Sōra : « Bird singing while taking off». 

 

The trio Sōra is now considered as an ensemble with one of the rarest artistic identity of its generation. Through performances as subtle as inventive, and nourished by the diversity of cultural heritage of every member, these three passionate musicians give a unique interpretation of chamber music, with strength and sensitivity. 

Already invited on some of the greatest international stages, such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Auditorium du Louvre, or London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Center,  or else as part of distinguished festivals such as La Folle Journée de Nantes, the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix en Provence as well as the Verbier Festival, the trio Sōra distinguishes itself with its curiosity and high artistic aims. 

Honoured by several awards gained in French and international competitions (lately at the Parkhouse Award), appointed Lauréat HSBC 2017 at the Festival d’Aix, and laureate of the Special Prize of the Verbier Festival Academy 2018, the three women keep entertaining and moving a wider public. 

Always concerned to enrich their artistic path, the musicians of the trio Sōra regularly work with masters such as Mathieu Herzog, Menahem Pressler, the Quatuor Ebene and the Quatuor Artemis. 

The Trio Sōra thanks the Fondation Safran pour la Musique, the ADAMI, the Fodnation Meyer, the Fondation Baillet-Latour of the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel for their kind support. The violinist Magdalena Geka plays a Giuseppe Garneri 1697 violin and the cellist Angèle Legasa, a Julius-Caesare Gigli 1767 cello, instruments kindly lent by the Fondation Boubo-Music (Switzerland). 

Magdalēna Geka

Violinist Magdalēna Geka (1992, Latvia) is one of the most promising young musicians emerging from her country. She was nominated for Grand Music Prize of Latvia as “The Young Artist of the Year” 2014 after her highly acclaimed debut with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra replacing the soloist on a short notice. A laureate of numerous competitions she appears regularly with various orchestras in Latvia, France, Germany and Ukraine and has performed in most countries in Europe as well as in Israel.

Magdalēna is a deeply passionated chamber musician and has launched two chamber music festivals in Latvia. She has performed in Kuhmo Chamber Music festival, Musique de Chambre à Giverny in Normandie, Open Strings Chamber Music Fest in Denmark and also played with the Kremerata Baltica in 2014 and 2015. Magdalēna is particularly interested in performing contemporary music and has premiered more than 20 works for solo violin or violin with electronics as well as chamber music.

Magdalēna plays a 1737 Camillus Camilli violin generously loaned by the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Pauline Chenais

Pauline was passionate of music since her very young age and started playing the piano at the age of 3. After studying in her native city of Tours and becoming a prize winner in international competitions Lagny-sur-Marne, Flame and Brest, she was accepted in 2011 in Paris Conservatory where she studied with Denis Pascal and obtained her Master’s degree in June 2016. In 2014/2015 she had the chance to study with Jacques Rouvier at Mozarteum in Salzburg as an “Erasmus” exchange student.

Pauline has performed in young talent festivals in Saint-Germain en Laye, Paris, Chartres as well as in abbeys of Clarté Dieu and Seuilly. She also performed in the Arts Center of Orford in Canada, Salzburg Chamber Music Festival and at the prestigious City of London Festival. In 2014 she performed Schumann piano concerto with the ensemble Cartésixte under the direction of Simon Proust. She has been privileged to take masterclasses with such as Clemens Hagen, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Zlata Chochieva and Romano Pallottini.

Angèle Legasa

Angèle Legasa is a prizewinner of competitions FLAME and Vatelot/Rampal as well as a semi-finalist in Lutoslawski and Brahms competitions. An eclectic musician, she is active paralelly as a soloist performing in festivals in Beauvais, Paris and Normandie, as a chamber musician (La Roque d’Anthéron, Les vacances de Monsieur Haydn and the festival of Voûtes Célestes) as well as an orchestra musician (Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre Sostenuto, Orchestre de Chambre de la Nouvelle Europe, Orchestre Pau Pays de Bearn…).

She obtained her Master’s degree at the Paris Conservatory in the class of Jérôme Pernoo in May 2016. She also spent a year in Leipzig as an Erasmus exchange student studying with Peter Bruns. She has had the possibility to work with the greatest cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Philippe Muller, Roland Pidoux, Xavier Philips…