Violin Clémence de Forceville

« A remarkable violinist, playing with virtuosity and refinement. »

Daniel Barenboim

Born in 1991, the French violinist Clémence de Forceville has already performed on prestigious stages throughout the world such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Salle Pierre-Boulez in Berlin, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Tokyo International Forum, the Beethoven Haus, the Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Chambre Music Festival, and the Verbier Festival.

A winner of numerous national and international competitions, she collaborates as a soloist with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of New Europe, the Südwestphalia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Catalonia Chamber Orchestra.

A versatile musician, she is passionately committed to the chamber music repertoire, first with the Hieronymus String Quartet, where she was first violin for three years, and then with the Trio Sōra, with whom she recorded the six great Beethoven trios for a triple album released by the Naïve label in 2020. Acclaimed by the international critics, the album was also awarded a Choc Classica.

She has also been invited to share the stage with members of the Zaïde Quartet, the Trio Wanderer and the Ebène Quartet, and soloists such as Gary Hoffman, Gérard Caussé, Renaud Capuçon, Alena Baeva, Benedict Kloeckner, Anna Fedorova and Philippe Graffin.

Invited to play and study at the most renowned academies such as the Ravinia Steans Music Institute (USA), the Seiji Ozawa Academy or the Open Chambre Music Prussia Cove, she has had the opportunity to perfect her skills with great masters such as Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Donald Weilerstein, Andràs Keller, Alfred Brendel, Andràs Schiff, Zakhar Bron and Daniel Barenboim. She studied in Berlin with Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and with Mihaela Martin at the Barenboim-Said Academy, as well as with Eberhard Feltz in chamber music. Before that, she was unanimously awarded a Master’s degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where she studied with Olivier Charlier. She also trained for many years with Radu Blidar, then Philippe Graffin.

Fascinated by the symphonic repertoire, Clémence has been invited as a Concertmaster in various orchestras and ensembles such as the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, the Appassionato ensemble conducted by Mathieu Herzog, or the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie. She has played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pierre Boulez Ensemble conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

In 2021 she is appointed first concertmaster of the Paris Chamber Orchestra conducted by Lars Vogt, and she teaches as an assistant in Philippe Graffin’s violin class at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.

Thanks to the generous support of the Boubo-Music Foundation, Clémence plays a violin by Lorenzo Storioni dating from 1777.