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Amandine Beyer & Gli Incogniti

Amandine Beyer & Gli Incogniti

Amandine Beyer is a rising star of baroque violin with a strong modern violinist background. She performs with her own group: Gli Incogniti.

After a traditional training in France (studies at the CNSM in Paris), she was attracted by the teaching of Chiara Banchini, which takes music and text as its central focus. Her approach involves a whole new phase of learning (including abandoning the chin-rest - the school known as ‘chin off' and extensive work on bowing to absorb the subtleties of ‘small-scale articulation') which makes it possible to reach a proper understanding of the texts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in terms of style and above all of rhetoric.

However, more recent music also appeals to Amandine: on her ‘modern' violin dating from 1832, she plays Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Tristan-Patrice Challulau, and is looking forward to future collaborations with other composers whose work she admires, among them François Sarhan.

What counts in her eyes is an interpretation that is in harmony with the music of the century she is playing, an approach to the musical text that is honest and lucid, never gratuitous. Playing ‘chin off' is extremely difficult, and in a sense means one must enjoy taking risks, but in her opinion Baroque style and articulation are more authentically communicated in this way. Facing these successive technical challenges has in the end permitted her to acquire a stylistic ease that has given her a key to explore the whole repertoire.

"Majestic, Gossamer, hypnotic... Perfect in every inflection of the phrasing" - Pierre Gervasoni - Le Monde. Amandine Beyer created a major impression with her JS BACH 'Chaconne' in 2005 "Amandine Beyer's reading of the Chaconne ... is one of the very finest interpretation of the work that I have ever heard" - Joseph Magil - American Record Guide. Since then, she recorded with Zig-Zag Territoires major releases: JF REBEL in 2006 "Best interpreters of Rebel's chamber music I've yet heard ... Amandine Beyer could clearly give Manze several runs for his money" - Nick Morgan - BBC Music Magazine and in 2007 her Bach Violin concertos received a warm welcome "The effect is exhilarating - Beyer's fast speeds don't threaten perfect rhythmic control, and the group's playing has an admirable lightness of touch." - Duncan Druce - Gramophone October 2007.

"Amandine Beyer is a wonderfully expressive and sensitive violinist with a secure technique, clear and sonorous tone and discreet approach to ornamentation..." The Strad

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