THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2024 8:00 PM

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On the anniversary of Frank Martin’s passing, a double tribute will be paid to the composer and his greatest musical influence, Johann Sebastian Bach, within the very walls of the Geneva Cathedral where Frank Martin first discovered Bach’s music as a child.

PROGRAM

J. S. BACH - Magnificat - BWV 243

FRANK MARTIN - Requiem

Performance running time : 1h30 including intermission

Requiem is a radiant work composed by Frank Martin upon his return from a trip to the Mediterranean. It features a quartet of vocal soloists, a mixed choir, an organ, a harpsichord, and an orchestra rich in percussion instruments. A classic eight-section requiem lasting just over forty-five minutes, it expresses the complex emotions of a composer trying to come to terms with death. It will be performed by the Frank Martin Orchestra and the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, conducted by Thierry Fischer.

As Johann Sebastian Bach’s music profoundly influenced Frank Martin throughout his life, Thierry Fischer has chosen to precede the Requiem with Bach’s Magnificat, performed by Gli Angeli Genève. This work is perhaps the most concise of all the cantor’s works. In no other oratorio or cantata do we find a succession of such short and effective airs and choruses. It is as if the Latin prayer—the only one the Lutheran ever set to music—inspired this more succinct and impactful composition.

Stephan MacLeod, who will conduct Magnificat, will also sing the bass part in Requiem, creating a vibrant and powerful link between these two musical worlds.

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Gli Angeli Genève

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Gli Angeli Genève was founded in 2005 by Stephan MacLeod. A variable-geometry ensemble playing on period instruments (or copies of instruments), the ensemble is made up of musicians with careers in the field of Baroque music, but who have the particularity of not only playing early music. This eclecticism guarantees the vitality of their enthusiasm. It is also a driving force behind their curiosity.

Right from the beginning of a musical adventure that for several years concentrated solely on live performances of the complete Bach Cantatas in Geneva, with three concerts per season, Gli Angeli Genève has been the setting for encounters between some of the most famous singers and instrumentalists of the international baroque scene and young graduates of the High Schools of Music of Basel, Lyon, Lausanne and Geneva. 

Internationally acclaimed since its first two recordings in 2009 and 2010, the ensemble now gives more than fifteen concerts a season in Geneva, as part of its Bach Cantatas, a series of annual concerts at Victoria Hall, the annual Haydn-Mozart festival created by the ensemble in 2021, and finally the Chambre des Anges, a new concert series inaugurated in 2022 and dedicated to chamber music.

The ensemble is equally in demand in Switzerland and abroad for performances not only of Bach, but also Tallis, Josquin, Schein, Schütz, Johann Christoph Bach, Weckmann, Buxtehude, Rosenmüller, Haydn, Mozart and others. In recent seasons, Gli Angeli Genève has been in residence at the Utrecht Festival and the Thuringer Bachwochen, and has performed in Basel, Zurich, Lucerne, Barcelona, Nürnberg, Bremen, Stuttgart, Brussels, Milan, Wroclaw, Paris, Ottawa, Vancouver, Amsterdam and The Hague. Gli Angeli Genève is a regular guest at the Saintes and Utrecht Festivals, the Bremen Musikfest and the Vancouver Bach Festival. The ensemble made its debut in 2019 at Lucerne’s KKL, and was invited in 2023 to the MA Festival in Bruges, the Besançon Festival and Vézelay. On the occasion of the Haydn-Mozart Festival, Gli Angeli Genève collaborates with guest conductors and artists: Michel Corboz in 2021, Kristian Bezuidenhout in 2022, Philippe Herreweghe in 2023, and Leonardo García Alarcón in 2024.

Gli Angeli Genève’s first recording for Claves Records, Musiques sacrées du XVIIe siècle à Wroclaw, won the 2019 ICMA award for best Baroque vocal recording of the year, and Johann Sebastian Bach’s St Matthew Passion has been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics alike, in Switzerland and around the world.

The ensemble’s discography also includes Bach’s Mass in B, nominated at ICMA 2022, Bach’s Cantatas for Bass, and Antoine Reicha’s rare Symphonies Concertantes, with soloists Christophe Coin, Davit Melkonyan, Chouchane Siranossian and Alexis Kossenko. Released in October 2022, Mozart’s Concertos for flute and orchestra, with Alexis Kossenko (flute) and Valeria Kafelnikov (harp) have been nominated for an ICMA 2023 award in the “Concerto” category. Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion, released in April 2023, and Josquin Desprez’s Malheur me bat, published by Aparté in September 2023, have already won rave reviews from the press and public alike.

 

Gli Angeli Genève benefits from a regional support agreement with the City of Geneva, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the Théâtre du Crochetan.

Stephan MacLeod

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Stephan MacLeod was born in Geneva and studied singing in his native city, in Cologne and then in Lausanne. His concert career began during his studies in Germany with a fruitful collaboration with Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln. Since then, he has sung regularly with conductors such as Leonhardt, Herreweghe, Savall, Suzuki, Kuijken, Corboz, Brüggen, Kossenko, Pierlot, Luks, Mortensen, Harding, Junghänel, Rademann, Pichon, Van Immerseel, Coin, Rilling, Van Nevel and Bernius. He is founder and conductor of the Ensemble Gli Angeli Genève, which gives around thirty concerts a year throughout the world, and is regularly invited to conduct other ensembles (OSR, Philharmonie Zuidnerderland, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, etc.). More than 100 CDs, many of them critically acclaimed, document his work. He was singing teacher at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne from 2013 to 2023, and teaches at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève since last September.

Hana Blažíková

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Born in Prague, Hana trained at the Prague Conservatory in Jiří Kotouč’s class, before continuing her studies with Poppy Holden, Peter Kooij, Monika Mauch and Howard Crook. Today, she is recognized as a leading specialist in the performance of baroque, renaissance and medieval music. She performs with ensembles and orchestras all over the world, including Collegium Vocale Gent, Bach Collegium Japan, Sette Voci, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Arpeggiata, Gli Angeli Genève, La Fenice, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Tafelmusik, Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum, Musica Florea, L’Armonia Sonora, among others. She collaborates regularly with the world-renowned horn player Bruce Dickey, with whom she recorded the CD “Breathtaking”, the programme of which continues to tour the world. Hana appears on over thirty CDs, including the famous Bach cantata series with the Bach Collegium Japan. She also plays the Gothic and Romanesque harps and presents concerts in which she accompanies herself on this instrument.

Aleksandra Lewandowska

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Was born in Poland, where she studied violin and piano before turning to singing, which she studied with Wojtek Drabowicz in Poznan and then at the Weimar Conservatoire. She attended masterclasses with Evelyn Tubb and Barbara Schlick, and made her debut at the Poznan Opera in Aurora by E.T.A Hoffmann.

Aleksandra is active in the world of oratorio, singing under the direction of Herreweghe, van Veldhoven, MacLeod, Corboz, Duxbury, Luks, Reuss, Antonini, Sempé, Parrott, Weimann, Spering, Neumann and Fischer, and frequently works with Gli Angeli Genève, Collegium Vocale Gent, Collegium 1704, Arte dei Suonatori, the Polish Radio Orchestra and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra.

She has performed at numerous European and international festivals, including Musikfest Bremen, Bachwoche Stuttgart, Festival de Saintes, Oude Muziek Utrecht, Thüringer Bachwochen, Lumine Voice Festival of Lofoten, Vratislavia Cantans, Chopin and his Europe and Early Music Vancouver.

Alex Potter

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Praised by The Times for his “ethereal tone and beautiful control”,  Alex Potter is one of the leading countertenors on the European musical scene. He was lucky enough to have a mother who sang to him as a child and a father who bought him history books, so of course ended up singing Early music. Besides singing, he loves cooking, being outdoors and anything to do with history. He lives in the Lüneburger Heide and is an embarrassing father to two teenage daughters.

Valerio Contaldo

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Valerio Contaldo studied singing with Gary Magby in Lausanne. He was a finalist in the Leipzig Bach Competition in 2008, and his solo career has increasingly developed ever since. 

His highly eclectic oratorio repertoire includes the most important works of sacred music. He has performed in concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Beaune and Ambronay Festivals, Salzburg’s Mozartwoche, the Folles Journées in Nantes, Bilbao, Warsaw and Tokyo, and in opera at the Paris Opéra, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and the Edinburgh and Aix-en-Provence Festivals.

He is one of the world’s leading interpreters of the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, which he has sung in Barcelona, Adelaide, Shanghai and Beijing, as well as in Brussels, Rotterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, at the Festival de Saint-Denis, and on tour in South America. The recording of this work with Cappella Mediterranea (Alarcón), released by Alpha in 2021, was enthusiastically received by the critics (Choc Classica, Diamant Opéra Magazine, etc.).

He sings in concert and on disc under conductors such as Corboz, Garrido, Garcia Alarcón, Alessandrini, Bernardini, Minkowski and Pierlot.

Stephan MacLeod

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Stephan MacLeod was born in Geneva and studied singing in his native city, in Cologne and then in Lausanne. His concert career began during his studies in Germany with a fruitful collaboration with Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln. Since then, he has sung regularly with conductors such as Leonhardt, Herreweghe, Savall, Suzuki, Kuijken, Corboz, Brüggen, Kossenko, Pierlot, Luks, Mortensen, Harding, Junghänel, Rademann, Pichon, Van Immerseel, Coin, Rilling, Van Nevel and Bernius. He is founder and conductor of the Ensemble Gli Angeli Genève, which gives around thirty concerts a year throughout the world, and is regularly invited to conduct other ensembles (OSR, Philharmonie Zuidnerderland, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, etc.). More than 100 CDs, many of them critically acclaimed, document his work. He was singing teacher at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne from 2013 to 2023, and teaches at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève since last September.

Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne

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The Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne (EVL) was founded in 1961 by Michel Corboz, who successfully led it for over fifty years. As an outstanding professional vocal ensemble, the EVL holds its own amongst the best groups on the national and international scene, all the while maintaining strong roots in Switzerland. Artistically, it is a chamber choir comprised of a variable configuration of professional singers and, depending on the work being performed, young artists in training. Its repertoire ranges from the 16th to the 21st century, with a focus on French music, Swiss composers, and contemporary creations.

Today, the Ensemble is under the direction of Pierre-Fabien Roubaty, artistic and musical director, and Daniel Reuss, principal guest conductor. In recent years, the EVL has sung under the baton of world-renowned conductors such as Raphaël Pichon, Leonardo García Alarcón, Jonathan Nott, Arie van Beek, and Marc Kissóczy.

The reach of the EVL extends well beyond national borders, with invitations to perform on international stages. Over the past ten years, it has participated in numerous prestigious festivals such as La Folle Journée de Nantes, La Roque d’Anthéron, the Festival de Pâques (Aix-en-Provence), the Chapelle Royale de Versailles, and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. Additionally, the EVL regularly collaborates with renowned Swiss and international orchestras.

The EVL’s extensive discography has garnered international acclaim. Its recording of Monteverdi’s
Vespers won the Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros. Some thirty other award-winning albums include the three famous Requiems by Mozart (Choc du Monde de la Musique, 1999), Fauré (Choc de l’Année 2007 du Monde de la Musique) and Gounod (Choc de Classica 2011). Its latest opus, Arthur Honegger’s Le Roi David (1921 version) was released in 2017.

In 2023, EVL and OCL recorded Mozart’s Requiem under the direction of John Nelson. This is EVL’s 116th recording.

Pierre-Fabien Roubaty

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Born in 1984, Pierre-Fabien Roubaty began his musical education by studying piano at the Conservatoire of Fribourg while discovering the world of singing in the choir of Villars-sur-Glâne. In 2006, he ventured into choral conducting by founding the Arsis choir, which he still passionately leads. At the helm of this ensemble, primarily dedicated to 18th and 19th-century music, he distinguished himself in the performance of major oratorio repertoire works, culminating in victory at the Fribourg Choral Competition in 2011.

Pierre-Fabien Roubaty had the privilege of learning from renowned masters during his studies at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne, notably Marc Pantillon, Todd Camburn, and Anthony di Giantomasso. He then continued his studies in orchestral conducting at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, benefiting from the valuable teachings of Florian Ziemen and Ralf Weikert.

As a choir conductor or répétiteur, he has prepared choirs and soloists for numerous opera and oratorio productions, meeting many renowned musicians in the process, such as Michel Corboz, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Raphaël Pichon, Marc Minkovski, Daniel Reuss, Christa Ludwig, and Ramón Vargas.

In September 2019, Pierre-Fabien Roubaty was appointed artistic and musical director of the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne. Under his direction, the ensemble has brought exceptional projects to the stage, including the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Arthur Honegger’s “Le Roi David,” the creation of Théo Flury’s oratorio “Splendor,” and prestigious performances at the Folle Journée de Nantes. He also led the ensemble in its participation in the Festival Via aeterna at Mont-St-Michel, celebrating the millennium of this iconic site.

In 2024, Pierre-Fabien Roubaty will have the honor of being the guest conductor for both the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and the choir of the OSESP Foundation in São Paulo.

THE MUSICIANS OF THE FRANK MARTIN ORCHESTRA

FIRST VIOLINS
Clémence De Forceville
Roman Filipov
Lissy Abreu Ruiz
Maria Jurca
Julien Lapeyre
Ombeline Long
Vasilisa Neliubina
Elise Persiaux
Amandine Pierson
Katia Trabé
Adalberto Vital Neto

SECOND VIOLINS
Claire Dassesse
Madoka Sakitsu
Maxime Alliot Barbier
Juliette Carlon
António Francisco Ferreira
Antoine Guiller
Paloma Martin
Merry Mechling
Florence Von Burg
Carole Zanchi Lehmann

VIOLAS
Elise Vaschalde
Natanael Ferreira Dos Santos
Ana La Salete Ferreira Vaz
Juliette Kowalski
Anne Malherbet
Denis Martin
Jean-Philippe Morel
Dor Sperber

CELLOS
Joël Marosi
Noé Natorp
Alain Doury
Anna Minten
Kamil Mukhametdinov
Francisca Santos Luís Parente

DOUBLE BASSES
Ivy Wong
Rémi Magnan
Gabriele Arborio
Claudio Gomes

FLUTES
Alberto Acuna 
Bastien Ferraris
Jona Venturi

OBOES
Clarisse Moreau
Olivier Thomas

CLARINETS
Vitor Fernandes
Nuno Baptista
Guillaume Le Corre

BASSOONS
Elfie Bonnardel
Carla Rouaud
Joana  Barbosa

HORNS
Clément Charpentier-Leroy
Agnès Chopin
Johan Kulcsar
Simon Kandel

TRUMPETS
Simon Pellaux
Charles-Edouard Thuillier

TROMBONES
Alexandre Mastrangelo
Elise Jacquemettaz
Ross Butcher

TUBA
Igor Martinez

TIMPANI
Arthur Bonzon

PERCUSSIONS
Marion Frétigny
Mathis Pellaux
Jean-Baptiste Solano
Jérémie Cresta
Charles De Ceuninck

HARP
Laudine Dard

PIANOS
Olga Kerevel
Johann Vacher

CELESTA
Johann Vacher

Louise Foor

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Louise Foor, a Belgian soprano, will perform on the stages of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, La Monnaie in Brussels, and the Opera of Metz in the upcoming season. Her recent debut as Leila in G. Bizet’s “Les pêcheurs de perles” in Bordeaux received excellent critics.  Last season she also debuted at such venues as the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie De Munt, the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg, and the Grand Théâtre in Geneva.

In 2020 Louise made her debut at the Opera in Liège and she has joined the “MM Laureate” of La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels. She also became resident artist at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo. In September 2020, she won the first prize at the international competition “Virgilijus Noreika” in Vilnius (Lithuania).

In 2017, Louise received her bachelor’s degree in voice from the IMEP School of Music (Belgium). In the same year, she won the “best young” prize at the international competition “Hariclea Darclée” in Romania. In 2017 she also became a student at the HfM Hanns Eisler Berlin in the class of Anna Samuil. In 2018 she made other international competitions in Germany (Immling), Austria (Graz) and Italy (Portofino), where she won many prizes.

Gerhild Romberger

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Gerhild Romberger was born in the Emsland. After studying music for schools at the Academy of Music in Detmold, she studied with Mitsuko Shirai and Hartmut Höll.

As a passionate concert-singer her extremely extensive repertoire encompasses all the major contralto and mezzo-soprano parts in the oratorio and concert repertoire from the Baroque to the Classical and Romantic periods to the 20th century music.

Significant steps in Gerhild Romberger´s career in recent years were concerts with Manfred Honeck, the Berlin Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Herbert Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Riccardo Chailly. Furthermore, she performed with the Vienna and Bamberg Symphony Orchestras under Daniel Harding or at La Scala under Franz Welser-Möst.

Highlights of the current season include a concert tour with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Beethoven´s 9th Symphony under the baton of Andris Nelsons as well as Mahler´s 3rd Symphony with Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam. Furthermore, she can be heard with Mahler´s Kindertotenlieder and the Budapest Festival Orchestra and with Schumann´s Paradies und Peri at Hamburg´s Elbphilharmonie.

Julien Henric

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Born in Lyon, Julien Henric studies theater and lyrical singing in his home town. In 2018, he is appointed Révélation Lyrique by the ADAMI and wins three prizes at the Young Artists Raymond Duffaut. Building on these successes, he wins the 2nd prize and prize of the melody at the International Competition of the Autumn Symphonies in Mâcon the year after. In 2020, he graduates from the Lyon Conservatoire and joins the Young Ensemble of the Grand Théâtre de Genève for the 20-21 and 21-22 seasons, two 􀏐irst seasons marked by great artistic encounters. He is also the laureate of the 1st Prize (French melody) and 3rd Prize (Opera) at the International Competition in Marmande in 2022.

Julien Henric notably performed at the Festival International d’Aix en Provence, as well as at the Cologne and Hamburg Philharmonies in Norma (Flavio) ; at the Opéra National de Paris in Hamlet (Marcellus), at the Madrid Auditorium in Faust and Hélène (Faust), at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, at the Opéra de Rouen in Rigoletto (Borsa) and in Roméo et Juliette (Tybalt), at the Festival d’été des Nuits Lyriques de Marmande in La Traviata (Alfredo), or at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, at the Opera Royal de Versailles and at the Ravenna Festival in Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) and Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando).

In the last years, he has had the opportunity to work with stage directors such as Calixto Bieito, Mariame Clément, Ulrich Rasche, Daniel Kramer or Krzysztof Warlikowski, as well as great conductors such as Marc Minkowski, Stefano Montanari, Antonino Fogliani, Riccardo Minasi or Pierre Dumoussaud.

Julien Henric’s 2023-2024 season features many debuts : at the Bergamo Festival in Lucie di Lammermoor (Arthur Bucklaw), at the Opéra d’Avignon in The Magic Flute (Tamino), at the Opéra National du Rhin in Guercoeur (Heurtal), at the Olympia-City of Athens Music Theatre « Maria Callas » for Pénélope (Ulysse) and at the Opéra de Saint-Etienne for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as well as the Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier for a concert gala in honor of Maria Callas, and also at the Festival d’Auvers sur Oise in Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle. He also returns at the Opéra de Paris in The Exterminating Angel (Lucas) as well as at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in Don Carlos (Le Comte de Lerme/Un Hérault) and in Anna Bolena (Sir Hervey).

Stephan MacLeod

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Stephan MacLeod was born in Geneva and studied singing in his native city, in Cologne and then in Lausanne. His concert career began during his studies in Germany with a fruitful collaboration with Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln. Since then, he has sung regularly with conductors such as Leonhardt, Herreweghe, Savall, Suzuki, Kuijken, Corboz, Brüggen, Kossenko, Pierlot, Luks, Mortensen, Harding, Junghänel, Rademann, Pichon, Van Immerseel, Coin, Rilling, Van Nevel and Bernius. He is founder and conductor of the Ensemble Gli Angeli Genève, which gives around thirty concerts a year throughout the world, and is regularly invited to conduct other ensembles (OSR, Philharmonie Zuidnerderland, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, etc.). More than 100 CDs, many of them critically acclaimed, document his work. He was singing teacher at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne from 2013 to 2023, and teaches at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève since last September.

Vincent Thévenaz

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Vincent Thévenaz is professor of organ and improvisation at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva, titular organist and carilloneur of the Saint-Pierre Cathedral in Geneva. His concerts have led him to many European countries, as well as Argentina, Uruguay, Canada and India. Having benefited from a complete training (organ, piano, classical and jazz improvisation, musicology, musical theory, direction, singing, French and Russian letters), he aspires to make known and appreciated the many different facets of the organ: as a soloist, with other instruments, sometimes classical (violin, flute), sometimes quirky (Alpine horn, percussion), as well as with an ensemble. He also plays different keyboard instruments, such as harmonium, Hammond or theatre organ, and carillon. Passionate about improvisation, he devotes himself to it on the piano as much as the organ, in concert or to accompany silent films.

In 2009-2010 he interpreted Bach’s integral organ oeuvre in 14 concerts, met with a resounding success. His duo with the saxophonist Vincent Barras, entitled “W”, proposes an original repertoire immortalised in two CDs. He has recorded two CDs for the Sony label with the Gli Angeli Ensemble of Geneva (Stephan MacLeod), acclaimed by critics. He also collaborates with many ensembles and conductors (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ensemble Contrechamps, Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, Valery Gergiev, Heinz Holliger, Michel Corboz, Lawrence Foster, Antonio Pappano, etc). In 2005 he founded the Orchestre Buissonnier, an ensemble of young musicians, which he regularly conducts.
www.thevenaz.org

Eklekto

Eklekto est un collectif de percussion contemporaine fondé en 1974 à Genève. Avec un instrumentarium en permanente évolution de plus de mille pièces, Eklekto développe des projets qui contribuent à façonner le paysage musical actuel et travaille en étroite collaboration avec des compositeurs et des artistes autour de la recherche sonore sous toutes ses formes. Eklekto a créé plus de 100 nouvelles œuvres et se produit dans les salles et festivals du monde entier.

www.eklekto.ch