BIOGRAPHY
Violinist Irène Duval was born in 1992 to a french father and korean mother, and has been praised for her “infinite delicacy” (Le Populaire du centre), “astonishing virtuosity” (Revelation Classiques, Prades) and “her mastering of phrasing and of the dramatic dimension”(Diapason). Winner of multiple national and international competitions and an active performer of concerti, recitals and chamber music, Irène Duval is establishing herself as a compelling and versatile performer.

Irène Duval has appeared frequently as a soloist both throughout her native France and abroad. Her engagements have included performances with the Kremerata Baltica, the Dresdner Philharmonie and conductor Michael Sanderling at the Kulturpalast in Dresden,with the Sinfonia Varsovia at the Folle Journée de Nantes conducted by Maxim Emelyanichev and in La Folle Journée of Japan conducted by Robert Trevino,with l’Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine,the Chursaesische Philharmonie of Bad Elster, the Orchestre Lyrique de Région Avignon Provence at l’Opéra Théâtre d’Avignon, with l’orchestre de Caen, l’Orchestre d’Auvergne...…

Irène regularly plays recitals and chamber music with the pianist Pierre-Yves Hodique, cellist Aurélien Pascal, and forms the duo La Rose et le Réséda with violinist Virgil Boutellis. During the “Chamber Music Connects the World” festival, she has performed with Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff and Mate Bekavac.

In 2009 and 2010, Irène won numerous competition prizes including the 1st prize and the public prize at the International Violin Competition of Avignon. She also won two special prizes at the 1st edition of the International Violin Competition in Mirecourt, the prize for “most exceptional personality” and the prize for the “best interpretation of a French sonata” for her performance of the Poulenc sonata. In May 2011, Irène was awarded the 1st prize at the 46th International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen for her performance of the Beethoven violin concerto, as well as the “Manfred-Scherzer” prize for her outstanding interpretation of a piece by Reger. Her performance of the Beethoven concerto received accolades from the media, the jury and the public alike. The German Free Press wrote that it was a “Beethoven from heaven” and that her sound in the second movement was “like the music of the angels” (16.05.2011 Beethoven im Paradies, Deutsche Freie Presse).

In 2012, Irène received the Appassionato Joël Klépal prize in Caen and was given a generous grant from the Meyer Fondation. She has been supported by the SAFRAN Foundation for music, the Fondation de l'Or du Rhin and since 2013 she has been a laureate of the Fondation d'Entreprise Banque Populaire.

Irène began studying the violin at the age of seven in Hong Kong. Back in France in 2003, she then studied with Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Suzanne Gessner, and at CNSM of Paris with Roland Daugareil and Daria Hovora. In 2013, she completed her Master’s degree with distinction.

Since 2014, she perfects her playing with Mihaela Martin in Further Master Studies at Kronberg Academy, and receives artistic advice from internationally renowned musicians.

Her first CD “Poèmes” recorded with Pierre-Yves Hodique for Mirare/Harmonia Mundi, was released last September. Works of Poulenc, Szymanowski, Chausson, Fauré and Ernst.

Irène plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin of 1850, a copy of the Sancy Stradivarius, which is on loan to her by a private sponsor.