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Elsa Grether (Violin)

Born: June 28, 1980 - Mulhouse, France

The French violinist, Elsa Grether, was awarded a Premier Prix in violin by unanimous decision of the jury at the Conservatoire de Paris-CRR on her 15th birthday. Her lively curiosity prompted her to continue her training abroad, with Ruggiero Ricci at the Salzburg Mozarteum and then in the USA with Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University and Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory in Boston. She subsequently received guidance from Régis Pasquier in Paris. She won the Prix International Pro Musicis 2009 by unanimous decision of the jury with pianist Delphine Bardin. Elsa has held scholarships from a number of foundations, among them the Fondation Safran pour la Musique, Fondation Banque Populaire, the Fondation de France (Prix Oulmont), the Fondation Cziffra, the Fondation BleusteinBlanchet pour la Vocation, the Fondation Alliance, and the AJAM. In 1993 she was a prize-winner at the Young Soloists’ Competition organized by the RTBF in Brussels.

In 2012, Elsa Grether made recital debuts at Carnegie Weill Hall in New-York and in Boston. The charismatic French violinist, noted for her passionate and intensely poetic playing, has been heard as a recitalist at many festivals and other venues in France and abroad, including Le Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Menton Festival, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Festival de Sully, Festival des Forêts, Festival Lille Clef de Soleil, Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the Salle Cortot in Paris, Salle Flagey and Bozar in Brussels, Avery Fisher Hall in New-York, Festival Musiques en Eté in Geneva, Radio Suisse Romande, Palazzetto Bru-Zane in Venice, Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, the Indianapolis Art Museum, the Radio Nationale in Algiers, Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg, Palais des Festivals in Santander. She performs regularly with pianists David Lively, François Dumont, Marie Vermeulin, Ferenc Vizi, Delphine Bardin, Johan Schmidt, with guitarist Jérémy Jouve and with such artists as Régis Pasquier, Ronald van Spaendonck.

Elsa Grether has performed numerous concertos with orchestra, among them works by J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, W.A. Mozart, Haydn, L.v. Beethoven, Bruch, Johannes Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shebalin, Dvorak, Prokofiev and Ravel (Tzigane).

In 2017, Elsa Grether was seen in concert at the Salle Cortot, the Salle Colonne, the Collège des Bernardins, the Abode of the Comtes de Champagne in Reims, the Festival Grandes Heures de Saint-Émilion, the Haute saison musicale, the Festival of Cormatin, the Promenades of Pays d’Auge, the Abbey of Fontevraud and the Festival des Forêts.

Her two CD's, “Poème mystique” (Ernest Bloch and Arvo Pärt) with pianist Ferenc Vizi and “French Resonance” (Pierné, Vierne and Gabriel Fauré) with François Dumont were released in 2013 and 2015 by Fuga Libera/Outhere. Both have been very warmly received by the press and the public, having received “5 Diapasons” distinctions in Diapason Magazine, “4 stars” in Classica Magazine as well as excellent reviews from Gramophone Magazine, La Libre Belgique, Resmusica,… Her next CD will be dedicated to solo violin repertoire. She was the subject of a program in Alain Duault’s television series "Toute la musique qu’ils aiment" (France 3) and has often been a guest on the radio stations France Musique, France Culture, Musiq3 and RTS Suisse.

Source: Elsa Grether Website; French Wikipédia Website (October 2017); Photos 01-07: Jean-Baptiste Millot
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2018)

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