Saint-Merry Church Paris, 21 November 2020 at 16h

Cordes augmenteesSoloists of great talent, Sara Chenal (violin) et Antoine Morinière (guitar) will present to us a surprising sound universe through half a dozen contemporary world premiere pieces. The program explores the dialogue between acoustic instruments and electronic sounds thanks to the Sampo, an innovative instrument that expands the possibilities of classical instruments.

This concert will also be the culmination of the work of the winner composers of the 2020 Sampo Composition Contest, Umut Eldem (Turkey / Belgium) and Philippe Hattat (France), who will personally present to the audience the pieces written in the contest framework.







Umut Eldem






Alain Féron


L'incendie de l'Âme




Graciane Finzi


En disant Dada…




Philippe Hattat


Exschize Envoût




Pascale Jakubowski


Migration de la Belle-Dame




Eric Pénicaud


Baptême en eau de mer, aux aurores











Sara Chenal (violin and Sampo)

First prize with distinction at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon in 2003, with R.Dugareil, then A. Roussin as masters, Sara Chenal later attended advanced violin classes at the Rotterdams Conservatorium under the guidance of J.J. Kantorow, then a series of chamber music classes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris with E. Bellocq, J.J. Kantorow and R. Dyedns.

A full-time member of the orchestra at the Opera of Dijon (1996-2001), she subsequently veered to a career as a soloist and chamber music player, first as member in a string trio, then a “Cordes et Ames/ Strings and Souls" duet with the guitar player Olivier Pelmoine. Since 2006 she plays as first violin in the “Sine Qua Non” string quartet and frequently appears in all sorts of chamber music groups.

She also appears as guest violinist in such ensembles as La Baule, J.W. Audoili, Forum Sinfonietta, Les Musiciens d’Art, Musica de Flandre, Océan and she regularly performs contemporary music with Multilatérale, Cairn, Court-Circuit, Instant Donné or Utopik.

Sara Chenal’s performances take place in France and abroad. Several pieces have been dedicated to her ( J.Y.Bosseur, J-L Narvaez, F.Rossé) and she has often been asked to take part in broadcasts, in particular the well-known France-Musique programmes “Dans la Cour des Grands” or “Alla Breve”. She has recorded three CDs for Scarbo with the guitar-player Olivier Pelmoine and appears in miscellaneous recordings with Marc Perrone, Jacques Lenot, Philippe Leloup, Albert Hamman, Emilie Simon, Jean-Pierre Ferey and the quatuor Sine Qua Non.

Antoine Morinière (guitar and Sampo)


Antoine Morinière starts his guitar studies at the age of eight with Jean Luc Rocchietti, then he continued with Olivier Chassain at the Conservatory of Bordeaux. In 2011, he enters the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with Olivier Chassain and Laurent Blanquart. He also received professional guidance from Jeremy Jouve during 2 years, and obtains his Master's degree in guitar with the highest distinction.

Since 2012, Antoine starts travelling around the world with his guitar for solo recitals and concertos, and also performs at various festivals in France.

Interested in contemporary music, he collaborates with the Japanese composer Rikako Watanabe for the piece “Suite pour guitare” wich is also dedicated to him. He also premiered Obscurs for guitar and clarinet by Raphaël Sévère, and a work by Jean Frédéric Neuburger for two guitars (with Thibault Garcia) and clarinet (R.Sévère).

Motivated by the mixture of artistic expressions, he has a project to conjure his guitar with dance in the show "Nocturne" with the contemporary dancer named Joachim Maudet. This spectacle is about 3 guitar pieces, the Nocturnal by B. Britten, Chaconne by J.S.Bach and Entre chien et loup by R. Sévère.

Antoine is also involved in chamber music projects as a guitar clarinet duo with Raphael Sévère, as a guitar duo with Thibaut Garcia, with singer (Marianne Croux, Aude Extremo) with violin (Marianne Piketty), with piano (Jean F. Neuburger).

Antoine Morinière is sponsored by Fondation Safran.



Umut Eldem

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Umut Eldem is a composer, musician, and researcher. After receiving his Bachelor's diploma in Composition at the Mimar Sinan State Conservatory, he has continued his Master’s studies in the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. In the same institution he has done his Postgraduate research, 'Foundations of Cross-Modal Analytic Thinking' on the applicability of synaesthesia and colour as an inter-sensory musical concept.

He has given lectures on his research of synaesthesia, and had his works combining sound and colours performed in Belgium, Turkey, Italy, Romania, and Luxembourg. His installation 'Chrom', made of differently coloured music boxes scattered in the Mirador Forest in Luxembourg, has explored the relationship between music, the senses, and our physical location. His work 'Prelude', for electronics, narrator, and coloured light, has applied the cognitive sound-colour relationship on the interdisciplinary performance practice. ‘Glimmer’, for saxophone, electronics, and live visuals, incorporates the musician as an active participant on the projection of not only the sound, but the visuals as well.

He is currently a PhD researcher in the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, and musical director of the theatre collective Mixed & United. His current PhD research entitled ‘The Hearing Glass: Synaesthetic Correspondences in The Musical Practice’ intends to develop an intersensory theory of audiovisual art.

Alain Féron

Feron bio

Born in Dakar in 1954, sole student of Maroccan composer Ahmed Essyad, Alain Féron's catalogue includes about thirty works of all genres (symphonic music, chamber music, vocal music). Rejecting the forefronts and neo-classicisms, he has forged himself a personal language which, while it is atonal, deodecaphonic and chromatic, does not fail to include diatonism and modality. His work divides into sacred music, theatre music and pure music. Although, under this last category, always hide philosophical or, more widely, poetic and litterary intentions.

His curiosity and engagement as an artist have lead him to practice a variety of activities in domains as diverse as radio, musicology, cultural journalism, artistic direction and consulting, animation, pedagogy and education, concert programming and organisation.

In parallel to his activities as a composer, Alain Féron is a musicologist, radio producer (France-Musique, France-Culture, Radio Suisse-Romande), author for the Encyclopaedia Universalis and Larousse, critic (Harmonie, Diapason, Dissonanz, Crescendo, Monde de la Musique), lecturer. Collaborator of several journals and magazines (Libération, Vendredi, Politique-Hebdo, Les Nouvelles Littéraires, Avant-Scène Opéra et Ballet, Opéra International, Silence),he was in charge of the "Perspectives du XXème siècle" at Radio-France, co-responsible and artistic director of a flexibly sized ensemble (Ensemble Denojours) while carrying out different missions for public (Musée de la Musique, INA, Institut du Monde Arabe, Musée du Louvre, Duo/Dijon) or private institutions (responsible of tha "Classical" department at Koka-Media, music councellor for audio-visuals).

Graciane Finzi

Finzi bio

Graciane Finzi was born in a family of musicians. Having first studied at the Conservatory of de Casablanca, her birth town, Graciane Finzi enters the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris where she obtains several prizes including harmony, counterpoint, fugue and composition.

In 1979, she was appointed FulI Professor at the CNSM de Paris.

In 1982 she was awarded the The Grand Prix for Symphonie Promotion from the SACEM, in 1989 the Georges Enesco Prize, and her opera “Pauvre Assassin” is awarded with the SACD prize in 1992. In 2001, she obtained the S.A.C.E.M. Grand Prix for all her work and in 2006 the Institut de France awarded her with the Chartier Prize.

Graciane Finzi takes account of the individuality of different instruments, whether it be orchestal masses or soloists, bringing them together in juxtaposed groups which each had its own dynamic, impulses, colour, life rhythm, thus multiplying the true parts

Graciane Finzi's repertoire includes about one hundred works and seven operas. Her works have been played throughout the world by major soloists andorchestras.

Philippe Hattat

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Born in 1993, Philippe Hattat begins his musical studies in 2001 at the Conservatory of Levallois-Perret, then at the Conservatory of Paris in 2003. Entering the CNSMDP in 2011, he is awarded the piano accompaniment prize (2014), piano prize (2016), writing prize (2018) and orchestration prize (2019).

In parallel, from 2005 to 2011, he pursues studies in composition and orchestration with Michel Merlet at the Conservatory of Levallois-Perret. Since then, thanks to increased contact with contemporary creation during his studies at the CNSMDP, he seeks to associate, in his way, a "compositional craftmanship" (using diverse contrapuntal writing resources) with research on timbre (with a current taste for certain forms of saturation), micro-intervals and musical gesture.

Philippe Hattat is winner of the Concours International de Piano d’Orléans (2016) as a pianist and a composer (Special Mention Ricardo Viñes Prize, Special Mention Alberto Ginastera Prize, and André Chevillon – Yvonne Bonnaud Composition Prize).

Pascale Jakubowski

Jakubowski bio

Born in Algeria from a Polish father and a French mother, Pascale Jakubowski follows her musical studies in France. Pursuing a double degree - piano then clarinet - to which she soon adds singing, she has been writing works that she frequently performs herself for several years already when she decides, in 1986, to take lessons in harmony, electroacoustic composition and musical analysis at the National Conservatory of the Bordeaux region.

Since the beginning, Pascale Jakubowski is inspired by the dual practice of compopsition and interdisciplinary experimentation, which leads her to work closely with artists and scientists (Trans-figurations and Télé-plastique, 1989-1992; Le destin de petits riens, in a plastic environment by Francis Proudhom, 2005). The reason for this is her sensitivity to other forms of artistic expression, which is furthermore reflected in her atonal writing style - free from strict system analysis, where the exploration of micro-intervals and the profusion of game modes with the instrument also prosper.

Artist-in-residency at Ille-et-Vilaine (1999-2000), Pascale Jakubowski elaborates an ambitious project including some of the constitutive elements of her compositional approach, such as litterature and world music, which have always deeply nurtured her reflection. Awarded by the Sacem (Society for authors and composers) in 2005 with the Pierre et Germaine Labole Prize for Hautes Terres; 2004), the composer successively holds different positions in the educational field. Since 2007 she is professor of analysis and composition at the conservatory of Saint-Etienne.

Eric Pénicaud

Pénicaud bio

Éric Pénicaud receives since seven years old a "custom-made" musical education outside institutions, first from his father, then from the friends of the music-loving family, teachers and performers. In the same time he studies all the compas of flamenco and initiates himself to jazz and improvisation.

This eclectism gained since childhood allows him to blend into every genre and, paradoxically, brings him refocus on composing. He also lets himself be guided by the ocean, the wind and the stars as Debussy and Ohana recommended: he travels the Mediterranian on a sailboat for years (and later on, all the oceans on board a cargo). On his way he collects several so-called "ethnic" musics and he keeps deepening the writing of ancient and modern masters (from Machaut to Stravinsky, Bartók, Messiaen, Ohana etc.).

His works are awarded with a dozen international composition prizes: Carrefour mondial de la guitare ain Tokyo, in Italy the « International Art Society » prize, in Volos in Greece where he also receives the title « Artist of the Year » .

His production is is of a homogeneity everywhere renown and praised, both by numerous composers, various performers, conductors, pedagogs and also poets, marine writers and painters, as well as scientifics-thinkers...


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