Olivier Thiery / Sophie Labandibar

Illuminated Bass

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917260427
Catnr: CC 72604
Release date: 12 July 2013
1 CD
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72604
Release date
12 July 2013

About the album

Olivier Thiery, a French double bassist from the modern school, trying to bring awareness of his instrument to a new level by proving that a double bassist isn’t the equivalent of an unmusical craftsman. As a passionate musician, he crosses borders to open up new horizons for himself and for his instrument.

“I recorded this CD mainly to prove that the double bass also sounds great as a solo instrument. I don’t aim for personal fame or popularity, I just love my instrument and I hope to inspire other people to listen to the wonderful sound of this commonly misunderstood instrument! Performing music, in general, to me means living completely in the moment, with all senses. In some concerts, as well in orchestral, chamber or solo music, you manage to lose yourself in the music; reaching this state of being is beyond words! It’s this rare and unique moment were you forget all the rest and there’s just music all around you, when the symbiosis of all your senses comes together to form a pure moment of ecstasy! And to share this moment with the audience is, in my opinion, the greatest moment of being a musician!”
Olivier Thiery
Een prachtig album met een bijzonder repertoire voor een ongebruikelijk instrument
Op dit unieke album staat de contrabas centraal, een instrument dat normaliter enkel in de begeleiding te horen is. Bassist Olivier Thiery schreef over zijn opnames dat hij het album voornamelijk had opgenomen om te bewijzen dat de contrabas ook geweldig klinkt als solo-instrument. Daarmee doelt hij niet op persoonlijke roem of populariteit, hij houd gewoon van zijn instrument, en hoopt anderen te inspireren om naar de fantastische klank van dit onbegrepen instrument te luisteren. Thiery schreef: "Voor mij betekent het uitvoeren van muziek compleet opgaan in het moment, met alle zintuigen. In sommige concerten kun je jezelf verliezen in de muziek. Het bereiken van deze staat is niet in woorden te beschrijven! Het is het zeldzame en unieke moment waarin je alles vergeet en er alleen muziek om je heen is, wanneer al je zintuigen samenkomen om een moment van pure extase te vormen. Dit moment met het publiek delen, is het mooiste wat je als musicus kan doen!"

In 2004 begon Olivier Thiery lessen te volgen bij prof. Niek de Groot aan de Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. Sinds augustus heeft hij een vaste plek als contrabassist bij het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest.
Klassiker der Musikliteratur in einzigartigen Neuaufnahmen für Kontrabass und Klavier.

Seit 2008 ist der Kontrabassist Olivier Thiery festes Mitglied im Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Seine herausragenden Fähigkeiten brachten den jungen Franzosen schnell in dieses renommierte Weltklasse-Orchester. Daneben geht Thiery als Solist und Kammermusiker ungewöhnliche Wege, wie seine neue CD beweist. Neben zwei Originalwerken für Kontrabass und Klavier von Paul Hindemith und Giovanni Bottesini spielt der wagemutige Bassist auch Franz Schuberts Arpeggione-Sonate und arrangierte sich quasi auf den Leib die 3 Romanzen von Robert Schumann. Er selber beschreibt seine Faszination dieses Werkes, das er im Original für Oboe und Violine kennenlernte und das ihn durch sein eigenes Arrangement und Spiel näher an die Musik Schumanns brachte.
Olivier Thiery bricht alte Grenzen auf, weitet den Horizont und lässt die Zuhörer den Kontrabass auf musikalisch höchstem Niveau neu warhnehmen.


Olivier Thiery
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
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.


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