Sachiko SEGAWA, violin
Her debut CD, Ysaye six sonatas for solo violin, was highly acclaimed. Recently, she released Mozart’s violin sonatas with fortepiano (Integrale Classic ) and well as an album with works by Schubert, Mozart, and Kreisler (Art Union, Japan)
Laurent Chatel, violin
In 1999, Laurent Chatel won a First Prize in violin at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he studied with Sylvie Gazeau and José Alvarez. He then continued his violin studies at Boston University, (USA) where he obtained a Master’s Degree in violin performance in 2002, as well as an Artists Diploma in Violin at Longy University (USA) in 2004, having studied in Roman Totenberg’s class.
From 2000 to 2002, he taught violin at the Milton School of Music (USA) and from 2002 to 2004, he was Solo violin of the Hingam Symphony Orchestra of Boston and a member of the Tancredi Trio. He participates in chamber music and, thanks to the Hammond, Hebron & Barnard concert series, in international concert series in the USA and in Europe.
Parallel with his chamber music career, Laurent Chatel regularly collaborates with the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, the Ensemble Matheus, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre de Paris and the Opéra de Paris. He also is the concertmaster of the “Opéra Nomade” ensemble.
Ritsuko NAZÉ-OHASHI, viola
Upon finishing his studies at the Conservatoire de Montbéliard, he continued at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris in the class of Bruno Pasquier and Christophe Gaugué, where he obtained the first viola prize unanimously first nominated, he was admitted to the C.N.R of Bordeaux in professional cycle in the class of Tasso Adamopoulos where he obtained the first prize first nominated. He continued his studies at the Lausanne Conservatory in the class of Bruno Pasquier.
Professor of viola and violin at the Conservatoire -CRC- of Saint-Ouen, Jérémie Nazé regularly collaborates with the orchestras of the Paris National Opera, the Philharmonic of Radio France, with whom he has had the privilege of playing under the baton of great conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Valeri Gergiev, Pierre Boulez, George Prêtre, Eliahu Inbal, Myung-Whun Chung, and Mikko Franck.
Passionate about chamber music, especially the formation of the two viola quintet, he founded the Nymphéas Quintet, with which he has performed in Europe and Japan.
Sara Cortinas, Cello
Born into a family of musicians, Sara Cortinas first studied the cello with Walter Grimmer at the Conservatory of Music in Zurich, Switzerland. At the age of seventeen, Sara began her studies at the Juilliard School with Harvey Shapiro and David Soyer, from where she holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. She also continued her studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with János Starker.
She has participated in numerous music festivals, including the Gregor Piatigorsky International Cello Festival at the University of Southern California, the Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island, New York, and the Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander in Spain. She has also played for many renowned cellists such as Steven Isserlis, Lluís Claret and Michel Strauss.
Sara has won the Holland-America Music Society (Chicago) cello competition, the Carlos Prieto Competition for Violoncello (Mexico) and the Olga Koussevitzky Competition for Strings in New York. She has collaborated with musicians such as members of the Emerson String Quartet, Itzhak Perlman, Bruce Brubaker, and has performed at festivals and concerts in Germany, Switzerland and the United States. She has performed chamber music at Alice Tully Hall, Mendelssohn-Saal at the Gewandhaus Leipzig and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.