Aurélienne Brauner

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Born in 1984 in Lyon, France, Aurélienne began studying cello with Paul Rousseau, and then at the Bordeaux Conservatory under Etienne Péclard. At 13 she gave her first solo recital. Admitted by unanimous jury vote to the class of Philippe Muller at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) in 1999, she won her Cello Prize in 2003 with highest honours, and the Feydeau de Brou Saint-Paul Award as a top instrumentalist.

She received a French government scholarship to study two years with Russian cellist Karine Georgian at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) of Manchester and studied chamber music in Paris with pianist Emmanuel Christien in Claire Désert and Ami Flammer’s class, again with highest honors.

She complemented her studies by taking master classes and lesson with Mstislav Rostropovitch, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Natalia Shakovskaya in Moscow, and many others.

International competition successes include the interpretation prize in Warsaw (2001), one of the three British orchestral string scholarships from the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe in London (2004), and a special jury prize in Markneukirchen, Germany (2005).

Aurélienne toured in England as a soloist with the RNCM orchestra. In France she performed in several venues in Paris and such events as Catalonian Musical Nights with P. Fontanarosa and R. Pidoux. She has been regularly invited to international Academies and Festivals including those of Pablo Casals, Maurice Ravel, La Roque d’Anthéron, European festival Young Talents, France; Ravinia,USA; Verbier and Lucerne under Pierre Boulez, Switzerland; Gustav Mahler in Ferrare, Italy; and Santander, Spain.

As part of the “Cycle de Perfectionnement”, her post-graduate studies program in Paris with Philippe Muller, Aurélienne represented the Conservatory of Paris at the Chamberfest festival in New York and the Kyoto International Music Students Festival. She received a Société Générale scholarship in 2006/07 and was acclaimed as “2007 Classical Revelation” by Adami.

Her “Young soloist CD” supported by the Meyer Foundation, devoted to the 20th century sonata for solo cello (Ligeti, Kodály, Crumb, Dutilleux) illustrates her interest in the contemporary repertoire.

A student with Jens Peter Maintz at the University of Arts of Berlin 2007-2010, she was awarded a German Academic Exchange scholarship. She has performed several concerts in Germany (Berlin, Weimar …) and in several venues in France including Salle Cortot in Paris, the Vichy Opera and the Lorraine National Opera, the Imperial Theater of Compiègne and the Avignon Opera-Theater. She regularly plays with the chamber orchestra “Les Dissonances” directed by David Grimal (tour in Estonia, recordings for the Aparté Record Label (Vivaldi, Piazzolla,  Beethoven 7th Symphony).

In 2009 she was distinguished by the French Academy of Fine Arts for the beginning of her musical career and by the Foundation of Vocation under the auspices of the President of the Republic. In 2010 she received an award from the Oulmont Foundation (Foundation of France) and has obtained a grant from the Banque Populaire Foundation together with the pianist Varduhi Yeritsyan.

Among her recent performances, she gave a recital broadcast by France-Musique public radio. She duo played with Jean-Guihen Queyras at the prestigious Espace Cardin in Paris. She was invited soloist by the Lille National Orchestra for a premiere concert performance of “John Rabe” by Laurent Petigirard. She has been selected by the International Holland Music Session for the New Masters on Tour concerts (Concertgebouw d’Amsterdam …).

This summer she performed the Haydn D-dur concerto as a soloist with the Baden-Baden philharmonic orchestra. She joined the famous « Violoncelles Français » (Raphaël and Roland Pidoux, Eric-Maria Couturier, François Salque, Xavier Phillips, Emmanuel Gaugué …) and played the Popper Dance of the Elves as a soloist with the cello orchestra.

In October 2011 she will tour in Norway with the MiNemsemblet.

French composer Edith Lejet has just dedicated Aurélienne a special piece for Solo Cello.

She plays an 1859 Nicolas-François Vuillaume cello.


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