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CYPRIEN BROD

Plays a Nicolas Lupot violin made in Paris in 1817, graciously lent by Mr and Mrs Moreno


Cyprien discovered his instrument at the age of 6, when he first heard it. As an active and curious child, he practiced the violin alongside other activities. It was four years later that the musician attended Hilary Hanh's concert, which created a real trigger in him. After listening to the artist, he feels that he wanted to devote himself to music and make it his profession. The practice of the violin then became his priority.
From 2005, he attents José Alvarez's classes in Aulnay-sous-bois, where he obtained a first prize in violin in 2009, unanimously with honors. Then, he joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris where he obtained in 2015 his Conservatoire prize, still with honors, with Philippe Graffin.
Many artists inspire Cyprien, such as Maxim Vengerov, Kavakos, Luc Marie Aguera, former Ysaye and one of his teachers, but also Philippe Bernhard of the Modigliani quartet. He feeds on these life paths and aspires to a career as a quartet player: he likes the idea of forming a four-person sound, in complete intimacy.
In early 2017, he made progress towards this goal by forming the Elmire Quartet, in which he played with Khoa-Nam Nguyen, Issey Nadaud, and Remi Carlon.

KHOA-NAM NGUYEN

Plays a Francois Pique violin from 1790 gracefully lent by luthier Christophe Destannes




At the age of six, Khoa-Nam discovered the violin through her brother. Seduced by the instrument, he began his practice. Originally from Rennes, he left his hometown in 2008 for Paris. He was then immersed in the Parisian musical world. This immersion produced a real trigger: he saw his first concerts in the Salle Pleyel, played with other musicians, experienced his first great thrills. This period defines his choice to devote his life to music.

The encounters that took place at that time were decisive in the musician's career. Annick Roussin's, his professor at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional, has a crucial importance in his entry to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He brilliantly obtained his degree there with Sylvie Gazeau, and met Luc-Marie Aguera, his current quartet teacher, an inspiring figure for the artist.

Always on the lookout for new approaches to music and discoveries, Khoa-Nam went to Helsinki to study at the Sibelius Academy with Mari Tampere-Bezrodny. His career has led him to meet and perfect his skills with renowned musicians such as Augustin Dumay, Philippe Graffin, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and also to diversify. Very interested in the orchestra, he learned in large ensembles such as the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Orchestre Lamoureux, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Finnish Radio Orchestra, or the Orchestre National de France under the direction of Danielle Gatti, Emmanuel Krivine.

Khoa-Nam is passionate about chamber music, particularly the string quartet's repertoire. He appreciates its variety and its high standards throughout the periods, from Haydn and Beethoven to Bartok and Debussy, whether it is the purity of the harmonies, or the pushed limits of the timbre colours. In 2017, he embodies this passion and becomes actor of it since he is a member of the Elmire Quartet alongside Cyprien Brod, Issey Nadaud, and Remi Carlon, to what he is now dedicated.


ISSEY NADAUD

Play a viola by viola maker Charles Coquet


Introduced to music by a Jazzman father, Issey first discovered the sound of the viola at the age of 6. He was immediately seduced by this instrument, which would become his own. As a true music lover, he discovered other horizons during his childhood and adolescence. He tried his hand at the Jazz piano, the guitar, or the saxophone. However, he did not abandon the viola, since he entered in 2013 the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the class of Sabine Voutain and Christophe Gaugué. This marks a real turning point in the artist's career, who now focuses entirely on this instrument. He obtained his degree in 2016 by unanimous vote of the jury.
The place is rich in learning, but also in encounters. He discovered playing in a quartet, which would be the first step towards the project he is currently working on.
Curious and passionate artist, he is interested in a heterogeneous repertoire, whether it comes about playing or listening. He likes to adapt his work to each genre or period in order to find a freedom to give and share better. He participates in many academies including the Summer Academy in Cervo, the Pablo Casals festival, the international meetings of Saint-Cezaire, where he learns from many artists: David Gaillard, Jean Sulem, Harmut Rohde, or Bruno Pasquier. He also participates in several festivals, and is a laureate of the Kriegeslein Foundation and the Meyer Foundation.
In 2017, he joined the Elmire Quartet. There he finds a balance of assembling opinions, characters, a need for perpetual adjustment, a search for accuracy, which goes hand in hand with a search for harmony, and which leads him along the path he has chosen: that of a quartet player.

REMI CARLON

Plays a cello by Nicolas Lupot made in Paris in 1804, graciously lent by the Adelus Family




Remi Carlon grew up in a rich musical environment, surrounded by a musician mother and a music lover father. At the age of eight, he began playing the cello at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement départemental of the Val Maubuée. Remi has a real crush on the instrument. Turning this passion into a profession came naturally to him, as a matter of course. At the age of fifteen, he received his cello and chamber music prize, both unanimously from the jury.
After having followed the teaching of Hélène Dautry at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional of Paris, he joined the Conservatoire National supérieur de Musique ofParis in Jérôme Pernoo's class. His meeting with the teacher remains a decisive event in the cellist's career. The teacher makes him grow and evolve as a cellist and musician, but also as a person. Listening, he gives Rémi the keys to help him find his way, and he supports him in the path he chooses: quartet cellist.
During his studies, Remi had the opportunity to broaden his horizons through master classes with Gary Hoffmann, David Geringuas, Jens Peter Maintz, or Janos Starker. In 2013, he won the second Grand Prize in the international competition "Festival musical des jeunes interprètes" in Paris. He then performed as a soloist with several Parisian orchestras and in recitals, working with conductors such as Sébastien Billard, Adrian McDonell, Nicolas Simon and Julien Leroy.
In 2017, Remi's career reached a major turning point with the formation of the Elmire quartet. Surrounded by Cyprien Brod, Khoa-Nam Nguyen, and Issey Nadaud, he moved forward on the path he had chosen for years, creating as a group of four, a whole.