Jolivet: Complete Works for Flute Vol.2
With a varied program showing the flute in various instrumental constellations, Hélène Boulègue once more proves her incredible talent in a seemingly effortless, playful virtuosity. No less remarkable is her versatility in approaching such a mixed program. She has the right way for every single piece. Even the not so easily accessible works are played with such a distinction and such a commitment that they become immediately appealing and offer unexpected pleasure.
In French flutist Hélène Boulègue’s playing, “each note [is] expression and colour, emotion and sound” (Tageblatt, March 2019).
Winner of the Kobe International Flute Competition, second prize of the Prague Spring International Competition, Hélène is a recording artist for the label Naxos Deutschland. Her debut album, the first volume of the complete flute works of French composer André Jolivet, was released in Winter 2019, and was acclaimed by critics. It was distinguished, amongst others, with the Supersonic Award in the magazine Pizzicato, and was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2020. The second album will be released on March 13th.
As an already renowned and sought after soloist, Hélène has played recitals in many countries such as France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Japan, Taiwan and the USA. She was broadcast on France Musique, took part in the prestigious Festival Radio France Occitanie, and was invited to play at the NFA Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Japanese Flute Convention in Tokyo. She played as a soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Tokyo Symphony Chamber Orchestra and the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra.
Having studied under renowned masters of the French School of Flute (Pierre-Yves Artaud, Florence Souchard-Delépine, Julien Beaudiment), completed her Bachelor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and her Master at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe with Renate Greiss-Armin, Hélène Boulègue is a flutist born from numerous influences. She has been a member of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg since she was nineteen and also played with various world-famous orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe or the SWR Symphonieorchester. Moreover, she is a firm believer in the importance of transmission, and has been teaching in masterclasses.
When she packs her flute away at the end of the day, Hélène likes spending time on badminton courts or learning Japanese.
Jean Muller performed the complete cycles of Beethoven’s and Mozart’s piano sonatas in concert. His discography won numerous awards, such as the Gramophone Critic’s Choice, International Piano Choice, Stern des Monats Fono Forum, DeutschlandRadio Kultur CD der Woche, Pizzicato Excellentia, etc.
Appearing on the world’s most prestigious stages (Megaron Athens, NCPA Beijing, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Cadogan Hall London, Kings Place London, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Culture and Congress Centre Luzern, Arsenal Metz, Philharmonie München, Carnegie Hall New York, Salle Cortot Paris, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Konzerthaus Wien, Musikverein Wien, etc.), he is also regularly invited to international festivals (De klengen Maarnicher Festival, Dias de Musica Lissabon, Dublin International Piano Festival, Festival 1001 Notes, Festival de Saintes, Festival Paris Music, Festival International Echternach, Kotor Art, Mosel Musikfestival, Münsterland Festival, Piano Texas…). He performs extensively with orchestras such as the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Heidelberger Sinfoniker, the Münchner Symphoniker, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Solistes Européens Luxembourg, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock etc., under the conducting of chefs such as Pierre Cao, Frédéric Chaslin, Thomas Fey, Jack-Martin Händler, Christoph König, Florian Krumpöck, Zubin Mehta, Ludovic Morlot, Vasily Petrenko, Markus Poschner, Bramwell Tovey…
He receives outstanding reviews from the industry’s leading media (BBC Music Magazine, Classica, Concertclassic, Diapason, Fanfare, Fono Forum, Gramophone, International Piano, Pizzicato, ResMusica, Stereoplay etc.) and has been a featured cover artist for International Piano Magazine. His recordings are regularly broadcasted around the globe, and he has on several occasions had the opportunity to perform live on the famous programme InTune on BBC Radio 3.
He has brought the complete set of Mozart’s piano sonatas to international stages like the Shanghai Oriental Art Center in 2016 and will perform the cycle again during the 2018/2019 season at the Salle Cortot in Paris. The complete set is also due to release on CD. Since 2010 Jean Muller is professor for piano at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg.