Clémence Guillot (France; viola):

Clémence Guillot started playing viola at the age of 7. When she was 17 she was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) of Lyon (France). She studied in Françoise Gnéri’s class and was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in 2012.

She is currently studying for a Master’s degree a the CNSM she has taken the opportunity of attending several classes with Antoine Tamestit, Gérard Caussé, Barbara Westphal and Michel Michalakakos, amongst others.

She is passionately interested in orchestral performance, and has joined several sessions of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes and the Wiener Jeuness Orchester, with a view to perfecting the art of playing in an orchestra.

In 2013, she joined the French Orchestre des Pays de Savoie which she left one year later in order to be able to accept regular invitations to be a substitute viola player with prestigious French orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, the Paris Opera Orchestra (with major conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Philippe Jordan or Leonard Slatkin). She has also been the principal viola of the orchestra of the Musique en Ré festival, held on the Ile de Ré (France), whose musical directors are Pascal Rophé and Jean-Claude Casadesus. She has had the privilege of playing with internationally renowned soloists such as Sarah Nemtanu, Laurent Korcia, Régis Pasquier, Roland and Raphaël Pidoux, etc. Clémence was also awarded a scholarship by the Centre International Nadia et Lili Boulanger.

Photo: David Duchon