Frenchman Olivier Thiery received his first double bass lessons at the age of fifteen from his father, George Thiery. After High School, he pursued his musical studies at the Conservatory in Toulon with Jean Pierre Resecco and then with his father at the Conservatory in Cannes. In 2004 Olivier enter the class of Prof. Niek de Groot at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen, Germany.
As a professional musician his career began with the Orchestre Français des Jeunes (French National Youth Orchestra, OFJ) and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, GMJO). Following several substitute assignments in Europe such as with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, he arrived in Amsterdam where he has been playing as a permanent member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since August 2008.
While studying for his Concert Diploma (Master’s Degree) at the Folkwang Hochschule with Prof. Niek de Groot and also with the cellist Young Chang Cho and the pianist Dirk Mommertz, he explored the solo and chamber music literature: In 2009, this work enabled him to win a third prize in the 58th International ARD competition in Munich, and to also give numerous impressive performances as a soloist, appearing with the Bayerisches Rundfunkorchester, the Münchener Kammerorchester and in various chamber music concerts, including “Festival c’est pas classique” in Nice, the “2010 Kronberg Festival”, “musique à L’emperi” in Salon de Provence and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, with partners such as Alexei Ogrintchouk, Philippe Bernold, Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff and Yuri Bashmet.
In addition to his concert performances, he is an enthusiastic teacher of music to private students and gives master classes. He also works as a pedagogue with youth orchestras, most recently for the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya (National Youth Orchestra of Catalonia), Spain. Since 2012, Olivier has appeared regulary as a Guest Teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam for the class of Peter Stotijn.
Olivier Thiery plays an instrument made by Joseph Hel and uses bows made by Jochen Schmidt and Christophe Collinet.
Sophie Labandibar, born in Biarritz in 1982, received her first piano lesson at the age of three from Ada Labèque. By fourteen, she was admitted to the class of Alain Planès and Emmanuel Strosser at the “Conservatoire National Supèrieur de Musique et de Danse” in Paris. After graduation, she pursued her studies further at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen (Germany) under Prof. Boris Bloch and Prof. Michael Roll. In 2004 Sophie returned to the Conservatoire in Paris to study chamber music with Claire Désert and Ami Flammer. Her studies have enabled her to work and play with such musicians as Young Chang Cho, Andreas Reiner, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Christian Ivaldi.
Sophie currently works as the studio accompanist and assistant for the class of Phillippe Bernold in the Conservatoire National Supèrieur de Lyon (France), as well as at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen for the class of the cellist Young Chang Cho.
She performs as an accompanist regularly in various festivals and major international competitions, including Pablo Casals-Festival (Prades, France), Pianofestival “La Roque d’Anthéron” (France), Festival Radio France (Montpellier, France), Cellofest (Belgrade, Serbia), “Concours Jean Pierre Rampal”, and “Concours Maxence Larrieu”. She has also assisted in orchestra auditions such as for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. In 2013 Sophie’s performance of the Beethoven, Barber and Prokofiev sonatas with Young Chang Cho from the festival de „Radio France in Montpellier 2007“ was released as part of the album „Cho-Live“ for the Telos Music label.