Stephan Rougier & Sophie Teboul
The Sonatas for piano & violin, K. 378, 454 and 526 represent the pinnacle of Mozart’s creativity for keyboard and string ensemble. Their composition is inscribed in the artistic and personal life of Mozart and mark a stage in his development at decisive moments of his life: remarkably, they were not specially commissioned. They were composed in a free style yet the music speaks of the musician’s internal tension at the time when he decided to break free from his links to Salzburg and from the burdensome tutorship of his father to take control of his own creativity.
Studied piano at the Conservatoire de Nice then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she was awarded premier prix for piano and for chamber music. She continued her studies with Dimitri Bashkirov, Léon Fleischer and Christian Zacharias. Winner of the Radio-France competition at age 14 as well as the Vercelli and Alexandro Casagrande international piano competitions in Italy, she rapidly began a career as concert pianist and chamber musician in Europe and Asia, performing with Jean Jacques Kantorow, Renaud Capuçon and Laurent Korcia on the greatest international stages. Guest artist at the French May in Hong Kong, she gives masterclasses in Japan and China on a regular basis. Dedicatee of “ Snekkar de Feu “, for piano, violin and narrator, based on a text by Michel Onfray and music by Pierre Thilloy, she participated in the creation of the work at the 37th Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, and recorded the “La Constellation de la Baleine” in its entirety with Stéphane Rougier as violinist and violist. Always looking to expand her repertoire with new musical styles, she plays in other ensembles specialising in tango and in traditional music from central Europe.
Has performed on some of the greatest international stages, from New York and San Francisco to Tokyo, Peking and Hong Kong. He was accepted at age fourteen at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and after obtaining his awards in violin and chamber music there, he left to study in Germany and rapidly began his career as chamber musician and soloist, on violin and viola. Principal first violin at the Opéra de Bordeaux for more than ten years, and performing regularly with numerous French ensembles both in France and in international concerts, he is a regular guest artist at renowned festivals, the Bartok Festival in Hungary, OperKlosterneuburg in Austria, French May in Hong Kong, Folle Journée de Nantes, Tokyo and Bilbao and Drottningholm festival in Sweden. He joined the Quatuor de Bordeaux quartet with Cécile Rouvière, Tasso Adamopoulos and Etienne Peclard, with whom he has been on several tours in America and Asia and created music for film and ballet. He dedicates a large amount of his time to teaching chamber music in masterclasses.Musical Director of a number of festivals in France and abroad, he reunites the greatest soloists and chamber musicians of today in order to share and promote different and original musical repertoires.Stéphane Rougier plays on a J.B. Vuillaume violin dating from 1826, kindly loaned by Patrice Taconné.