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Marie-Laurence Rocca, violin, began playing the violin at the age of 8 and continued on at the Conservatoire in Aix-en-Provence in Sophie Baduel’s class, where she won First Prize for Violin and Chamber Music. She continued her studies in Paris with Catherine Courtois, gaining 1st Prize in the Lutèce competition. She also became a prize winner in the sonata section of the international chamber music contest: “Pierre Barbizet - Christian Ferras”. She soon became passionate about teaching and taught at the Montpellier Conservatoire for 6 years. In 2002 her appointment to the teaching staff of the Aix-en- Provence Conservatoire was a return to her roots as she took over the violin class of her mother Aurélia Spadaro. Marie Laurence Rocca has also appeared in the main festivals in the area. Her latest musical venture in 2008 is with the Australoquintet.

 

Régine Devert, violin, a native of Marseille, won a gold medal at the Marseille Conservatoire. She was a pupilof Aurélia Spadaro, and later studied with Pierre Doukan in Paris . Having gained her Certificat d'Aptitude for violin teaching, she now is a professor at the Conservatoire in La Ciotat. She organises a summer school for young players and is also a member of the Aix-en-Provence Chamber Orchestra. She performs with various other groups in the region.

    

 
    Stéphanie Perin, violin & viola, was born in Thionville. She studied with Aurélia Spadaro, pupil of Zino Francescatti, at the Conservatoire in Aix-en-Provence , and gained Violin and Chamber Music Prizes. She then moved to Paris to continue her violin studies with Catherine Courtois, student of Isaac Stern. Passionate about teaching she obtained her Diplôme d'État and now teaches at the Conservatoire in Aubagne. She also plays in various local groups, including the Aquae Trio and Ensemble Sextius. She has played with such musicians as: Anne Queffelec, Régis Pasquier, Olivier Charlier, Patrice Fontanarosa and has worked under the baton of Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

 

Jenny How, cello, studied music at Sydney Conservatorium in Australia . She was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and later the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, before moving to Paris where she continued her cello studies with Radu Aldulescu. After several years in France and Germany she moved to Oxford in England where she taught and freelanced in local groups. She was a member of the D'Aranyi String Quartet and the Orsino Ensemble which specialised in performances for school children. In 1997 she moved to Provence and has continued her musical life in the Aix / Luberon area.

     

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