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Alexis Kossenko (Flute, Conductor)

Born: 1977 - Nice, France

The Frebch flautist and conductor, Alexis Kossenko, obtained a 1st Prize in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (with Alain Marion) and the Soloist Diploma with high distinction as a recompense of his studies in Amsterdam with Marten Root. In 1995 he won a unanimous 1st Prize in the Lions-Club International Flute Competition, and in 2001, he was awarded in the Rampal Flute Competition the Special Prize for the best interpretation Appel d'air by Bruno Mantovani.

Alexis Kossenko is currently making a double carreer on both modern and historical flutes. His numerous concerts as a soloist or in recital (with piano, forteopiano or basso continuo) led him to the most beautiful Halls of Europe and Asia, as guest of several prestigious festivals : Halle, Solingen, Salamanca, Risør (where he appeared as a partner of Catherine Bott, Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Leif Ove Andsnes and Ole Edvard Antonsen).

Alexis Kossenko is one of the very few flautists to perform on all the historical forms of his instrument. On top of modern flute, traverso and recorder, he gives a special attention on the Romantic area and can offer a new vision of 400 years of repertoire, always choosing for each music the most appropriate instrument.

As such, his orchestral experience is already impressing : he appeared with modern orchestras (Philharmonie der Nationen with which he gave over 350 concerts as 1st solo flautist and recorded Nielsen flute concerto, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Ensemble Orchestral de Basse Normandie, Orchestre de Bretagne), romantic orchestras (Anima Eterna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique) and Baroque ensembles (Utrechts Barock Consort, Capriccio Stravagante, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy (Director: Jean-Claude Malgoire), Arte dei Suonatori, Le Concert d'Astrée (Director: Emmanuelle Haïm), Mozart Akademie, Arcadia). He so performed and recorded under the direction of Justus Frantz, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Bender, John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Skip Sempé, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Martin Gester, Jos van Immerseel, Eduardo Lopez Banzo, Emmanuelle Haïm, Jaap ter Linden and Fabio Biondi. In 1997, his interpretations of Johann Joachim Quantz and Antonio Vivaldi concertos with the European Union Baroque Orchestra conduucted by Ton Koopman and Roy Goodman (more than 20 concerts in Europe) always prompted an astonishing ovation.

With Arte dei Suonatori (Poznan), he undertook in 2002 an ambitious projet covering, in a series of concerts, the History of the Flute from Renaissance time to our days, in chamber and solo repertoire.

Alexis Kossenko is also an appreciated chamber music partner, and collaborated with artists such as Alain Marion, Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Jaap ter Linden, Patrick Ayrton, Catherine Bott, Suzie LeBlanc, Ian Bostridge, etc... Fonding member of La Bergamasca and Les Musiciens de Monsieur Croche, he won with those ensembles Competitions in France and Holland and played concerts in all Europe, invited by important festivals (Ambronay, Salamanca, Barcelona, Utrecht, Heidelberg, Brugges, The Hague, Halle, Brezice, St-Lizier, etc...) He also forms a duet with Sébastien d'Hérin (harpsichord and fortepiano) et Rémy Cardinale (piano and fortepiano).

Source: Luxuria Europae Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2016)

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Emmanuelle Haïm


Member of Le Concert d'Astrée:
C-2 (2004): Video:
BWV 202, BWV 209, Aria & Chorale from BWV 51 [w/ soprano: Lisa Larsson]
C-1 (2008);
BWV 51, BWV 82, BWV 199 [w/ soprano Natalie Dessay]
V-1 (2006):
BWV 243

Links to other Sites

Les Ambassadeurs » Alexis Kossenko, conductor [French/English]
Alexis Kossenko | Conductor and flute player (Official Website) [French/English]

Alexis Kossenko (Luxuria Europae)
Alexis Kossenko (Wikipédia) [French]

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