Il Convito Musicale

Baroque Music Trio

The Artists

The "Il Convito musicale" ensemble was born in 2005. It brings together three musicians: Maude Gratton, harpsichordist-organist, Claire Gratton, cellist, and Stéphanie Paulet, violinist. The trio also enjoys inviting other musicians to perform with them in practice and at concerts. Thus, depending on the works being performed, a flute, traverse, oboe, violin, viola de gamba, double bass, or others might join the ensemble.

The trio does not attempt to perfect their performance in one particular style or period, preferring instead to follow the metamorphosis of musical language over time, benefiting from influences from other countries and composers, interactions with history, or the other arts.

The ensemble has already participated in various festivals in France : Orgues en Lorraine, Vendredis Baroques de Dardilly, the Chimay baroque music festival, Chants de la Dore in Auvergne, Jeune Talents in Paris…Il Convito Musicale was among the 2006-2007 winners of Déclic, a program initiated by CulturesFrance in collaboration with Radio France and with the support of Mécénat Musical Société Générale.

Maude Gratton

Maude Gratton completed her studies in harpsichord and organ at CNR in Poitiers. At the CNSMD of Paris she received first prize in harpsichord (Olivier Baumont class), basso continuo (Blandine Rannou), organ (Michel Bouvard and Olivier Latry), Renaissance counterpart (Olivier Trachier).

In 2000 she won first place at the Concours des Jeunes Organistes in Saint-Germain-des-Fossés, and in 2003 she finished second at the Concours International d'Orgue in Bruges. She has played harpsichord and organ at recitals in a number of festivals in France (the "Estivales de l'orgue" in Rennes, the Folle journée, the festival de la Roque d'Anthéron, etc.) as well as abroad in the United States, Quebec, Finland, and Slovenia. She also had the opportunity to play in Handel's Julius Caeser with the "Talens Lyriques" under the baton of Christophe Rousset  in 2006. The same year, she was named "Young Soloist for Public Francophone Radio Stations" in harpsichord, clavichord, and organ.

Claire Gratton

Claire Gratton began playing cello at the CNR in Poitiers. She was awarded first place for cello in the professional round at the CNR of Bordeaux. Then in 2000 she finished her training at Saintes, where she received her performance degree in romantic and classical music. She won gold medals in cello and chamber music at the CNR of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés.

In 2005, she won 5th place in the all-instruments soloist category for the Concours International de Musique Ancienne in Bruges. She was unanimously ranked first at the CNSMD in Lyon in June 2006. She currently plays in several ensembles, including Mensa Sonora, Stradivaria, the Ensemble Baroque de Nice, the Simphonie du Marais, Ensemble XVIII-21, and Pulcinella.

Stéphanie Paulet

After her study of violin at the CNSMD in Paris, during which she won three first prizes in modern violin, baroque violin and chamber music, Stéphanie Paulet has been playing for more than 10 years in orchestras such as the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain; the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; the Orchestre de Paris, under the baton of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haïtink, Georges Prêtre, Georg Solti, and Daniel Harding; and then with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and the Chambre Philharmonique. Stéphanie Paulet has been passionate about the use of historical instruments for many years. She began playing baroque violin and also studied ancient music. She spent a year with the Turner Quartet for concerts in Europe and in master classes in Taiwan. In 2006-2007 Stéphanie Paulet participated in a series of performances across France for the ballet-comedy Monsieur de Pourceaugnac, directed by Sandrine Anglade, and in which she was both a musician and an actor.

The Program

1st Act

  • François Couperin : Concert Royal for violin and continuo
  • Jean Barrière : sonata for cello and harpsichord
  • Jacques Duphly : harpsichord pieces / pieces for harpsichord and violin
  • Jean Barrière or Jean Marie Leclair : sonata for violin, cello, and continuo

2nd Act

  • Johann Sebastian Bach or Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach : sonata for violin and harpsichord
  • Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach : sonata for cello and continuo
  • J.S.Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach : piece for harpsichord
  • Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach, Georg Friedrich Telemann, or J.S.Bach : sonata for violin and continuo

Dans la presse

Watching Maude Gratton in concert, you might ask yourself, "Is this child a prodigy?"  At age 13, she surprised Dominique Ferran, her organ teacher at the CNR, who couldn't get over having such a student…To think that a child of only 13, in front of an instrument such as the organ, can deeply move her listeners is really extraordinary.
Centre Presse 

Like Benjamin Alard (...) and Maude Gratton (…), François Guerrier is part of that new generation of harpsichordists on whom the fairies bestowed a bouquet of improbable qualities. With a splendid touch and a technique all the more impressive in that it is in the service of a powerful musical theory, these stunning traditional musicians and improvisers will surely soon turn the world of ancient keyboards upside down.
Diapason, Philippe Ramin

Maude and Claire Gratton seem to be taking up the torch of musical families that, like the Hantaïs and the Madeufs, have brought remarkable instrumentalists to early music for some time.  Both winners of numerous institutions and competitions, they will share the stage with the flutist Evolène Kiener.
Program for the Festival Les 4 saisons in Lanvellec

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