We are excited to announce that french violinist Charlotte Maclet has joined the quartet as our new first violinist. .
Raised in a family of french teachers where she heard more about Descartes and Kant than Debussy and Katchaturian, Charlotte discovered the joy of music at the age of 3 when she started playing both the violin and the piano. However, she found her true means of expression through the violin, and went on to win most of the national awards during the following years of her musical education. This included winning the Radio France International Youth competition and performing the Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at the age of 9. At the age of 15, feeling restricted by the Paris conservatories and their educational methods, she decided to move to the United States, following her teacher Stéphane Tran Ngoc. There she discovered not only her in- dependence and hair colour, but also a budding passion for chamber music.
She went on to study in Geneva and Rotterdam with inspiring artists such as Marie-Annick Nicolas, Gordan Nikolic, Goran Gribajevic, and Gabor Takacs.
Charlotte has been performing as a soloist since she was young in France, Switzerland, and the United States. She recently gave her debut performance at Cadogan Hall in London, which was broadcast on Classic FM (Bach concerto BMW 1041 with the Southbank Sinfonia). In 2015, she will be giving the world pre- miere performance of Christian Dachez’s Violin Concerto.
Yet it is in the field of chamber music that Charlotte finds complete artistic fulfilment. As first violin of the Fantasia Quartet she studied with Gabor Takacs, György Kurtag, Andras Keller, and was invited to perform at the Wigmore Hall in 2011, as well as in the Festival of Aix-en-Provence in 2009. Her piano trio has per- formed in France, Switzerland, and England, and has recorded for the Radio Suisse Romande in Switzerland.
In 2009, Charlotte Maclet created the Camerata Alma Viva (“the Living Soul”), a string ensemble of 15 players that she leads from the violin. The group’s first album has widely been broadcast and was selected ‘coup de coeur’ (album of the week) on french radio station France Musique. Its highly successful UK debut was met by a strong reaction from its audience, dozens of auditors writing to describe the group as being “impressive”, “amazing”, some expressing “never having heard a string orchestra play so expressively, with such glorious togetherness and with such youthful vivacity, yet with each member retaining his individuality.” The Camerata Alma Viva will play in Kings Place in 2016.
This coming season, Charlotte will play as co-leader of both the BBC Scottish Symphony and of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as well as sit n.3 of the Britten Sinfonia and the Scottish Chamber Or- chestra for their up-coming performances. Charlotte often performs with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and is regularly in demand as a chamber musician and as leader of various chamber orchestras.
Charlotte is also training as a shiatsu practitioner, and practices Qi Gong and meditation.