Elsa Grether

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Elsa Grether (born 28 June 1980) is a French classical violinist, laureate of the International Pro Musicis 2009 Prize unanimously by the jury (with pianist Delphine Bardin), who made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall in New York and in Boston in 2012.


Born in Mulhouse, Grether began playing the violin at the age of five. She obtained a first prize in violin unanimously from the jury at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris [fr] on her fifteenth birthday. She continued her training abroad at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Ruggiero Ricci, then in the United States with Mauricio Fuks at the Indiana University Bloomington and Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory of Music of Boston. She also benefited from the advice of Régis Pasquier in Paris.

Style and repertoire[edit]

As a soloist with orchestra, she has played numerous concertos (Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Bruch, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shebalin, Dvorak, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, Ravel's Tzigane etc.)

She performs in recital in prestigious festivals and venues in France and abroad: Printemps des arts de Monte-Carlo [fr], Festival de Menton[1] Bozar and Le Flagey in Brussels, Salle Cortot in Paris, Musica Festival in Strasbourg, Forest Festival, Sully Festival,[2] Festival Lille Clef de Soleil, Palazzetto Bru-Zane in Venice, Radio Suisse-Romande in Geneva, Festival Musiques en Eté in Geneva,[3] Festival Cully Classique (Switzerland), Flâneries musicales de Reims,[4] Festival de Saint-Lizier, Festival des Abbayes en Lorraine,[5] Festival de Musique Sacrée de Perpignan, Festival Berlioz, Grandes Heures de Cluny, Chicago Myra Hess Concert Series, Mozarteum in Salzbourg, Radio Nationale d’Alger, Scène Nationale de Martinique etc.

She collaborates in particular with pianists David Lively, Ferenc Vizi, François Dumont, Marie Vermeulin, Johan Schmidt, Delphine Bardin, as well as with Jérémy Jouve (guitar), Régis Pasquier (violin) etc.

She is also fond of the solo violin repertoire, performing in very eclectic programmes.[6]


Alain Duault [fr] devoted a program to her in "Toute la musique qu'ils aiment" (France 3) and she is regularly invited on France Musique,[7][8][9] France Culture, Musiq’3, RTS Suisse et Accent4.[10]

Her first three CDs, released by Fuga Libera,[11] got unanimous reviews, especially in specialized magazines (Gramophone,[12][13] 5 Diapasons,[14] 4 étoiles Classica,[15] Concertclassic[16][17][18] Classiquenews[19] ResMusica [fr],[20] Musicologie.org,[21][22] La Libre Belgique, Artamag,[23] Wunderkammern,[24] la Revue du Spectacle,[25] etc.)



  1. ^ "Elsa Grether - 67ème Festival de Musique de Menton". www.festival-musique-menton.fr. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Sully-sur-Loire lance les festivals classiques de l'été". Culturebox. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Elsa Grether et David Lively en concert à Genève, Festival Musique en été 2015". www.leprogramme.ch. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Elsa Grether - Flaneries Musicales de Reims - Festival de Musique Classique". www.flaneriesreims.com. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Festival des Abbayes en Lorraine". ec-lorraine.com. Archived from the original on 5 December 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Aimer à n'en savoir que dire… Elsa Grether à Viserny". www.musicologie.org. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Patricia Petibon, les disquaires, Elsa Grether et Marie Vermeulin..." France Musique. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Un tilleul, Dutilleux". France Musique. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Quoi de neuf dans les bacs ? Avec Elsa Grether, Pierre Moraguès et Alexis Kossenko". France Musique (in French). 2017-08-07. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Radio Accent 4, la musique classique en Alsace: les entretiens d'Accent 4 : Elsa Grether". blog.accent4.com. Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  11. ^ Snowcap, Bureau347 &. "French Resonance | Outhere Music". www.outhere-music.com. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  12. ^ Gardner, Charlotte (2017-11-02). "Elsa Grether: Kaleidoscope". www.gramophone.co.uk. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  13. ^ Greenfield, Edward (2013-09-05). "BLOCH Violin Sonatas Nos 1 & 2". www.gramophone.co.uk. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Critique du CD Kaléidoscope dans DIAPASON". Elsa GRETHER (in French). 2017-11-07. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Discographie/Commande CD". Elsa GRETHER (in French). 31 October 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  16. ^ alaincochard (2017-07-02). "Elsa Grether en tournée avec l'Orchestre symphonique de Briansk - Archet racé". Concertclassic (in French). Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  17. ^ alaincochard (6 November 2015). ""French Resonance" par Elsa Grether et François Dumont". Concertclassic (in French). Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  18. ^ alaincochard (30 November 2015). "Elsa Grether et François Dumont au Musée Eugène-Delacroix - Complicité et engagement – Compte-rendu". Concertclassic (in French). Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  19. ^ "CD, compte-rendu critique. ELSA GRETHER : Kaleidoscope (1 cd Fuga libera 2017). | Classique News". www.classiquenews.com. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  20. ^ Okada, Victoria (23 January 2016). "Elsa Grether et François Dumont magiques dans Pierné et Vierne À Emporter ResMusica". Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  21. ^ "French Resonance : magistrale réussite d'Elsa Grether et de François Dumont". www.musicologie.org. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  22. ^ "Que tout le travail soit guidé par l'amour de la musique, l'envie et le besoin de le partager, Elsa Grether répond à nos questions". musicologie.org. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Sonates de France | ARTAMAG'". www.artalinna.com. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  24. ^ "La fraîcheur et le feu. Pierné, Vierne et Fauré par Elsa Grether..." Wunderkammern. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  25. ^ Ducq, Christine. ""French Resonance", l'École Française par excellence". La Revue du Spectacle, le magazine des arts de la scène et du spectacle vivant. Infos théâtre, chanson, café-théâtre, cirque, arts de la rue, agenda, CD, etc. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  26. ^ Ferenc Vizi (Le Piano bleu)

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