////// Arnaud Thorette, Maud Lovett, violin ////// Arnaud Thorette, Maria Mosconi, alto ////// Antoine Pierlot, cello ////// Johan Farjot, piano, arrangements


Four of the most promising classical musicians of their generation have come together to push the boundaries of classical music.

The « Ensemble Contaste » uses four instruments in it’s surprisingly experimental musical amalgamations ; piano , violin , viola and cello. Following the approach of its founders – altist Arnaud Thorette and pianist Johan Farjot – the « Ensemble Contraste» places the audience at the heart of its artistic creations, which results in spectacular concerts.

The diversity and spontaneity of the artists who make up this unusual ensemble allow them to offer an original programme, from classical music to tango, from musicals to contemporary creations.

The musicians of the « Ensemble Contraste » when composing their own arrangements are constantly seeking to infuse the repertroire with fresh imagintion. The energy, humour, sensitivity and merging genres of the ensemble are what invite and allow singers to collaborate harmoniously.

Since its creation in 2000, the « Esemble Contraste » has been invited to all the great theatres in France and abroad in more than ten countries. They are the resident ensemble of the « Voix du Printemps » festival in Paris.

In 2009 they released two albums to critical acclaim : * Café 1930 -Tangos (ZigZag Territories) * Masques (Karol Beffa /Triton) : Classica, Coup de cœur FNAC, sélection Radio Classique, **** Monde de la musique…

An original performance « Classic tango » with music ranging from Piazzolla to Gardel has drawn appreciative audiences since 2008.

In 2011, the « Ensemble Contraste » alongside mezzo soprano Karine Deshayes and a combination of guest musicians recorded their « Songs » project dedicated to musical theatre.