Artists of the 16th edition

Mark Drobinsky, Artistic Director and cello
Mark Drobinsky is a French cellist who studied with Mstislav Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory. After winning the first prize of the International Competition in Munich, he became a professor at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow. Born in Baku, he left the USSR in 1974 and settled in Paris.

Master of the classical repertoire, he is passionate about works to be discovered and an advocate for the music of our century: Dorfman, Dutilleux, Gubajdulina, Rabinovitch, Sauguet, Schnittke, Denisov. The critics are unanimous in recognizing him as a master of the cello.

Mark Drobinsky has recorded numerous CDs including The Sonata by Adolphe Biarent (Top Prize Winner at MIDEM in Cannes). He has also recorded with Martha Argerich (Beethoven and Schumann, EMI Classical), a CD of chamber music of Joseph Jongen (Cypres) and a recording of a work dedicated to him, Romanèche Rhapsody (2006), composed by the young Swiss composer Gregorio Zanon (Claves Records).

In recent years, he has performed with Martha Argerich, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Renaud Capuçon, Igor Lazko, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Dora Schwarzberg, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Lilya Zilberstein, the Filharmonica Quartet, the Terpsycordes Quartet, the  Joannes Quartet and the Camerata Russe. He also played with the symphony orchestras of Belgorod, Kazan, Novosibirsk and Karelia and with the Philharmonic orchestras of Ekaterinburg and Irkutsk.
Since 2001, Mark Drobinsky participates in the Progetto Argerich Festival in Lugano. In 2002, he participated in the Martha Argerich Festival in Buenos Aires and in 2006, gave a concert at the Kremlin in Moscow. He continues to travel the world with his cello and, in 2010, he gave three concerts in the prestigious Salle Pleyel in Paris as part of the series Martha Argerich and Friends and participated in the festivals in Salzburg and La Roque-d 'Anthéron (France). In 2011, he was invited for the first time to the festival Flâneries musicales in Reims (France).

Guest of honor of the Festival de Savoie Cello Fan, Mark Drobinsky is the Artistic Director of the Cello Festival of Novosibirsk.

In 2012, Mark Drobinsky returns for the 16th consecutive year to Villars as Artistic Director and soloist.

Camerata Russe
The chamber orchestra, Camerata Russe, is a relatively new musical phenomenon in Russia. It was founded in 1990 in Tver by violist Viacheslav Trushinine and has earned the respect and praise of audiences and critics in Russia and in the various countries where it is touring since 1993.

The orchestra has a wide repertoire and has worked with exceptional musicians including Dmitry Bashkirov, Igor Oistrakh, Elisso Virsaladze, Victor Tretyakov, Nikolai Petrov, Mark Drobinsky, John Lill, Frederick Kempf, Tigran Alihanov. The orchestra’s concerts are always sold out.

2004 marks a new stage in the life of the orchestra with the arrival of Andrei Kroujkov at its head. Through him, the Camerata has forged a new and very dynamic identity. After a short time, the orchestra had all conquered the public by participating very actively in the cultural life of Tver and its surroundings, taking part in musical festivals such as Fall of Tver, the International Festival of Bach or Christmas meetings of Palmyra of the North, in St. Petersburg.

This is the second time the Camerata Russe plays in Villars.

Andrei Kroujkov, conductor
Andrei Kroujkov was born in 1977. As of 1992, he studied piano and choral conducting at the Conservatory of Tver (Russia) and graduated with honors. In 1996, he continued his studies in choral and orchestra conducting at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.

Andrei Kroujkov participated in numerous music festivals in Russia, the festival Blagozvuchie (Harmony) in 1996, the Festival of Tver from 2002 to 2006 and the International Bach Festival also from 2002 to 2006. He participated in the International Music Students Festival in Kyoto (Japan) in 2003. It should be noted that he led the Sodre Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Television of Uruguay, at a festival there in 2004.

Andrei Kroujkov founded the Chamber Orchestra of Tver, Sozvuchie (Consonance), with whom he gave many successful concerts. Among the soloists with whom the orchestra played, is the exceptional pianist Dmitry Bashkirov.

Since 2003, Andrei Kroujkov is principal conductor of the choir of the Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of the Conservatory of Tver.

In 2004 he became principal conductor of the Camerata Russe.

This is his second participation to Les Classiques de Villars.

Pierre Amoyal, violin
Pierre Amoyal is one of the most brilliant violonists. He began his musical studies very early and received, aged twelve, the first prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. At seventeen, he studied in Los Angeles with Jascha Heifetz, with whom he worked for five years. He also had the privilege of giving chamber music concerts and make recordings with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky.

Since then, Pierre Amoyal is invited by the major orchestras and performs worldwide. He regularly collaborates with the greatest conductors of our time: Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Eliahu Inbal, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Günter Herbig, George Priest, Gennady Roshdestvensky, Kurt Sanderling, Simon Rattle, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Myung Whun Chung. He gave the German Premiere of Dutilleux’ Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Lorin Maazel.

During the 2011-2012 season, Pierre Amoyal plays in Salzburg, Japan, Finland, Russia, Germany, Belgium, Serbia, Bosnia, France and Switzerland. He will be part of the jury of the International Music Competition Reine-Elisabeth in May 2012 and will give master classes in Japan, Germany, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, at the String Seminar of the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Japan, and at the Summer Academy in Lausanne, where he is Artistic Director together with Bruno Canino.

With the Conservatory of Lausanne, Pierre Amoyal founded the Camerata de Lausanne in 2002. The Camerata is composed of fourteen young and talented musicians from around the world which has performed in many concerts in Belgium, Russia and Switzerland. The Camerata has recorded several CDs: the Mendelssohn Octet, violin concertos by Bach and two works by Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence and Serenade. Planned projects for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Camerata de Lausanne in 2012, include a Mozart recording, a creation of dance and music in collaboration with Philippe Saire to mark the reopening of the Opera of Lausanne and a musical collaboration of two orchestras, Moscow Virtuosi and Camerata de Lausanne.

Pierre Amoyal has made numerous recordings for Decca, among which the sonatas of Fauré with Pascal Roge, Chausson's Concert and the Franck Sonata with the Ysaÿe Quartet and Pascal Rogé, concertos by Dutilleux, Concerto No. 3 by Saint-Saëns and Respighi's Concerto Gregoriano with Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre National de France. For Harmonia Mundi, he recorded the sonatas of Brahms and Grieg (Frédéric Chiu on piano). Pierre Amoyal has also recorded René Koering’s Concerto with Friedemann Layer.

Pierre Amoyal is passionately devoted to teaching. Appointed at a very young age, professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, he currently teaches at the Conservatory of Lausanne. With Alexis Weissenberg, he founded master classes for violin/piano sonatas at the Academy of Lausanne. Since the summer of 2004, Bruno Canino is his partner in these classes.

In 1985, Pierre Amoyal was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Letters and in 1995 he was promoted to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite. In 2002, he was awarded the prize of Rayonnement of the Fondation vaudoise pour la création artistique and, in 2006, the prize of the City of Lausanne.

Pierre Amoyal plays one of the most famous violins in the world, the Kochanski, a 1717 Stradivarius that was miraculously found back in 1991 after it was stolen in 1987.

Pierre Amoyal is a very endearing example of a virtuoso where his gift never hindered the love of work or the development of the most essential human qualities.


www.amoyal.com

Isabelle Meyer, violin
Born in Switzerland, Isabelle Meyer studied at the Juilliard School in New York in the class of Dorothy Delay. She then perfected herself in Vienna with Boris Kuschnir and followed classes with masters such as Zakhar Bron, György Sebok and Gábor Takács-Nagy. On the recommendation of her mentor, Maestro Marcello Viotti, she performed at the Tonhalle in Zurich with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, at prestigious venues such as in Japan (Osaka Symphony Hall, Kioi Hall and Minato Mirai Hall) or at recitals at the Lincoln Center (New York).

Isabelle Meyer appeared in television shows in Germany (Bayerischer Rundfunk und Fernsehen) and on Arte. Many of her concerts were broadcast on radio. She recorded the complete works of Ravel with pianist Cédric Pescia (Gallo VDE records). She is the recipient of the Leenaards scholarship and a knight of the brotherhood of Tastevin.

Isabelle Meyer is the founder and Artistic Director of Concerts-spectacles Art-en-Ciel, which, with music as the theme, present an innovative concept of multidisciplinary productions where famous artists and leading scientists collaborate on new creations.

In collaboration with the Department of Children and Youth of the city of Lausanne, Art-en-Ciel produces educational productions.

www.isabelle-meyer.com

Birthe Blom, violin
After five years of studies with Rudolf Zwartjes, Birthe Blom was admitted to the class for young talents at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she continued her studies for eight years with Jan Repko, Lex Korff of Gidt and Herman Krebbers.

After three years studying with Pierre Amoyal at the Lausanne Conservatory, she finished the second phase of her studies with congratulations of the jury and maximum notes 20/20.

In 2005, Birthe Blom won the first prize at the Dutch National Youth Violin Contest (category seventeen to twenty-six years). The award was followed by a series of first prizes: the most promising young artist (1996), the Violin Competition for young artists category fourteen to seventeen (Competition Davina van Wely, 1999) and the national final of the Prinses Christina competition (2001). At the latter competition, she also won first prize for piano, violin and cello. In October 1999, at the International Competition of the European Music Prize for Youth, in Germany, she won first prize together with Christopher Devine. She was also awarded the Hindemith prize. In 2001, she obtained the scholarship for young talents Kersjes van de Groenekanbeurs, allowing her to continue her studies abroad.

In August 2007, Birthe Blom is the only of 174 violinists to receive an award at the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg Festival.

Birthe Blom has given many recitals in concert halls and at festivals in the Netherlands, in ten European countries and in Japan. She has performed frequently as soloist with orchestras including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in many other renowned concert halls in the Netherlands. She has also performed as soloist with orchestras in France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Romania and Croatia.

She attended master classes with famous pedagogues such as György Pauk, Eduard Schmieder, Sylvia Marcovici, Mark Lubotsky and Takashi Shimizu in California, in St. Petersburg, in Salzburg and at the Holland Music Sessions in Bergen. The latter festival allowed her to be selected for the series New Masters on Tour.

Birthe Blom plays the Stradivarius that belonged to Paul Godwin and received on loan from Herman Krebbers, the Sartory bow. Both are made available by the Oskar Back Instrumenten Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds.

www.birtheblom.com

Maristella Patuzzi, violin
Maristella Patuzzi was born in Lugano in 1987. At the age of four, she began studying violin and piano and, at seventeen, she graduated as violin teacher with honors at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Maristella studied with Susanne Holm, Massimo Quarta, and as of 2005, with Miriam Fried and Mark Kaplan at Indiana University, Bloomington, United States, the prestigious music school, where she received her master's degree with distinction, in 2008.

In December 2011, Maristella Patuzzi received her second master, Master of Arts in Specialized Music Performance, at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, with maximum marks and distinction.

As of the age of five, she frequently played in public, accompanied by her father, Mario Patuzzi, a pianist and teacher. Ten years later, she gave her first concert as soloist, with orchestra, in the Cathedral of Lugano and her first recital in Minusio (Locarno), after which she received the Prix Elisarion 1997, for her "outstanding personality of interpretation" and "her charisma during her concerts." She played for the Mass in memory of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and, aged eleven, recorded Tzigane by Ravel, for the Swiss Italian TV. She played as a soloist with several orchestras and in 2008 she made her New York debut playing a Stradivarius from 1697.

She won first prize in numerous competitions and, in 2011, she won the Award for young talents (in Meggen) and that of New Horizons (in Arezzo, chamber music). She was invited to Leoncavallo Festival in Brissago, the Lake District Summer Music Festival (Great Britain), the Mozart Festival in Rovereto (Italy), festivals of Ischia and Bologna, the Festival of Nations in Città di Castello and the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano. In December 2011, Maristella Patuzzi participated in the Rostropovich Festival in Baku, with Martha Argerich and Friends and she gave a concert in Aarhus in Denmark.

She plays a violin made ​​by Giuseppe Sgarbi in Rome in 1885.

www.maristellapatuzzi.com

Yuko Shimizu, viola
Yuko Shimizu began studying violin in Japan at the age of six years. She continued her studies in the class of Toshiya Eto at the Toho University in Tokyo where she obtained a degree in music. In 2000, she entered the class of Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatory in Lausanne. Three years later, she brilliantly obtained the diploma of concert violinist with a special award for also playing a Sonata by Mozart on piano.

In 2006, Yuko decided to devote herself to the viola and joined the class of Bruno Pasquier at the Conservatory in Lausanne. In 2010, she obtained a teaching degree and a diploma as a soloist. During her final exam, she graduated with honors and was awarded the Jury Prize Max-Jost, a prize awarded for the best graduating artist.

Yuko Shimizu regularly plays in many chamber music concerts, recitals and as soloist with orchestra. With her trio, Cordes ô Vent, for flute, viola and harp, she won the second prize of the National competition for trios Geraldine-Wittaker, in 2008. Alongside her career as a performer, Yuko Shimizu is dedicated to her passion for education and teaching and created her own music workshop in Lausanne. With Pierre Amoyal, she is the founder of the Camerata de Lausanne.

www.yukoshimizu.net

Daria Rybak, soprano
Daria Rybak was born in Lausanne February 23, 1995. She is a Russian and Swiss national. She lives in Villars where she is studying at Aiglon College.

At the age of five, she began piano lessons and, as of 2009, she started singing lessons in the class of Carmen Casellas, at the Conservatory of Montreux-Vevey-Riviera (certificate level).

Daria Rybak is a lyric soprano.

In 2011, she took part in the Swiss Youth Competition in Music in Basel, where she won the first prize in her category. The same year she sang the role of Frasquita in Carmen, presented in Corseaux and at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

She has won several competitions at the conservatory.

It is Daria Rybak’s debut at the Classiques de Villars.

Albert Pià, guitar
Albert Pià-Comella was born in Les Escaldes (Andorra) in 1979. He began studying guitar at the age of eight at the Institute of Andorran musical studies. In 1996, he was admitted to the Conservatory of Toulouse and three years later to the Conservatory of Lausanne, in the class of Dagoberto Linhares. He graduated in 2003, receiving his diploma in higher music education. The same year he won the prize and scholarship of the Foundation of Andorran Credit. He continued his musical education at the music school in Sion, with professor Georges Vassilev, receiving his concert diploma with honors in 2008, followed by several master classes with, among others, David Russell, Robert Aussel, Jose Maria Gallardo Del Rey, Fabio Zanon and Edoardo Catemario at the Summer Academy in Salzburg.

Albert Pia is a laureate of international competitions, the Borromean Islands (first prize) and Alice Bel Colle (second prize) in Italy, and the Festival Twents Gitaar, in the Netherlands, and the National Competition of the Jura, in Switzerland.

Since his debut in 1996, Albert Pià regularly performs as a soloist and with various chamber music groups in Switzerland as well as in France, Andorra, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Portugal. He also performed at the United Nations in New York. His partners include violinist Birthe Blom and flutist Marjolaine Werner Picand. He has performed with the Amedeo Modigliani Quartet, the Quartet Byron of Geneva and with the organist Benjamin Righetti. With orchestra, he performed several times as a soloist with the National Chamber Orchestra of Andorra, the Youth Orchestra of IAEM (Institute of Andorrà Estudis Musicals) and the Prae Orchestra Classica of Geneva. He is a founding member of the Lausanne Guitar Trio and was part of the Guitar Octet Linhares.

He participated in many programs on various TV channels (TV of the Lausanne region, Télévision Suisse Romande, Léman Bleu, National Television of Andorra and the Italian National Television) and radio (Radio Suisse Romande, RNA and Radio Valira, Andorra).

Albert Pià is based in Lausanne. While perfecting himself with the Italian master Paolo Pegoraro, at the Academy of Pordenone, Italy, he teaches at the Music School in Cheseaux-Romanel.

Albert plays a guitar made by German luthier Walter Vogt, model 219, 1975.

Maxim Salnikov, bayan
Maxim Salnikov has won several international competitions and is a graduate of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, the elite school of music in Moscow, in the class of Professor Semenov.

Maxim Salnikov masters a wide range of styles of music with brilliant virtuosity, allowing him to perform classical works, popular, contemporary as well as retro style music.

Maxim Salnikov has played as soloist with orchestras among which the Orchestra of the National Academy of Russian folk instruments, under the baton leadership of Vladimir Ponkin (People's Artist of Russia*), and the Orchestra of Folk Instruments of the Russian State Television, under the direction of Nikolai Nekrasov (People's Artist of Russia, as well).

He has a rich repertoire with the Chamber Orchestra of the Philharmonic Academy of Tver, the Camerata Russe, under the direction of Andrei Kroujkov.

Maxim Salnikov gives concerts in several European countries. This is his first participation to Les Classiques de Villars.

*People's Artist of Russia is the highest artistic award in the country

Mario Patuzzi, piano
Mario Patuzzi studied piano with Maria Gennari, Bruno Mezzena and Orazio Frugoni. In 1972, at the age of nineteen, he graduated with full marks and honors, from the Conservatory of Trento where he was immediately invited to teach. He also received a degree in composition.

Winner of numerous piano competitions in Italy (Monza, Treviso, Livorno, Taranto, Vercelli, Trieste and Varallo Sesia), he won the First Prize International Piano Competition in Munich in 1977.

Mario Patuzzi has performed as soloist worldwide and with orchestras such as the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich), the Hessischer Rundfunk (Frankfurt) and the RTSI (Lugano).

He is currently a professor at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi, in Como. He also lectures and gives master classes in Milan, Perugia (Festival del Novecento di musica) and at the universities of Trento, Piacenza and Tokyo.

Mario Patuzzi has recorded for the labels Nuova Era and Dynamic.

François Killian, piano
Artist recognized by international music critics though he only gives few recitals and concerts with orchestra, François Killian works far away from the noise and fury of our time. Striving to develop his art, he is known for his interpretations of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and Ravel, but also for Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Kakteen by Paul Juon or the works of Nicolas Bacri.

François Killian’s style is precise with sudden outbursts of fiery poetry - with a very subtle touch, bordering on fragile.

His great understanding of music led him, already in the 1980s, to successfully being laureate of many international competitions.

François Killian is as though an integral part of his piano and in recital or with chamber music partners, such as the trio European Fine Arts (established in 2001), he captivates the attention of the audience.

After having been the accompanist at the conservatories of Geneva, Lausanne and Berne, he accompanied the candidates of the Concours international de Genève, thus accumulating a considerable repertoire from duo to octet. François Killian is now a sought after partner by artists as Nobuko Imai, Jacques Zoon, Lajos Lencsés or the Altophonium Quartet.

Since 2008, he teaches piano and serves as accompanist at Aston - International Summer Music Academy - which takes place at Zugerberg, Switzerland.

This musician, very receptive to the crossroads of cultures and different piano schools, can also escape to other musical worlds. Trained, at the tender age of thirteen in the rigid school, CNSM, in Paris, he invested his incomparable talent in transcribing well known melodies for piano, giving them a totally new sound.

François Killian was born in Paris in 1962.

www.francoiskillian.com

Pierric, magician / narrator
Born in 1981, Pierric began studying theater in 1986 and he decided to make it his profession. He has been able to cover different genres over the course of some forty plays in which he appeared, such as The Cherry Orchard, Arsenic and Old Lace, Noces de sang, The Importance of Being Earnest, King Lear, Oblomov, L’Ecole des femmes...

From June to September 2006, he played the role of Iago in Othello at Théâtre Benno Besson in Yverdon and then in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

In 1994, he became interested in magic and won several prizes at international competitions including a first prize of magic at a competition related to the French National Championships, in La Baule, and at the International Brotherhood of Magicians in Brussels in 1997. In 2006, he received an award at the World Championships of Magic in Stockholm.

As of 1999, Pierric regularly appeared in programs on Swiss television and radio as well as on Lausanne FM (100% 2000, Superstar d’un soir, La TV fait son show, La Soupe est pleine, Les Coups de coeur d’Alain Morisod, Lapp, Simon & Co, etc.).

In 2007, Pierric presented L’Homme encadré sur fond blanc at Théâtre de Vevey and Théâtre de Beausobre. A silent slapstick comedy for one actor, with which Pierric toured Switzerland (at Théâtre du Passage and Théâtre Benno Besson, in Thun and Langnau as well as in Ticino at Teatro Dimitri).

In 2008, he wrote and directed his first short film, Parfois la ville, featuring Jérôme Giller and Gaëtan Bloom.

www.pierric.ch

Fanny Leeb, vocals
A passion, a talent, a sensual voice, both strong and tender...

Singer-songwriter of soul music with jazzy intonations, Fanny Leeb has lived through the love of music.

This young artist, born in 1986, has been singing since a young age. She was raised in a family of artists and her childhood was filled with jazz. She began composing at the piano and to write, in English, from the age of fourteen influenced, among others, by Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Ella Fitzgerald and, of course, all the great jazz musicians.

After her baccalaureate, she entered the American School of Music in Paris, and then went on to study in the United States, at Colgate University in Hamilton (New York).

Upon her return to Europe, Fanny Leeb chose Switzerland and Belgium to make her debut. Since 2007, she has been singing in bars, hotels and small venues. Moving upwards, she was the opening act of I’Muvrini in 2008 and 2010, performed at the Auditorium Stravinski in Montreux, she sang at the Théâtre de la Grenette in Vevey and at the Montreux Jazz Festival (off) before a captivated audience.

In Paris, she sang at "Le Petit Journal" and "Le Sentier des Halles".

On every Sunday morning during the summer of 2010, Fanny Leeb hosted a one hour long music program on RSR (Radio Suisse Romande).

In 2010 and 2011, Fanny Leeb regularly performed on the Nestlé terrace at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She performed in Vevey for the inauguration of the Charlie Chaplin frescoes and sang at various venues in Paris, among which Bus Palladium.

You will find her back as a judge in the program Les plus beaux toutous minous this summer on TSR (Télévision Suisse Romande).

www.fannyleeb.com / www.myspace.com/fannyleeb

Keni Arifi, guitar
Born in 1980. Seduced by jazz and improvisation, his musical journey passed through a jazz school (Jazz Section of the Conservatory of Lausanne), where he got a pedagogy and performance degree.

He is the award-winner of the "Friedl Wald" prize in 2006.

He teaches, composes for videos and movies and performs in many musical projects. Keni is co-founder and composer of the «Guralumi Albanian Jazz Project». He also composes and plays with Fanny Leeb.

Yoann Julliard, drums
Yoann Julliard is a drummer of phenomenal ability: his mastery of the instrument and his musicality add a spellbinding thrill to performances. His musical tastes are exceptionally wide, ranging from jazz to hip-hop. His gift for improvisation allows him to develop complex musical ideas while bringing energy and cohesion to the trio. His enthusiasm and musicality are a source of all-round inspiration.

He has accompanied on stage and in the recording studio several artists among them : Fredy Massamba, Phat Jazz Trio, Awadi, Mark Declive Lowe, Hindi Zahra, Tumi, Lady Sweety, Fanny Leeb, Les Kicks, Bconnected, Hadrien Feraud.

Villars Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Roger Scupham, conductor
Joana Jantet, vocals

The Villars Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is composed of music enthusiasts of all ages from the region of Villars-sur-Ollon and the surrounding Chablais. The ensemble, originally led by Andrew Gray, had its debut in December 2006 at the Montreux Palace. This event was followed by a highly successful concert in Villars in February 2007. Since then, many other successful concerts were held, including one on the quays of Montreux in 2008 and, in 2009, at the celebration of the Swiss national holiday on August 1st in Villars.

The Villars Vanguard attaches particular importance to the fact that it is above all a group of musicians who have a real pleasure to meet each week in order to share engaging, witty, challenging and enjoyable music.

The musicians are characterized by their thoroughness and good humor; with some ambition, certainly, but unpretentious. As cosmopolitan as the village whose name it bears, Villars Vanguard consists of an amazing range of nationalities, comprising an equal number of French speaking and English speaking musicians.

From September 2009 to February 2011, the orchestra was placed under the direction of Christian Rudaz. Now the ensemble is directed by Roger Scupham.

After their great success in 2010 and 2011, it is with great pleasure that we welcome the orchestra back to the Classiques de Villars.

www.vvjo.ch

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