ENSEMBLE CAIRN

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∇ Biography

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The Ensemble Cairn will attend the Format Raisins festival next July 2th!

© Agathe Poupeney

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The Ensemble Cairn

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Cairn Ensemble was founded in 1998. Jérôme Combier is its artistic director, and Guillaume Bourgogne its musical director. The Ensemble Cairn’s ambition is to create high-quality contemporary music concerts. Some of Cairn’s concerts confront other art forms, such as the plastic arts, photography and video, as well as other types of music such as jazz, improvisation and traditional music. The Cairn Ensemble strives to be a group with conductor as well as a group that gives rigorous performances of chamber music.

Actually Cairn is based in Région-Centre Val de Loire and in residency at the National Theater of Orléans. It is supported by the Regional Department for Cultural Affairs (DRAC) and the Regional Council as a National and International Ensemble. From 2006 to 2009 Cairn was in residency at the Royaumont Abbey, Cairn has been the guest of famous festivals including Manifeste (IRCAM),  Musica (Strasbourg), Archipel (Geneva),  Festival d’Automne à Paris, Tage für Neue Musik (Zurich), Darmstadt Ferienkurse (Germany),  Borealis  (Norway), Ars Musica (Belgium) as well as the Villa Médicis (Italy).

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Jérôme Combier, artistic director

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The Ensemble Cairn will attend the Format Raisins festival next July 2th!

© Cécile Brossard

Jérôme Combier began studying composition, harmony and counterpoint, analysis and orchestration under Hacène Larbi. He won first prize for counterpoint at the Conservatoire of Rueil-Malmaison. In 1997, he was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire in the class of Emmanuel Nunes. In addition, he completed a Master’sdegree with a dissertation on Anton Webern at Paris VIII University. In 1995, he was a finalist in the Griegselskalpet competition in Oslo. In September 1998, he was residentat the Royaumont Foundation and in the framework of an exchange with Royaumont, he was a composer in residence in Japan, in Akiyoshidaï for two months. In 2001, he  was selected to enter the programme in composition and computer- assisted music organised by IRCAM.

Jérôme Combier is a prize-winner of the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation and the Pierre Cardin Foundation. In 2002, he was commissioned by Radio-France to write a piece for the Orchestre National de France, Pays de vent. In 2003 and 2004, with the support of the Paris Conservatoire, he organised concerts and courses in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. From 2004 to 2006 he was a scholarship holder at the Villa Medici (the French Academy in Rome). During this time he met Raphaël Thierry who was to realise the visual installations for the cycle Vies silencieuses written for the Ensemble Cairn. The cd Vies silencieuses won the Grand Prix Charles Cros.

In 2005 he composed music for the Ensemble Recherche in the framework of the Festival d’Automne in Paris. In collaboration with Pierre Nouvel, he created the installation Noir Gris for the Beckett exposition organised by the Centre Georges Pompidou. Since 2006, he has been invited regularly by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to contribute as a guest to the Académie européenne de musique’s activities and in 2011, in association with the video artist Pierre Nouvel, he imagined the Opéra Austerlitz based on the novel by W.G Sebald. Austerlitz was produced by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Opéra de Lille and the Kaaitheater of Brussels. In 2008 is invited as composer teatcher in Royamont abbey. In 2009 is obtain a commision by Le Musée du Louvre during the cycle of concerts Le Louvre invite Pierre Boulez. His piece, Anima Foglia for violin, is played also at Lucern Festival. In 2012, the Opéra de Lyon commissionned an opéra based on the novel Terre et cendres by the afghan writer Atiq Rahimi.His music is published by Henry Lemoine. and by Verlag Neue Musik Berlin. Some of his works have already been recorded by the Ensemble Cairn on the Motus label and Æon. Jerôme Combier is the artistic director of Ensemble Cairn, he is teatcher in a art school: Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de Paris-Cergy.

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Ayumi Mori, clarinet

The Ensemble Cairn will attend the Format Raisins festival next July 2th!

© Ayumi Mori

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After she won the Prix d’Or of the Concours de Musique for students in 1991 “Zen-Kyushu” (Hakata, Japan), Ayumi Mori studied at the University of Liberal Arts in Tokyo where she got her bachelor’s degree in Musical Arts. Starting from 1997 , she pursued her studies in France, where she won the first prize in chamber music and clarinet unanimously (CNR of Aubervilliers-La Courneuve, CNR of Rueil-Malmaison). Then, she joined an improvement coruse in Alain Damiens’ class. She also participated to masterclasses: in 2001 at the Musical Academy of Chigiana (Siene, Italy) in Antony Pay’s class, in 2003 at the Musical Academy of Villecroze with Christian Lardé, and in 2004 at the Acanthes (Metz, France)Alain Damiens’ clarinet workshop.

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Cécile Brossard, viola

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The Ensemble Cairn will attend the Format Raisins festival next July 2th!

© Benjamin Chelly

Cécile Brossard won a first prize in viola, chamber music and generative improvisation at the CNSM of Paris. She also trained herself to baroque music at the CNR de Paris and took a course of improvement at the string quartet of the Hochschule de Bâle with Walter Levin.

Solo viola at the symphonic orchestra of the Garde Républicaine, Cécile Brossard played in various ensembles on old instruments, but is also very invested in modern music, especially as a viola player in the Ensemble Cairn. Laureate of the international ARD competition in Munich, she has been a member in the Quatuor Benaim and the Quatuor Cambini-Paris with whom she played in numerous festivals through Europe and participated to their recordings.

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Naaman Sluchin, violin

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The Ensemble Cairn will attend the Format Raisins festival next July 2th!

© Julie Flusin

Born in a family of musicians, Naaman Sluchin naturally dedicated himself to the violin. His passion for innovation and diversity guided him, and reflects through his artistic path.

For seven years, he was in the Diotima quartet. Playing most of the classical and contemporary repertoire, with numerous creations, the quartet played in the most prestigious venues and festivals, and recorded musics critically acclaimed, especially in american music (with Reich, Crumb and Barber) produced by Naïve and the Janáček Quartet (Diapasons d’Or of the year, Choc de Classica). For three years, Naaman also shared the stage in Paris and various french and european tours  in the musical show Haim, à la lumière d’un violon, by the comedians Anouk Grinberg, Natacha Régnier and Mélanie Doutey’s sides.

He kept on developping his repertoire through many trainings of chamber music such as the Talisma trio with Piet Kuijken and Amy Norrington or the Kitgut Quartet, string quartet on old instruments by Amandine Beyer’s side. He also is a solo violin player in Emmanuel Krivine’s Chambre Philharmonique and often participates to the Ensemble Cairn projects, dedicated to contemporary music.

Since 2010, Naaman Sluchin devoted his life teaching at the royal Conservatoire in Bruxelles. At the same time, he graduated from the Schola Cantorum Bâle’s school in baroque violin in Amandine Beyer‘s class. This eclecticism was cultivated by Naaman, all the way through his studies: he built his technique, studying simultaneoulsy from the russian violinistic school (with B. Garlitsky) at the CNSM of Paris, the american shcool in Bloomington and the Juilliard School of New York (with M. Fried and D. Weilerstein), not to mention the famous franco-belge school in the Eugène Ysaye’s direct way of teaching (with Y. Kless). Naaman played according to the repertoires on Carlo Antonio Tononi’s violin from 1725, alternating with an american violin made for him in 2008 by John Young.

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Caroline Cren, piano

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The Ensemble Cairn will attend the Format Raisins festival next July 2th!

© Agathe Poupeney

Born in Fourmies in 1976, Caroline Cren studied the piano with Victoria Melki (École Normale Supérieure de Musique), Georges Pludermacher and Claire Désert (CNSMDP, Diplôme de Formation Supérieur in 2001). She also took classes in music history and ethnomusicology (Gilles Leothaud), of chamber music within the Trimaran ensemble (clarinet, cello, piano). Fom 2002 to 2003, she joined the improvement cycle and integrated Géry Moutier’s class at the CNSM in Lyon. She teaches at the  conservatoire in the 5th arrondissement in Paris. Passioned about contemporary music, she plays within L’Instant Donné and the Ensemble Cairn.

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Obligatory Mentions

The Ensemble Cairn gets the supports of the Culture and Communication Ministry – DRAC Centre-Val de Loire as National and International Ensemble.The Ensemble Cairn gets the help of the Conseil Régional Centre-Val de Loire as a Authorized by the Social Security Ensemble. It also receives the supports of the SACEM.

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The Ensemble Cairn will attend the Format Raisins festival next July 2th!