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Guillaume Chilemme

Biography

1st Prize at the Swedish International Duo Competition with the pianist Nathanaël Gouin in August 2010, and 3rd Grand Prize as well as special prize for students of the Paris conservatories at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud international competition in November 2010, Guillaume Chilemme is one of the most talented violinists. promising of his generation.

 

Born in 1987, Guillaume Chilemme began playing the violin at the age of three. In 2010, after obtaining his Masters in Violin and Chamber Music with honors in the classes of Boris Garlitsky and Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, he went to perfect his skills with Stéphane Picard and Eckart Runge ( Artemis Quartet) in Berlin, then with David Grimal in Saarbrücken.

Selected by Seiji Ozawa from 2008 to 2013 to participate in the International Music Academy Switzerland, he benefited from the teaching of Nobuko Imaï, Pamela Frank, Sadao Harada, Robert Mann and Seiji Ozawa.

Passionate about the repertoire of the string quartet, he founded with Marie Chilemme, Matthieu Handtschoewercker and Bruno Delepelaire, the Cavatine Quartet with which he won two prizes the same year at the Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition (ICMC).

In August 2013, the quartet won the second Grand Prize at the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition (Canada). With his pianist friend Nathanaël Gouin, he has performed regularly in sonata for many years. They benefited from the teaching of the four members of the Artemis Quartet as part of their course at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.

After winning numerous prizes at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition in 2014 (notably the 3rd Prize and the Audience Prize), they released their first recording devoted to sonatas by Maurice Ravel and Marguerite Canal in 2014.

Guillaume is invited to many festivals: Les Folles Journées de Nantes, Musique à L'Empéri, Les Schubertiades de Schwarzenberg, Les Folles Journées de Warsaw, the Easter Festival in Aix en Provence, the Festival de l'Orangerie de Sceaux, the Julitafestival in Sweden, the Festival des Serres d'Auteuil, the Folles Journées de Tokyo, the Festival des Sonatas d'Automne, La Roque d'Anthéron, the Festival des Arcs, the Easter Festival in Deauville...

He performed there alongside musicians such as Frank Braley, Edgar Moreau, Renaud Capuçon, Gauthier Capuçon, Raphael Pidoux, Michel Portal, Lise Berthaud, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, the Voce Quartet, Deborah Nemtanu, Christian Ivaldi, Pierre Fouchenneret , Claire Désert, Adrien La Marca, Adam Laloum, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Xavier Gagnepain, Florent Boffard, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Juliette Hurel...

 

Guillaume Chilemme performs regularly as a soloist in various concertos from the repertoire. He was notably invited by the Capitole de Toulouse orchestra to perform Bruch's concerto under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev. He is part of the artists' collective Les Dissonances by David Grimal.

 

Since 2016 Guillaume Chilemme is the new concertmaster of the Orchester d'Auvergne. From 2015 to 2018, he took part in the “Adolph Busch Project”, a quartet created by Renaud Capuçon with Edgar Moreau and Adrien Lamarca. The four musicians will perform in the biggest venues in Europe (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London, etc.)

 

Guillaume Chilemme is a laureate of the Safran Foundation (2015). He plays a magnificent Nicolas Lupot “quartet Château Pape Clément” violin from 1795, generously made available by Bernard Magrez.

The violin made by the great 18th century French luthier Nicolas Lupot, which I have had the privilege of playing for several months, is one of the most beautiful instruments I have ever seen.

But beyond its exceptional and hypnotic aesthetic, this instrument radically initiated a turning point in my approach to sound.

Indeed chance would have it that during the last fifteen years, I have played on an equally French instrument (by luthier Andrea Castagneri, belonging to the school of old Paris) made barely 50 years before the Lupot violin; everything opposes these two violins, and in particular their timbre and their sound.

 

If the Castagneri had a pure and clear sound, the timbre of the Lupot has a depth and a generosity that I had rarely heard. The low strings produce a warm and dark sound almost approaching a viola color, while the E string is wide and bright at the same time.

This instrument gives me the ability to shape the sound like I've never had the opportunity to do before.

 

Its sonic richness allows me to extend my interpretation choices.

Testimony

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Next performances

July 2022

The 9 & 10  July

Concerts at the Sensationnelles de Sens

July 24 & 25

Concerts in Cahors with the Dutilleux quartet

August 2022

August 13

Concerts at the Pablo Casals festival in Prades

August 16

Concert at the La Vézère festival with the Orchester d'Auvergne

August 18

Concert at the Roque d'Antheron festival with the Orchester d'Auvergne

August 21 & 24

Concert at the Chaise Dieu festival with the Orchester d'Auvergne