Irène Blondel began her musical studies at the Conservatory in Nancy, which awarded her gold medals for musical training and chamber music. She then joined the CRR de Toulouse and obtained prizes in Piano and Sight Reading there, while pursuing higher literary and scientific studies. After unanimously obtaining the piano prize at the CRR in Paris, she perfected her studies at the CNSMD de Paris with a degree then a master’s under Bruno Rigutto, Nicholas Angelich, Gyorgy Sebok, Gyorgy Kurtag, Betsy Jolas, Christian Ivaldi, Bruno Pasquier. After winning several international prizes (first prize at the Vittorio Gui Competition, 1st prize at the Vierzon International Sonata Competition, 1st Grand Prize at the Guérande International French Music Competition), Irène Blondel performed chamber music with various groups in France (Auditorium of the Musée d’Orsay, Musical Academies of Saintes, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Halle aux Grains in Toulouse) and abroad (Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Mexico). In 2004, she recorded Schumann’s Fairy Tales and Brahms’ Sonatas on viola for the Ambroisie label. She is a laureate of the Natexis Foundation.
Holder of a Certificate of Proficiency (teaching class from the CNSMD de Paris), she has been teaching piano at the CRR de Toulouse since 2001, and collaborates with the isdaT as a tutor and teacher of instrumental improvement. She performs regularly with the solo musicians of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.
A graduate of the CNSMD in Lyon, Laurent Molines studied for two years at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and attended the courses of great masters such as D.Bashkirov and B.Ringeissen. Winner of several national and international competitions, he then joined the CNSMD de Paris. A founding member of the vivace trio, he divides his time between teaching and concerts (Salzburg, San Sébastien, Barcelona, Casérès, Porto, Brussels, Grand Théatre and Auditorium de Bordeaux, Halle aux grains, Auditorium Saint Pierre des Cuisines and Espace Croix Baragnon in Toulouse, Opéra de Lyon, National Archives, Salle Cortot in Paris, Festivals “Nuit musicales de Saint Émilion”, Orpheus and Bacchus, La Charité sur Loire, Piano Pic, Passe ton Bach d’abord, Tons Voisins, festival des Arcs, Tignes, National Scenes of Normandy, Brittany, Burgundy, Midi Pyrénées…).
Since 2007, he has been professor of piano at the Conservatory. He has just recorded a disc dedicated to Beethoven’s sonatas.