Nadja Lesaulnier

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A well known young musician, Nadja Lesaulnier is appreciated for her solo interpretations as well as for her sense of chamber music and her creative continuo playing.

Nadja Lesaulnier was awarded several international distinctions: first prize at the Schmelzer International Competition in Melk (G. Leonhardt – president of the jury); second prize at the Paola Bernardi International Harpsichord Competition in Bologna (L.F. Tagliavini – president of the jury); second prize at the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition in Cincinnati, and third prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig (R. Hill – president of the jury). In 2015 she received a special price at the Musica Antiqua International Competition in Brugge – concert at Tallinn Harpsichord Festival .

Born in Aix-en-Provence, Nadja Lesaulnier studied with P. Hantaï and E. Joyé in Paris before moving to Barcelona to take part in B. Martin’s external degree course at the Escuola Superior de Musica de Catalunya. There she also studied chamber music with M. Kramer.

In 2003, she began studies with J. B. Christensen, A. Marcon, and J.-A. Bötticher at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. She also took part in courses by A. Scholl, C. Banchini, G. Türk, D. Plantier and A. Beyer, completing a harpsichord soloist diploma and a basso continuo master with honors.
As a soloist, Nadja performs all over the world: Vienna (Italia Mia), Schaffhausen (Bach Festspiel), Venice, Stuttgart (Europäisches Musikfest), Melk (Barock Tage), Zurich, Philadelphia (Curtis Institute), Greenville (NC). In 2008, she participated in a large European tour as the harpsichordist of the European Union Baroque Orchestra under the directions of L.U. Mortensen, R. Goodman and E. Onofri.

In addition to her harpsichordist career, Nadja Lesaulnier plays the baroque violin, the baroque cello and the baroque double bass. As player of string instruments, she is founder of the ensemble I Pizzicanti. Nadja also plays the piano and the fortepiano, studying in 2010 with Jean-Jacques Dünki at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel.

Playing the harpsichord, Nadja Lesaulnier is founder member of the ensemble Les Ombres and of the harpsichord duo Le Petit Concert Baroque. She regularly plays with the baroque orchestra “Divino Sospiro” based in Lisbon, with the flutist Tamar Eskenian, the violinist Rafael Becerra and the ensemble Marinus.

Le Petit Concert Baroque and Les Ombres are prizewinners of several competitions: the Premio Bonporti in Rovereto, the Schmelzer International Competition in Melk or the “Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik” for the harpsichord duo; the competition A Tre in Trossingen for Les Ombres.

Nadja has recorded for ORF Alte Musik Edition and Ambronay Edition labels. Le Petit Concert Baroque first album, “Al Piacere del Signore G.F. Haendel” was awarded Diapason d’Or Découverte in May 2009, and the second CD of the duo, “Der Ewigkeit saphirnes Haus” was awarded Diapason d’Or in July 2013. Several albums of Les Ombres have also been highly praised by magazines such as Classica, Cobuz and Gramophone.

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Noorema generatsiooni prantsuse muusik Nadja Lesaulnier on hinnatud nii oma soolokavade interpretatsiooni, kammermuusikatunnetuse kui ka loomingulise basso continuo poolest.

Lesaulnier on leidnud äramärkimist erinevatel rahvusvahelistel konkurssidel. Ta on pälvinud esimese preemia rahvusvahelisel Johann Heinrich Schmeltzeri konkursil Austrias Melkis (2008), kahel korral teise preemia Paolo Bernardi nimelisel rahvusvahelisel klavessiinikonkursil Itaalias Bolognas (2007 ja 2009), teise koha rahvusvahelisel Mae ja Irving Jurow klavessiinikonkursil USAs Cincinnatis (2012) ning kolmanda koha rahvusvahelisel Bachi konkursil Saksamaal Leipzigis (2010). 2015. aastal sai Lesaulnier eriauhinna rahvusvahelisel konkursil Musica Antiqua Brügges – kontserdi Tallinna Klavessiinifestivalil.

Sündinud Aix-en-Provence’is Lõuna-Prantsusmaal, õppis Nadja Lesaulnier Pierre Hantaï ja Elisabeth Joyé käe all Pariisis, misjärel kolis Barcelonasse, et õppida Béatrice Martin’i käe all Kataloonia muusikakolledžis.

2003. aastal jätkas Lesaulnier õpinguid Jesper Christenseni, Andrea Marconi ja Jörg-Andreas Bötticheri käe all Schola Cantorumis Baselis, võttes kursusi ka Andreas Schollilt, Chiara Banchinilt, Gerd Türkilt, David Plantierilt ja Amandine Beyerilt, saades klavessiinierialal solistidiplomi ning basso continuo erialal magistrikraadi.

Solistina on Nadja Lesaulnier esinenud üle maailma, mh Viinis Italia Mia festivalil, rahvusvahelisel Bachfestil Šveitsis Schaffhausenis, Veneetsias, Europäisches Musikfestil Stuttgartis, festivalil Barocktage Austrias Melkis, Zürichis, Curtise muusikainstituudis Philadelphias, Greenville’is USAs North Carolinas. 2008. aastal osales Lesaulnier Euroopa Liidu Barokkorkestri koosseisus klavessinistina üleeuroopalisel tuuril, dirigentideks Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Roy Goodman ja Enrico Onofri.

Klavessinistina on ta ansambli Les Ombres ning klavessiiniduo Le Petit Concert Baroque asutajaliige. Mõlemad kollektiivid on olnud võidukad mitmetel konkurssidel: klavessiiniduo Premio Bonporti konkursil Itaalias Roveretos (2008, II preemia), rahvusvahelisel Johann Heinrich Schmeltzeri konkursil Austrias Melkis (2008, I preemia) ja Händelile pühendatud konkursil Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik (2012, I preemia) ning ansambliga Les Ombres konkursil A Tre Saksamaal Trossingenis (2009, II preemia). Lesaulnier esineb regulaarselt Lissaboni barokkorkestriga Divino Sospiro, flötisti Tamar Eskeniani, viiuldaja Rafael Becerra ja ansambliga Marinus.

Nadja Lesaulnier on salvestanud seeriatele ORF Alte Musik Edition ja Ambronay Edition. Le Petit Concert Baroque’i esimene album Al Piacere del Signore G. F. Haendel pälvis 2009. aasta mais ajakirja Diapason preemia Diapason d’Or Découverte ning duo teine album Der Ewigkeit saphirnes Haus 2013. aasta juulis preemia Diapason d’Or. Samuti on ansambli Les Ombres mitmed salvestised pälvinud auhindu ajakirjadelt Classica, Cobuz, Gramophone jne.

Lisaks klavessinistikarjäärile mängib Nadja Lesaulnier barokkviiulit, barokktšellot ja barokkkontrabassi. Keelpillimängijana on ta ansambli I Pizzicanti asutajaliige. Samuti mängib Lesaulnier klaverit ja fortepianot, olles seda õppinud 2010. aastal Baseli Muusikakõrgkoolis Jean-Jacques Dünki käe all.