Winner of the Prix du Concours Général in Paris in 1997, Julien Chauvin studied at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with Vera Beths, Wilbert Hazelzet, Jaap ter Linden and Anner Biljsm.
In 2003, he won a prize at the Concours International de Musique Ancienne in Bruges, an International Early Music competition, and has since performed as a soloist in Georgia, South America and South Africa as well as such festivals as the Easter Festival of Deauville, the Cordes Musique-sur-Ciel Festival and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
He has also collaborated with prominent European Baroque ensembles such as Concerto Köln, Musiciens du Louvre, Concert d’Astrée and Ensemble Baroque de Limoges.
In 2005, together with conductor Jérémie Rhorer, he founded Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, before going on to create the Cambini-Paris Quartet in 2007, both of which seek to explore and rediscover a wider French repertoire of long-forgotten works, from the end of the Ancien-Régime to 1830.
Julien Chauvin has also performed works in romantic and modern repertoires, in close collaboration with Steve Reich, György Kurtág, Thierry Escaich, Thomas Adès and Philippe Hersant, with Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Pernoo, Jérôme Ducros, Bertrand Chamayou, Christophe Coin and Patrick Cohen as partners.
He is regularly invited to conduct opera productions such as Era la Notte with Anna Caterina Antonacci, Atys by Piccini and Le Saphir by Félicien David, in partnership with the Palazzetto Bru Zane, which performed in Venice, Paris (at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord), La Chaise-Dieu Festival, Sorèze and Périgueux. He will soon be conducting a production of Haydn’s Armida staged by director Mariame Clément.
His recordings for the Eloquentia and Naïve-Ambroisie labels, most notably Beethoven’s Romance in F major and Rêverie et Caprice by Berlioz, released in 2011, have been critically acclaimed.
He plays with a baroque violin of Jacob Stainer from 1670 (ex Mozart-Wranitzki) and with a romantic violin Giusseppe Rocca from 1839.
Born into a family of musicians, Karine Crocquenoy began learning the violin at the age of five. She studied with Olivier Charlier at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique where she received her graduate degree in 1998.
Chamber music has always held pride of place in her musical life, particularly since her studies with Alain Meunier and Ysaÿe quartet.
Passionate, she explores diverse genres from baroque to contemporary music and plays on instruments corresponding with each period.
She has been an originating member of the Cambini-Paris Quartet since its inception in 2007, one of the very few quartets performing on period instruments the great works of the repertoire and some french composers wrongly forgotten. With the Quartet, she performed many times in Europe and in North America. Their recordings have been unanimously acclaimed in the press.
Karine Crocquenoy is also a member of Les Talens Lyriques directed by Christophe Rousset and Le Concert de la Loge directed by Julien Chauvin. With these ensembles, both exploring the interpretation of music on period instruments, she has performed on numerous records for prestigious labels as well as performed on the biggest international venues : Carnegie Hall and Frick Collection in New York, Philharmonie in Berlin, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in Bruges, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Center in Londons Teatro Real in Madrid, Opera in the Monnaie and Bozar in Brussels, Salle Bourgie in Montreal, Phillips Collection in Washington, Staatsoper in Vienna and the Theater an der Wien; Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Pleyel, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra Garnier, Opéra Comique, Salle Gaveau and Cité de la Musique in Paris; Versailles Castle, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Drottningholm Slottsteater in Stockholm, Parco della Musica in Rome, Victoria Hall in Geneva, festivals of Aix-en-Provence, of Montpellier, of Saintes, of Épau, of Deauville, of Sablé, of Newbury, of la Chaise-Dieu, of Bremen, Musikfestipiele Sanssouci of Postdam...; Marble Palace of St-Petersburg, Folly Theater in Kansas City, the Arsenal in Metz, Hospices de Beaune, Opéra de Dijon, Opéra du Rhin in Strasburg, Mozartwoche in Salzburg, Teatro Juárez in Guanajuato, Teatro del Bicentenario in León, Opéra de Bordeaux, Auditorium and CNSM of Lyon, the Amuz Music Centre in Antwerp, De Bijloke in Gent, Opera of Monte-Carlo, Capitole of Toulouse, Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Zürich, Budapest, Porto, Athenes, Bilbao, Toronto, Québec, Saragossa, Salamanca, Granada, Bergen, Lausanne…
She plays on a violin of Francesco Pressenda from 1841.
Upon first discovering orchestra and chamber music within the walls of the music school of his childhood, just outside Paris, Pierre-Eric Nimylowycz felt destined to become a musician.
Faithful to these first feelings of artistic joy, he studied violin, baroque violin and viola with Nathanaëlle Marie, Patrick Bismuth, Manuel Solans and François Fernandez; harmony and counterpoint with Raphaël Picazos, Pierre Pincemaille and Loïc Mallié; and orchestration with Olivier Kaspar, first at the Boulogne Conservatoire, and then later at the Paris and Lyon conservatories of Music (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique) before receiving his Bachelor of Musicology at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne.
Thereafter, he had the opportunity to play chamber music with artists such as Patrick Cohen, Olivier Beaumont, Jaap Schröder, François Fernandez, Cécile Agator, Stéphanie Marie-Degand, Jérôme Pernoo, Henri Demarquette and Sergey Malov, in ensembles such as Le Cercle de l’Harmonie (Jérémie Rhorer), Le Concert d'Astrée (Emmanuelle Haïm), Ricercar Consort (Philippe Pierlot) and Les Talens Lyriques (Christophe Rousset).
He is particularly interested in the string quartet repertoire as a viola player. It was with a desire to explore new musical horizons through the rediscovery of neglected works that he joined the Cambini-Paris Quartet in 2010.
He has since recorded the world premiere of Terra Desolata, composed by Thierry Escaïch, for a baroque ensemble.
He plays on a viola of Giuseppe Rocca from 1855.
Born in Nagoya, Japan, Atsushi Sakaï, a student of Harvey Shapiro, won first prize with the highest honours, as well as the first Jean Brizard Prize, at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique under the guidance of Philippe Muller.
He became interested in the historical cello and the viola da gamba early on and studied these simultaneously at the same institution with Christophe Coin.
His talent was very soon noticed and he was invited to join ensembles such as Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert d’Astrée and the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges. With these ensembles he has participated in numerous recordings as well as performed in concert in major European venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Barbican Center in London, Lausanne Opera and Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci, etc.
As a soloist, he has appeared with numerous orchestras, in particular, with the Prague Chamber Philharmonic and with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra in the Chamber Music Hall of Berlin’s Philharmony under the direction of Jesùs Lopez-Cobos.
Passionate about chamber music, he has given recitals alongside Christophe Rousset, Emmanuelle Haïm, Christophe Coin, Vincent Dumestre, Alain Planès before founding the Cambini-Paris Quartet and the consort of viols Sit Fast.
In recent years he has also devoted time to conducting and he regularly conducts the Concert d’Astrée in productions such as Actéon that was performed in Dijon and Valenciennes.
He plays on cello of Antonio Guadagnini from 1881.