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- Viola MA – Lyon – Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse – J.Vasseur – (1990-1996)
- Viola MA – Paris – Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse – Bruno Pasquier/ Christian Ivaldi – (1996-2000)
- Viola Konzertexamen – Frankfurt am Main – Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst – Tabea Zimmermann – (1999-2002)
Solo Viola Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen
Agathe Blondel joined the Lyons Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) at the age of sixteen and succeeded in winning the first prize for viola in 1994. She carried on her studies in the Cycle de Perfectionnement. In 1996, she joined both Cycles de Perfectionnement for viola and chamber music at the CNSM of Paris, in Bruno Pasquier’s and Christian Ivaldi’s class. She attended then Tabea Zimmermann’s class in Frankfurt for the Konzertexam.
Winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition (Isle of Man, UK)-also prize of the best performance of the modern piece, winner of the Firenze Vittorio Gui International chamber music Competition (Italy), laureate of the Maurice Vieux International Viola Competition (Paris) in 2000, she is 1st prize of the Jean Françaix International Viola Competition in 1998, 2nd prize at the International Viola Competition « Premio Valentino Bucchi » of Rome in 1997, and 1st prize of the Vierzon International Sonata Competition in 1997.
She is a soloist and chamber music guest of French and foreign Festivals : Hugo-Wolf Akademie Stuttgart, Albert Konzerte Freiburg, Musicades de Lyon, Académies de Saintes, Japan, Australia, Bulgaria, Italy…She is often invited by France Musiques, the Auditorium du Musée d’Orsay and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. She was recently a guest of Tabea Zimmermann in the Cité de la Musique for chamber music. She often plays with Isabelle Faust, Tabea Zimmermann, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Moretti …
She recorded a Brahms and Schumann CD with her pianist sister. Agathe is solo viola from the Opéra de Rouen Normandie since 2009, and is a member from the Orchestre des Champs Elysées since 1993. She has played very often with C. Rousset (Talens Lyriques) and E.Haïm (Concert d’Astrée), and also with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris.