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Praised for ‘her mastery of phrasing and of the dramatic dimension’ (Diapason), ‘astonishing virtuosity’ (Revelation Classiques) and ‘her infinite delicacy’ (Le Populaire du centre), Irène Duval is firmly establishing herself as a  compelling and versatile performer with  a strong interest in combining little-known works with works central to the repertoire.  


Recent highlights include her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the first symphonic concert given by an international orchestra in Mauritius, her debut in Australia at Bendigo Chamber Music Festival, at the Verbier Festival, replacing Lisa Batiashvili at short notice, in Budapest at Festival, and her debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the inauguration concert of the Casals Forum in Kronberg.


This  season,  she  gives  concerts  at  the  Festival  de  Musica  de  Canarias  with  Joshua  Bell, Blythe-Engstroem,  and  Steven  Isserlis;  at  Wigmore  Hall  with  Jean-Efflam  Bavouzet  and Steven  I.;  with  Angus  Webster;  she  returns  to  the  Royal  Philharmonic  Orchestra  with Mendelssohn  Concerto;  she  plays  in  Sheffield  for  a  celebration  of  Gabriel  Fauré’s  music. Fauré  is  the  central  composer  of  her  next  recital  recording  with  Angus  to  be  released  by Capriccio this year.


Irène has performed widely in Europe, giving recitals at major venues and festivals including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau, Dresdner Kulturpalast, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Philharmonie de Paris, and Les Folles Journée de Nantes.


Solo highlights include her collaborations with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Royal Northern Sinfonia,  Orchestre  d’Auvergne,  Sinfonia  Varsovia  in  Tokyo,  Kremerata  Baltica,  working with  such  conductors  as  Maxim  Emelyanychev,  Michael  Sanderling,  Robert  Trevino,  and Roberto Fores Veses.  


Chamber music holds a big space in Irène’s heart and she feels lucky to have had the chance to play with musicians such as Gidon Kremer, Olli Mustonen, Ferenc Rados, and Christian Tetzlaff. She participates with great pleasure in Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove in Cornwall, Krzyzowa Chamber Music Festival in Poland, and was invited to Norsjo Chamber Music  Festival  in  Norway  and  Chamber  Music  Connects  the  World  Festival  at  Kronberg Academy.


Born  in  France,  to  a  French  father  and  Korean  mother,  Irène  Duval  grew  up  in  Japan, Indonesia and Hong Kong before returning to France at the age of 11.   She studied at the Conservatoire  National  Supérieur  de  Musique  de  Paris  with  Roland  Daugareil,  and  at  the Kronberg Academy in Germany with Mihaela Martin.


Irène plays a Jean-Baptiste  Vuillaume,  which  is  kindly  on  loan  to  her  through  the  Beare’s International Violin Society.

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