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Pierre Amoyal is one of the most brilliant violinists of his generation. He began his music studies very early and was awarded a Premier Prix from the CNSM de Paris at the age of 12. Five years later he departed for Los Angeles to study with Jascha Heifetz. He enjoyed there the privilege of performing chamber music in concert as well as recording with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky. Since then Pierre Amoyal has been invited to play with the most eminent orchestras and has performed throughout the world. He regularly works with the most important conductors of our time: P. Boulez, S. Ozawa, C. Dutoit, E. Inbal, S. Skrowaczewski, G. Herbig, G. Prêtre, G. Roshdestvensky, K. Sanderling, S. Rattle, R. Fruhbeck de Burgos, M. Whun Chung. He recently performed the German premier of Dutilleux? Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Lorin Maazel. His numerous recordings for Decca include works by Fauré (with Pascal Rogé), Chausson, Franck (with the Ysaÿe Quartet and Pascal Rogé), as well as concertos by Dutilleux, Saint-Saëns and Respighi (Concerto Gregoriano, with Charles Dutoit and the French National Orchestra). His most recent recordings for Harmonia Mundi include Grieg?s three sonatas and Brahms? violin sonatas, all with Frederic Chiu, and René Koering?s Violin Concerto with Friedemann Layer. Pierre Amoyal is also a passionate teacher. He was appointed a professor at the CNSM de Paris at a very young age and now teaches at the Lausanne Conservatory ? High School for Music. He is the artistic director of the Lausanne Summer Music Academy, devoted exclusively to the violin and piano repertoire, which he founded with Alexis Weissenberg and now co-directs with Bruno Canino. Since 2007, he is the artistic director of the Kristiansand Chamber Orchestra, in Norway, with which he also often plays as a soloist. In 1985 Pierre Amoyal was named a Chevalier of Arts and Lettres and in 1995 was raised to the rank of Chevalier de l'Ordre National de Mérite. In 2002 he received the Prix du Rayonnement de la Fondation Vaudoise pour la création artistique. Pierre Amoyal plays one of the world?s most celebrated violins, the Kochansky Stradivarius from 1717 which was miraculously recovered in Italy in 1991 after its theft in 1987. Pierre Amoyal is a very engaging virtuoso whose exceptional talents never impeded his love of hard work or the development of the most essential human qualities.

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Albert Huybrechts | Chamber Music I (Ref.: CYP4630)
An accursed artiste, Albert Huybrechts remains today scandalously little-known. However, anyone who actually listens to his music cannot but recognise his obvious talent and a style that goes beyond mere veneration of masters such as Debussy, Ravel and Bartok. Albert Huybrechts, performed by four musicians of the very first order, is revealed as a discovery both compelling and crucial.
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