Sunday 24 May at 5 p.m.at the château
An intense curiousity, a strong urge to create and an acute and profound ear for music, have prompted Marianne Muller and Vincent Lhermet to explore together the repertoires of Early Music, where the contemporary accordion influences the world of the viola da gamba. They have then found modern repertoires where the two instruments can explore the exhilarating potential of their respective sonorities. These instruments, with different and distant origins, have come together naturally, surprising us with delightful discoveries.
Vincent LHERMET, accordion
He was born in 1987. He graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, in the class of Matti Rantanen, and was the first accordionist in France to be awarded a Doctorate in Interpretation at the CNSM de Paris-Sorbonne for his research on the contemporary repertoire of the accordion in Europe since 1990. A graduate of the Banque Populaire Foundation, he has received numerous awards internationally….in 2006, aged 19, the Arrasate-Hiria International Competition in Spain, and Finalist in the International Competition Gaudeamus Interpreters in Amsterdam in 2011, regarded as one of the great contemporarp music prizes, open to all instruments. He has performed all over the world as a soloist, with orchestras, and in various ensembles, revealing the rich qualities of his chosen instrument in repertoires from the Renaissance to the present day. Passionate about contemporary music, he has played in numerous festivals, with the percussionist Brian Archinal, the viola player Gérard Caussé, the violist Marianne Muller, and the clarinetist Michel Portal. He also works with numerous composers to further enrich the repertoire of the accordion. His CD “Rameau, yesterday and today”, which came out in 2015, highlighted the 18th Century through contemporary works. He teaches at the CRR and the Pôle Supérieur in Paris-Boulogne-Billancourt, and at the Ecole Supérieure de Musique et de Danse in Lille.
Marianne MULLER, viola da gamba
After completing a course in Ancient Instruments at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, it was the viola da gamba that she chose to continue her musical career. She studied with Wieland Kuijken and obtained her Diploma for Soloist at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.
From then on, witnessing the revival of interest in Baroque music, she continued her career as a concert performer all over the world, both as a soloist and in Chamber Music groups. She played in ensembles such as : Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale, Amalia, Hespèrion XXI, Les Eléments, Les Nièces de Rameau, William Byrd, Akadêmia, Gilles Binchois, Amarillis, Les Inventions….
She has appeared in numerous festivals : Festival Baroque de Pontoise, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Bach en Cambrailles, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées…..She has also performed, as a soloist, with her ensemble Spirale, the group Les Fantaisistes, and as a trio with Françoise Lengellé and Chiara Bianchini.
She has recorded over forty CDs (several having won awards) ; her repertoire is particularly eclectic, featuring the great names : Bach, Telemann, Marin Marais, Rameau, as well as contemporary composers writing for the viol, such as Bruno Gillet and Eric Fischer.
Her fondness for the theatre has led her to perform with such groups as Docteur Lully et Mister Haydn, founded by the actress Catherine Thérouenne.
She has also broadened her interests to include contemporary music and Baroque dance. She helped to create the Cabaret baroque Da Sola with la Compagnie de Danse L’Eventail, directed by Marie-Genieviève Massé, as well as exploring modern dance.
Meeting the accordionist Vincent Lhermet resulted in their creating “Les InAttendus”, an unusual duo, intent on exploring the repertoires of yesterday and today.
She has taught at the CNSMD in Lyons since the Department of Ancient Music was created there in 1988, and her legacy is the continued examination and exploration of the repertoire. She regularly holds Master Classes and is always in demand for lectures in music academies in France and abroad.
Les InAttendus visit the exhuberant Italian world of the 17th and 18th Centuries.
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