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Founded in 2010 by Nicolas Penel (violin), Laurent Galliano (viola) and Mathieu Rouquié (cello), the Ensemble Fratres then welcomes Flavio Losco (violin), Hanspeter Oggier (Panflute), Maxime Alliot (violin), Cyprien Busolini (viola), Benoit Bératto (basse) and Pierre-Louis Rétat (keyboards). Fratres works in collaboration with the luthier and bow maker Luc Breton, whose experience and knowledge forged its sound homogeneity and an artistic taste deeply rooted in the ancient traditions.

After over 300 successfull concerts, the Ensemble Fratres presents an engaging music. Its performances are the reflect of an optimistic and enchanting message, to the attention of a wide range of music enthousiasts. The ensemble performs at the Flandres Festival (Bruges, Maasmechelen, Anvers), AMUZ festival (the complete quintets of Boccherini for two cellos, Antwerp - 2010), Printemps des Arts (Nantes), Spiritual Concert Foundation (Warsaw - Poland), RadialSystem V (Berlin), Thüringer Bachwochen (Erfurt), Händel Festspiele (the program combines early music and electroacoustic music, Halle - 2011). And with renowned musicians, such as Marie-Claude Chappuis, Maria Espada, Anna Stolarczyk, Nicolau De Figueiredo, Vittorio Ghielmi, Stephan Imboden, Margret Köll, Barthold Kuijken, Roberta Mameli, Carlos Mena, Michael Novak, Dorothee Oberlinger, Luca Pianca, Arianna Savall and the Ensemble Zefiro. Chosen as a residency artist of the Amarcordes musical season (Geneva, Switzerland), Ensemble Fratres holds numerous concerts between 2010 and 2014, especially with the project Bach Filiation (performance of the entire works of J.S. Bach).

With the lutenist Luca Pianca, Fratres performed in 2017 C. Monteverdi's « Combattimento di Tancredi » for the "LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura" of Lugano (Switzerland); and in 2018, the Ensemble participated in the re-creation of Baltic works of the twentieth century (A. Pärt, E. Esenvalds, P. Vasks) for string orchestra, and on period instruments, conducted by Swiss Radio Television's director Pascal Crittin.

The Fratres musicians share an ardent passion for music pronunciation, on any instrument, thanks to a true coloured vocabulary (vowels) and attacks (consonants). "Hissing, whistling, scratching, glissandi and other temperamental games, invite themselves into their performance, thanks to appropriate techniques and special instruments, made to speak in this way. With this musical language, nourished by diversity and contrast, breath-taking, unpredictable and welcoming, we discover a swing, a harmonic and rhythmic life, little in today's classical music style: a proposal that surprises and must surprise." Francesco Biamonte, RTS

The Fratres Ensemble is available in variable formations, ranging from trio to the pre-romantic orchestra. In its repertoire, baroque works, and also performance of classical and romantic works, both in chamber music and in orchestral layout : Pergolese (Stabat Mater), Purcell (Didon & Énée, Abdelazer, Suite, Fantaisies), Telemann (Suites), Bach (Concerti, Mass in B, St-Matthieu and St-Jean Passion, Christmas Oratorios), Vivaldi (Concerti, Stabat Mater, the four seasons), Haendel (Messiah), Haydn (trios and string quartets, The Creation), Boccherini (quintets, Stabat Mater), Mozart (trio Divertimento, quintets, Requiem, Coronation Mass), Schubert (quartet, quintet, octet, Mass in Eb), Brahms (sextet), as well as Schostakovich (quartet) and Jean Cras (string trio).

In 2013, Hanspeter Oggier (Panflute) invites the Ensemble Fratres for his project to record a CD devoted to the flute concerti (Vivaldi and G.P. Telemann). This record is published under the Brilliant Classics label in two volumes (2015 and 2016). The Ensemble Fratres then record a chamber music album in 2014, dedicated to W. A. Mozart's two violas string quintets with a release date planned for 2019. A new recording is made in 2018 with the organist and choirmaster Daniel Meylan for the Hortus House, about the Lutheran Vespers.

The Ensemble Fratres won the First Prize at the Chamber Music Competition of the Friends and Former Students Association of the Geneva High School of Music (2005). Holds a diploma of the Geneva High School of Music (string quartet's class of Gabor Takacs-Nagy, 2006). Won the First Prize in the Musica Antiqua Chamber Music Competition in Bruges (2006). Holds an Honorary Diploma at the International Chamber Music Competition "Joseph Joachim" in Weimar (2005).