Traffic Quintet 2015

The Traffic Quintet

The Traffic Quintet made their debut in cinema in order to perform Alexandre Desplat’s music for Jacques Audiard’s film Un héros très discret. After their first encounter with the silver screen, they kept their film-inspired name, a tribute to Jacques Tati, and began to explore the world of film music.

Composed of French instrumentalists from prestigious orchestras, this string ensemble – two violins, a viola, a cello and a double bass – aims to revisit the iconic soundtracks which have entered into musical canons. The subtle combination of classical strings lends this music a sound quality that is both dense and perfectly compatible with creative writing and a wide range of arrangements.

Traffic Quintet’s performances feed on fruitful exchanges between music and modern art – in particular video projections. This journey through the world of film music corresponds perfectly with the quintet’s desire to move freely between genres and periods. The abstract videos by artist Ange Leccia and the three-dimensional staging by set designer Bruno Cohen add an extra layer of poetic licence to a project which becomes a complete experience for the listener- spectator.

The Traffic Quintet has already performed in numerous prestigious venues in New York, Washington, Paris: at the Philharmonie de Paris, at the Cité de la Musique and at the théâtre de l'Atelier, in Kuwait City, in Rome at the Villa Medici, at the international Mito Festival in Milan and at Cannes Film Festival, where the ensemble was invited to play at the inauguration night of the 60th Anniversary in 2007. The Traffic Quintet performed their second show "Divine Féminin" for the first time at Festival Musica Strasbourg, at the Ghent Film Festival and in Braunschweig (Germany) and Thessaloniki (Greece).

Dominique “Solrey” Lemonnier, director and violinist

Dominique “Solrey” Lemonnier

Founder of the Traffic Quintet in 2005, Dominique “Solrey” Lemonnier, known as “Solrey”, continues to explore the world of film music by combining it with video creation.

Yes, the eye listens: Solrey knows the secrets of chamber music. Like an alchemist attentive to the possible echoes, she combines music, image, reminiscences, silences...

Formed by the Franco-Belgian school with Gabriel Bouillon then Pierre Doukan, she was invited in the United States to perfect with the violin master Henri Temianka. She also took part in the master classes of the very famous Chigiana Academy in Sienna as well as the baroque Basel Music Academy. She performed in numerous musical groups as a chamber musician and as an orchestral player (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Instrumental de Lausanne, California Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Mosaïques, European Camerata...). From an early age, she performed with orchestras and has developed a style and a pure interpretation where the strings are central to the compositions of her partner, Alexandre Desplat.

With determined eclecticism, she regularly participates in various projects considering other kinds of music such as jazz and tango, as well as cinema and theatre (with André Engel, Georges Lavaudant...). So many journeys have led to this production… It is a very personal pan, with her musicians, that Solrey has now opened.

In 2010, after a tragic brain surgery causing hemiplegia of her left arm and after four years of intense therapy, Solrey was back on stage successfully with two new shows for the Cité de la Musique.

This handicap requires her to concentrate on a finger technique to compensate the weakness of her left hand. She develops a musicality and a bow phrasing which emphasizes her special play.

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The Musicians

Thibault Vieux

Thibault Vieux, violin

After studies at the CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris) and then in the United States, Thibault Vieux was awarded prizes in several international competitions.

He has performed as a concert soloist in France and abroad with renowned orchestras and as a chamber musician in prestigious concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

He joined the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris in 1998 and in 2007, he was appointed assistant concertmaster.

Estelle Vilotte

Estelle Villotte, viola

She trained both at the CNSMD in Paris and with masters such as Barthold Kuijken and James Levine.

Estelle Villotte first performed with the European Union Orchestra under the direction of Bernard Haitink, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Colin Davis, Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado and then joined the Orchestre de Paris in 1998.

In parallel with her activities as an orchestra musician, she also participates in numerous festivals in a chamber music formation (Folles journées de Nantes, Festival de musique de chambre d’Epinal, Flâneries musicales de Reims).

Raphaël Perraud

Raphaël Perraud, cello

Raphaël Perraud trained at the Conservatoire de Valence, then at the CNSMD in Paris and Lyon, and followed master classes with Janos Starker, Roland Pidoux and Siegfried Palm.

A prize-winner in several international competitions, he has performed with prestigious orchestras and has also participated in numerous festivals in France and abroad as a chamber musician, in particular with Quatuor Renoir until 2004.

He is also an assistant professor at CNSMD in Paris and super soloist in the Orchestre National de France.

Philippe Noharet

Philippe Noharet, double bass

Recruited by the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Lyon under the direction of John Elliott Gardiner and Kent Nagano at the age of 17, soloist with the Ensemble Forum conducted by Marc Foster two years later, Philippe Noharet is currently the double bass player at the Opéra National de Paris.

Well known for performing film music and contemporary music, he also performs with Ute Lemper, Peter Gabriel and Richard Galliano.

He is a member of the ensemble Colors of Invention led by Gilles Apap.

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