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Sunday 9 August at 5 p.m.at the château

Clara CERNAT, violin and viola


She is of French and Romanian extraction, and now lives in France with her husband Thierry Huillet. She studied with maestro Stefan Gheorghiu in Romania, gaining the highest awards from the Bucarest Academy of Music, before completing her music education with the great violinists Tibor Varga and Igor Ozim in Switzerland and Germany.

She was awarded the 1st Grand Prix at the J.S.Bach International Violin Competition in Paris, 1st Grand Prix at the International Violin Competition at Citta di Andria (Italy), 2nd Prize and Special Prize at the Mozart International Violin Festival at Kloster-Schöntal (Germany).

She regularly performs as a soloist in festivals around the world, in Europe, China and South America and, in duo with her husband. Her concerts have been recorded, both on radio and television in France, Great Britain, Slovenia, Germany, Romania and China.

Highly praised by the music press, she has been awarded “Coup de Coeur” by Piano Magazine, “La Choix de France Musique”, 5 Diapasons, “Recommandé” by Classica Magazine, Télérama 4 Stars and, in Romania, the Phonotèque d’Or.

Chamber music is her greatest love, from the sonata to the quintet, and herpassion for both violin and viola, enable her to explore a vast and richly expressive repertoire.

Clara Cernat teaches at the Conservatoire in Toulouse and holds numerous master-classes in both violin and viola around the world.


Thierry HUILLET, piano

In 1987 he was awarded the Grand Prix at the International Piano Competition in Cleveland (USA), as well as awards in other international competitions, the Busoni in Italy (1985 and 1994) and Tokyo in 1989.

He has been invited to perform as soloist by numerous famous orchestras around the world, in America, Japan, Romania as well as all over France.

With his wife, Clare Cernat, he has played in duo all over the world : Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic,ngland, Scotland, Japan, China, USA, Vietnam, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Libya, Malaysia, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Belgium and Spain.

He is regularly invited to perform in international festivals, such as the “Festival Croisements” in China and the “Festival Enesco” in Bucarest.

For Huillet, the piano is only a point of departure, a simple means of portraying the infinite tissues of dreams and emotions. The performer and the composer enrich each other’s creative output.

As a composer, Huillet already has a back catalogue of seventy works, both instrumental and vocal, from solo works to orchestral pieces, by way of Chamber Music. His work is published by Editions Alphonse Leduc in Paris. His numerous CDs have received universal praise from the music press.

He teaches music at the Conservatoire in Toulouse. A respected, he is often invited to give master-classes, and he is a member of the Jury of International Piano Competitions.

They already played in the château in 2012, 2014 and 2018





Rhapsodies from elsewhere

Thierry HUILLET   The Post Horn 

Ciprian PORUMBESCU (1853-1883)  Balada  Harmonization by Thierry Huillet

Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908)  Bohemian tunes  


Thierry HUILLET  Hora Rhapsody  


Thierry HUILLET   Trip Rhapsody     

Thierry HUILLET  Valahia Rhapsody