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Ensemble Astérope

Since they met in 2004 Damien Bossy and Emmanuel Tondus have been passionate chamber musicians : first at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons (under Luc Dewez, Rosella Clini and David Cohen), and then at the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris (under the guidance of Nina Patarcec, Hélène Dautry, and Maestro Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri).

They have a real love of music, in particular music for cello and piano, and it’s this passion that encourages them to embrace as eclectic a concert repertoire as possible, including solo and duet dances, baroque and modern music, more obscure or original works, as well as the main sonata repertoire. They also play in larger ensembles.

Their first CD, recorded in 2015, focussed on Beethoven, Brahms and Schostakovitch. It was a snapshot of their musical cooperation and their desire to use a shared language.

Over 15 years of performing together in different places and for differ- ent occasions (concerts, performances and recordings) a musical bond developed, and in 2019 Emmanuel and Damien decided to launch the “Ensemble Astérope” (a double star in the Pleiades star cluster), the embodiment of their shared language and the commitment they put in every day. Common tastes and different personalities merging to create heartfelt, intuitive music.

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