Born in 1965, Catherine studied in both French National Conservatories, in Paris for the violin and in Lyon for the viola da gamba, She broadened her musical palette with the practice of singing and viola.
She embraces a wide repertoire ranging from Renaissance music to contemporary creation, in very diverse formations.
She takes part in concerts and recordings with Philippe Herreweghe, Marianne Muller, Jérôme Hantaï… and also the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Orchestre des Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, …
She plays in France and abroad on intimate stages as well as in international venues: Cité de la musique in Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Théâtre Colon in Buenos-Aires, Royal Albert Hall in London…
Holder of the Certificat d’Aptitude and passionate about teaching, she is a violin teacher at the CRR of Lyon.
Benoit Marin, born in 1962, completed his musical and university studies in Nancy, where he received a first prize in viola and two first prizes in guitar, one at the conservatory, the other at the national competition of the “Royaume de la Musique”.
He graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the classes of Serge Collot – Bruno Pasquier and Jacques Parrenin. He holds a degree in musicology and a certificate of teaching ability.
In 1992, at the international viola competition “Maurice Vieux”, he obtained a second prize and the special prize for interpretation.
Benoit Marin was selected for six years in the European Community Youth Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado, Léonard Bernstein, Antal Dorati?
Professor of viola and chamber music at the conservatory of Suresnes and Chesnay, Benoit Marin joined in 1993 “Musique en Vacances” then “Euromusica”. He is currently violist with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and solo viola with the Pasdeloup Orchestra.
Raymond MAILLARD starts learning the cello in his native city, Rennes. After obtaining the 1st prizes in cello and chamber music at the CNSM of Paris in the classes of Paul Tortelier and Joseph Calvet, he wins the 1st prize of the international competition of Dartington (GB).
He was then, for 3 years, principal cello of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (DK) where he gave numerous concerts, as soloist and in chamber music.
He returned to France to join the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio-France, then the Orchestre National de France, where he was soloist, while continuing his career as a chamber musician in various formations. Holder of the Board of Directors, he also teaches cello at the conservatories of the City of Paris.
Raymond Maillard has played with great conductors (Bernstein, Maazel, Ozawa and many others), has participated in superb tours with the NFB or within various trios and quartets.
Marie-Christine Dacqui was awarded first prize at the CNSM in Paris. Holder of the Board of Directors, she teaches double bass at the conservatories of the 11th and 19th arrondissements of Paris. Principal double bass of the orchestra of the Massy Opera, she also participates in numerous productions with the major Parisian orchestras: Opéra de Paris, Orchestre National de France, ONDIF.
In recent years, Marie-Christine Dacqui has broadened her musical palette to include jazz and improvisation.
Admitted at the age of 7 to the Central Specialized School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Katia Krivokochenko receives a complete musical education. She obtained numerous diplomas (piano, chamber music, analysis, writing…) and became laureate of the Ettlingen International Competition.
At the age of 17, she came to Western Europe to perfect her skills. After being admitted to the Mozarteum in Salzburg, she was awarded a scholarship from the French Government. In Paris, she continued her training with prominent musical personalities. After obtaining the First Prize in Piano, she continued her studies in the Soloist Department at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris.
In addition to her numerous recitals and chamber music concerts in France and abroad (including Asia, South America and the United States), she is a regular guest at European Festivals (Rencontres Internationales Frédéric Chopin de Nohant, Festivale Musicale delle Nazioni in Rome, Stagione Internazionale Montegrotto Abano, Théâtre de Carcassonne, Festival Piano Passion de Saint-Étienne, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Mirabell Schloβ in Salzburg, L’Archipel. ..).
Three consecutive years, she is invited by the Academy of Fine Arts to the Laurent-Vibert Foundation. Katia Krivokochenko has also won numerous competitions including the FLAME competition and the International Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona (Second Grand Prix and the Special Jury Prize).
Catherine Méchain began her artistic studies at the CRR d’Aubervilliers-La Courneuve in piano, chamber music, music history and accompaniment. At the same time, she enters the CNSM of Paris in specialized solfège and harmony with Jeanine Rueff. She continues in the class of preparation to the C.A. of Musical Formation of Odette Gartenlaub. In piano, she worked with Christiane Meunier, Lucette Descaves, Jean-Claude Henriot, and Dominique Kim.
Dance accompanist at the CRR of Aubervilliers, then professor of Music Training at the Conservatoire of Orleans, she joined the CRR of Montpellier in 2014. Every summer, she supervises international chamber music courses (Royaume de la Musique, Euromusica) and plays regularly in concerts (lyrics and chamber music). She has written the stage music for several theatrical works and various pedagogical pieces. She has published two volumes of a music method dedicated to adults with the publisher Billaudot.
Student of Roger Bourdin from the very beginning of his flute studies at the Versailles Conservatory, Pierre Monty was awarded first prize 5 years later. He then received the precious advice of other eminent masters of the French school such as Marcel Moyse, Fernand Caratgé and Jean-Pierre Rampal. Piccolo-soloist of the orchestra of the Concerts Lamoureux, concertist, chamber musician, Pierre Monty was awarded the Charles Oulmont Foundation Prize in 1985. He has participated in the creation of numerous works and several new pieces have been dedicated to him. He regularly records for radios, televisions, discs and performs on the most beautiful stages in France and throughout the world. Pierre Monty is professor of piccolo at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and teaches flute and piccolo at the conservatory of Aulnay-sous-Bois. Assistant to Jacques Grimbert at the Paris-Sorbonne orchestra, professor at the Sorbonne (lecturer at the UFR of musicology at the University of Paris IV) from 2001 to 2006, he supervised the national youth harmony orchestra in 2006, then was appointed assistant to Claude Kesmaecker for the sessions of the pilot regional harmony orchestra of Auvergne. He is regularly invited for public performance courses, conferences, seminars and master classes (France and Japan) and participates in the summer sessions of the international chamber music courses “Musique en Vacances” and “Euromusica”. Responsible for the international flute and chamber music competitions at UFAM, he created in 2001 the first piccolo competition organized in France.
Born into a family of musicians in Orléans, Bertrand Grenat was awarded a First Prize in Oboe at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, first appointed, in Pierre Pierlot’s class, in 1974.
Member of the Orchestre National de France from 1976 to 2013, he held the position of Second Oboe Soloist for more than 20 years, which allowed him to play under the direction of the greatest conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Eugen Jochum, Kurt Masur, Georges prêtre, etc. and has accompanied many great international soloists.
Bertrand Grenat was a semi-finalist at the Geneva International Performance Competition in 1977, won Third Prize at the Toulon International Performance Competition in 1978 and was a semi-finalist at the International Competition of the Guilde des Artistes Solistes in 1982.
For more than 30 years he has been a faithful collaborator of the Versailles Chamber Orchestra.
Close to amateur musicians, he is one of the regular leaders of the chamber music course for amateur musicians “Euromusica” since its creation, which takes place every summer in Touraine.
François-Xavier Bouton is a board member and clarinet teacher at the C.R.C of Joué-Lès-Tours (Indre et Loire).
He has been a clarinetist with NACO (Orchestre de Chambre de la Nouvelle Aquitaine) since 1991.
François-Xavier Bouton is a member of Atmusica (contemporary music ensemble), the wind octet “Népomuk” and the sextet “À vents première” (wind and piano quintet).
He is Director of the F.J.L. Big Band.
Laurent Van Eenod was born in the North of France in a family of amateur musicians.
From the age of 9 years old, he began piano and musical training in the municipal harmony of his village, and the saxophone from the age of 12.
At the age of 14, he entered the Conservatory of Music of Valenciennes in Serge Duez’s saxophone-basson class.
His saxophone course ended with a first prize, his curiosité́ leads him to jazz and big-band at the Valenciennes Conservatory directed by André Dufour.
Attracted by the orchestra, he enters at the age of 16 years in the class of Serge Duez on bassoon.
He obtains a first prize at the age of 20.
From 1985 to 1986, he joins the “Académie d’Orchestre”, supervised by the soloists of the Paris Orchestra. He will perform under the direction of Patrick Fournillier in various places such as the Château de Maison Laffite, the Abbey of Royaumont, the National Theatre of Paris…
He is laureate for the French Youth Orchestra in 1987, 88, 90 conducted by Emmanuel Krivine for the festivals of Montreux, Orange, Montpellier, Aix en provence.
He was a student of Amaury Wallez at the German bassoon class of St Maur des Fossés when he presented the Bassoon-Contrebassoon competition of the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra in 1988 and was accepted.
Since then, he has been co-soloist and has performed with the Nice orchestra on stages in Japan, Oman, Germany, Italy, etc. He had the privilege of participating to orchestras conducted by masters such as Georges Prêtre, Wolfgang Sawallich, Emmanuel Krivine, Michel Plasson, Jean Paul Casadessus, Gyorgy Rath, Daniel Kawka, etc….
He also teaches chamber music in various courses, and participates in various chamber music ensembles.
Daniel Catalanotti, the 11th generation of professional musicians in his family, began his musical studies by learning the violin and viola at the age of 4. Holder of the First Prize for horn at the CNSM in Paris in the class of Master Georges BARBOTEU, he is also laureate of the international competitions of Prague and Vercelli (G.B.Viotti).
He was Horn Soloist of the “Orchestre de Chambre de Paris” (“Ensemble Orchestral de Paris”) from 1980 to 2014. Daniel Catalanotti has performed and premiered works under the direction of such luminaries as: Karl Boehm, Armin Jordan, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Mstislav Rostropovich, Marcel Landowski, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Tibor Varga, Pierre Boulez….
He conducts major brass ensembles and has been a permanent member of the “Kammerensemble de Paris”, the “Ensemble de Cuivres des Hauts de France” and the “Octuor de France”. He is a member of the “Quatuor de Cors de Paris” of which he is the founder.
After a career of 44 years of teaching, teacher until 2017 at the CRD of Aulnay-sous-bois, he cultivates his passion for teaching in international summer academies (Musique en Vacances, Euromusica, Fugues en liberté, Académie musicale des jeunes talents internationaux…) Since 2018, he is Artistic Director of the “Orchestre Français des Jeunes Talents” (OFJT) which organizes training courses and exchanges with various foreign countries.
After a long and rich career as a cellist, Sebastien Obrecht embarked on a career in opera. He won the Best Male Performer of the Armel Opéra competition in 2013.
In recent years, he has sung Don José, Hoffmann, Idomeneo, Wozzeck’s Drum Major, Verdi’s Requiem… Today he turns more precisely to the repertoire of Jugendlicher Heldentenor.
He performs in places such as Victoria Hall in Geneva, Stanislawki Theatre in Moscow, Paris Opera, Nantes, Bordeaux, Tours, Reims, Avignon, Antwerp Tbilisi, Budapest, Gulberkian in Lisbon, Athénée de Paris.