Hélène Clément

Strings - Teaching Quartet in Association

Chamber music specialist Violist of Doric String Quartet Prizewinner at the Tokyo International Viola Competition 2012

As a chamber musician, French-born violist Hélène Clément has performed at prestigious venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Salle Cortot and Cité de la Musique in Paris.

Her chamber music partners have included Nicloas Altstaedt, Jonathan Biss, Richard Goode, Alina Ibragimova, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Mitsuko Uchida and Peter Wispelwey, as well as the Brentano String Quartet and the Nash Ensemble.

Prizewinner at the Tokyo International Viola Competition 2012, Clément also received the unanimous first prize at the International Competition UFAM, first prize at the Coucours National des Jeunes Altistes in Bordeaux, as well as the Sonderpreis at the Wettbewerb des Kulturkreis Gasteig in Munich. She is also a frequent guest at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in America and Prussia Cove in England.

In 2013 Clément joined the Doric String Quartet and has toured with them to Japan, Israel, Australia, America, Asia and New Zealand as well as performing at the Aldeburgh, Carinthischer Sommer, Delft, Edinburgh, Grafenegg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Musica Viva Sydney, Risør, Schwetzinger and West Cork Festivals.

Recent highlights for the Quartet include recitals at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and De Singel, and regular performances at the Wigmore Hall. In 2018 the Doric String Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, in Scotland. Future releases with the Quartet for Chandos Records will include works by Haydn, Britten and Mendelssohn.

Clement currently plays on a 1843 Italian viola owned previously by Benjamin Britten and Frank Bridge. The viola is generously lent to her by the Britten-Pears foundation.

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