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Emmanuel Morel

viola | assistant principal

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Emmanuel Morel
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Emmanuel Morel began playing the viola at the age of seven. He was only twelve when he won his Gold Medal (the French equivalent of the Certificate). After perfecting his skills with Serge Collot and Colette Lequien, he entered the Paris National Conservatory in 1994 in the class of Bruno Pasquier and Françoise Gnéri. Three years later he was awarded a First Prize.

In parallel to his instrumental training, Emmanuel Morel also followed a university course and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Musicology. Trained very early in the orchestral profession in a unique school and musical establishment in France, Emmanuel Morel quickly became the principal viola of the group which, like professional orchestras, plays the lyrical and symphonic repertoire, performing in Europe and the Middle East.

He later benefited from the teaching of musicians such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis and others.

(CNSMDP), Bernard Haitink or Mstislav Rostropovitch (the European Union Youth Orchestra). Since 1996, he has been regularly called upon to play with the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre national de l'Opéra de Paris.

Wishing to continue playing the widest possible repertoire, the choice of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, a versatile ensemble on two Geneva stages, came naturally to him, and it was in 1998 that he was hired, first as a viola tutti and since 2007 as a substitute soloist.

Chamber music also occupies a predominant place in his musical activity, from the sonata with piano with the Allegria Project to the chamber orchestra, Emmanuel was for 20 years the violist of the Florestan Quartet which became the Geneva Quartet in 2011.

He has been teaching since 1995 and is regularly called as a juror at the Geneva Conservatories,

In Neuchâtel and Lausanne, he was appointed professor of viola (orchestral profession) at the Geneva University of Music in 2020.

OSR Live

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie N° 4 en si bémol majeur op. 60

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Jonathan Nott | Sergey Khachatryan

Concerto pour violon et orchestre

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva