‘Fame is a wind instrument that resonates suspicion, jealousy and conjecture.’ William Shakespeare
Clarinet – Chamber Music.
Julien Cellich was born in 1972 in Geneva. He studied clarinet with Thomas Friedli at Geneva’s University of Music (HEM) where he obtained in 1996 a First Prize for Virtuosity.
He then collaborated with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, among others. In addition to his chamber music career, he teaches clarinet and chamber music at various music schools, including L’AMAmusique.
Philippe Ehinger lives in Geneva where he was born in 1961. He studied clarinet at the CMG (Conservatoire de Musique de Genève) then trained with Robert Gugolz at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique in Geneva where he obtained a teaching diploma. He continued his studies with Thomas Friedli and won Second Prize for virtuosity.
At the Royal College of Music in London, Ehinger studied with Colin Courtney and Colin Bradbury and obtained the Certificate of Postgraduate Studies in Clarinet. He is also a laureate of the Marescotti and Kiefer-Hablitzel Foundation scholarships; he won First Prize at the Onze Plus association’s jazz and improvisation competition in Lausanne with the band Aujourd’hui Madame.
Ehinger teaches clarinet at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève and at L’AMAmusique.
Patrick Foresi won several prizes for oboe at conservatories in Lyon and Paris before taking First Prize in 1992 for virtuosity at Geneva’s University of Music (HEM). He holds a teaching degree for oboe and a degree in baroque oboe from the Early Music Centre of the Geneva Conservatory. Foresi also does choral singing (Vocal Ensemble of Lausanne, among others), chamber music, and orchestra music. In addition to teaching, performs in concerts playing diverse repertoires with various kinds of ensembles.
Foresi offers his students a wide-ranging musical experience but, above all, seeks to communicate his enjoyment of playing music.
Liliane Jaques was born in Genève. She studied flute and obtained her virtuosity at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève.
From 1974 to 2013 she taught at the CPMDT (Conservatoire Populaire de Musique Danse et Théâtre).
From 1999 to 2015 she created and directed a flute orchestra, Yoka’s Flutes. This ensemble has performed in Switzerland, France, Italy and Slovakia.
In addition to teaching, her career as a soloist and chamber (duo, trio, wind quintet etc.) Jaques has performed in numerous concerts from classical to jazz in both Europe and India. In the course of her artistic journey, she came across Argentine tango for which she has a particular fondness (Quintet by Narciso Saul and International Tango Quintet (Piazzola).
Sarah Gauthier-Pichette was born in Quebec in 1984. The bassoonist began her graduate studies at the Conservatoire de musique of Quebec in Montreal, then move on to New York and the prestigious Juilliard School. While playing with the Verbier Festival Orchestra she discovered Switzerland and decided to settle there. Gauthier-Pichette continued her studies at Geneva’s University of Music (HEM), where she obtained a Master of Music Pedagogy.
As an orchestral musician, she was first bassoon at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2016 for a one-year trial period. Gauthier-Pichette has also performed with a number of orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and the Royal Opera of Turin. Through HEM, she collaborates as a visiting professor with Neojiba, a Brazilian social and cultural organization aimed at social integration through collective practice of music and excellence, inspired by El Sistema. She also teaches at the Musical Camp des Laurentides in Quebec since 2013.
A passionate teacher and great defender of her somewhat unfamiliar instrument, Gauthier-Pichette shares her fervour for the bassoon in French-speaking schools, alone or with the Aval’Anches, a double reed quartet. She completed training to become a Master of Arts and Sports Discipline within the Public Education Department of Geneva, and she teaches bassoon at L’AMAmusique.
Francis Planchamp has a degree from the Centre Didactique de Musique Fernand Lacroix in Geneva. His main activity is teaching. He favours a progressive and personalised method of teaching.
In addition to instrument classes, Planchamp offers music theory courses that can be taken separately, or be integrated into the study of the instrument.
Planchamp teaches two types of accordion:
– the standard chromatic accordion, a traditional instrument used mainly for popular music
and the classical accordion played in conservatories, an instrument with a trigger that makes the accompaniment part (bass) into a keyboard similar to that of the melody. This system allows polyphonic playing while fully respecting the musical text, as does the piano or organ.
Depending on the development of students and their needs, Francis Planchamp offers the option of forming duos and practicing chamber music.
Christine Severi holds a degree in flute from the Conservatoire de Musique de Lausanne and a BA in Musicology and Italian from the University of Geneva. In 1999 she earned a Masters in Music at Geneva’s University of Music (HEM).
Severi teaches flute in music schools in Switzerland and France, and at the CPMDT (Popular Conservatory of Music, Dance and Theatre) in Geneva. She has collaborated with L’AMAmusique since 1996. Since 2001, she also teaches music at the Cycle d’Orientation in Geneva.
In addition to these teaching activities, Severi performs with various chamber music ensembles (trio with harp or piano, string quartet).
Since 2008, she collaborates with the Contrechamps ensemble by developing pedagogical documents aimed at making contemporary music accessible to students (13-16 years old) at the Cycle d’Orientation level. This partnership led to the creation of interdisciplinary projects such as Music and Birds (2014), Silence, We Buzz!(2016). Her work to make contemporary music accessible, this time for adults students at L’AMAmusique, with the course Listening to Contemporary Music.
Michel Tirabosco was born in Rome to an Italian father and a Swiss mother. He began the pan flute at the age of 7 and then earned an honours Certificate in pan flute and a degree in musical writing (composition of Western classical music) at the Geneva’s University of Music (HEM), with a State Council Prize.
Tirabosco first performed as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of 16 years; he recorded his first album at age 18. This is the beginning of an international career that led him to play around the world. Today, he is considered one of the greatest classical pan flutists. His unique way of playing has helped lift the pan flute to rank among the great solo instruments.
For Tirabosco playing is an art form and music is a quest for the self. He is fascinated by sound and always looking for the best balance between technique, musicality and harmony of the body.