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Nicolas Bone

Winner of the Florence and Melbourne international competitions, Nicolas Bône was appointed principal viola of the Orchestre National de France in 1992. At the same time, he held the position of principal viola of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for six years and recorded several albums under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

As a soloist, he recorded Britten's Lachrymae in London with the Chamber Orcherstra of Europe (Warner) and played Sancho Panza in Strauss' Don Quixote with Yo-Yo Ma and Charles Dutoit. His performance of Mozart's Symphonie concertante in the Auditorium of Radio France with Sarah Nemtanu and the Orchestre National de France under the direction of Daniele Gatti was acclaimed by the critics. Emmanuel Krivine invited him to play Harold in Italy by Hector Berlioz, a concert filmed and still visible on the Youtube channel.

In chamber music, he was a member of the Kandinsky Quartet for more than ten years, with whom he recorded piano quartets by Brahms, Chausson, Lekeu, Saint-Saens and Castillon. Currently, Nicolas Bône devotes himself to the repertoire of the string trio within the Trio 71 with his accomplices Pierre Fouchenneret and Eric Picard.

A much sought-after chamber musician, the Belcea Quartet called on him for tours in Europe and recorded Schoenberg's sextet with them and Antonio Meneses in 2015. He has recorded Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets, as well as the Debussy sonata (with Sophie Cherrier and Frédérique Cambreling) and Bruch's 8 pieces for viola, clarinet and piano (with Olivier Patey and Emmanuel Christien).

Nicolas Bône studied at the CNSM of Paris (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique) with Serge Collot and Jean Hubeau before perfecting his skills at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada with the masters Gyorgy Sebok, Menahem Pressler, Raphaêl Hillyer, Nobuko Imai... His meeting with the violist Bruno Giuranna in Cremona had a strong impact on him.

He now teaches at the CNSMDP in Paris, at the Pôle d'Enseignement Supérieur Bordeaux Aquitaine and participates in the orchestral training of young violists at the CRR (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional) in Paris.

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