Aki Saulière



A passion for chamber music has led Franco-Japanese violinist Aki Saulière to a varied and rich performing life, with frequent appearances in major halls and festivals throughout Europe and Asia. Following her studies in London, Salzburg and Berlin, she returned to France to become, together with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, one of the founding members of the Capuçon Quartet. The quartet has performed in such important international venues as Salle Pleyel, Cité de la Musique, Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Reina Sofia, and at the Schubertiades in Schwarzenberg. It collaborated regularly with Nicolas Angelich, Gérard Caussé, Frank Braley, Clemens Hagen, and recorded for EMI.
As Artistic Director of La Loingtaine, Aki organizes concerts and masterclasses, performs in various formations, and has developed musical friendships which have led over the years to the creation of La Bande de La Loingtaine. Also a dedicated teacher, she shares a class at the Schola Cantorum in Paris with Jean-Pierre Wallez, travels to Japan for masterclasses, and co-directs the La Loingtaine Summer Academy. This past year she has also taught at the Royal Conservatoire in Bruxelles. Recent solo performances include Brahms’ Double Concerto and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with orchestras in Japan and Norway.
As a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe she performs and has developed her musical sensibilities under the batons of Harnoncourt, Abbado, Haitink, Berglund and Blomstedt. Work on period instruments has led to projects with the English Baroque Soloists, L’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, and Le Concert Astrée, under Gardiner, Herreweghe and Haïm. Her major teachers include David Takeno, Yuko Mori, Ferenc Rados, and György Kurtág.