IrèneDuval

violinist

Violinist Irène Duval was born in 1992 to a french father and korean mother, and has been praised for her “infinite delicacy” (Le Populaire du centre), “astonishing virtuosity” (Revelation Classiques, Prades) and “her mastering of phrasing and of the dramatic dimension”(Diapason). Winner of multiple national and international competitions and an active performer of concerti, recitals and chamber music, Irène Duval is establishing herself as a compelling and versatile performer.


Irène Duval has appeared frequently as a soloist both throughout her native France and abroad. Her engagements have included performances at the Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau, Dresdner Kulturpalast, Wigmore Hall, Les Folles Journées in Japan.

She has played with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Kremerata Baltica, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Sinfonia Varsovia, Bad Elster Chursaesische Philharmonie, Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, Orchestre Lyrique de Région Avignon Provence, with conductors Maxim Emelyanichev, Roberto Fores Veses, Michael Sanderling, Robert Trevino.


During her studies at the Kronberg Academy, then at IMS Prussia Cove, she worked and played with internationally renowned musicians, such as Emmanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Mate Bekavac, Martin Helmchen, Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, Ferenc Rados, Sir Simon Rattle, Andras Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, and Rita Wagner.

Her chamber music partners include the violinists Virgil Boutellis-Taft, William Hagen, Anthony Marwood, the violists William Coleman, Clare Finnimore, Timothy Ridout, Eivind Ringstad, the cellists Zlatomir Fung, Steven Isserlis, Aurélien Pascal, the clarinettist Sacha Rattle, and the pianists Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Mishka Rushdie Momen, Christopher Park, and Shai Wosner.


In 2019, Steven Isserlis invited her to play at his Fauré/Schumann concert series at the Wigmore Hall, and she returned there last October, for a concert recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


Irène began studying the violin at the age of seven in Hong Kong. Back in France in 2003, she then studied with Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Suzanne Gessner, and at CNSM of Paris with Roland Daugareil and Daria Hovora. In 2013, she completed her Master’s degree with distinction, and received the award of Révélation classique de l'Adami.


In 2009 and 2010, Irène won numerous competition prizes including the 1st prize and the public prize at the International Violin Competition of Avignon. She also won two special prizes at the 1st edition of the International Violin Competition in Mirecourt, the prize for “most exceptional personality” and the prize for the “best interpretation of a French sonata” for her performance of the Poulenc sonata. In May 2011, Irène was awarded the 1st prize at the 46th International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen for her performance of the Beethoven violin concerto, as well as the “Manfred-Scherzer” prize for her outstanding interpretation of a piece by Reger. Her performance of the Beethoven concerto received accolades from the media, the jury and the public alike. The German Free Press wrote that it was a “Beethoven from heaven”. Her sound in the second movement was “like the music of the angels” (16.05.2011 Beethoven im Paradies, Deutsche Freie Presse).

In 2012, Irène received the Appassionato Joël Klépal prize in Caen and was given a generous grant from the Meyer Fondation. She has been supported by the SAFRAN Foundation for music, the Fondation de l'Or du Rhin and since 2013 she has been a laureate of the Fondation d'Entreprise Banque Populaire.

In 2014, she went at the Kronberg Academy in Germany to study with Mihaela Martin in Further Master Studies, and received artistic advice from internationally renowned musicians.


In September 2016, her first CD “Poèmes” was released for Mirare/Harmonia Mundi. "Of all the recordings in this collection, "Poèmes" (...) is one that most effectively balances the slick new world of French performance with the smoky, clautrophobic atmosphere of music still soaked in the nostalgia of the Belle Epoque." Gramophone, Jan.2017


Irène plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin of 1850, a copy of the Sancy Stradivarius, which is on loan to her by a private sponsor.