Corinne Chapelle, Violin
Born 1976 in California, Corinne Chapelle is a French-American violinist, who started her violin studies as a two-year-old and gave her first concert one year later. She studied with Yehudi Menuhin at his school in England, following which she studied at the Juilliard School of Music and joined Pinchas Zukerman's class in New York. Upon hearing Chapelle at the age of fifteen, Yehudi Menuhin said about her: "One of the most promising talents of her generation".These studies were further complemented by working with Ana Chumachenco, Lorand Fenyves and Josef Gingold.
Chapelle has received various awards at international violin competitions. She won 1st Prize at the Julius Stulberg International String Competition, 1st Prize of the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, the Jascha Heifetz Violin Award, as well as top prizes at the inaugural International Liana Isakadze Violin Competition in St. Petersburg and the Montreal International Violin Competition. She has represented the United States around the world as an International Ambassador of Music, appearing at the Senate Caucus in Washington, D.C. and premiering the Barber Violin Concerto in China. Recently, Chapelle has performed with orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Philharmonie, Prague Chamber Orchestra and Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra "Amadeus", as well as the Shanghai and Beijing Philharmonics. She has also performed in many of the world's leading concert halls, such as the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Haydn Saal at the Esterházy Palace, the Prinzregententheater in Munich and the Great Hall of Zurich's Tonhalle. Chapelle's career has taken her to leading festivals around the world, including the Salzburg and Lockenhaus Festivals in Austria, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in England, UK. Her numerous collaborations have been with artists such as Fabio Biondi, Ádám Fischer, Alban Gerhardt, Heinz Holliger, Gary Hoffman, Liana Isakadze, Konstantin Lifschitz and Alexander Lonquich as well as with the Swiss Chamber Soloists. As well as appearing internationally on television and radio, Chapelle has been featured on recordings for Naxos, JPC and Guild Music. The recording of all String Quartets by Franz Xavier Richter, performed on historical instruments by Jacobus Stainer and led by Corinne Chapelle, was only recently nominated a Grammy.