Aki Saulière

A passion for chamber music has led 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 and formed the Capuçon Quartet with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon. The quartet performed in halls such 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, and Clemens Hagen, and recorded for EMI. As Artistic Director of La Loingtaine, musical space in Montigny-sur-Loing, France, Aki Saulière 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 and the Camerata Fontainebleau.

A dedicated teacher, she is violin professor at the Royal Conservatoire in Bruxelles since 2015. She has shared a class at the Schola Cantorum in Paris with Jean-Pierre Wallez for three years, travels regularly to Japan for masterclasses, and co-directs the La Loingtaine Summer and Autumn Academies. 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 and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra she performs and has developed her musical sensibilities under the batons of Harnoncourt, Abbado, Haitink, and Berglund. Work on period instruments has led to projects with the English Baroque Soloists, L’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, and Le Concert d’Astrée, under Gardiner, Herreweghe and Haim.

Her major teachers include David Takeno, Yuko Mori, Ferenc Rados, and György Kurtá.
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