Born in 1965, Catherine studied in the two “Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs de Musique”, in Paris for the violin and Lyon for the viola da gamba. Her musical palette is expanded even further with singing and playing the viola. She embraces a wide repertoire ranging from Renaissance music to contemporary creations, in very diverse musical formations.
Catherine participates in both concerts and recordings, with Philippe Herreweghe, Marianne Muller, Jérôme Hantaï… also the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Orchestre des Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, …
She performs 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 was a prizewinner at 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.
Marie-Christine Dacqui was awarded first prize at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique” of Paris. Holder of the Certificat d’Aptitude, she teaches double bass at the conservatories of the 11th and 19th boroughs of Paris.
Principal double bass player for the Massy Opera orchestra, she also participates in numerous productions with the major Parisian orchestras: Opéra de Paris, Orchestre National de France (ONF), Orchestre National Île de France (ONDIF).
In recent years, Marie-Christine Dacqui has broadened her musical palette to include jazz and improvisation.
Patrick Langot is a free spirit amongst his generation of cellists. For the last 20 years he has pursued a two fold career embracing both the baroque and modern cello.
He regularly performs in recitals (Festival International de Beauvais, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Le Quartz de Brest, Paris Salle Cortot, Abbaye de Royaumont etc.) and as a soloist (concertos by Haydn, CPE Bach, Vivaldi, Porpora etc.)
In 1999 he founded the Syntonia quintet, with whom he won the Tina Moroni prize in the International Chamber Music competition in Florence, broadcast with the TV channel “Arte” and plays in many festivals. They were in residence with the Fondation Singer-Polignac from 2012 until 2017.
Acclaimed by the critics his vast repertoire of recordings extends from the baroque period to the 21st century (Choix de France Musique, Diapason Découverte, Version de Référence de la Tribune des critiques de France Musique, CHOCS Classica etc.).
A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris (first prize for cello and chamber music), and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris (first prize in period music), he was a prizewinner at the Fondation de France and the Fondation Royaumont. He holds the Certificat d’Aptitude and teaches at the conservatories of Châtillon and Raincy.
Presently Patrick is the cello solo with Les Musiciens du Louvre (Marc Minkowski) and as such is/has been invited by many period instrument ensembles : Orfeo 55 (Nathalie Stutzmann), Il Caravaggio (Camille Delaforge), the Musiciens de Saint Julien (François Lazarevitch), Le Parlement de Musique (Martin Gester), the Chapelle Rhénane (Benoît Haller), the Ensemble Matheus (Jean-Christophe Spinosi), Le Stagioni (Paolo Zanzu) etc.
Admitted at the age of 7 to the Central Specialized School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Katia Krivokochenko received an extensive musical education.
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 by the French Government. In Paris, she continued her training with prominent musical personalities.
In addition to her numerous recitals and chamber music concerts in France and abroad (including China, Korea, South America and the United States). She is a regular guest at European Festivals (Rencontres Internationales Frédéric Chopin de Nohant, Piano Passion – Opéra de St-Etienne, L’Arena de Montpellier, Théâtre Marigny, Théâtre de Carcassonne, Festival Albert Roussel, L’Archipel, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Festivale Musicale delle Nazioni de Rome, MirabellSchloβ de Salzburg Stagione Internazionale Montegrotto Abano, …).
For three consecutive years, she has been invited by the Académie des Beaux-arts to the Fondation Laurent-Vibert.
Katia Krivokochenko has also won numerous competitions including the Ettlingen competition, the international 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 Conservatoire à rayonnement Régional (CRR) d’Aubervilliers-La Courneuve in piano, chamber music, music history and accompaniment. At the same time, she entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) in Paris to specialize in music theory and harmony with Jeanine Rueff. She continued her studies in the preparatory class for the Certificat d’Aptitude de Formation Musicale with 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.
Catherine has also published two volumes of a music method dedicated to adults with the publisher Billaudot.
In 1996 Fabienne Lubrano obtained the Diploma of Formation Supérieure from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) in Paris, in flute (class of P.Y Artaud) and in chamber music (class of ltamar Golan). She followed this with her training in Formation Pédagogique and obtained her Certificat d’Aptitude for the flute in 1998.
Fabienne Lubrano is regularly invited to play in major groups and teaches the flute at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental (CRD) in Cachan.
She devotes herself to chamber music and gives many concerts in different musical formations, such as alto flute with harp , flute with string trio, also wind quintet , baroque quintet ….
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 (ONF) 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 some 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 has taken part in various competitions, where he was a semi-finalist at the Concours International d’Interprétation de Genève in 1977, won Third Prize at the concours International d’Interprétation de Toulon in 1978 and was a semi-finalist at the Concours International de la Guilde des Artistes Solistes in 1982.
For more than 30 years he has been a faithful collaborator of the Versailles Chamber Orchestra.
Being close to amateur musicians, he has been one of the regular teachers at the chamber music course for amateur musicians “Euromusica” since its creation, which takes place every summer in Touraine
François-Xavier Bouton holds the Certificat d’Aptitude (CA) and is a clarinet teacher at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Communal (CRC) in Joué-Lès-Tours (Indre et Loire).
He has been a clarinetist with the Orchestre de Chambre de la Nouvelle Aquitaine (OCNA) since 1991.
François-Xavier Bouton is a member of Atmusica (contemporary music ensemble), the wind octet “Népomuk” and the sextet “À vents première” (wind quintet and piano).
He is Director of the F.J.L. Big Band.
Laurent Van Eenod was born into a family of amateur musicians in the North of France. From the age of 9 years old, he began piano and musical training in the municipal band of his village, and started the saxophone from the age of 12.
At the age of 14, he entered the Conservatoire de musique de Valenciennes in Serge Duez’s saxophone-bassoon class.
He finished his saxophone course with a first prize, then his curiosity led him to jazz and big-band at the Valenciennes Conservatory directed by André Dufour.
He was also attracted by the orchestra, and entered the class for bassoon with Serge Duez at the age of 16, obtaining a first prize at the age of 20.
From 1985 to 1986, he joined the “Académie d’Orchestre”, supervised by the soloists of the Paris Orchestra. He performed under the direction of Patrick Fournillier in various places such as the Château of Maison Laffite, the Abbey of Royaumont, the National Theatre of Paris…
He was a prizewinner for the Orchestre Français des jeunes in 1987, 1988, 1990 conducted by Emmanuel Krivine for the festivals of Montreux, Orange, Montpellier, Aix en Provence.
He was a student of the German bassoon with Amaury Wallez at St Maur des Fossés when he competed in the concours de Basson-Contrebasson de l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in 1988 and was accepted. Since then, he is co-soloist for bassoon, and has performed with the Nice orchestra in Japan, Sultanate of Oman, Germany, Italy, etc. He has had the privilege to be conducted by Georges Prêtre, Wolfgang Sawallich, Emmanuel Krivine, Michel Plasson, Jean Paul Casadessus, Gyorgy Rath, Daniel Kawka, etc….
Laurent also teaches chamber music at various workshops, and participates in various chamber music ensembles.
Daniel Catalanotti, representing 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 French horn at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique” (CNSM) of Paris in the class of Master Georges BARBOTEU, he was also a prizewinner at the international competitions of Prague and Vercelli (G.B.Viotti).
He was the 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 used to be 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 in teaching spanning 44 years, he was a teacher until 2017 at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental (CRD) in Aulnay-sous-bois, he now 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 is focusing on the dramatic tenor repertoire.
He performs in places such as the Victoria Hall in Geneva, Stanislawki Theatre in Moscow, Paris Opera, Nantes, Bordeaux, Tours, Reims, Avignon, Antwerp Tbilisi, Budapest, Gulberkian in Lisbon, Athénée de Paris.