Clara ABOU, violin
Having studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School of London, at the Universität für Musik of Vienna and in cycle de perfectionnement at CNSM of Lyon, Clara Abou is invited in seasons and festivals among which the Thy chamber music festival, the Leopold Museum of Vienna, the Oïstrakh Festival in Estonia, the Jeunesses Musicales Romania, the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, the Schloss Mirabell in Salzbourg, the Queen Elisabeth Hall of London, the Festival de l’Abbaye du Pin, La Roque d’Anthéron (ensemble en résidence 2008), the Festival Européen Jeunes Talents, the Festival Debussy, Musée en Musique, Musique au cœur des musées.
She has also performed numorous times as a soliste with orchestra among which the Saint Petersburg Festival Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Ruse, Philharmonic Orchestra of Slovaquie, the London Mozart Players, the Orchestre du CNSM of Lyon and the Ensemble 20-21. Clara has recorded in 2002 the Concerto Funèbre by Hartmann for the label Classical Recording Company. She is also a founding member of the Trio Rilke and first violin of Quatuor Equinoxe.
Émilie HEURTEVENT, saxophones
Émilie Heurtevent studied at the CRR of Caen. She pursued in the classes of Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Yves Chevalier and Sylvain Malézieux, graduating with a 1st Prize in Perfectionnement and obtaining the teaching diploma « Certificat d’Aptitude » as saxophone professor.
She has worked with many different ensembles among which the Osmose quartet, prize winner of the FNAPEC competition in 2007, the compagnie Les Brigands and more recently with the pop singer Julien Ribot for his project Cyclops.
Émilie Heurtevent was invited to perform at the Davos International Festival (Switzerland), the Oundle International festival (GB), the European Festival Jeunes Talents (Paris), the Maison de la musique of Nanterre, the Monts de la Madeleine Festival, the Chamber Music Festival & Rencontres of Larzac, in Paris at Radio-France, the Athénée-Louis Jouvet theatre and the Trois Baudets stage.
Since 2003, she has a position as alto saxophone in the Orchestre d'harmonie de la Musique de l'Air of Paris. She has had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with this ensemble the Légende by André Caplet at the Invalides in Paris and at the Opera-Theatre of Avignon and Escapades by John Williams at the Cité des Congrès of Nantes as part of the Folle Journée.
Anne DE FORNEL, piano
Franco-American pianist, Anne de Fornel combines with talent different musical activities. Author of numerous articles on the Second Viennese School and the American composer John Cage, in 2012 she became a Doctor in Musicology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). She also received a Specialized Master’s Degree in “Medias, Art and Creation” from HEC Paris.
The Hortus Label has released a number CD’s by this young pianist. In 2012 with the Trio Steuermann she recorded “A Long Voyage: Works for Solo Piano and Chamber Music by Pierre Wissmer”. Three other recordings followed: in 2014, the CD/DVD “Tramages” by the Ensemble Mesostics in which she is a soloist of two contemporary works: Trame IV by Martin Matalon and Interstices by Philippe Hurel and artistic director of the project; in 2015, “Transfigured Night” with the Trio Steuermann that presents works by Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern and the young German composer Johannes Boris Borowski; in the same year, a solo CD dedicated to First World War composers.
Anne de Fornel was awarded a Master’s degree in piano from the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon where she studied with Florent Boffard. Among works dedicated to her are Moth by Andrea Agostini, 24 Haïku by Jean-Yves Bosseur and the Klaviertrio by Johannes Boris Borowski. She recently performed as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse in a concert dedicated to J.S. Bach’s keyboard concertos for the Festival “Les Floraisons musicales”, at the Palais Brongniart (Musicora), the Talleyrand Hotel-George C. Marshall Center of the American Embassy in Paris, Artenetra Festival, Musicancy Festival, Piano Lille Festival, Lake District Summer Music International Festival (UK), the Auditori in Barcelona, as well the “Chagall Performance Art Collaborative” in Boston.