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THE MUSICIANS



Nicolas Penel

Violin


Nicolas Penel was born in Geneva. He started playing the violin at the age of 5. After his traditional studies, both in his hometown and then in Paris with Jean-Philippe Audoli, he founded the string quartet "Quatuor Fratres" in Geneva. Passionate about chamber music, he explores the string quartet magnificent repertoire. The research he and his colleagues undertook on the interpretation of classical and romantic music, as well as the need for a richer and more articulate sound, led him to replace his instrument and to play on gut strings.

The "Quatuor Fratres" is a finalist and laureate of the Joseph Joachim International Competition in Weimar in 2005, and in August 2006, it won the 1st prize at the International Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges. Since then, the quartet changed into "Ensemble Fratres", a more flexible formation: while giving access to the older repertoires, it allows to continue the exploration of the 18th and 19th centuries on historical instruments.

The Ensemble Fratres is based in the Geneva Amarcordes music programmation from 2008 to 2014. It regularly performs in festivals in swiss and abroad, as well as regularly broadcasted on swiss radio RTS "Espace 2". Ensemble Fratres will publish its first recording dedicated to Mozart's quintets in 2019 and already published a Vivaldi's Concerti Album.

In addition to his activities in Switzerland, Nicolas Penel is a member of two Italian ensembles, Il Suonar Parlante and "Il Pomo d'Oro", with whom he travels the main European musical stages and accompanies international renowned singers. They record for the labels Naïve and Passacaille. He is also a regular guest of the Jugendbarockorchester Michaelstein "BACHS ERBEN" where he works with enthusiastic young musicians. The result of these workshops is presented during concerts at Halle's IMPULS festival in Germany.






Flavio Losco

Violin


French-Italian musician Flavio Losco studied violin, solfege, percussions, organ, writing and baroque music classes at the Music Conservatory of Nice, where he obtained several First Prizes.

Concert master of numerous orchestras specializing in baroque music, in France and abroad, Flavio Losco participated in many recordings, playing either violin or viola.

He has notably performed the world's first recording on period instruments of works by Paganini: sonatas for violin and guitar (obtaining a 9/10 in the french magazine "Répertoire") as well as the "Carnaval de Venise".

Whether as first violinist (La Cappella Mediterranea conducted by L. Garcia Alarcon; Akadêmia - F. Lasserre; Les Passions - J.M. Andrieu, etc.) or as a soloist - alongside Amandine Beyer for example - Flavio Losco won the highest awards: Diapason d'Or, Diapason d'Or of the year, Clash of Classica, Editor's Choice Gramophone ...

In 2005, he had the honor of playing on the Ingres violin. In addition to his instrumental activities, Flavio Losco has also performed as a tenor, both in oratorio and opera. Flavio Losco teaches baroque violin at the Music Conservatory of Nice.






Maxime Alliot

Violin


Born in 1991, Maxime Alliot begins the violin with the virtuoso Miguel Candela. In 2008, he won an award at the Music Conservatory of Perpignan in the classes of Alexandre Benderski and Martin Brunschwig and in 2009, he joined the High School of Music in Geneva where he studied with Tedi Papavrami and Robert Zimansky.

It is in Geneva that the decisive meeting with Michel Kiener and Ensemble Fratres took place, the irresistible attraction towards an unheard musical universe, and the search for a precise, expressive, human language. Since that day, like the other musicians of the ensemble Fratres, Maxime Alliot develops his music in constant connection with the art of luthier and bow maker Luc Breton, and, with them, he performs in concerts alongside renowned musicians including Luca Pianca, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Stéphane Imboden and Arianna Savall.

His appetite brings him both to the rediscovery of forgotten music and to the creation of new music and he forms many friendships: with the composer Nathan Rollez with whom he has created many works, especially at the Geneva Archipel Festival, with the argentine guitarist Alejo de Los Reyes with whom he discovers a repertoire for violin and guitar, with the ensemble Chiome d'Oro where he performs in a seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Italian repertoire. Recently, Maxime Alliot, enrolled in the Master's degree program at the "Centre de Musique Ancienne" of Geneva where he continues to learn and share music with increasing pleasure.






Laurent Galliano

Viola


A long time ago, music presented itself to me under a violin form. I then discovered this strange instrument. I tried to tame it and ended up growing with it. But then Bam! With no warning, I was imposed a viola! Unconvinced, I carefully approached it. To my great surprise, learning this mysterious instrument became a source of pleasure, satisfaction and great motivation.

Later, came a new challenge: the string quartet! It's the beginning of a formidable road and a stunning story. This merry squad offered me an ideal playground, forming and distorting all my experience. It brought pain and other deep questions, but also a wonderful opportunity to continue to develop my curiosity.

The work on articulation, undertaken essentially with the Ensemble Fratres, allowed me to shape a rigorous musical language, striking and moving, pushed me to a greater body awareness by developing an always more precise gesture, ample and infinite. Providing the means to discover and deepen self-knowledge, is the goal of a lifetime.






Mathieu Rouquié

Cello


Born in Catalonia, Mathieu Rouquié is from a musician family. In 2005 he holds a Soloist degree from the Geneva High School of Music. In 2004, achieved a degree as an Orchestra Musician, a String Quartet degree in 2006 and in 2008 a Teaching degree from the same institution.

His career includes many varied productions, in concert with different musicians, orchestras, conductors, both in classical and contemporary music and even jazz.

Since 2005, he has been specialized in baroque, classical and romantic music's style on historical instruments. With the search for an ideal musical language, he cultivates an appeal to ancestral music from around the world (Vietnam, China, Iran, India, Bolivia, Africa.and continues to question the current performance traditions in Western music. It is with this inspiration that he likes to transmit his profession to young musicians and other experienced colleagues, and since 2017 in the surroundings of the new "Ateliers de la Côte - Etoy" near Lausanne.

In the fall of 2009, Mathieu Rouquié was a Residency Artist at the Banff Center for the Arts, Canada. Since then, he has been working on several projects, alongside his fellow musicians: Hanspeter Oggier (Duo Rythmosis, panflute and cello, www.duorythmosis.com), Ensemble Fratres (founding member, www.fratres.ch), Lausanne Bach Ensemble (www.lausannebachensemble.ch), Nathalie Chatelain (Harp), Maxime Alliot (Duo M & M, violin & cello).

One of his flagship projects, born in 2017, is the historical performance of J.S.Bach's 6 cello Suites, in a lecture / concert form: a rare moment which gives each listener an opportunity to let his mind and ears wander throughout this masterpiece.

www.myspace.com/shiningcello






Hanspeter Oggier

Panflute


Born in Valais, Hanspeter Oggier has, for many years, benefited from the education of the master Simion Stanciu « Syrinx » in Geneva. He continued his education at the Swiss Society of Musical Pedagogy (SSPM) and obtained a teaching diploma (Simion Stanciu "Syrinx" class), followed by a concert diploma (Kiyoshi Kasai class) and a "Master of Arts with Major Performance" at the Luzern-Musik Hochschule (class of Janne Thomsen).

Hanspeter Oggier is both a chamber musician and a soloist: during his concerts, he performs in various countries: Germany, France, Spain and Austria.

With the cellist Mathieu Rouquié, he forms the Duo Rythmosis, creating an inventive music for original concert locations as well as for a specific public. Then, with the lutenist Luca Pianca, they've created the project "Syrinx & Orpheus". In addition to his concert activities, he teaches panflute at the Luzern-Musik Hochschule.

For Hanspeter Oggier, early music has become, over the years, the cornerstone of his work as a "researcher-performer", notably following his decisive encounters with the sound engineer Jean-Daniel Noir, with the harpsichordist and pianofortist Michel Kiener and with the luthier and musicologist Luc Breton. He is also one of the only panflutists playing on instruments tuned after a baroque temperament. Hanspeter Oggier work meets the Ensemble Fratres music approach perfectly by integrating the features of the common language into the musical language as much as possible, particularly inspired by the permanent will of the Renaissance and the baroque era musicians to imitate the human voice, along to testimonials from traditional music. With instruments built under an ancient method, he illustrates his interest in the link between scholarly baroque music and traditional music (with for example, the Romanian Panpipe: the naï).

Hanspeter Oggier is the Laureate of the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation in 2007 and the Raiffeisen Kulturstiftung Mischabel-Matterhorn in 2014.

His discography sees a first recording in Musica Nobilis in 2008, entitled Arpeggione, in collaboration with Marielle Oggier (flute) and Mathias Clausen (piano), followed by the album "Vivaldi Panflute Concertos" in collaboration with Ensemble Fratres, published 2015 under the "Brilliant Classics" label.






Cyprien Busolini

Viola


After viola classical studies, Cyprien Busolini focuses mainly on contemporary repertoire and improvisation.

He obtained his First Prize in Viola at the Rueil-Malmaison CNR (Paris) in the class of Françoise Gneri, then perfected his art with P. Faure et P.H. Xuereb. His great interest for contemporary music and especially for new work allows him to work with numerous composers such as L. Naon, H.U. Lehmann, T. Johnson, J.L. Guionnet.He has also played or created some of their soloists or ensemble works.

With improvisation, he works on other sound fields and explores his instrument in a more personal way, notably on non-melodic and non-harmonic parameters but more focused on the sound matter.

http://www.myspace.com/cyprienbusolini











Benoît Bératto

Doublebass and violone


Benoît Bératto joined the "Conservatoire populaire de musique" of Genève" in 2006 where he studied bass with Olivier Magnenat, and the viola da gamba with Cécilia Knudsten.

His Geneva curriculum completed, and to focus his specialisation in Baroque music, he entered the "Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse" in Paris, where during five years, he followed an education in historical doublebass and violone with Richard Myron, in choir conducting, in Gregorian choir singing with Louis Marie Vigne, and in chamber music with Kenneth Weiss.

He graduated (Master) in all these disciplines in 2015.

Benoît has also been a double bassist with the Geneva Symphony Orchestra for four years.

His baroque specialization allowed him to play under the conducting of great conductors such as Paul Agnew at the Bastille Opera, Sigiswald Kuijken at the Châtelet Theater, Jean Marc Aymes at the Théâtre National de la Criée ... He currently performs with many modern and baroque ensembles, including the Rhenish Chapel (Benoît Haller), the Concerto Soave (Jean Marc Aymes), the Ensemble Jacques Moderne (Joël Suhubiette), the "Chantres de Saint Hilaires" (François Xavier Lacroux), Sagittarius (Michel Laplénie) ... and in March 2018, joined the Spiritual Concert under the direction of Hervé Niquet. He has participated in several recordings, the most recent acclaimed by the critics, the Musikalische Exequien by H. Schütz with the ensemble Sagittarius, published by Hortus.






Pierre-Louis Rétat

Keyboards


After training as a harpsichordist, Pierre-Louis Rétat perfected himself between 2007 and 2009 as Maestro al Cembalo in the class of Leonardo Garcia Alarcón at the Geneva Music University. In addition to his education, he also holds the "continuo" within ensembles such as Elyma, Les Agrémens, the "Nouvelle Ménéstrandie", the Cappella Mediterranea, the Chamber Choir of Namur or the Ensemble Fratres. He also participates in several recordings for the labels K617 and Ambronay Editions.

In 2008, Pierre-Louis Rétat joined the European Baroque Academy of Ambronay under the direction of Jean Tubéry, then in 2009 he founded the ensemble Chiome d'Oro, which was rapidly selected to participate in the residence of the Young Ensembles Ambronay. Then, thanks to the success of Chiome d'Oro, he is invited in the Fall of 2011 to Mexico DF to direct an opera project around Purcell. Since 2012, Pierre-Louis organizes baroque music discovery courses for children and future professionals. In 2013, he was the musical assistant of Leonardo Garcia-Alarcon, for the Monteverdi's Orfeo, during the European Baroque Academy of Ambronay. Since 2016, Pierre-Louis Rétat teaches the art of Baroque music in different surroundings, whether it is to instrumentalists at the "Conservatoire Populaire de musique de Genève" or during courses for amateur choristers on the initiative of the Ambronay Meeting Center.