Clémence de Forceville
Violoncello | Trio Sōra
French violinist Clémence de Forceville was born in Paris in 1991 and began playing the violin at the age of 4. After completing a master degree at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, she continued her studies with Antje Weithaas at the Hanns Eisler School of Music and with Mihaela Martin at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. Besides her studies she was invited to renowned chamber music programs and festivals such as the Ravinia Stean’s Music Institute, the Seiji Ozawa International Academy, Encuentro de Musica de Santander and worked there with artists such as Alfred Brendel, Eberhard Feltz, Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Andràs Keller.
As a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster, she performs throughout Europe, America and Japan. She was the first violin of the Hieronymus Quartet and she performed at numerous festivals such as Les Folles Journées, the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Giverny chamber music festival, the Matsumoto Festival, the Schiermonnikoog Festival, the Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove, the Deauville Festival, and played with the Zaïde String Quartet and members of the Wanderer Trio and the Quatuor Ebène; her chamber music partners include Gérard Caussé, Gary Hoffman, Alena Baeva, Eldar Nebolsin, Jérôme Pernoo and Philippe Graffin. As a soloist, she has received numerous prizes at international competitions such as the Torùn International Competition, the Vasco Abadjiev International Competition, the Lausanne Music Academy and the Kloster-Schöntal Competition. She was appointed First Concertmaster of the Orchestre National de Lille between 2016 and 2017 and has since been invited regularly as a concertmaster to orchestras such as the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. Daniel Barenboim also invited her to play in his Pierre Boulez Ensemble.
In 2019, Clémence de Forceville joined the Trio Sōra, composed of the pianist Pauline Chenais and the cellist Angèle Legasa. Clémence de Forceville plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1777), a generous loan from the Boubo-Music Foundation.
Photo: Neda Navaee