Masterclasses

10% discount on the participation fee for those who apply and pay the application fee before April 15, 2019!
In addition to the individual lessons, Allegra Academy offers all the participants chamber music classes and performance opportunities in ensembles with faculty and/or other participants. The ensembles will be formed after the application deadline – May 10, 2019, and will be announced by May 30, 2019. The repertoire will be announced by June 5, 2019.
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PROF. SEBASTIAN HAMANN
VIOLIN

14.07 – 24.07.2019

Born into a family whose musical roots date back to the 19th century, Sebastian Hamann grew up surrounded and inspired by music, first in Scandinavia, and later in Germany. His musical training as a violinist and violist allows him to perform and win international competitions as

BIO

a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster around the world since his youth. Parallel to his performance activities, he starts his pedagogical career in his early twenties, influenced by his teacher as well as his everlasting strive for “perfection of sound and purity of tone”.

His teachers include Serge Collot, Nora Chastain, Emanuel Hurwitz, Henry Meyer, Miriam Fried, Walter Levin, Uwe-Martin Haiberg, Winfried Rademacher, Conrad von der Goltz, Heinrich Schiff, and William Pleeth. After his professorships at the University of Lübeck, Frankfurt am Main, and the University of Basel, Sebastian Hamann joins the faculty at the Lucerne School of Music in 2004. His students are renowned award winners and laureates of international competitions, such as: ARD Competition in Munich, Franz Schubert Competition in Graz, and Charles Hennen Concours in Heerlen, and currently they hold positions in orchestras and educational institutions worldwide. His long musical career has been enhanced by his extensive experience as a concertmaster in Essen, Frankfurt, Cologne, Lübeck, and as a guest concertmaster at the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble. Sebastian Hamann is also known for his international career as a soloist and first violinist of the Amati Quartet and the Miró Trio, as well as his engagements as a conductor of the Camerata Hanseatica Gdansk and the Lucerne Chamber Orchestra. He passionately combines the vibrant diversity of his performing career with his teaching activities, driven by the desire to train his students to be creative and curious musicians.

In the fall of 2014, he is appointed Professor of Violin at the Freiburg University of Music (successor of Prof. Rainer Kussmaul).

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Prof. Rumen Cvetkov
VIOLA

14.07 – 21.07.2019

Professor of Viola- Tilburg Conservatory (Fontys), Netherlands, and New Bulgarian University-Sofia, Bulgaria
Artistic Director – MurciArt Music Festival
Founder of Chamber Orchestra “Mediterranean Soloists”

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Since his solo debut at the age of 8, Rumen Cvetkov has performed in more than 35 countries on 4 continents which won him positive critical claim. Equally popular as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, he has performed in important venues worldwide such as Berliner Filharmoniker Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Pallacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Chicago Symphony Center, and Bulgaria Hall to name a few. His festival appearances include Red Sea Festival (Israel), Athens, St. Moritz, Mimir, Bruman, I Palpiti, Ascoli Piceno (Italy), as well as “Music in the Old City” and ” European Culture Month”. He has been a guest artist for Van Cliburn Institute and a faculty at Texas Chamber Music Round Up in Fort Worth. He is invited regularly to teach masterclasses in USA, Europe and Asia.

A passionate chamber musician, Rumen Cvetkov has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians today such as Ida Haendel, Bernard Greenhouse, Mihail Muntian, Sir Harold Martina, Jose Feghali, Christian Tetzlaff, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Michael Flaksman, Jose Gallardo, Jelena Ocic, Ensemble Oriol (Berlin), Persius Ensemble, and members of Borromeo, Kronos, Aviv, and Verdi Quartets. In the fall of 2007 he cooperated with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project performing the solo part of Brahms Clarinet Quintet arranged for solo viola in a concert organized by Chicago Art Museum. Since 2017, Rumen Cvetkov is the founder and Artistic Director of MurciArt Music Festival (Spain) with Honorary President Maestro Placido Domingo.

In 2012 Maestro Zubin Mehta invited him to become the solo violist of the Royal Spanish Opera House “Queen Sofia” in Valencia. Regularly invited as a guest solo violist, he has performed under great conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Myun Wun Chung, Kent Nagano, Enrique Batiz, Rossen Milanov, Alan Gilbert, and Robert Trevino to name a few.

In Bulgaria, Rumen Cvetkov studied with Georgy Naidenov (pupil of Feodor Druzhinin), and in the USA, with Misha Galaganov, Roger Chase and Shmuel Ashkenasi. In Netherlands, he has worked with Vladimir Mendelssohn.
He performs on a rare viola made by Simon Schodler 1785, named “The Time” and Italian Viola by Giusseppe Ghiacchetti di Roma.

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Prof. László Fenyö
CELLO

15.07 – 22.07.2019

Professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe.
The Hungarian cellist László Fenyö, born in 1975, has belonged to the world elite of cellists since he won the 2004 International Pablo Casals Contest in Kronberg, Germany.

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He is hailed by both audiences and critics as one of today’s most exciting artists, possessing the unique capability of presenting the intentions of the composer but also allowing the music to speak at the forefront, thereby capturing and fascinating his audiences. Through his breathtaking technical skills and emotive expressiveness, his concerts become special experiences, where the music can be newly explored with every performance.

In the last few years László Fenyö has performed on the most important stages throughout the world. Including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, London or the Gasteig in Munich. He has been soloist  with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr- Sinfonie Orchester), the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. He has performed many times with conductor Krzysztof Penderecki.

In Hungary, his home country, László Fenyö has long been one of the most sought after soloists; his performances – solo recitals, chamber music events and concerts with orchestras, are broadcast live and recorded by the Hungarian Radio. He has played with most Hungarian orchestras and conductors. In addition, in 2005 he received the highly coveted Franz Liszt Prize awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture, as well as the Junior Prima Prize in 2008.

László Fenyö began his musical education in Hungary. Already at the age of 13 he became a junior student with Professor László Mezö at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Later, while continuing his studies in Lübeck with Professor David Geringas, his brilliant technique, secure sense of style, and his unusually broad repertoire, brought him several prizes at important competitions. Among them, the International Music Contest in Geneva, the Rostropovich Contest in Paris, the Adam Cello Contest in Christchurch, and the Contest of the Hungarian Radio in Budapest. After completing his studies, he decisively extended his musical horizons under the tutelage of Bernard Greenhouse.

László Fenyö gives master courses all over the world, from 2009 until 2011 he was a lecturer at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Frankfurt and from April 2012 he teaches as a professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe. László Fenyö has been principal cellist of the Philharmonia  Hungarica 1998-2001 and of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony from 2001 until 2012.

CD´s, released in the past few years include: „Gloria“ by Sony with Gabor Boldoczki and Hedvig Bilgram, Chamber music with pianist Oleg Poliansky by Aulos/Musikado, and the cello concertos of J. Haydn (D Major) and D. Shostakovich (No. 1) accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), conducted by Grant Llewellyn. Enjott Schneider Portrait-CD with DSO Berlin and Ariel Zuckermann.

László Fenyö plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller from 1695.

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PROF. ANDREAS VON WANGENHEIM
GUITAR

19.07 – 26.07.2019

Andreas von Wangenheim is regarded as one of the most interesting and expressive guitarists of his generation. He received his musical education at the music conservatories of Hamburg and Basel.

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In 1987, he won the Bach Prize of the international guitar competition for students in Europe and has since given concerts in most European countries as well as Korea, China, Japan, Canada and the USA. He is a guest of well known festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Chamber Music Festival Delft, Rheingau Music Festival, Appollonia Festival Sofia, “Ticino Musica” Switzerland and “Virtuosii Moscow”.

Andreas von Wangenheim recorded his own transcriptions (Arte Nova/BMG) of the six solo cello suites for the “Bach Year 2000” for which he received excellent reviews. Also with Arte Nova, he recorded a CD containing his own transcriptions of Mozart and Haydn Divertimenti.

Andreas von Wangenheim is also active in other artistic areas:
He released several CDs with his own compositions and improviations blending classical, world and jazz elements. The CD “Orlando” (BMG/ RCA) was awarded by the press the title “audiophile CD of the Month”. As composer from film music he won the first prize in the film festival in Dublin in 1991. His guitar performances are included in the soundtracks of in the films “Beyond the Silence” and “Nirgendwo in Afrika”.

Andreas von Wangenheim is Professor for Guitar at Hochschule Luzern (Switzerland).

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MICHAEL SALM
VIOLIN

15.07 – 23.07.2019

Michael Salm, who studied in his native Berlin аnd at the New York Manhattan School of Music, has been serving as Assistant Principal in the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House since 1998. 

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From 2013 to 2014 he joined the Staatskapelle Berlin in the same position. In addition, he has been a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra since 2003 and a Principal of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra since 2013.

From 2005 to 2006 Michael Salm was Concertmaster of the Korean Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea.

Michael Salm appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, the German Chamber Orchestra in Beijing, the New Philharmonic of New Jersey, in New York in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and in Korea with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra and the International String Festival Daejon, among others.

As a Guest Principal he performed with renowned orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt City Opera House Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Bergen Philharmonic and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. His guest appearances as Concertmaster include the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.

Michael Salm is teaching at the Orchestra Academy of the Zurich Opera House and working as a tutor with various Youth Orchestras. Since 2015 he is also the conductor of the Orchestra Staefa-Uerikon in Switzerland.

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Michel Willi
VIOLIN, VIOLA

15.07 – 23.07.2019

Studies by Aida Stucki Piraccini and Primoz Novsak.
Masterclasses with Igor Ozim and Abraham Shtern in Los Angeles

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1993/1994 prizewinner of the Kiefer-Hablützel-Fondation & the Swiss Tonkünstlerverein.
1993-1998 member of the Winterthur Orchestra, the Orchester Oper Zurich, and the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic. Since 1998 member of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.
Member of the Niziol Quartet Zurich 2000-2010
Member of the Swiss oktet.

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PROF. SEBASTIAN HAMANN
VIOLIN

14.07 – 24.07.2019

Born into a family whose musical roots date back to the 19th century, Sebastian Hamann grew up surrounded and inspired by music, first in Scandinavia, and later in Germany. His musical training as a violinist and violist allows him to perform and win international competitions as

BIO

a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster around the world since his youth. Parallel to his performance activities, he starts his pedagogical career in his early twenties, influenced by his teacher as well as his everlasting strive for “perfection of sound and purity of tone”.

His teachers include Serge Collot, Nora Chastain, Emanuel Hurwitz, Henry Meyer, Miriam Fried, Walter Levin, Uwe-Martin Haiberg, Winfried Rademacher, Conrad von der Goltz, Heinrich Schiff, and William Pleeth. After his professorships at the University of Lübeck, Frankfurt am Main, and the University of Basel, Sebastian Hamann joins the faculty at the Lucerne School of Music in 2004. His students are renowned award winners and laureates of international competitions, such as: ARD Competition in Munich, Franz Schubert Competition in Graz, and Charles Hennen Concours in Heerlen, and currently they hold positions in orchestras and educational institutions worldwide. His long musical career has been enhanced by his extensive experience as a concertmaster in Essen, Frankfurt, Cologne, Lübeck, and as a guest concertmaster at the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble. Sebastian Hamann is also known for his international career as a soloist and first violinist of the Amati Quartet and the Miró Trio, as well as his engagements as a conductor of the Camerata Hanseatica Gdansk and the Lucerne Chamber Orchestra. He passionately combines the vibrant diversity of his performing career with his teaching activities, driven by the desire to train his students to be creative and curious musicians.

In the fall of 2014, he is appointed Professor of Violin at the Freiburg University of Music (successor of Prof. Rainer Kussmaul).

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Prof. Rumen Cvetkov
VIOLA

14.07 – 21.07.2019

Professor of Viola- Tilburg Conservatory (Fontys), Netherlands, and New Bulgarian University-Sofia, Bulgaria
Artistic Director – MurciArt Music Festival
Founder of Chamber Orchestra “Mediterranean Soloists”

BIO


Since his solo debut at the age of 8, Rumen Cvetkov has performed in more than 35 countries on 4 continents which won him positive critical claim. Equally popular as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, he has performed in important venues worldwide such as Berliner Filharmoniker Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Pallacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Chicago Symphony Center, and Bulgaria Hall to name a few. His festival appearances include Red Sea Festival (Israel), Athens, St. Moritz, Mimir, Bruman, I Palpiti, Ascoli Piceno (Italy), as well as “Music in the Old City” and ” European Culture Month”. He has been a guest artist for Van Cliburn Institute and a faculty at Texas Chamber Music Round Up in Fort Worth. He is invited regularly to teach masterclasses in USA, Europe and Asia.

A passionate chamber musician, Rumen Cvetkov has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians today such as Ida Haendel, Bernard Greenhouse, Mihail Muntian, Sir Harold Martina, Jose Feghali, Christian Tetzlaff, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Michael Flaksman, Jose Gallardo, Jelena Ocic, Ensemble Oriol (Berlin), Persius Ensemble, and members of Borromeo, Kronos, Aviv, and Verdi Quartets. In the fall of 2007 he cooperated with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project performing the solo part of Brahms Clarinet Quintet arranged for solo viola in a concert organized by Chicago Art Museum. Since 2017, Rumen Cvetkov is the founder and Artistic Director of MurciArt Music Festival (Spain) with Honorary President Maestro Placido Domingo.

In 2012 Maestro Zubin Mehta invited him to become the solo violist of the Royal Spanish Opera House “Queen Sofia” in Valencia. Regularly invited as a guest solo violist, he has performed under great conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Myun Wun Chung, Kent Nagano, Enrique Batiz, Rossen Milanov, Alan Gilbert, and Robert Trevino to name a few.

In Bulgaria, Rumen Cvetkov studied with Georgy Naidenov (pupil of Feodor Druzhinin), and in the USA, with Misha Galaganov, Roger Chase and Shmuel Ashkenasi. In Netherlands, he has worked with Vladimir Mendelssohn.
He performs on a rare viola made by Simon Schodler 1785, named “The Time” and Italian Viola by Giusseppe Ghiacchetti di Roma.

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Prof. László Fenyö
CELLO

15.07 – 22.07.2019

Professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe.
The Hungarian cellist László Fenyö, born in 1975, has belonged to the world elite of cellists since he won the 2004 International Pablo Casals Contest in Kronberg, Germany.

BIO

He is hailed by both audiences and critics as one of today’s most exciting artists, possessing the unique capability of presenting the intentions of the composer but also allowing the music to speak at the forefront, thereby capturing and fascinating his audiences. Through his breathtaking technical skills and emotive expressiveness, his concerts become special experiences, where the music can be newly explored with every performance.

In the last few years László Fenyö has performed on the most important stages throughout the world. Including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, London or the Gasteig in Munich. He has been soloist  with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr- Sinfonie Orchester), the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. He has performed many times with conductor Krzysztof Penderecki.

In Hungary, his home country, László Fenyö has long been one of the most sought after soloists; his performances – solo recitals, chamber music events and concerts with orchestras, are broadcast live and recorded by the Hungarian Radio. He has played with most Hungarian orchestras and conductors. In addition, in 2005 he received the highly coveted Franz Liszt Prize awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture, as well as the Junior Prima Prize in 2008.

László Fenyö began his musical education in Hungary. Already at the age of 13 he became a junior student with Professor László Mezö at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Later, while continuing his studies in Lübeck with Professor David Geringas, his brilliant technique, secure sense of style, and his unusually broad repertoire, brought him several prizes at important competitions. Among them, the International Music Contest in Geneva, the Rostropovich Contest in Paris, the Adam Cello Contest in Christchurch, and the Contest of the Hungarian Radio in Budapest. After completing his studies, he decisively extended his musical horizons under the tutelage of Bernard Greenhouse.

László Fenyö gives master courses all over the world, from 2009 until 2011 he was a lecturer at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Frankfurt and from April 2012 he teaches as a professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe. László Fenyö has been principal cellist of the Philharmonia  Hungarica 1998-2001 and of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony from 2001 until 2012.

CD´s, released in the past few years include: „Gloria“ by Sony with Gabor Boldoczki and Hedvig Bilgram, Chamber music with pianist Oleg Poliansky by Aulos/Musikado, and the cello concertos of J. Haydn (D Major) and D. Shostakovich (No. 1) accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), conducted by Grant Llewellyn. Enjott Schneider Portrait-CD with DSO Berlin and Ariel Zuckermann.

László Fenyö plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller from 1695.

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SASHA NEUSTROEV
CELLO

15.07 – 23.07.2019

Sasha Neustroev was born in Novosibirsk (Russia). After graduating from the Moscow Central Music School he became a student of distinguished cellist David Geringas in Lübeck (Germany).

BIO

A finalist and prizewinner at major cello competitions in Paris (Concours Rostropovich) and Moscow (Tchaikovsky Competition), he also took a special award for the best performance of Piazzolla’s Le grand tango at the 4th Adam International Cello Festival and Competition in Christchurch, next to the First Prize. This versatility and open-mindedness towards all genres of music have marked Sasha’s playing ever since.

He has performed as a soloist with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, where he has been deputy solo cellist since 1999, under Lorin Maazel (Schumann concerto, broadcasted live on Swiss National Radio) and David Zinman (Bloch’s Shelomo). Moreover, Sasha has played with various orchestras at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany), the Festival International de Colmar (France), on tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as with various chamber orchestras in Russia and Switzerland.

Sasha shared his great love for chamber music with Julia Fischer, Gerhard Schulz, Christian Tetzlaff, Heinz Holliger, Lyudmila Berlinskaya, Oliver Schnyder, and Martha Argerich, joining her in a performance of Juliusz Zarebski‘s Piano Quintet that was later released on DVD.

Between 2016 and 2018, he was a member of the Swiss Piano Trio. Two highlights of this collaboration were a prolonged tour to Canada and performances in South America of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and a corresponding CD recording.

Currently, Sasha is a member of different chamber ensembles: the Valentin Berlinsky String Quartet, with whom he performed at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Chopin- and Rubinstein-Festivals in Poland, and made a number of highly acclaimed recordings, amongst others, as well as AOIDE Trio, with which he will tour through South Korea.

In addition to his busy career as a performer, Sasha is an enthusiastic teacher and has held master classes in South Korea, Poland, and Switzerland.

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Clément Noël
OBOE

15.07 – 23.07.2019

Born in Nancy in 1987, Clément Noël began oboe lessions with Jean-Paul Hansen at the Conservatoire de la Ville d’Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg). Later he continued training with Christian Schmitt, Pascal Saumon at the Conservatoire National de Région de Versailles, and with Jean-Louis Capezzali, Jérôme Guichard and Fabien Thouand at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon.

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Since 2010 Clément has been solo English Horn in the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, and performed under the direction of Zubin Mehta, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Fabio Luisi and Nello Santi. In September 2010 he played the English Horn part of Tristan and Isolde under the direction of Bernard Haitink.

Since 2011 he is a regular guest of the Budapest Festival Orchestra as first oboe or solo English horn.

He has also appeared as first oboe at Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester (dir. Claudio Abbado) and is regularly invited to perform as a guest player with orchestras like the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra dell’Academia di Santa Cecilia di Roma, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, or the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Clément has been awarded several prizes in prestigious competitions :  a special prize in the European Music Prize of Youth in 2003 (Linz, Austria), the special prize for the set piece in the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition, the first prize and the SACEM Prize of the International Competition for Young Soloists in Luxembourg.

He is also a founding member of Labyrinth Ensemble and is assistant teacher of the oboe class in the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.

Clément is also holder of a Degree in History (Paris Sorbonne), and of a Master Degree in Political Sciences obtained in the Institut d’Études Politiques of Lyon.

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