Sunday 2th May at 5 p.m. at the château

Deborah NEMTANU, violin

Born in 1983 in Bordeaux into a keenly musical family, Deborah Nemtanu took up the violin at the age of four. Her career has been characterised by early success and a wide-ranging talent.

After being unanimously awarded a prize with the highest distinction at the Paris Conservatoire in 2001, her talent is soon recognised at an international level: first prize from the Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel, fourth prize and two special prizes at the 2002 Concours Jacques Thibaud, participation in the  Perlman Programme (USA) in 2007, second prize in the Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition in London in 2008 after a final-round performance of Britten’s concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra that was universally hailed as remarkable.

In 2005 she was named the principal first violin of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, a position of great responsibility that she still holds today. In this capacity, she regularly performs as a soloist at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, among others in Concerto no. 3 by Saint-Saëns, the Symphonie espagnole by Lalo, the Brahms concerto and the concertos of Bach, forging relations of great confidence with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Louis Langrée, Juraj Valčuha and Sir Roger Norrington.

Her curiosity and passion push her ever further: by directing the orchestra herself, she can prioritise the collaboration between herself as soloist and the orchestral musicians, bringing to a concerto the sensibility of a true chamber musician.

In 2015–16 she conducted symphonies by Mozart at the Hôtel Sully in Paris (broadcast on France 3) and at Palazzo Farnese in Rome. As a soloist, she has performed at the Enescu Festival and the Augsburg Festival under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington. She has also appeared at the Folles journée de Nantes and in Tokyo, Salzburg Festival, Festival de Montpellier, Musée d'Orsay. Her first recital with the pianist Natacha Kudriskaya at the Festival des Midis-Minimes in Brussels was euphoric!

Over the course of the tours, Deborah Nemtanu made many fruitful musical encounters, among others with Boris Berezovsky, Stephen Kovacevich, Romain Descharmes, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Adam Laloum, François Leleux, Emmanuel Pahud, Fazil Say, Daniel Hope, not to mention her sister Sarah Nemtanu, also a violinist and her long-time partner.

Warmly received by the press, her first CD, devoted to Saint-Saëns and Fauré, was released in 2013, with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris under the direction of Thomas Zehetmair (Mirare). In December 2014 she teamed up with her sister Sarah to record violin concertos by Bach and Schnittke (Naive) and in 2016 they release together a CD devoted to the complete duos of Bartók published by Decca.

September 2017 will see the first CD release from the Symphonie de Poche conducted by Nicolas Simon, with Deborah as soloist in Ravel’s Tzigane and Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole.

A highlight of Autumn 2017 will be her appearance on the programme Fauteuil d’orchestre, presented by Anne Sinclair on France 3.

Deborah Nemtanu was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in February 2016.

Deborah Nemtanu plays a 1740 violin by Domenico Montagnana, generously loaned by Monceau Investissements Mobiliers, a company of the Monceau Assurances group. 

She played at the château in 2018.

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Cyril GUILLOTIN, piano

Distinguished musicians remarked upon this ability very early and this led him to make his debut at 11 years old : prizes in such competitions as “Steinway & Sons” and “Léopold Bellan”, 1st recital in Prague during the European Mozart Festival (with the help of Jacques TADDEÏ, then Director of the National Conservatory of Paris), then in main concert halls in Paris (Salle Pleyel, Maison de Radio-france) and in Museums (Musée Carnavalet) with TV appearances on Canal J and TF1.
He then studied at the National Music Conservatory of Paris with Chantal FRAYSSE then 0livier GARDON, Emmanuel MERCIER and Billy EIDI until he passed his final exams at regional level. The following year Jacques TADDEÏ asked him to play in the Châtelet Theâtre together with another young and talented french pianist, Romain DESCHARMES.
He then entered the Superior National Conservatory of Paris (CNSM) where he studied with Brigitte ENGERER, a great specialist in Russian music, who had as his first teacher the hungarian pianist Gabriella TORMA. He graduated in piano with a First Prize with Honours as well as Chamber Music and Conducting abd congratulations from Yvonne LORIOT- MESSIAEN. The same year he also won the 1st Prize in Virtuosity at the “International Piano Competition” in Arcachon.
He then gave concerts in France (Salle Pleyel, Maison de Radio-France, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris). as well as abroad (Germany, Austria, Japan), as a solist (“Festival Chopin-Paris”, “Festival Jeunes Talent-Paris”, “Festaival Radio France-Montpellier”, “Journées Lyriques-Chartres”), or in chamber music with celebrated artists and composers (Viorica CORTEZ and Shigeko HATA – Soprano, Pierre VAELLO - Tenor, Jean FERRANDIS - flute, Fabrice MORETTI – Saxophone, Nicolas STAVY ans Nima SARKECHIK – Piano, Quatuor Parisii, Quatuor de Chartres, National Orchestra of Ile de France, UNESCO, Orchestra of Picardie, Pascal VEROT – Conductor, Laurent LEFRANÇOIS – composer who dedicated to Cyril Guillotin a piano triptych, 'Les Visages” (Faces) that Cyril Guillotin played for the first time in 2007 during the Festival Montpellier Radio-France). Meanwhile, he went on studying with the major Russian masters (Michael VOSKRESSENSKY, Dimitri BASHKIROV), and also Pierre-Laurent AIMARD, Pacal DEVOYON, Jacques ROUVIER, John O'CONNOR or Dominique MERLET for four years before meeting the great maestro Aldo CICCOLINI who became his teacher - A relationship with both wisdom and humility on both sides .
In 2007, he was subject to a violent assault and this kept him away from the keyboard for more than 8 months and from the stage for more than 2 years. This painful experience resulted in a greater depth in his playing, a new vision of his position as an artist and in life. He passed pedagogic exams and created the association “Les Amis des Classiques Buissonnières” to bring music where it is not expected to new audiences, with new artistic concepts such or the creation of a musical tale” L'Autre Reflet” . He also got involved in the management of a local Conservatory of music in the Parisian suburbs.
Beginning step by step a return to concert performances he marks his true recording renaissance by deciding to record his first disc “Sortilèges” (Magical Spells) one year after the premature death of Brigitte ENGERER.
This record with a strong Russian touch as a tribute won critical and other pianist acclaim, received the prestigious “Choix de France Musique”.
Cyril Guillotin is presently teaching piano and chamber music in the Departemental Conservatory of the Grand Narbonne (South of France).

He played at the château in 2017.


César FRANCK (1827-1890)- Sonata in A major

for violin &  piano


Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)- Preludes

(extracts 1904 –1913) for piano solo


Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) - Gipsy (1924)

for violin & piano


Antonin DVORAK (1841-1904) - Sonatina in G Major  (1915)

for violin & piano



Françoise CHOVEAUX -  The kiss  for violin & piano (creation)