The Spilliaert Trio
Formed in Brussels, the Spilliaert Trio was named after the famous painter Léon Spilliaert (1881-1846) whose works the trio drew his first inspirations. He reunites the pianist Gauvain de Morant, the violinist Jean-Samuel Bez and the cellist Guillaume Lagravière. The Trio is a member of Chamber Music for Europe, a laureate of the Royaumont Foundation, a member of the Dimore del Quartetto network and a part of Proquartet in Paris. Their first CD, released by Cyprès Records is devoted to the complete trios of the composer Désiré Pâque (1867-1939).
The trio gives it all to interpret and defend the Belgian repertoire: each concert includes one work by a Belgian composer. This approach allows the promotion of heaps of previously unsuspected treasures, the contributions of famous composers and creators less known by the general public for their Piano Trio works.
Very concerned about putting forward today music, the three musicians had the opportunity to meet composers such as Benoît Mernier, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Jan Kuijken, Alithéa Ripoll, or Nicolas Bacri. The trio regularly commissions works and collaborated this year with the Belgian Music Days and Osmose festivals. A collaborated disc, dedicated to a retrospective of Jacqueline Fontyn's piano trios, is also in preparation for Autumn 2021 under the German label Cybele.
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Moreover, aware of the challenge of inter-disciplinarity experience, the Trio has contributed to performances in close collaboration with other artistic forms such as theatre or dance, in particular in a double trio project with PARTS.
Prize winner of several international competitions, he was awarded in 2017 First Prize at the international ''Svirel'' contest in Slovenia. and won in 2018 the City of Lege-Cap-Ferret Prize during the Open Cap Ferret. Performing regulary in France and Belgium, he joined, among others, the Festival international en Poitou (France), Festival Varga (France), Festival Musicorum (Belgium) and the Festivals de Wallonie (Belgium).
The Spilliaert Trio is concerned too with the diffusion within young audiences and created the show « Monsieur Pâque » for the Jeunesses Musicales of Wallonie-Brussels.
Gauvain de Morant, piano
Gauvain de Morant graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, in specialized piano, didactics and musical training. He was awarded the Gerofi Prize for his seriousness and his brilliant results in 2013 and a second prize ''Prize of the Rotary Club of Charleroi'' at the Charlier Cometition in 2014. In 2016 he obtained the 2nd Prize at the International Brest Contest (Liszt soloist category).
Showing his will to be part in Belgian musical life as a musician and an organizer too, he creates the Spilliaert Trio and the "Musicabel" association which he presides nowadays. Both these tools allow him to promote the Belgian Classical Music of yesterday and today.
Gauvain was given the opportunity of playing in several festivals such as the International Festival of Orchestras of Youngs in Alicant (Spain) with the Twis Ensemble, the White Nights of Brussels, the festivals Musiq’3, Ars Musica, Artonov, the Félix Mendelssohn Eurofestival (Belgium), the Quaregnon Piano International Festival, the Poitou International Festival (France) ; he has also played as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Nivelles and the Students Symphony orchestra. In parallel with his activities as a pianist, Gauvain de Morant is a teacher in the academies of Waterloo, Watermael-Boitsfort and at the Dalcroze Institute.
Guillaume Lagravière, celllo
Guillaume Lagravière studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the class of Jeroen Reuling and in the Haute École de Musique in Geneva with François Guye, he graduated with distinction Master in June 2011. During his training he has received advice from major names such as Gary Hoffman, István Varga, Marcio Carneiro, Maria Kliegel, Gábor Takács-Nagy, (Takács Quartett), Guy Danel (Quatuor Danel), Alain Gervreau, Bruno Cocset, Roland Pidoux, Raphaël Pidoux, Xavier Gagnepain…
He participated in chamber music in numerous festivals, in particular in France, at the Nocturnes of Rouen Cathedral, in Belgium, in the Netherlands (Schiermonnikoog Festival), in Spain, Croatia, Italy, U.S.A., China) with prominent musicians such as Abdel-Rahman El Bacha and Christoph Schiller. In 2012, he has joined the Brussels Chamber Orchestra. Open to various musical horizons, he's working with the groups Árstíðir (Iceland) and Iamthemorning (Russia). He teaches in the European School of Brussels IV district, and in several Academies of Brussels, sharing so his passion for an active pedagogy based on his experience of the stage, allowing to develop the student's musical personality. He is also a founding member of the IDEAM asbl.
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