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Hélène Schmitt

Hélène Schmitt

Hélène Schmitt mostly performs on European stages but also recently in Japan where she has done a solo recital tour in Spring 2008. Her musical choices, her discographiy and her personnal inclinations are very much European orientated.

She mostly plays the repertoire for solo violin of the 17th, 18th and beginning of 19th Century and the international critics are always very enthousiastic about her recordings and concerts. She is supported by the French label ALPHA for which she has done so far 7 recordings. Amongst them the famous Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo of J.S. Bach. She shows a special interest for the Italian and German music and culture.

She has won three International Prices : Bruggen soloists section in 1993, Van Wassenaar (Holland) in 1994, and Schmelzerpreis in Melk (Austria) in 1996.
She has also recently been invited to take part of the Jury of the prestigious International Competition Festival van Vlaanderen in Bruggen.
She has lived in Germany for 10 years after having studied the modern violin in Paris and baroque violin in Basel.

Her recordings are regularly plaid on the European radio channels (France-Musique, Radio Classique, WDR3 or Deurschland Radio) which also regularly braodcast programmes and portraits of this great artist. The National German radio Deutschland Funk has recently co-produced with ALPHA her recording Johann Heinrich Schmelzer : Sonatas for violin and basso continuo.

Over the years she has built very strong relationships with numerous musical partners such as German haprsichordist Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, Itlalian cellist Gaetano Nasillo and lute and guitar player Eric Bellocq with whom she has done recordings and performed many concerts. She is invited to perform in prestigious festivals and concert series : Oude Muziek Utrecht, Innsbrucker Festwochen Innsbruck, Festival of Saintes, Festival Bach of Lausanne, Bachfest Salzburg, Les Grandes Journées de Versailles, Ambronay, Cologne, Festival van Vlaanderen Bruggen, Brussels Philharmonie, Folle Journée Nantes, Concerts Parisiens, Arsenal de Metz, Festival Radio France in Montpellier etc.

In addition to her concerts activities, she is currently working with the very talented dancer and choregrapher Raphaël Cottin on a special show « Sei solo » performed for the first time in Paris in December 08.

Her new CD has just been released : Nicola MATTEIS – Ayrs for the violin (ALPHA - 2009)

Raphael Cottin

Raphael Cottin

Raphaël Cottin starts his dance career in 1987 and studies later on classical and contemporary dance at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse Paris (CNSMDP). He becomes acquainted with famous names of the dance world such as Cyril Atanassoff, Peter Gross, Jean Guizerix, Martin Kravitz, Wilfride Piollet and Odile Rouquet, the founder of the analyse fonctionelle du mouvement dansé, and he obtains in 1999 his Diplôme de Formation Supérieure in contemporary dance.

He works as a dancer for Stéphanie Aubin, Christine Gérard, Lola Keraly, Odile Duboc and in particular for Daniel Dobbels (1999-2007). He has performed some of Wilfride Piollet’s, Jean Guizerix’, Andy Degroat’s and Merce Cunningham’s pieces. Since 2008, he performs as a member of the Illico-Thomas Lebrun company, touring all over the world (France, Lithuania, Brasil, Belgium, Africa, Russia).

Having a graduation in educational science of contemporary dance, Raphaël Cottin conveys Wilfride Piollet’s technique, which offers a new vision of movement’s comprehension and of the autonomy of a dancer’s working process. He is titular of the diploma in skill enhancement of movement’s notation, and of kinetography Laban, after studying with Noëlle Simonet at the CNSMDP.
He is regularly invited as a professor, member of selection committees, or master of ceremonies to important and prestigious institutions such as the National Centre of Danse, Choregraphic development Centre//Danse in Lille, National Chorégraphic Centre of Roubaix, National Conservatories of Dance, Universities.

As a choreographer, he founded in 1999 his own company RC2 to aaccomplish his personal projects, with a predilection for collaboration with contemporary music (Alexis Descharmes, Cédric Jullion, Joël Grare) or original compositions (David Moreau). He has also choreographed different events and evening parties of big companies such as Barclays and Cartier. For several years, he has been collaborating with the french soprano Patricia Petibon (2000-2004) with whom he organizes recitals. In 2008, he meets the violonist Hélène Schmitt and conceives with her “Sei solo”, a double solo on the repertoire for violin only by J.C. Bach. This collaboration will be pursued in 2010 with the creation of the project “Les Nations”, a choreographical quartet on François Couperin’s music, accompanied on stage by Hélène Schmitt’s ensemble: The Luceram Ensemble.

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