Christopher Palameta

Oboe and artistic direction

Born in Montreal and currently residing in Paris, oboist Christopher Palameta was a core member of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (based in Toronto, Canada) for five years before relocating to France to pursue work with many of Europe’s finest period ensembles. These include Pygmalion, Les Siècles, and La Grande Ecurie in France; Die Kölner Akademie in Germany; Vox Luminis and La Petite Bande in Belgium; The Gabrieli Consort in the UK; Il Pomo d'Oro in Italy; Capella Cracoviensis in Poland; and various other ensembles such as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Suomalainen Barokkiorkesteri (the Finnish Baroque Orchestra), and MusicAeterna (Perm, Russia).

With these orchestras, he has toured on five continents and recorded over forty discs for the Sony BMG, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, CPO, BIS, Alpha, Musique en Wallonie, Naxos, ATMA, Analekta, and Audax labels.

An ardent defender of unexplored repertoire for the oboe, he was awarded research grants in 2003 and 2006 from the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec to exhume and re-establish the neglected instrumental works of Marin Marais into the oboist’s repertoire. His latest solo recording, devoted to Marais’ suites for oboe, has received international acclaim and was nominated in 2015 for the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award).

Christopher took his graduate degree from McGill University in historical oboes, where he studied with the late Bruce Haynes and the late Washington McClain. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the Royal Academy of Music in London (where he is supported by the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund's Belle Shenkman Award for the Study of Arts) and teaches historical oboes at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki University of Arts). 

Photo credit: Pierre-Etienne Bergeron

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Brice Sailly

Harpsichord

Brice Sailly studied with Olivier Baumont, Blandine Rannou and Kenneth Weiss at the Conservatoire de Paris, and meanwhile participated in masterclasses by Peter Hantaï, Skip Sempé and Fabio Bonizzoni.

 

A sought-after accompanist, he regularly performs with ensembles such as Collegium Vocale de Gand (Philippe Herreweghe), Le Caravansérail (Bertrand Cuiller), Pulcinella (Ophélie Gaillard), Il Seminario Musicale (Gérard Lesne), Faenza (Marco Horvat), Stradivaria (Daniel Cuiller), Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse, Les Accents (Thibaut Noally), Alia Mens (Olivier Spilmont), and Les Ombres (Margaux Blanchard and Sylvain Sartre). 

Alongside Stephanie de Failly, he co-directs Clematis, an ensemble specializing in 17th century repertoire. He recently founded his own ensemble, La Chambre Claire, with which he has recorded a programme dedicated to François Couperin for the Ricercar-Outhere label. Open to other musical fields, Brice Sailly is a founding member of the Franco-Icelandic group Süsser Trost and has collaborated with B.O.X., Efterklang, Murcof and Marion June. 

 

Brice Sailly has performed as a soloist and in recital at the Folles Journées de Nantes, at La Roque d'Anthéron, at the Festival de Saint-Riquier, Paris' Salle Gaveau, in Lausanne, at the Château de Versailles, in Rome, Reykjavik, Buenos Aires and Tokyo.

 

He teaches harpsichord and continuo at the Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison as well as in Oslo-Trondheim.

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