Caroline Gy discovered music while studying piano and music theory, beginning with lessons from her mother, an excellent pianist, and later with private professors in Cannes.
Letting music drop to second place in order to pursue computer studies in college, she was not to resume music until 2004, at which point she began voice lessons with Bertrand Kovack in Avignon.
Her motivation and passion for music drove her to waste no more time, and from that moment she dedicated more and more of her time to the study of voice.
Caroline Gy moved to the Bordeaux region in January 2006, and began perfecting her technique with Lucette Brachet taking on French opera roles for mezzos such as Dalila, Carmen, Charlotte, and then adding to her repertoire with the Verdi roles of Azucena/Il Trovatore, Emilia/Otello, Fenena/Nabucco and Maddalena/Rigoletto.
She participates regularly with the master classes of Viorica Cortez.
She performs recitals in the operatic genres of French and Italian opera as well as French traditional melodies and German lieder (Strauss, Schubert, Brahms).
In 2011, Caroline Gy was invited to Constanza Opera in Romania to sing the Mozart Requiem as alto soloist as well as the Brahms Rhapsodie for alto.
In 2013, she was given the title role of Carmen in The Great Arias of Carmen proposed by the Association of the Friends of the Grand Theater, and staged by Lucette Brachet. The performance was presented at the Grand Theater of Bordeaux.
During the year 2014, Caroline Gy developed her Oratorio repertoire in order to fulfill invitations to various festivals in 2014 and 2015: Haëndel’s Messie, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and Mozart’s Great Mass in C.
At the end of 2014, she created a musical event entitled The Lyric Salon which unanimously seduced the public.
During the summer of 2015, Ms. Gy performed at the Festival of Base-Navarre in recital. Later, she sang in the closing ceremony for the Journées de Patrimoine festivities at the Abbey of Saint Sever, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2016, Caroline Gy performed Carmen again in July, as well as several oratorio and operatic recitals in various venues such as the Créon Organ Festival, Saint Cyprien, Toulouse, Cannes, Lisbon, and Zurich.
During the summer of 2017, Ms. Gy developed and extended her repertoire in response to requests for a recital of Baroque opera (Vivaldi, Haëndel) in Marmande. During the festival, she also performed an evening recital titled Pastel Night in Albi. In October 2017, she had great success with the return of her Lyric Salon at the Athénée in Bordeaux.
In 2018, Ms. Gy was invited to perform during the opening concert of the Espace Culturel Germaine Tillion in Bergerac in order to sing a program of French and Italian opera.
The 2018 Journées de Patrimoine were an occasion for Caroline Gy to perform at the sumptuous Saint Eutrope Basilica in Saintes, where the audience was overwhelmed by the very high quality of her interpretation.
Encouraged by two English singers, Elizabeth Harwood and Maureen Lehane, Patrick Hilliard studied keyboard accompaniment for piano and organ at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He was educated by David Lloyd, Geoffrey Pratly and Robin Bowman, and in 1986 he won the Peter Pears prize in London.
Afterwards, having moved to France, he accompanied numerous artists such as Michel Piquemal and Beatrice Uriah-Monzon and Atarah Ben Tovim, the masters of Radio France and the Regional Choir of the Midi-Pyrenees.
Voice conductor as well as choir conductor, Mr. Hilliard collaborates with the opera companies of Toulon and Bordeaux, the Festivals of Haut Quercy, the Sinfonia en Périgord (with Michel Laplénie and Sagitarius) and the Périgord Noir Festival.
Mr. Hilliard holds a Certificate of Aptitude in piano accompaniment, and works in several conservatories in Southwest France. He also continues to perform with the new generation of French singers, namely André Heyboer, Hermine Huguenel, and Stanislas de Barbeyrac.
Passionate about 19th century French music, he rediscovered and recorded the works of Marie de Grandval and produced two recordings of chamber music for piano.
Rentaro Taki; Grudge (one of the very first piano pieces ever written in Japan, 2 mins)
Yoshihiro Kanno; A Particle of Water for piano and Myochin Hibashi Chopsticks (written for Noriko)
Chopin; Waltz Brlliante Op.18
Chopin; Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise
Noriko Ogawa has achieved considerable renown throughout the world since her success at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Noriko’s “ravishingly poetic playing” (Telegraph) sets her apart from her contemporaries and acclaim for her complete Debussy series with BIS Records, confirms her as a fine Debussy specialist. Her Images Book I and II were chosen as the top recommendation ‘exquisite delicacy’, BBC Radio 3’s CD Review, January 2014. Noriko’s latest recording for BIS records is of solo piano music by Eric Satie.
Noriko appears with all the major European, Japanese and US orchestras including the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Richard Dubugnon’s Piano Concerto. Noriko made her BBC Proms debut in August 2013 and appeared again in 2014 with the Endymion Ensemble. She was the Artistic Director for the Reflections on Debussy Festival 2012 at Bridgewater Hall. In 2015 she continued as Associate Artist for Ravel and Rachmaninov Festival.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, with her piano duet partner Kathryn Stott, Noriko has performed Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for Two Pianos at the 2013 BBC Proms.
Noriko regularly judges the BBC Young Musician, Munich International Piano Competition, Honens International Piano Competition and the Scottish International Piano Competition. Noriko has been appointed as Chairperson of the Jury for Japan’s prestigious 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018.
Noriko’s Japanese translation of Susan Tomes’s book Out of Silence – a pianist’s yearbook has been reprinted due to popular demand.
Noriko is passionate about charity work, after the tsunami in Japan in 2011, she has raised over £40,000 for the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Fund. Noriko founded Jamie’s Concerts a series for autistic children and parents and is a Cultural Ambassador for the National Autistic Society.
Noriko is a professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
In just a few months, the Gallien Trio has established itself on the international scene as one of the most promising ensembles of its generation, winning the third prize of the prestigious “Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne” International Competition in Graz in Austria in February 2018, followed in September of the same year by the first prize and the special public prize at the “Gaetano Zinetti” International Competition in Verona, Italy. Composed of Aurélienne Brauner, Tristan Liehr, both First Soloists in the Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra, and Emmanuel Christien, concert pianist and chamber musician, the trio was formed in the city of Bordeaux when these three young and talented musicians met, bringing together their shared passion for chamber music in general, and for the exceptional and inexhaustible trio repertoire with piano in particular. The Gallien Trio, whose repertoire is very eclectic covers almost three centuries, from Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, Mendelssohn to contemporary works by Takemitsu, Mantovani, not to mention French music with Ravel or Chausson, performs regularly in music halls throughout France and Europe.
The Trio Gallien is underwritten by the Association Les Amis de l’ensemble Gallien.
Program: Haydn Trio N°38 ou 44 Beethoven Trio in C minor entracte Mendelssohn Trio N°1
AURELIENNE BRAUNER cello
Aurélienne Brauner has been cello-solo of the Bordeaux-Aquitaine orchestra since 2014.
Aurélienne began the cello with Paul Rousseau then continued her training at CRR Bordeaux in the class of Etienne Péclard. She then joined the CNSM in Paris in the class of Philippe Muller where she received unanimous suma cum laude awards for cello and chamber music along with the Feydeau de Brou Saint-Paul scholarship. She went on to study at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Jens-Peter Maintz.
Winner of an interpretive prize at the Lutoslawski competition, she is supported by the Société Générale Musical Mécénat and the Meyer Foundation, thus enabling her to produce a “Young Soloists” CD dedicated to solo cello works of the 20th century.
Aurélienne has performed in New York, Kyoto, Santander, Verbier, Berlin, La Roque d’Anthéron, the Cité de la Musique, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Theater of Tunis, Salle Cortot, Annecy National Theater, Aix-en-Provence Grand Theater, Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She was also the guest of Gaëlle Le Gallic on France Musique and “Découverte” of the magazine Classica-Répertoire.
In 2009, she received the Del Duca Foundation prize awarded by the Academy of Fine Arts to reward the beginning of her musical career and is laureate of the Vocation Foundation (“President of the Republic Promotion”). She was selected by the “International Holland Music Sessions for the “New Masters on Tour” tour in 2010-2011. She has also performed on Radio France as part of the “Generation Young Performers” concerts. She has been heard alongside Patrice Fontanarosa, David Grimal, Paul Katz, Svetlin Roussev, François Salque and Jean-Guihen Queyras …
In 2011, Aurélienne played as soloist with the Lille National Orchestra under the direction of Laurent Petitgirard and as soloist with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany) In 2012 she appeared in several festivals in France and abroad, notably in Sweden and at the Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice with pianist Lorène de Ratuld.
More recently, she toured Norway with the MinEnsemble and appeared in concerts in various festivals (Sinfonia in Périgord, Music in Tarn Valley, Vollore Concerts, Musician in Ouessant, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Ravel Days in Montfort-l’Amaury, festival of Aix-en-Provence, Musical Flâneries of Reims).
In 2015, she played with the ensemble intercontemporain at the Philharmonie de Paris and toured in the United States, as a soloist with the orchestra of Douai-Nord / Pas-de-Calais Region and recorded a CD dedicated to the works of David Monrad Johansen for SIMAX Classic in Norway which was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy 2016 (Spellemanprisen)
In 2017, she was heard in the Brahms double at the Bordeaux auditorium with the violinist Alexandra Soumm and in the Tchaikowsky Variations Rococo in 2018 with the Lyon Chamber Orchestra at the Salle Molière.
Her recording of French sonatas “Twilight” in duet with pianist Lorène de Ratuld was released in April 2018 for the label Anima-Records.
Aurélienne also teaches cello and chamber music at Bordeaux’s Center for the Higher Education of Music.
EMMANUEL CHRISTIEN piano
Born in 1982, Emmanuel Christien joined Jacques Rouvier’s class at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris in 1999 and brilliantly won piano, chamber music and vocal accompaniment. He entered the developmental cycle in 2005. He is a laureate of the Alfred Rheinold Foundation which offers him a Blüthner piano.
As first prize winner in several international competitions (best interpretation of works of Brahms in the Casagrande Competition in Terni, Italy, and the Vlado Perlemuter European Competition), Emmanuel is invited to prestigious halls and festivals throughout the world – namely Saint-Denis, Folle day of Nantes, La Roque d’Anthéron, Montpellier Radio-France, the Pianissimes, Athenian, Chopin Bagatelle, Berlioz Festival, Pleyel Hall, Theater Champs-Elysees in Paris, in Europe, Japan, India, Canada, and Russia.
Although a talented concert artist, accompanied by orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, the Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon National Orchestra, the Caen Orchestra, the Moldavian Chamber Orchestra, Emmanuel does not neglect his passion for chamber music and regularly performs with artists such as David Fray, Bruno Monsaigeon, Adam Laloum, the Ardeo Quartet, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Dame Felicity Lott, as well as the Monsolo and Gallien Trio ensembles.
He has recorded several cd’s, the most recent of which are dedicated to Schumann’s Fantaisestücke (Artie’s Records) to César Cui’s melodies (EnPhases) and Bach’s concertos for two, three and four pianos (Erato).
TRISTAN LIEHR violin
Appointed First Solo violin at the National Orchestra Bordeaux Aquitaine in 2015, after having been a member of the National Opera Orchestra of Lyon for two seasons, Tristan Liehr was passionate about the orchestra from an early age.
In 2011, he joined the prestigious Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester founded by Claudio Abbado, and then, eager to approach the contemporary repertoire, in 2013 he joined the orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy directed by Pierre Boulez.
Barely 25 years old, his experience is already considerable as he has had the opportunity to perform in numerous prestigious concert halls around the world (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall and Barbican Center Hall in London, Dresden Opera, Champs Elysees Theater in Paris, Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, KKL Lucerne, the Madrid Philharmonic, Vienna Musikverein, Megaron in Athens, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Shirakawa Hall in Nagoya, Osaka Symphony Hall , …), under the direction of famous conductors (Sir Colin Davis, William Christie, Daniele Gatti, Emmanuel Krivine, …).
In parallel with his orchestral activities, Tristan Liehr also has a very rich chamber music career, and his performances earned him early recognition and praise from noted critics:
“A virtuoso with great control, Tristan Liehr plays with a very clean style and impressive composure”. – Anaclase website (2013)
He participates in many festivals (Messiaen, Vivoin, Mai musical, Byblos in Lebanon, …) and performs in different concert halls (Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Salle Dutilleux, Salle Molière in Lyon, Opéra de Lyon, …).
Although his training remains classical (five First Prizes at just 15 years old at the CRR in Saint-Maur in violin, chamber music, musical training, analysis, instrumental deciphering, as well as a writing diploma, then a Master’s degree with honors at the National Conservatory of Music of Lyon in the class of Vladimir Nemtanu and Kazimierz Olechowski), Tristan Liehr, always curious, is equally open to other styles of music. He records as a soloist, in chamber music ensembles, in composition for films, as accompanist for French and Québécois singers, as well as giving concerts of Yiddish music (notably at the Shoah Memorial in Paris). Most recently, he went to New Orleans (USA) where he participated as a member of a string quartet, recording a jazz cd with the famous musicians Evan Christopher, Herlin Riley, Aaron Diehl and Nicholas Payton.
Tristan Liehr plays a violin by Claude Pierray from 1716.