Agathe Blondel, viola
Agathe Blondel started playing the viola at the age of six. She got accepted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon in 1990, where she has been given her first price. Then, she followed with a postgrade in 1994. In 1996, she integrated the viola postgrade at the C.N.S.M de Paris, taking lessons with Bruno Pasquier, and got admitted in the chamber music postgrade following the courses of Christian Ivaldi and Bruno Pasquier. To finish, she went to the Frankfurt Hoschule to study in a virtuosity cycle with Tabea Zimmermann. She won the international viola competitions of Lionel Tertis (Great-Britain) in 2000 and of Jean Françaix in 1998. She has also been awarded during the Maurice Vieux Competition (Paris) in 2000 and « Premio Valentino Bucchi » (Rome) in 1997.
She is playing in a viola and piano duet with her twin sister, Irène Blondel. From their beginning, they had a great succes, winning the international chamber music competitions of Guérande in 1995 and Vierzon in 1997, and also the chamber music prize of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. They followed with a postgrade under the direction of Christian Ivaldi and Bruno Pasquier. In 2000, they won the 1st prize of the International chamber music competition of Vittorio Gui (Florence, Italy). They played in many concert halls as the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Auditorium du Musée d’Orsey, the Académies Musicales de Saintes, the Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, and other places in France, Italy, Bulgary, Germany, Czech Republic, Chypre and Mexico.
They recorded the viola and piano sonata op.120 of Johannes Brahms and the Märchenbilder op.113 of Robert Schumann in 2004 in Brussels.