Estelle Richard is principal bassoon of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse . She joined in 2003 as 2nd bassoon playing the double bassoon (under the direction of Michel Plasson). In 2011, she became soloist of the rostrum (under the direction of Tugan Sokhiev). As part of the association Les Clefs de Saint-Pierre , she forges real artistic ties with various musicians in the orchestra who are passionate about chamber music (from the sonata to the nonet through to the quintet “Les Vents d’Autan” ). In the 2007-2008 season, she also performed as principal bassoon in the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (under the direction of Emmanuel Krivine). Estelle Richard graduated with distinction from the CNSMD in Lyon in 2003. In 2004, she was awarded 1st prize at the Jean Françaix international competition in Paris.
She occasionally teaches alongside Marion Lefort as part of the “Preparation for a profession in the orchestra” option.
Marion Lefort began playing the bassoon at the Conservatoire de Brive-la-Gaillarde as a student of Frank Vassallucci. She obtained her DEM in French Bassoon (with UV Contrabassoon) and was unanimously awarded the Chamber Music Prize with distinction at theCRR of Limoges. She was then unanimously admitted to the CNSMD in Lyon as a student of Julien Hardy and obtained her degree with distinction in June 2011. She subsequently completed a two year Masters under the tutelage of Julien Hardy. She obtained the position of principal contrabassoon, playing second bassoon in the Orchestre Colonne in February 2011.
Since September 2012, she has held the position of principal contrabasson, playing the second bassoon in the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. She is called upon to play in various groups, such as the Opéra de Limoges, the Orchestre Symphonique Régional du Limousin, the Opéra de Tours, the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Bearn, the Opéra de Saint-Étienne as well as the Orchestre National de France .
Anne Sophie Frémy
Born in 1990 in Achicourt in the Pas-de-Calais, Anne Sophie Frémy began learning the saxophone at the École de musique d’Achicourt. She continued her studies at the École nationale de musique d’Arras and simultaneously joined the German bassoon class of Jean-Louis Ollé. She obtained her gold medal in bassoon at the CRR de Lille in 2009 (class of Jean-Louis Ollé). She was unanimously admitted to the CNSMD of Lyon the same year under the tutelage of Jean Pignoly and Carlo Colombo. Perfecting her skills with musical personalities such as Jean-François Duquesnois, Laurent Lefevre, Julien Hardy, Ole Kristian Dhal during masterclasses, she was selected in August 2011 to participate in the Académie Musicale de Villecroze with Sergio Azzolini. She regularly played with the orchestras of the Opéra de Lyon , the Orchestre des pays de Savoie and the Chœur et Orchestre 19 during her schooling. She was recipient of the “Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe” scholarship in January 2012. In June 2015, she obtained her Master’s degree in the German bassoon with distinction.
She has held the position of principal bassoon in the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine since February 2012 and occasionally works with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London as the principal bassoon.