« Gorgeous playing, lots of imagination – everything! Superb instrumentalist » Robert deMaine, Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Dividing her time internationally, French violist Cynthia Blanchon devotes her efforts to artistic projects both in Canada and Europe. This coming summer, she is invited to perform at the Music & Beyond festival, Music at Port Milford festival, Centre Musical CAMMAC, Concerts aux Îles du Bic and Rencontres Musicales de Laterrière. She performed last summer at the Entre Vents Et Marais Festival in France as part of the Osmose Ensemble. She plays regularly with the VoxPopuli quartet as guest violist, ensemble with which she already toured in England back in 2019. Born in 1994, she has been seen taking part in the Bach Festival, AuditionPerform Festival, Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence, ISA festival and the Rencontres Musicales de St-cézaire.
Her passion for chamber music started early when performed at the CNSMD in Lyon alongside Marc Danel and Yovan Markovich from the Ysaÿe quartet, an experience which lead to several others. She has collaborated with Rainer Küchl, Kevin Lin, Scott St.John within the Colburn Chamber Music Society and the Talich quartet at the ISA festival. She also took part in the serie UdeM @ Bon Pasteur at the Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal. She recorded the Dvořák piano quintet in April 2021 with ATMA Classique and her colleagues from l’Orchestre de l’Agora. Last June, she was invited to perform in the Festival Classica and performed during season 21-22 at the Le Baptême serie in Chicoutimi (QC) as well as in the ProMusica serie in Montreal.
An experienced orchestra musician, she is currently principal viola with the Orchestre de l’Agora and is regularly guest principal with the Thirteen Strings orchestra. During the summer 2018, she participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan where she was co-principal. She has collaborated with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kent Nagano performing in Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Maison Symphonique in Montreal, National Arts Center in Ottawa and the Auditorium in Lyon (France). She performs regularly with the Montreal Symphony.
She has completed her doctorate with high distinction under the supervision of Jutta Puchhammer and Juan-Miguel Hernandez. Previous studies include the Colburn School in Los Angeles and the CNSMD in Lyon where she began her undergraduate at age 16. Her eagerness to learn led her to work with the finest violist such as Maxim Rysanov, Hartmut Rhode, Barbara Westphal, Gilad Karni, Garth Knox or Hariold Schlichtig. She was supposed to participate at the Prussia Cove festival back in 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19).
A prize-winner in many national competitions (Lempdes, Toulouse, Mouans-Sartoux), she also won the Mécénat Musical Société Général competition in 2015 which allowed her to play on a Von Baehr viola for three years. Cynthia plays today on a Fagnola viola and a Hills & Sons bow graciously loaned by Canimex Inc. in Drummondville (QC) Canada, as well as on a Kalata viola made in 2016 and on a bow made by Arnaud Suard in 2008.