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About the artists
Chikako HOSODA (violin)
Chikako Hosoda started very early with the violin in Japan. She studied from 1996 until 2000 at the Toho Gakuen School of Music (University of Tokyo) with M. Koichiro Harada and M. Hamao Fujiwara.
She also graduated from the University Seikei (Tokyo, Faculty of Literature, cultural section).
She arrived in Belgium in 2000 where she won the first prize in violin with great distinction with M. Philippe Koch (Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liège).
She also received the first prize with distinction for chamber music with Cécile Evrard. She obtained a masters with great distinction in violin and chamber music in June 2004.
She participated in several master classes in Belgium, Japan, Italy, Finland, United States, Luxemburg, and London. (Boris Belkin, Winifred Roberts, Jan Söderblom)
She often performs in chamber music and as a soloist in Japan and Belgium.
Currently, she regularly works in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, Luxemburg, the Walloon Royal Opera, and the Flemish Radio Orchestra.
Since 2006 she plays in the Walloon Chamber Orchestra conducted by Augustin Dumay.
She also works with the Ensemble Musique Nouvelle.
Chikako Hosoda is part of the André Klenes Quintet with whom she recorded an album called Ballade sur le nom de Rimbaud.
Harold NOBEN (piano, compositions)
Harold Noben, a pianist from Liège (Belgium), who studied at the Royal Conservatory of the same town, always wanted to create. In the beginning this was more of a game, but quite soon it became a necessity.
Ever since finishing his studies Harold has dedicated himself to composing. He certainly does not want to follow the classical path, as it is vital to him to open up to other universes. This need is rooted in a wide musical interest ranging from Mozart, Ravel, Keith Jarrett, Brel, Garbarek, to Mehldau, The Beatles, Renaud Garcia Fons, Piazzolla, and many others. This cross-fertilisation pushes him as a matter of course in finding his own music.
With this project it is only natural that he turns to marvellous musicians such as Sébastien Walnier and Chikako Hosoda which has resulted in the creation of the Cardamome Trio.
Harold Noben will use the balance and enormous musical potential of this trio to transpose the 'classical' piano into an original and personal style, using ingredients of jazz, classical music and world music.
He obtained the first prize and a masters in piano at the Conservatoire Royal de Liège with Jean Schils. Among others, the first prize for chamber music and music history. For several years he was also a student and assistant of Marie-Paule Cornia in the international master classes of Saint-Cast.
Participated in prize-winning competitions, such as: Axion Classics (Brussels) - Excellentia (Linkebeek) - Classiques de Musicaa (Amiens).
Various collaborations and concerts: Liège Philharmonic Orchestra (Le Dessous des Quartes), Jung Orchestra of the Liège Conservatory (conductor Patrick Baton), Festival Il est né le divin Mozart, Festival of Durbuy, Recital at the U3A of Liège, ...
Coached by Jean Galler during the campaign of the Région Wallonne in 2006 '+ de talents au km2.'
Piano teacher at the Music Academies César Franck (Visé) and Arthur de Greef (Brussels). Composer and arranger from 2001 until 2008 of the Youth Orchestra Flône Sarabande.
Composer of the film music for Vegetalia by Jacques Donjean.
Sébastien WALNIER (cello)
The cellist Sébastien Walnier has from a very young age been in touch with chamber music. That continuous passion inevitably guided him to play with great names of the international scene, such as: Roland Pidoux, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Daniel Blümenthal, Jean-Claude Vanden Eyden, Véronique Bogaerts, Liviu Prunaru, Luc Dewez, Thérèse-Marie Gilissen, Boris Belkin, and Gaby Van Riet.
He is particularly passionate about repertoire for piano trio and so he founded The Talweg Trio in 2004.
Always looking for new experiences he also developed an interest in exercising modern music and performs with double bass player and composer André Klenes with whom he recorded three albums. Together they played in many festivals throughout Europe, among others the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Sébastien Walnier also worked together with Jacques Pirotton, Eric Gerstmans, David Linx, Jean François Prins, Hughes Maréchal, Guy Cabay, and Perry Rose.
Sébastien Walnier started the cello very early with Laurent Chantraine and received his first prize at the Conservatoire Royal de Liège (Belgium) at the age of 13 and four years later his masters in cello with Maryse Douin and chamber music with Cécile Evrard. He has taught chamber music at that same conservatory from 2001 to 2008. He also studied with Edmond Carlier, a disciple of André Navarra.
His encounter with Roland Pidoux at the CNSM in Paris is a decisive step in his evolution. He also benefits from the advice of Daria Hovora and Michaël Hentz.
His career development as chamber musician and soloist allows him to perform in different environments and in various formations, such as with Alexander Gurning (piano) and Sébastien Surel (violin) in the Talweg Trio, as well as with pianist Eliane Reyes.
Sébastien Walnier is since 2008 solo cellist at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels) and is cello teacher at the IMEP (Namur, Belgium).