Marie de Roy : soprano

Graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Mons and the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles ( teachers : Gerda Hartman, Guy Van Waas, Louis Landuyt, Peter Ickx, Marianne Pousseur) ; has also followed the teaching of Janet Thompson, Rachel Yakar and Mary Morisson. Has given numerous concerts in Belgium, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Canada, Mexico with the Belgian Sinfonia Orchestra, the Cetra d’Orfeo, the Maîtrise et Orchestre Philharmonique de la cathédrale de Strasbourg. Her repertoire includes lieder of Schumann, Wolf, Shostakovitch, Mahler, Fauré, Debussy, Duparc, Cage and Vaughan Williams.

Gisèle Decoster : piano

Graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Mons (high diplomas in piano and chamber music) ; has also studied with Pierre Sancan in Paris ; shares her activities between the piano teaching and the practice of chamber music in various ensembles. She is piano teacher in the Académie de musique de Soignies.

Michel Copin : violin

Graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles (teachers : José Pingen and Serge Bémant) ; has also followed master classes with Pierre Doucan (teacher in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris). He has been twice laureate of the Prix Bisschop-Matheyssen and of the Prix Maurice Lefranc. He is teacher for the violin and  chamber music in the Académies de Musique de Soignies et Uccle.

Nicolas Deletaille : cello

After receiving his musical education in Belgium and the U.S., Nicolas Deletaille began his professional career as a performing artist. Since this time, he has recorded Bach’s six cello suites, Beethoven’s five cello sonatas, Liszt late works for cello and piano, and major works from the solo repertory by Kodály, Cassadó, Ysaÿe, and Ligeti. He has recorded numerous chamber works with the Mendelssohn Ensemble, the Rosamonde String Quartet, and Paul Badura-Skoda. He has earned distinction as an arpeggione player by recording Schubert’s arpeggione sonata for the Fuga Libera record label. He has given approximately 75 world premieres, many of which were of works composed for him. Among these are several new compositions for arpeggione, representing his effort to enhance the arpeggione repertoire. For the last four years Nicolas Deletaille has been cello instructor at the Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta. He is now living in Belgium, where he is a PhD candidate at docARTES (Ghent/KULeuven).

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Eric Leleu : flûte

Graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Liège and the Conservatoire Royal Bruxelles (high diplomas in flute and chamber music ; teachers : Gérard Noack, Jean-Michel Tanguy, Jean-Claude Bartsoen, Jean-Pierre Peuvion, Garret List ) ; has also studied composition with Marcel Quinet and Frédéric Rzewski and followed the teaching of Robert Aitken, Toru Takemisu and Peter Lucas Graf in Avignon and Paris. He shares is activities between the interpretation of past and present music, composition, teaching and theatrical collaborations. He is teacher in musical analysis and chamber music in the Académies de Musique d’Etterbeek and Auderghem.

Jean-Louis Maton : percussion

Graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Mons ; also studied  jazz drums and followed the teaching of Frédéric Macarez (Paris), Jean Geoffroy (Tours), Justin Di Ciocco (New York), Georges Pacsinski (Cergy) ; played with the Orchestre Philharmonique des Flandres, the Orchestre National de Belgique. He now shares his activities between the contemporay music and the improvisation on marimba. He is teacher in the Académie de Musique de Soignies.

Philippe Saucez : clarinets

Graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Mons (high diplomas in clarinet and chamber music ; teachers : Gaston Bocquillon, Jean-Marie Quenon) ; private lessons with Yves Flament. He has participated since the early seventies in the Belgian musical life and has given concerts in Belgium, France, Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Brasil, Romania, Bulgaria,…). His discography includes a dozen of CDs and LPs.

He creates all the pieces for clarinet of the composer Jean-Louis Poliart. He received the Prix du Hainaut in 1987 for his whole musical activities.

Gilles Gobert : artistic direction

Graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Mons (musical analysis, harmony, counter-point, composition and orchestration ; teacher : Claude Ledoux) ; master classes in musical analysis with Jean-Claude Bartsoen, Jean-Pierre Deleuze and  Jean-Marie Rens, in composition with Helmut Lachenmann, Tristan Murail, Magnus Lindberg, Janathan Harvey, … ; informatique musicale in IRCAM. Laureate of the composition competition Opera prima Europa (Roma, 2001), he is  teacher of computing assisted composition and of composition in the Conservatoire Royal de Mons and the Conservatoire Royal de Liège. He is the musical Director of the ensemble OI\I (contemporary music) and of the vocal ensemble Alternances.

He has composed vocal, instrumental and mixed pieces created and interpretated by Musiques Nouvelles, Arne Deforce, the Danel string quartet , the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Qo2, Nahandove, Izumi Okubo, Nicola Deletaille, ensemble OI\I, the duet Xanadu, … His pieces are played in festivals like Ars Musica, Les Images Sonores, Lille 2004, the Spark Festival for electronic music (Minneapolis – USA).

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