Cello Octet Luxembourg
The Cello Octet Luxembourg was born in summer 2018, when 8 cellists and friends from the country of Luxembourg decided to unit their sound. All cellists studied at the Conservatories of Luxembourg before pursuing university studies for cello abroad.
Nora started her musical education at the Conservatory in Esch-sur-Alzette with André Navau and Jean Halsdorf. Since 2007, she has taken lessons with Claude Giampellegrini at the Conservatory of the city of Luxembourg. Nora was a young student at the "Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln" in the class of Prof. Claus Kanngiesser and is a laureate of international competitions: she has won two 1st Prizes (2012 and 2014) at the International Cello Competition in Liezen (Austria), a 1st prize at the Bundeswettbewerb "JUGEND MUSIZIERT" 2011 (Germany), three gold medals at the European Competition for Young Soloists (Luxembourg), including two prix SACEM. Nora has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Chamber Orchestra of Luxembourg, L'estro Armonico, the Luxembourgish Military Music and the Cologne WDR-Symphonieorchester.
Nora currently studies cello at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Louise Hopkins.
Tom Feltgen started his musical education at the Conservatoire du Nord with Raju Vidali and at the Ecole de Musique de Differdange with Judith Lecuit. Parallel, Tom was a young student at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in the class of Adnana and Gustav Rivinius and at the Schola Cantorum in Paris in the class of Manfred Stilz. Tom participated masterclasses with Daniel Müller-Schott, Gary Hoffman, Niall Brown, Frederico Romano, Cristoforo Pestalozzi, Gustav Rivinius, Dmitri Ferschtmann, Trio Broz, the Juilliard String Quartet. Tom played as a soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, le Luxembourg Philharmonia, the orchestre d'élèves du CMNord and the orchestre d'harmonie de Dierkirch and Ettelbruck.
Tom currently studies cello at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the class of Gideon den Herder.
Pierre Fontenelle discovered music as an autodidact in Seattle. It was only in 2011, upon his immigration back to Luxembourg, that he began learning the cello traditionally, in the class of Claude Giampelligrini and Borbala Janitsek at the Conservatory of Luxembourg. 3 years later, he entered the class of Éric Chardon at the IMEP in Namur, Belgium (Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie) as a Young Talent. Pierre Fontenelle has played as a soloist with the Musique Militaire Grand-Ducale and has participated in various masterclasses with reputed musicians such as Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Ivan Monighetti, Jérôme Pernoo, and the Danel Quartet. As an experienced orchestral musician, Pierre has collaborated with several ensembles, such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, the Estro Harmonico and the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Grande Région.
Pierre currently studies cello at the IMEP. he is also the arranger of several pieces for the Cello Octet Luxembourg.
Beatriz Jiménez began playing the cello in her home town in Spain. Some years later, after moving with her family to Luxembourg, she continues her cello studies at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg in the class of Claude Giampelligrini. She received her Master of Music in the class of Didier Poskin at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles. Béatriz additionally hold a Pedagogic Master's Degree from de Conservatoire Royal de Mons in the class of David Cohen. She also plays in a duo group with Anik Schwall, cellist of the Cello Octet Luxembourg.
Benjamin was born into a musical family in Luxembourg. He received his first lessons from Raju Vidali at the Luxembourgian Conservatoire du Nord. Benjamin continued his lessons at the Young Talent Class with Mirel Iancovici at the Conservatorium Maastricht and began his university education at the Cologne University of Music with Katharina Deserno and Maria Kliegel.
Benjamin is a laureate of numerous international competitions, beneath others, he won a 1st prize as well as audience and orchestra prizes at the Grand Prix Anne et Françoise Groben in 2017, a 1st Prize and Prix spéciaux at the Parisian Concours Flame (1st prize and Prix spéciaux) and a first prize at the Concours Prodige Art (1st prize). Benjamin played as a soloist with the orchestra of the Conservatoire de Musique Esch in Metz, the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg, the Parisian Saint-Cloud.
Since 2017, he studies with Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Caroline Mirkes began playing the cello at the Ecole de Musique Echternach with Martin Fusenig. In 2004, she continued her studies in the class of Claude Giampelligrini at the Conservatory of Luxembourg. She finished her Bachelor of Arts in the class of Viviane Spanoghe at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and her masters at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in the class of Cristoforo Pestalozzi and at the New York University in the class of Marion Feldmann.
Caroline was a Fulbright Grantee for her Instrumental studies at NYU and is a fellow of the Fond Culturel National and the Bourse Michelle.
Caroline currently works as a freelance cellist and composer and is an arranger of several pieces for the Cello Octet Luxembourg. She is also responsible for the organisation of the group.
Anik Schwall began her musical education in the class of André Navau and Jean Halsdorf at the Conservatoire d'Esch-sur-Alzette. She continued her university studies for cello in the class of Rafael Rosenfeld at the Musikakademie der Stadt Basel and later at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in the class of Prof. Maire Hallynck. In 2018, Anik received her Master at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in the class of Prof. Orfeo Mandozzi. Anik was chosen for the Gstaad Festival Orchestra with Jaap van Zweden in summer 2017 and for the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra with Neeme Järvi in summer 2018. She was also an intern at the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra for ten concert tours. Anik played as a soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and she is a fellow of the Fond Culturel National Luxembourg. Besides her teaching activity, Anik works as a substitute for the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg. She also plays in a piano trio with Nadia Ettinger (violin) and Zala Kravos (piano) and is a member of the duo LUXCELLO, together with Beatriz Jiménez, cellist of the Cello Octet Luxembourg.
Yves Tordy began his music education at the music-school of Dudelange. In 2008, he entered the cello class of M. Jean Halsdorf at the conservatory of Esch sur Alzette and since 2009 Yves Tordy also worked with Prof. Mirel Iancovici, cello teacher at the Conservatory of Maastricht University of Music (NL). He finished with a Bachelor of Music (Cello/methodology) at the same school in 2016. In 2011, he entered the cello class of M. Claude Giampellegrini at the Conservatory of Luxembourg to graduate with a concert diploma in 2018. Since his studies, his commitment was focused on music in education - the art of teaching music. At this time he is enrolled at the University of Music Saar for a master program in advanced music education.