Patrick Genet – Violin
After studying with Arpad Gerecz, Stéphane Romascano and Elisa Gerecz at the Lausanne Conservatory, Patrick Genet received his soloist’s diploma as a student in Thomas Füri’s class in 1980. He then continued his studies with Arthur Grumiaux. There followed a first prize at the Zurich Tonhalle Competition and the Soloist’s Prize of the Swiss Association of Musicians in 1984. He is a member of the Sine Nomine Quartet from Lausanne, which won the first prize at the Evian International Competition in 1985, the springboard for an international career. Patrick Genet was the concertmaster of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra from 1987 to 1990. As a soloist he has worked with conductors such as Armin Jordan, Eliahu Inbal, Ferdinand Leitner and Emmanuel Krivine. He is a professor at the Geneva University of Music (advanced violin) and at the Lausanne University of Music (chamber music).
Virginie Falquet – Piano
Virginie Falquet performs in a number of ensembles and is a frequent guest at festivals and in chamber music series. She regularly appears throughout French-speaking Switzerland but also can be heard at locations such as the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Gare du Nord in Basel, at St. Jame’s Picadilly in London and at the Ripaille Concerts in Thonon. She performs with ensembles such as the Aargau Symphony Orchestra and the Helvetic Orchestra, and works with various vocal ensembles including the Lausanne Vocal Ensemble, the Callirhoé Choir, the Vocalistes Romands and the Elysée Chorus. She performs in duo with saxophonist Laurent Estoppey and is a founding member of the CH.AU chamber music ensemble, which is dedicated to contemporary music and in residence at the Théâtre de l’Oriental in Vevey. Virginie Falquet received her teaching diploma and soloist’s diploma in Christian Favre’s class at the Lausanne Conservatory. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she was awarded a post-grad diploma. After returning to Switzerland she earned a second soloist’s diploma in Ricardo Castro’s class at the Fribourg Conservatory. She also has benefited from counsel from Charles Rosen, Dominque Merlet, Gérard Wyss, Gabor Takacs and Menahem Pressler. Virginie Falquet currently teaches at the Geneva Conservatory. Together with Laurent Estoppey (Duo ST15) she recorded an album for saxophone and piano entitled “Soulmates” for Claves Records.