Chamber music

I have always harboured a passion for chamber music.

From a sonata to a nonet, from a trio with piano to a violin duet, it gives me indescribable pleasure each and every time to interpret as much the great masterpieces as the lesser known and unfairly neglected opuses.

The extent and variety of the repertoire, the countless meetings with artists of radically different horizons, the magical moments that make a concert an unforgettable experience…there are so many factors that push me constantly towards chamber music.

My years studying at the Superior Conservatory in Lyon gave me the chance to explore a large part of the sonata repertoire for the violin and piano. Ten years of concerts working alongside Valery Rogacev, an exceptional Romanian pianist, gave us the chance to explore at depth this répertoire : the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms, programmes of Russian music and of French music….
At the Juilliard School I had the great honour of working for three years with the members of the Juilliard Quartet. An unforgettable experience and the discovery – albeit incomplete! - of the symbolic repertoire of chamber music.  Nevertheless it has to be said that the life of a quartet is a real vocation and I decided to look at other formations.

The Festival des Arcs to which I have been invited since 1996 has had a huge influence on me and I have found that all the musicians that I have met there perform chamber music in a way that corresponds entirely with my own ideals of musical practice.
I have come across the most extraordinary personalities, many of whom have had an influence on the way in which I conceptualise the music. Alongside these people I have interpreted dozens (maybe hundreds?) of works and have experienced the most moving moments of my musical career.

For over ten years I have had the opportunity to appear all over the world in the company of these colleagues and friends; brief encounters or deep friendships, each one of these artists has played an important role in making me who I am musically.

It would be impossible to list them all, but they include : Hortense Cartier Bresson, Michel Dalberto, Alain Planès, Georges Pludermarcher, Pascal Godart, Christian Zaccharias, Jean-Michel Dayez, Alexandre Tharaud, Vahan Mardirossian, Gérard Poulet, Akiko Suwanai, Alexis Galpérine, Boris Garlitsky, Tedi Papavrami, Latica Honda Rosenberg, François Payet Labonne, Jean-Marc Phillips, Bruno Pasquier, David Gaillard, Geneviève Strosser, Henri Demarquette, Xavier Gagnepain, Raphael Chrétien, Guillaume Paoletti, Roland Pidoux, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Xavier Phillips, Eckhard Rudolph, Isabelle Moretti, Marion Lénart, David Guerrier, Fabien Thouand, Jacques Didonato, Le quatuor Psophos, Le quatuor Parisii, Olivier Baumont, Christine Plubeau…..

I thank them all here for the great musical moments that we have shared together…..

© Eric Crambes