Claude Costa

Claude Costa was born in 1984 in Marseille. She joined the CNR “Pierre Barbizet” of Marseille at the age of seven. She won the « Premier prix de Formation Musicale » 1st classified at thirteen, the « Premier Prix de Musique de Chambre » at fifteen and the « Premier Prix de Violon » at sixteen. She received the « Prix de perfectionnement » in the class of Jean Ter Merguerian and simultaneously pursued her university studies. After a degree in Applied Foreign Languages, she graduated in 2005 with a Master in Performing Arts Management at the L. Bocconi Business School in Milan.

She is passionate about the work of Astor Piazzolla and performs as a duo with accordionist Jean-Marc Fabiano in France and abroad (Germany: Frankfurt Music Messe, Italy: Internazionale di Fisarmonica di Castelfidardo Festival, Festival Internazionale del Val Tidone, USA: Michigan Catholic Radio). In 2007, she plays in small formation the works of the Maestro Ennio Morricone during a concert in honor of the composer organized by the City of Milan after his Oscar to the career awarded the same year.

In the field of pop-music, she appears in live broadcasts with Andrea Boccelli, Eros Ramazzotti and Laura Pausini, JJ Goldman, Patrick Bruel, Catherine Lara and she is the first violin of Daniel Levi’s latest album.
With a year-long live experience in string quartet on Rai 2 in 2010, during which she arranges for the band classical pieces, jazz standards and songs of international variety, she creates in 2013 the different groups Botticelli’S with his closest colleagues.

Since 2003, she has collaborated with various symphonic and philharmonic orchestras including the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Marseille, the Orchestre Lyrique de Region Avignon-Provence the Pays d’Aix Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon. Within these orchestras, she performs at numerous festivals in France (Chorégies d’Orange, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Printemps des Arts in Monte-Carlo) and during tours abroad (India, China, George Enescu Festival in Bucharest).
In February 2015, at the end of the violin recruitment competition of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra where she came in second place, she was offered a one-year contract in the first violin section of the orchestra. This allows her to play directed by Maestros Guergiev, Tate, Sladkowsky, Krivine, Steinberg, Yamada etc.

In December 2016, she created under Marine Rodallec’s impetus the quartet Alètheia, of which she is the first violin alongside Marie Hafiz, second violin, Pascale Guerin, viola and Marine Rodallec, cello.

In September 2017, she joined the Orchestre Philharmonique de l’Opéra de Marseille as a tutti violin.

Laure Boissinot

Laure Boissinot

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Cécile Bousquet-Melou

Cécile Bousquet-Melou

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Cécile Freyssenede

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Nathalie Girod

Native of Dijon, Nathalie Girod began learning the violin from a very young age at the conservatory of her city.

After obtaining several premiers prix in solfege, violin, fast reading, sonata, string quartet, she improved her art with great teachers such as Marie-Annick Nicolas, performer, Guy Comentale, soloist within the orchestra of Radio France , Olivier Charlier, performer

After having joined the ranks of the French youth orchestra, she entered the professional life by participating in lyrical and symphonic productions of the Orchestra of the Dijon Opera, the Cannes Orchestra, Nice Orchestra, Opera de Toulon, Orchestre de Paris, the National Orchestra of Ile de France, the Toulouse Capitole, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, and so had the opportunity to work with great conductors: Eschenbach, Salonen, Jarvi, Plasson, Krivine, Dohnany, Janowski, Maazel, Temirkanov, Kreizberg.

She regularly plays in various chamber music ensembles, including trio and string quartet.

Willing to transmit, and after obtaining the State Diploma, she taught at the Dijon Conservatory, at the Rainier Academy of Monaco and at Music School of Villefranche-sur-mer.

Elyssa Gravelle

Born in 1986 in Canada, Elyssa began playing the violin at the age of five. She studied at the De La Salle High School where she obtained at the end of her studies the scholarship from the Center of artistic excellence. She continued her musical training at the University of Ottawa in David Stewart’s class.

She graduated in 2009 with the Performer bachelor’s degree as well as several prizes and scholarships, including the Aruna & Rupa Anantaraman Scholarship, the Helen Nininger Music Scholarship and the John Gazsi Memorial Scholarship.

During these years she attended master classes with Mauricio Fuks, Andrew Dawes, Michael Frischenschlager, Mark Fewer. She also participated in several international workshops that lead her to Berlin to act as leader of the second violins of the Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugendphilarmonie as well as in Ireland to participate in Summer Music on the Shannon.

Elyssa played with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Gatineau Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Francophonie Orchestra with whom she toured China in December 2006.

Since September 2009, she has lived in Nice and regularly played with several orchestras including the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, the PACA Regional Orchestra and the Capitole Orchestra of Toulouse.

Marie Hafiz

Marie Hafiz was born in Paris in 1981. At the age of eight that she began violin at the National School of Music in Aulnay-sous-Bois close to Paris, where she continued her musical studies until her Diploma de Perfectionnement in violin and chamber music. In order to complete her violin training, she entered the Schola Cantorum in Paris in 2005, where she obtained her degree in Virtuosity. She followed the teaching of Akiko Nanashima-Gauthier, Jose Alvarez, Miroslav Roussine, and Jean Lenert. The latter advises her to improve in the field of the orchestra. Thus, she played in different ensembles (Orchestra of Catalonia, Ensemble Instrumental Contrepoint …), participated in several tours abroad, and joined the Montpellier Chamber Orchestra from 2003 to 2007. Since 2007, she has been invited to perform in various orchestras, such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Pays d’Aix, the Lyric Orchestra of Avignon-Provence Region, the Opera Orchestra of Marseille, and the Montpellier National Orchestra.

In order to satisfy her taste for chamber music, she formed the Syrah quartet in 2010 with friends-colleagues from the Opéra de Marseille, which led her to perform regularly in this band. Together, they performed in the chamber music season of the Opéra de Marseille, and more recently at the opening weekend of Marseille-Provence European Capital of Culture 2013, giving a concert at the Opera House itself, with the creation of “Ascension”, a work commissioned for the occasion, and written for the Syrah quartet, by the young and talented Marseilles composer Florian Caroubi.

Open to different musical horizons, she accompanids the singers Patricia Kass and Veronique Sanson, and participated in 2000 in a tour where she accompanies the Portuguese singer Tony Carreira for his concerts at the Olympia in Paris, the Coliseum of Lisbon and Porto.


Alexandra Jouannié

Alexandra began by studying piano at the same time with Léa Roussel and violin with Yves Desmons at CNR Marseille before devoting herself exclusively to the violin. She also followed chamber music lessons with Edouard Exerjean.

Graduated from the conservatory of her city and the L baccalaureat she continued her training at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne in the class of Pierre Amoyal and obtained a concert diploma in his class. Back in France, she went on to study at the CRR-Supérieur in Paris and obtained a DEMS in the Suzanne Gessner class and chamber music in the Ysaÿe Quartet class. During this period she participated in a project with IRCAM on the work “Anthèmes 2” by Pierre Boulez in his presence. She has also been trained in ProQuartet chamber music (with the Berg Quartet, the Cleeveland Quartet, the Hagen Quartet …).

Alexandra wins trio first prize and a special prize at the FNAPEC International competition.

She is invited to perform alongside Pierre Amoyal in chamber music as well as in the Camerata of Lausanne, with Patrice Fontanarosa in quartet and the quatuor Ebene in string ensemble and was also the guest on France Musique by Gaëlle Le Gallic for her show “Dans la cour des grands” and Laure Mézan’s Radio Classique for its “Génération Classique” program.

She participated in the recording of Sarah Nemtanu’s CD « Gypsic ».

In pop-music, Alexandra took part in Michel Delpech’s concert and live CD and DVD recording at the Grand Rex, Amel Bent’s CD “at age twenty”, in tribute to Pavarotti on France 2 presented by Michel Drucker and Eve Ruggieri, at the Peter Gabriel concert in Bercy with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. This allowed her to play alongside Roberto Alagna, Patrick Bruel, Garou, Alain Souchon, Bénabar, Julien Clerc, Laura Pausini, Nathalie Manfrino, Beatrice Uria-Monzon …

Alexandra performs in recital, chamber music, at the “young generation” concert in sonata and trio at the Petit Palais in Paris, broadcast on France Musique, at Musicora, at the Young Talent Festival, at the Aix en Musique Festival, at the Avignon Opera, in the musical autumn in Marseille with the Ensemble Pytheas of which she is a member, Music at the cloister in Nîmes, at the Festival of St-Cosme, in sonata in residence at the Roque d’Anthéron Festival … With the duo Jouannié-Alonzo (violin, piano) at the Opéra de Marseille, at the Auditorium du Vaucluse, recording for TF1, in Normandy …

In orchestra with the Orchester National de France, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paris Chamber Orchestra, the Toulon Opera Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of Marseille, the OPPA in Aix … As soloist with the Orchestre des Pays d’Aix on tour with Vivaldi’s four seasons, with the Youth Orchestra of Bordeaux and with the Orchestre Lyrique Avignon / Provence.


Natalia Madera

Natalia Madera was born in 1981 in Lausanne. She began violin at the age of 6 at the Conservatoire de Lausanne. In 2001, she obtained her teaching diploma with honors and received the prizes from the Conservatoire Faculty Association and Durovic Faler. In 2003 she was invited to participate in the masterclasses of the Menuhin Academy of Blonay, with Alberto Lisy and Liviu Prunaru. She graduated in 2004 with a concert diploma. In 2005, she received the Leenaards scholarship, which allows her to do a two-year improvement in Paris, in the class of the master Jean Pierre Sabouret, first violin of the Opera de Paris.

For a number of years, she has had a very active career as a very successful orchestral musician and chamber musician : she regularly plays in many orchestras including the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Friborg, the Neuchâtel Chamber Orchestra and the Lausanne Sinfonietta. She has been a member of the Modigliani Quartet since January 2008.

In January 2010 she won the position of tutti violinist at the Orchestra of Avignon Provence. She then formed a quartet with three musicians from the Orchestra with whom she performed at numerous concerts and participated in the creation of Botticelli’s bands with musicians from the PACA region.

Juliette Nougué

Juliette Nougué began learning the violin at age five. She obtained the Premier Prix de formation musicale, chamber music and violin at the conservatory of Aix-en-Provence. After the bachelor’s degree in music, she went to Paris to improve her art a year with Gaetane Prouvost and received the 1st prize of the city of Paris then in Italy with Pavel Vernikov and Igor Volochine. At the same time, she pursued her university studies and obtained a degree in musicology. She joined the University of Music of Geneva where after four years of study, she obtained her concert diploma and received a special Pierre Fernex prize. She is also introduced to baroque music and plays directed by Barthold Kuijken.

Returning to her native region, she is part of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Aix-en-Provence and has been principal violinist for five years of the Youth Orchestra of Provence with which, among other things, she performed as a soloist (4 Vivaldi’s Seasons, Tchaikovsky’s Meditations, Mendelsshon’s Concerto in Mm). In 2007, as part of a play, Michel Tournier’s The Fetishist, monologue accompanied by violin, she took part in the Avignon Festival and also toured France and Tahiti.

She now leads a career as an orchestral musician mainly in the Orchestre Lyrique Région Avignon Provence, the Opéra de Marseille, the Cévennes Chamber Orchestra and Botticelli’S bands.

Anne-Céline Paloyan

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