masterclass of G. Ligeti studies with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stephanovich, as part of “Britten-Pears young artist program ”at the 67th Aldeburgh Festival. Recently she performed her retical in Orléans as part of the public season of “Matinée de piano”.
In parallel with her career as a pianist, she entered the piano accompaniment class of Michel Tranchant and then of David Selig where she completed her master’s degree in 2013, unanimously with high honors. After her studies, she was regularly invited to work for various musical establishments, notably Les Petits chanteurs de St. Marc and the Opéra de Lyon. By working in close collaboration with great musicians such as Philippe Bernold, Olivier Charlier and Françoise Pollet, she is invited to the “Nice Classic Live” festival for the summer season 2018 to accompany the concert of program winners. “Prodigy” with Elisabeth Vidal and André Cognet.
She is currently the accompanist of the Lyon Opera Ballet and the Lyon CNSMD in the choreographic department.
Eglantina Grapshi-Mauger, born in Albania, is gratuated in piano first in the Arts Academy of Tirana and then at the Folkwang Musikhochschule of Essen in Germany in the class of professor Till Engel. She obtains in 2003 her Master degree as soloist with a special award.
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She is winner of the first prize of the Frédéric Chopin also the Contemporary Music Competition in Tirana.
After her successful studies in Germany, she is invited to perform in different European countries and various festivals in Germany, Poland, Croatia, France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, UK, Turkey, Korea, Japan, South America, USA etc.. . as soloist and chamber music partner.
She is Pianist accompanist for string and brass instruments in the HEM of Genève site of Neuchâtel and HEMU of Lausanne (Switzerland) and official pianist for the International Brass Competitions in Europe and Asia.
After a full course in the conservatories of Nantes, Boulogne-Billancourt and Lille, Yoan Héreau trained at the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris in the classes of Singing Direction (Erika Guiomar), Vocal Accompaniment (Anne Le Bozec) and Chamber Music (Claire Désert and Amy Flammer).
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Following his studies, he joined the Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris as a vocal lead pianist for three seasons.
He works closely with soprano Raquel Camarinha.
His various activities lead him to collaborate with conductors such as Ottavio Dantone, Philippe Jordan, Marc Minkowski, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Matthias Pintscher, Donato Renzetti, Giacomo Sagripanti in France (Opéra Bastille, Opéra Garnier, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet) and abroad (Germany, Belgium, China, Spain, United States, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland).
Attracted by the conductor himself, in June 2017 he conducted four performances of the ballet The Little Match Girl Passion by Simon Valastro at the Palais Garnier as well as L’Heure Espagnole by Maurice Ravel during the summer of 2018.
Concerned about today’s music, he participates in many creations: Macbeth underworld by Pascal Dusapin, Giordano Bruno by Francesco Filidei, Aliados by Sebastian Rivas, La Passion de Simone by Kaija Saariaho (chamber version), Thanks to my eyes by Oscar Bianchi and Parables by Noel Lee.
He was also the sponsor of seven melody creations around the poetry of Paul Verlaine in March 2013.
Last season was marked by the release of Rencontre, the first duet album recorded with Raquel Camarinha for the Naïve label and unanimously acclaimed by the critics.
This season will see the release of two new opuses for the Mirare label with Raquel Camarinha and the complete Chopin melodies as well as Schubert’s Winterreise with bass baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer.
Russian pianist living in France since 2013, Olga Kirpicheva stands out for her unique artistic personality. Passionately attached to Russian and French repertoires, she is a benchmark performer of these two musical schools.
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Olga began studying piano and flute at the age of 5, and her international career at the age of 11, during the Colmar International Festival of Vladimir Spivakov. Olga is the winner of numerous international competitions, such as the Concertino Praga International Radio Competition, Czech Republic (First Prize), Palma D’oro Concorso, Italy (Second Prize), the Piano Campus Competition, France (Denis Antoine Prize of the AVC Foundation Charity), the 6th International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna (Second Prize), the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, Australia (Second Prize).
Soloist and chamber musician in demand worldwide, Olga Kirpicheva performs in prestigious venues such as La Grande Salle Pierre Boulez at the Philharmonie de Paris, Auditorium du Louvre, Salle Gaveau, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, La Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Flagey Hall in Brussels, the Melbourne Recital Center, Haydn Hall in Vienna in Austria, the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague, sala Pereda, sala Argenta (Santander, Spain). She also participates in the festivals of La Roque d’Anthéron, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, the Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, the Festival Ravel in Monfort l’Amaury, or even Les Folles Journées de Nantes in the region, festival of La Chapelle Musical Reine Elisabeth in Flagey, Brussels.
Chamber music is also very present in his artistic life. With Vera Lopatina (violin) and Adrien Bellom (cello), Olga founded the Medici trio. Laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation and artist in residence at the Singer Polignac Foundation, the Medici trio improved their skills with Miguel Da Silva and the Artemis Quartet at La Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, and followed the Master Classes from the Ebène Quartet, the Wanderer Trio, Claire Desert …
Olga also performs in a duo with Belgian violinist Nicolas Dupont, with Trio d’Ulysse and regularly has the pleasure of sharing the stage with great performers such as Miguel da Silva, Marc Coppey, Maxim Rubtsov, or Nicolas Dautricourt.
Trained at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow by Elisso Virsaladze, she arrived in France in 2013, and joined the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris in the class of Itamar Golan. In the same year, she performed under the direction of Vladimir Spivakov with the Moscow Virtuosos Orchestra. She has participated in many Master Classes, such as the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes (Israel), Académie Ravel (France), Encuentra de Musica y Accademia de Santander (Spain) or the Hvide Sande Master Classes (Denmark).
During these different experiences, she was trained by great musicians such as Vladimir Krainev, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Jean-François Heisser, Michel Beroff, Jacques Rouvier, Emmanuel Krasovski, Miguel Da Silva, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Dimitri Bashkirov, José Ribera, Claudio Martinez Mehner, or Itamar Golan.
Olga Kirpicheva cultivates a varied repertoire that covers most of the classical, romantic and modern composers, without forgetting the contemporary music of Bruno Mantovani, Philippe Hersant, Thierry Escaich, Gilbert Amy, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Wilfried Westerlinck.
Sophie Labandibar was born in Biarritz in 1982. She started playing the piano at the age of 3 with Ada Labèque. She joined the class of Alain Planès and Emmanuel Strosser at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris at the age of 14.
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After further studies in Germany, at the University of the Arts in Essen, she returned to the Paris Conservatory to work on chamber music with Claire Désert, Ami Flammer and Christian Ivaldi.
Laureate of the Meyer Foundation, she began her career in Germany thanks to the Dr Karl Dörken Stiftung foundation, of which she was also the winner, then in the festivals of Prades, La Roque d’Anthéron, Radio France festival in Montpellier, Cellofest in Belgrad, Music festival in the Basque Coast, Musical Spring of Saint Jean de Luz, Music in the heart of the Médoc, etc …
She is now an accompanist at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Aix-en-Provence, and at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Avignon.
Her special attention to the art of accompaniment, her ability to share music with other soloists make her a much sought-after partner, not only in recitals, but also in international competitions. This is how she brings her musical and sensitive presence to classes in Geneva, Maxence Larrieu in Nice, Jean-Pierre Rampal in Paris or the prestigious Long-Thibaud violin competition.
Sophie Labandibar has recorded for the Dutch label Challenge and for the German label Telos Music.
Curiosity, openness and versatility make Flore Merlin an insatiable and enthusiastic musician, for whom discovering the repertoire and sharing the stage are essential.
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Passionate about chamber music, she is a member of the Nuori trio, of the Arto duo with clarinetist Lionel Andrey and of the Zoltan duo with cellist Raphaël Jouan. She is also the pianist of the Damask vocal Quartet and collaborates regularly with other renowned ensembles and musicians, including cellist Louis Rodde, violists Louise Desjardins, Hélène Clément, Noémie Bialobroda and Elise Hiron, bassoonists Lomic Lamouroux and Lola Descours, the vocal ensemble Ksang, the Palazzetto Bru Zane, the Maurice company and the others, as well as with the pianists Anne Le Bozec, Antoine de Grolée, Orlando Bass and the singers Marine Friborg, Marc Mauillon, Didier Henry, Laura Holm, Marie Perbost, Jean-Christophe Lanièce, Igor Bouin, Loïc Félix, Marie Lenormand, the wave player Nathalie Forget …
As evidenced by her projects and her discography, Flore Merlin is eager to open up to a diversity of repertoires, instruments and audiences, and thus to make heard and known works and sound aesthetics out of the ordinary. She turns to works by little-known composers (Kirchner, Herzogenberg, Jenner, Godard, Vierne, Alkan, Castillon, Onslow, Hérold, Muczinski, Steibelt, O’Connor, Lefebvre, Dubois, Lemoyne …), composers (Chaminade, Boulanger , Viardot, Renié, Hensel, C. Schumann, De Grandval, Farrenc…) and plays on instruments from various eras and styles.
Her keen interest in questions of notation and musical interpretation led her to study and practice the pianoforte and the harpsichord, and to learn the clavichord. She has worked on these instruments notably with Tuija Hakkila, Bart van Oort, Malcolm Bilson, Assi Karttunen, Aline Zylberajch and Menno van Delft.
In addition, she also plays modern and contemporary music (Murail, Touchard, Jolas, Mantovani, Lacôte, Figols-Cuevas, Matalon…).
She frequently performs in concert in many festivals: Giverny, Messiaen (notably in the much noticed “Saint-François d’Assise” in a reduced version), Debussy, de Melle, Piano à Riom, Les Musicales de Colmar, Musiques désmesitées, Au gré des arts (Evreux), Académie Bach, “Concerts de Vollore”, “Harmonies en Livradois”, “Les Zarmonique” as well as in the following venues and institutions: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, BNF, Lille Opera House, Lyric Workshop de Tourcoing, La Sorbonne, Théâtre de Cornouaille, Imperial Theater of Compiègne… On the rest of the European continent, she has performed in Switzerland (Schubertiade, Appenzell, Engadina, L’art pour l’Aar, Concerts de Cheseaux, Concerts de Grandson, COV de Nyon, Art et musique in Sierre…), in Italy at the Palazzetto Bru Zane, in Great Britain at Aldeburgh Music, in Belgium at Flagey and at the Mim in Brussels, in the Netherlands (National Opera, Wonderfeel Festival, Oudewater, Waalsekerk from Amsterdam), in Germany at the Bonner Schumann fest, at the Harmos Festival in Porto, as well as in Austria, Montenegro, Finland, Sweden …
She graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Diplôme de Formation Supérieure de piano, 2010; Master in vocal accompaniment, 2015; Master in singing direction, 2016), from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Bachelor in pianoforte, 2013) and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Master of piano, 2014).
Among the teachers who marked him: Philippe Marty, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Tuija Hakkila, Anne Le Bozec, Emmanuel Olivier, Erika Guiomar, Theodor Paraskivesco, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Alain Planès …
Recognized for having developed great reading and adaptability skills, she is a sought-after accompanist (Ecole Normale de Paris, CNSM de Paris, etc.) and regularly works as a choirmaster (Lille Opera House, Tourcoing Lyric Workshop, Palazzetto Bru Zane …) With chefs like David Reiland, Philippe Herreweghe, Michel Piquemal, Julien Chauvin, Emmanuel Olivier, Nicolas Chesneau…
Flore Merlin also sang for 8 years in the Bergamasque vocal ensemble, practiced the German bassoon for 10 years and the violin and horn for 4 years.
Masahiko obtained his Master of piano unanimously at the CNSMDL in 2016 from Georges Pludermacher, then from Marie-Josèphe Jude. In 2017, he concluded his accompaniment training with David Selig, as well as his Master of Chamber Music.
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Masahiko began his musical studies very early in Japan, until the University of the Arts in Tokyo, where he studied with Hiroyuki Numata, then Tadashi Kitagawa. In 2007, he joined Pierre Reach’s class at the CRR in Paris. He obtained his DEM there, before entering the Advanced Cycle, and studied from 2010 with Billy Eidi with whom he continued to take private lessons on a regular basis.
During the summer of 2016, Masahiko will participate in the Berlioz festival in Isère with his trio Verthé, which he formed in 2013 with Tomomi Hirano (cellist) and Maria Nagao (violinist). They will also take part in the Flaine chamber music academy under the aegis of Abdel Rahman El Bacha and Yovan Markevitch, their chamber music teacher at the CNSMD in Lyon.
Masahiko holds a position of accompanist and coordinator of accompanying pianists at the École Supérieure de Musique Bourgogne-franche-Comté, and regularly accompanies the private lessons of Françoise Pollet, and willingly accepts to be a tutor for CNSMDL teachers preparing for concerts. He is also regularly called upon to accompany at the International Academy of Music in Flaine as well as at the International Summer Academy in Nice.
Shinobu Tanaka, born in Japan, began her musical studies at the age of 3. She obtained her master’s degree in musical pedagogy at the University of Hiroshima, and the 3rd grand prize of the Japan Classical Music Competition in 1999. In Japan she performed as a soloist with orchestras, but passionate about chamber music, she s ‘moved to Paris in 2003 to work with Théodore Paraskivesco, Haruko Ueda and Jean-Jacques Kantorow.
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In France, she studied at the CRD of Gennevilliers where she obtained a 1st prize for Piano, mention very well and a 1st prize for Chamber Music, mention very well with the congratulations of the jury. She is also rewarded during international competitions, she notably obtains the 1st prize of the musical competition of France (formation of Piano with 4 hands) in 2005.
Also passionate about contemporary music, she performs in concert with Ensemble 2e2m and Ensemble Court-Circuit.
She is currently an accompanist at the CRD de Gennevilliers and at the Ecole Normale de musique de Paris.