Chamber music: Duo Etoiles, Trio Fleurs d'or and Duo La Mer

Duo Etoiles

© Michael Quedzuweit
© Michael Quedzuweit

Harpist Claire Augier de Lajallet and flutist Rosalie Tietz founded the Duo Etoiles. They offer a wide and varied program, from Bach to Piazzolla. The two musicians met during their studies in Würzburg, where they played as a duo and a trio with viola. Duo Etoiles can perform in Germany and beyond.

 © Michael Quedzuweit
© Michael Quedzuweit

Rosalie Jasmin Tietz, born in 1994 in Böblingen, began her flute studies with Gaby Pas van Riet, with whom she studied until she obtained her artistic degree. She then entered the class of Christina Fassbender, and her studies took her from Münster to Berlin via Würzburg. In 2019 she received her Bachelor's degree from the Universität der Künste Berlin and has since continued to the Master's program. She attended master classes with other teachers: Felix Renggli, Renate Greiss Armin, Hansgeorg Schmeiser, Wally Hase and Andrea Lieberknecht. She performs as a soloist with the Markusorchester Sindelfingen, the Jugendsinfonieorchester Stuttgart and the Stuttgarter Philharmonikern. She was awarded a prize at the "Jugend Musiziert" competition as well as a first prize at the "Great Composers Competition" in London. Rosalie Tietz has been a laureate of the Oskar Karl Forster, Oberstdorfer Musiksommer and Anna Ruths Foundations, and since 2018 of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation. She plays regularly in many orchestras: Philharmonischen Orchester des Staatstheaters Cottbus, Theater Chemnitz, Jenaer Philharmonie, Kammerorchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, Philharmonie Südwestfalen. She is also an academician at the summer academy of Hundisburg Castle, at the Bachkantatenakademie of Helmuth Rilling, at the Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie and is a guest at several prestigious festivals: Thüringer Bachwochen, Mozartfest Würzburg, Gezeitenfestival and the Aurora Classic Festival in Sweden.

You can listen to some excerpts from Duo Etoiles:

Jean-Sébastien Bach - Sicilienne from the sonata n°2 in E Flat major for flute and basso continuo - Duo Etoiles

Jules Mouquet - Pan et les oiseaux (excerpt) - Duo Etoiles

Trio Fleurs d'or

© Michael Quedzuweit
© Michael Quedzuweit

Harpist Claire Augier de Lajallet, flutist Rosalie Tietz and violist Raphael Tietz recently formed the Trio Fleurs d'or. Their love for this chamber music group led them to get together and develop a varied program, with Claude Debussy's famous Sonata at its core.

© Michael Quedzuweit
© Michael Quedzuweit

Raphael Tietz completed his Bachelor's degree in viola at the Musikhochschule Hannover in the class of Christian Pohl. At the same time, he played at the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover as an intern. After completing his Master's degree at the Musikhochschule Hamburg in the class of Anna-Kreetta Gribajcevic in 2016, he was an intern at the Staatstheater Kassel. He performed several substitutions in the orchestras of Osnabrück, Nuremberg (Staatsphilharmonie), and Bremerhaven, where he won the competition for third solo viola in 2019. Since 2019, he has been teaching for the viola section at the Jungen Philharmonischen Orchester Niedersachsen.Chamber music has been a passion for a long time: Raphael has performed in the Hannover International Ensemble, the Legno Ensemble (flute, violin, viola), and participated in renowned courses: 35. Internationalen Sommerakademie für Kammermusik Niedersachsen Frenswegen, 8. International Mendelssohn Summer School Festival Hamburg. He was a member of the Converse String Quartet for several years, with whom he studied chamber music at the Musikhochschule Detmold with the members of the famous Auryn Quartett. He participated in meisterclasses with Nils Mönkemeyer, Oliver Wille, Johannes Krebs and Gérard Caussé.

You can listen to excerpts from Trio Fleurs d'or

Ludwig van Beethoven - Serenade (excerpt)

Arnold Bax - Elegiac Trio (excerpt)

Jean-Marie Leclair - Triosonate, Adagio 

Claude Debussy - Sonate for flute, viola and harp, 1st movement : Pastorale 

Georges Bizet - Carmen, Entr'acte (Excerpt - Transcription for flute, viola and harp: Trio Fleurs d'or)

Duo La Mer

Claire and Fruzsina recently founded the duo La Mer and together, they explore the similarities and differences between the harp and the piano. This formation is quite rare, and the musicians wish to dust off the existing repertoire and revive pieces that have been forgotten. The arrangement possibilities vary and range from pieces for guitar, piano or harp duets, harp and orchestra to well-known opera arias. The repertoire of Duo la Mer covers many styles and periods: from Vivaldi's music to romantic (Franck) and impressionist music from England (Thomas), France (Ravel), Italy and Spain (Granada), or even popular classical sounds (Greensleeves, Libertango among others). In addition to their concerts, the duo also performs at events such as weddings, christenings and receptions.