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Geneviev Strosser2

After studying viola in Strasbourg in Claude Ducrocq’s class, Geneviève Strosser was taught by Serge Collot and Jean Sulem at the Paris Conservatoire (unanimous premier prix and advanced classes) then with Nobuko Imai, Bruno Giuranna, Yuri Bashmet, Franco Donatoni and György Kurtág in the framework of master classes.

She performs regularly with various contemporary music ensembles (Ensemble Intercontemporain, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien or Contrechamps) under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös and Heinz Holliger amongst others, and was a member of the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt until 2000. In addition to playing in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Georg Solti, she was a member of the Vellinger String Quartet in London.

She performs the classic chamber music repertoire with partners such as Gordan Nikolitch, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Muriel Cantoreggi, Antje Weithaas and Felix Renggli. She is regularly invited as solo viola with the Auvergne Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of Cadaquès (Spain) and Orchestra of La Monnaie in Brussels.

Geneviève Strosser appears in numerous festivals including Musica, Berliner Festwochen, Salzburg, Ars Musica, Agora, Wien Modern, Davos and Witten, as well as at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London,  Megaron Athens, WDR in Cologne, Carnegie Hall, and as soloist with the Orchestra of the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Hilversum Radio Orchestra, Stuttgart SWR Orchestra, Freiburg SWR Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich and Frankfurt Radio Orchestra.

With a repertoire of solo pieces including the major 20th-century works written for viola, Geneviève Strosser works closely with living composers: Stefano Gervasoni and Hugues Dufourt have thus each dedicated viola concertos to her, and she has premiered several works by Georges Aperghis and played in his musical theatre works (Commentaires, Machinations).

She recorded George Benjamin’s Viola-Viola along with works for solo viola by Georges Aperghis(Kairos). In January 2011 came out a cd (Aeon) with solo pieces by Holliger, Ligeti, Donatoni, Lachenmann, Scelsi.

Alongside her performing activities, Geneviève Strosser has a teaching certificate and taught string quartet at Trinity College of Music in London. In 2004, she was appointed professor of viola at the Musikhochschule in Basel.

The Aeon recording allows French violist Geneviève Strosser to fully display her talents in a programme of singular works that she has nurtured for several years and has particularly appropriated to her qualities as an artist: warm sonorities, heightened sensitivity, great expressiveness… Many of the pieces on this disc, pieces on which she worked with the composers themselves, are world premiere recordings.