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Michel Camille

Michel Camille, violaMichel Camille

Michel Camille has been an integral part of the Esbjerg Ensemble since 1995, serving as the viola player and, from 1997 to 2001, as the Ensemble’s Artistic Director. In 1999, he founded the Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival, where he continues to serve as Artistic and Administrative Director. Under his leadership, the festival has flourished, collaborating with Denmark’s most notable composers and inviting distinguished chamber musicians and soloists from around the globe, thereby establishing a significant cultural event in Denmark’s musical landscape.

The Esbjerg Ensemble, Denmark’s most distinguished professional international chamber ensemble, is renowned for its dynamic performances and commitment to contemporary and classical repertoire, contributing significantly to the Danish music scene.

Michel Camille’s musical journey began early, winning a full scholarship to Wells Cathedral School at age 11, where he received an intense musical education. This prestigious specialist music school provided him with rigorous training and frequent performance opportunities, both as a soloist and ensemble musician. During this formative period, Michel Camille had the privilege of performing with legendary figures such as Yehudi Menuhin, Yfrah Neamen, Norman del Mar, and Igor Ozim, showcasing his talent in concert halls across Europe and further afield.

At 18, Michel Camille’s burgeoning talent was recognised through numerous awards for his solo and chamber music performances in London. He won the “Premier Prix” at the Guildhall School of Music, where he studied under the esteemed Professor David Takeno, and later the “Concerto Prize” at Banff Fine Arts, cementing his reputation as a formidable viola player. His early professional career included significant roles as principal violist with prestigious orchestras such as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the London Musici, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the City of London Sinfonia.

Opting to dedicate himself entirely to chamber music, Michel Camille has since performed extensively on the international stage. His collaborations span both classical and contemporary genres, working with renowned international chamber ensembles and contributing to a vibrant and diverse repertoire. As an Artistic Director, Michel Camille is celebrated for his innovative programming and creative collaborations, which often blend music with other art forms, such as dance and puppet theatre. His initiatives have brought fresh and colourful dimensions to the chamber music scene, making significant contributions to its evolution and accessibility.

In addition to his performance and directorial roles, Michel Camille has also been a dedicated educator, mentoring young musicians and sharing his expertise through masterclasses and workshops. His commitment to music education and community engagement underscores his dedication to fostering the next generation of musicians and expanding the reach of chamber music.

Michel Camille’s career is marked by a dedication to enriching the chamber music scene with dynamic performances and creative artistic leadership. His work has not only advanced his own artistry but has also left a lasting impact on the musical community, inspiring both audiences and fellow musicians alike.

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