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Éléonore Darmon

Aurora Chamber Music Scholarship 2012

”A fiery and impassioned temperament!” – Daria Hovora, pianist
”This young violinist is simply wonderful.” – Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Director of Nancy Symphonic Orchestra
Fascinating violinist, prizewinner of international competitions (Avignon in 2005, Andrea Postacchini and Nuri Iyicil in 2008), Éléonore Darmon has been rewarded with multiple awards including the ”Most Enthusiastic Stage Performance” Prize (Nuri Iyicil Competition in Istanbul), prize whose title wonderfully greet both personal and musical character of this passionate performer..
Born in Nancy, France in 1986, she began taking piano lessons from her pianist mother at age four, and discovered at a very early age her vocation as a musician. The next year, she chose the instrument which will become her voice – the violin. Soon Éléonore entered the Nancy Conservatory, where ender the guidance of Marthe Tercieux (descendant of the renown Franco-Belgian violin school), she earned various gold medals and others awards. By age fourteen, she entered the prestigious ”Conservatoire de Paris” (CNSMDP) to pursue studies of violin and chamber music with Gérard Poulet, Michael Hentz and Daria Hovora.
After being awarded ”Premier Prix” and B. de Beaufond Special Prize for violin and chamber music in 2005, Eléonore was admitted to the Violin-Concertist Postgraduate program continuing in the Paris Conservatory. Upon completion of the ”Cycle de Perfectionnement”, Eléonore sought to study with Pavel Vernikov from 2007 to 2009 in Italy (Music School of Fiesole) to deepen her intimate understanding and practice of music. Most recently, she was admitted to the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität in the category ”Extraordinary Student” for summer semester 2010.
Soloist whose virtuosity is always at the service of her interpretation of music, Eléonore Darmon began her concert career at age sixteen playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Symphonique de Nancy under Sebastian Lang-Lessing as conductor. Acclaimed with rave reviews by the public, and commended by the maestro, she performed then in Paris, some of the main works of the concerto repertoire : Tchaikovsky op. 35, Brahms op. 77, Mendelssohn op. 64, Brahms Double Concerto. With this repertoire, Eléonore appeared with the Paul Kuentz Orchestra more than fifteen times during the 2003/2004 season.
After the Paris debut, came invitations of major French and international orchestras: Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (Mozart Violin Concerto in G) in 2006 ; the Ukraine Honoured National Orchestra with Volodymyr Sirenko conducting (Sibelius Violin Concerto) in 2008 ; the Baden Sinfonietta in Austria (Beethoven Violin Concerto) in 2009. Then followed a concert tour – one performance was recorded and broadcast – with the Morocco Royal Symphony Orchestra directed by Oleg Reshetkin (Brahms Violin Concerto) in November 2009.
Leading her life with passion as a musician and international performer, she tirelessly pursues her quest of discovering and deepening her knowledge of music. She carves her art with the great violin masters: Ida Haendel, Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Julian Rachlin, Jean-Jacques Kantorrow, Salvatore Accardo, Zakhar Bron and Mauricio Fuks.
Because of her communicative interpretation and deep love of chamber music, Eléonore has been invited to play in international festivals in France (Festival du Perigord Noir, Nuits Musicales en Armagnac, ”Ensembles en Résidence” à la Roque d’Antheron, Auditorium de la Cité de la Musique à Paris, La Grange de Meslay), Belgium (Rencontres Musicales d’Enghien, Printemps musical de Silly), Jordan (Classic Amman), Ukraine (Vladimir Horowitz Festival in Kiev), Israel (Eilat Chamber Music Festival) etc. Her partners are the prestigious Frans Helmerson, Marco Rizzi, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Diemut Poppen, Lawrence Power, Daria Hovora, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maïsky… Browsing concert halls and festivals all around the world (France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Ukraine, USA, Japan, China, Morocco, Jordan, Greece, Israel), Eléonore Darmon’s authenticity of playing, deep understanding of music works combined with impassioned intensity and need to express her own feelings make her being one of the most peripathetic performers of her generation.

In 2007, the ”Fondation Groupe Banque Populaire” Major Award, which provides assistance to her for three years. In 2010, Eléonore has been named ”Lauréate” of the Cziffra Foundation, and was also the recipient of the ”ex-Ginette Neveu” Guarnerius del Gesu of 1737 on loan from the Maggini Foundation. Eléonore also plays, with the support of ”Association Club Universitaire” on her own 18th-century Italian violin from the Milan School.