About

Recognized by her peers for her musicality and her beautiful tone, the French violist Virginie d’Avezac particularly enjoys performing as a chamber musician. 

The French violist Virginie d’Avezac began her musical studies with the Piano at the age of 5 and entered the Bordeaux National Conservatory at the age of 10. At 14, she found her true musical calling and began studying the viola. She received first prizes from the Bordeaux Conservatory in viola, chamber music, harmony and counterpoint. Virginie studied with two of France’s most respected violists, Tasso Adamopoulos and Serge Collot. During her time in Paris, Virginie participated with the Magnolia quartet – of which she was a founder member- in the prestigious Proquartet program for chamber music. The Magnolia quartet studied for two years under the guidance of great artists such as Guy Danel (Danel quartet), Günther Pichler and Valentin Erben (Alban Berg quartet), Eric Robberecht (concertmaster at La Monnaie orchestra in Brussels).

An avid chamber musician, she has played with the pianist Zachary Deak in France, Morocco, and Southern California since 2010. She regularly performs in Chamber Music concert series in the LA area such as the Bruman Festival, South Pasadena Public Library Concerts, Concerts at the Dome, Mason Concerts, and Hear Now Festival 

Former Principal Viola of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Principal viola of the Dream Orchestra, Virginie has performed in numerous orchestras in Europe and Southern California for twenty years.

While living in France, Virginie has played in many prominent orchestras across France and North Africa, including the National Orchestra of Ile de France, the National Orchestra of Bordeaux, the Youth Orchestra of the Mediterranean, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Morocco, the Rocca Fortis Orchestra, the Symphonists of Aquitaine Orchestra.

Since her arrival in Los Angeles in February 2016, Virginie has played with ensembles such as the LA Master Chorale, New West Symphony, the Dream Orchestra, the LA Doctors Symphony Orchestra, the LA Jewish Symphony and the conductorless Kaleidoscope orchestra.

From September 2016 to September 2018, Virginie was the Principal Viola of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.

In April 2017 she was invited to perform with the Juneau Symphony in Alaska. Virginie has performed extensively in Los Angeles at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zipper Hall, the Broad Stage, the Getty auditorium, the Ford Theatre, the Greek Theater and the Powell Library, the Soraya, and the LA Convention Center. She has participated in several recordings for film, TV, and commercials at Warner Bros, Capitol Studios, Fox Studios, Eastwest Studios and the Village Studios.

Virginie is a proud contributor to the Grammy Winning Album “Mythologies” by composer Danae Xanthe Vlasse.

Grammy winner 2022 for best classical solo vocal album: Mythologies by Danae Vlasse. Sopranos Sangeeta Kaur, Hila Plitmann, Violinist Lily Haydn, Violist Virginie d’Avezac, Cellist Eru Matsumoto, Flutist Wouter Kellerman, Pianists Danae Vlasse, Robert Thies, Brendan White, Percussionist Nadeem Majdalany and Emilio Miller.  Sound engineer Gerhard Joost, Producer Emilio Miller.

 

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Teaching

In addition to her career as a musician, Virginie is a dedicated violin, viola and piano teacher.

With more than twenty years of teaching experience in music schools, conservatories in France, Morocco and California, Mrs d’Avezac’s teaching philosophy is focused on serving all of her students with passion, respect, kindness, rigor and patience.

She adjusts her teaching to the particular needs of each student, committing herself fully to their musical development.

As a certified Hypnotherapist and Artist coach, Virginie provides her students with an in-depth and personalized approach to learning, practicing and performing. She strives to offer her students a  comprehensive understanding of music that includes both body and mind.

This balanced approach allows musicians to better express themselves through their instrument, with greater confidence and mastery.

In her private Hypnotherapy practice, Virginie works regularly with musicians on management of stage fright and  other issues that may interfere with performing.

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Schedule

Mammoth Music Festival 

Friday, July 29th 7:30pm

at the Cerro Coso College

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, K. 493
Zachary Deak, Rebecca Hang, Virginie d’Avezac, Cara Colón

Mammoth Music Festival

Saturday, July 30th 7:30 pm

at the Cerro Coso College

César Franck (1822-1890)
Piano Quintet in F Minor
Zachary Deak, Jessica Guideri, Rebecca Hang, Virginie d’Avezac, Emilio Colón

Mammoth Music Festival

Sunday, July 31st 4pm

at the Cerro Coso College

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Brandenburg Concerto no.3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Rebecca Hang, Jessica Guideri, Ambroise Aubrun, Virginie d’Avezac, Emilio Colón, Cara Colón, Brian Schuldt, Zachary Deak, SAM Students

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
Serenade for Strings, opus 22
Rebecca Hang, Jessica Guideri, Ambroise Aubrun, Virginie d’Avezac, Emilio Colón, Cara Colón, Brian Schuldt, SAM Students

PAST EVENTS

March,5, 2022 at 6pm

Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

Mechanic’s Bank Theater

DVORAK and BEETHOVEN

The Bakersfield Symphony is joined by Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philarmonic, for this spectacular concert event. Chalifour will open the concert with a virtuosic performance of Dvořák’s beautiful violin concerto. In the second half of the concert, Maestro Stilian Kirov will take us through Beethoven’s classically energetic and moving 7th Symphony.

Friday, June 3, 2022 at 7pm

@Villa Gardens in Pasadena

Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major “the Trout”

 Benjamin Hoffman, violin; Virginie d’Avezac, viola; Clement Chow, cello; Evan Hillis, Bass; Irene Kim, Piano

Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 6pm

MASON HOME CONCERT

Mar Vista- Exact location TBA

Bach

Brandenburg n.4 (and more)

Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 3pm

Veterans Memorial Auditorium- Culver City

Chamber Musicale

Four centuries of chamber music including  Catalani, Telemann, Beethoven, Haydn, Gabrielli, Coleridge-Taylor, Mayer, Thiele, and Weiss featuring String and Wind Ensembles of the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra

Saturday,April 2nd, 2022 at 7:30pm @ Kavli Theater- Thousand Oaks

Sunday April 3rd at 3pm @Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center- Camarillo

 NEW WEST SYMPHONY 

 

 

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto n3

Joplin: Selections from Treemonisha

Sibelius: Symphony n3

 

Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 7:30pm

Friends of music at PPC

Pasadena Presbyterian Church

585 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

 

CPE Bach Organ Concerto in G Major, Wq 34, H.444 

Presenter and Organ soloist: Dr. Timothy Howard

 

Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 7:30pm

New West Symphony

The Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks

AMERICAN ROOTS CONCERT 

Michael Christie, Conductor.          Philippe Quint, Violinist

Aaron Copland | Fanfare for the Common Man

Antonín Dvořák | Suite in A major, Op. 98b “American”

Joan Tower | Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

Erich Wolfgang Korngold | Violin Concerto

John Williams | Star Wars Suite

 

Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 3pm

New West Symphony

Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center in Camarillo

AMERICAN ROOTS CONCERT 

Michael Christie, Conductor        Philippe Quint, violinist

Aaron Copland | Fanfare for the Common Man

Antonín Dvořák | Suite in A major, Op. 98b “American”

Joan Tower | Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

Erich Wolfgang Korngold | Violin Concerto

John Williams | Star Wars Suite

 

February,20, 2022 at 6pm

St James in-the-city

3903 Wilshire Blvd 90010

Bassoonist Judith Farmer and friends

Mozart: duo n2 in B flat Major for violin and viola

Gernot Wolfgang: Common ground for bassoon and cello

Francois Devienne: Quartet in C Major op 73 n.1 for bassoon and string trio.

Judith Farmer, bassoon; Ambroise Aubrun, violin; Virginie d’Avezac, viola; Armen Ksajikian, cello.

December, 13, 2021 10am and 12pm.

Violins of Hope- Soraya Student Matinees

Younes and Soraya Nazarian
Center for the Performing Arts

Concert will be performed on String Instruments from the Holocaust.

The historic instruments stand as a testament to resilience, now more than ever, in their triumphant return. The concert marks a celebration of perseverance and music’s power to transcend.
Szymon Laks String Quartet No. 3
I. Allegro Quasi Presto
Max Bruch Piano Quintet in G minor Op. Post
I. Allegro molto moderato. Tranquillo
Erwin Schulhoff Five Pieces for String Quartet
III. Czech folk music

Violins: Niv Ashkenazy, Lorenz Gamma; Viola: Virginie d’Avezac; Cello: Garik Terzian; Piano: Ming Tsu

December 5, 2021 at 3pm

New West Symphony

Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center- Camarillo

Tales of Winter

Michael Christie, Conductor

December 4, 2021 at 7pm

New West Symphony

Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks

Tales of Winter

Michael Christie, Conductor

November, 30, 2021 at 7:30pm

Chamber music Salon

Private location

Violins of Hope

This concert will be performed on instruments from the Violins of Hope collection. (Instruments from the Holocaust)

Gershwin- Lullaby
Weiner- String trio op.6 No1
Weinberg- violin duet
Laks- String quartet No 3
Bach- Concerto for two violins

    November, 20, 2021 at 6:30pm

    Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra

    Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium

    Copland, Respighi, Vaughan Williams

    October, 9, 2021 at 6pm

    Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

    Mechanic’s Bank Theater

    Bruch and Dvorak

    The concert opens with the talented violinist Simone Porter playing Bruch’s enchanting Scottish Fantasy. Maestro Kirov then takes us on a journey to the “New World” with Dvořák’s enigmatic Symphony No. 9.

    Bruch | Scottish Fantasy
    Violin Soloist: Simone Porter

    Dvořák | Symphony No. 9, From the New World

    Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 4pm

    South Pasadena Public Library

    Haydn: Trio in C Major for Flute, Violin and Cello 
    Saint-Saens: Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, op.124
    Koechlin: Primavera quintet for Flute, Harp, Violin, Viola and Cello
                INTERMISSION
    Mozart: quartet in D major for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello
    Cras: quintet for Flute, Harp, Violin, Viola and Cello

    Susan Greenberg, Flute; Cristina Montes Mateo, Harp; Madalyn Parnas Möller, Violin; Virginie d’Avezac, Viola; Juliette Herlin, Cello.

    Sunday,January 26, 2020 at 4pm

    Groupmuse concert

    Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia for violin and cello. Filip Pogády, violin and Mark Bassett, cello
    Beethoven: the Eyeglasses duo for viola and cello. Virginie d’Avezac, viola and Mark Bassett, cello
    intermission
    Mozart: Divertimento in E-flat major K.563 for string trio.
    I. Allegro II. Adagio VI. Allegro

    Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 6pm

    LACMA

    • Haydn: Trio in C Major for Flute, Violin and Cello 
    • Koechlin: Primavera quintet for Flute, Harp, Violin, Viola and Cello
    • Saint-Saens: Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, op.124
    • Cras: quintet for Flute, Harp, Violin, Viola and Cello

    Susan Greenberg, Flute; Cristina Montes Mateo, Harp; Madalyn Parnas Möller, Violin; Virginie d’Avezac, Viola; Juliette Herlin, Cello.

    Sunday, November 10,2019 at 4:30pm

    Classical Music Encounters of Orange County 

    Piano and viola recital with Pianist Zachary Deak

    • Rachmaninov: 4 préludes for piano 
    • Scriabin: Piano sonata no3 

               Intermission

    • Clarke: Viola sonata
    • Bowen: Melody on the G string for viola and piano 

    Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 7pm

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    LA Master Chorale

    conductor: Grant Gershon

    • Anton Bruckner: Mass no3 in F minor
    • Osvaldo Golijov: Oceana

     

    Saturday, October 19, 2019  at 2pm

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    LA Master Chorale

    conductor: Grant Gershon

    • Anton Bruckner: Mass no3 in F minor
    • Osvaldo Golijov: Oceana

     

    Sunday, October 6,2019 at 3pm and 5pm

    Mount Wilson observatory

    Mozart and Brahms quintets for Clarinet and Strings

    with Pierre Genisson, clarinet, Ambroise Aubrun and Henri Gronnier, violins, Virginie d’Avezac, viola, Cecilia Tsan, cello

    Saturday, September 28, 4pm

    Galerie XII, 6150 Wilshire blvd, Los Angeles 90048

    Groupmuse Concert

    Trios and duos for violin, viola and accordion

    program TBD soon

    Kerenza Peacock, violin; Virginie d’Avezac, viola; Ryan Whyman, accordion

     

    Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7pm

    Zipper Hall, Los Angeles

    Petra Conti and friends “I’m gonna live forever!”

    with Dream Orchestra 

    Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 6pm

    Central LA

    Handel-halvorsen, Schubert, Sibelius, Koechlin, Morricone, Grime, Peacock, O’Connor

    with Kerenza Peacock, violin

    Handel-Halvorsen,Schubert, Sibelius,Koechlin, Morricone, Grime, Peacock, o’Connor Duets for violin and viola
    with Kerenza Peacock, violin

    LA Master Chorale presents the great movies and opera choruses

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Saturday, April 13, 2019 6pm

    Galerie  XII, 6150 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 

     

    Handel-Halvorsen, Schubert, Mozart, Sibelius,Grime, O’Connor,
    Kerenza Peacock, violin; Virginie d’Avezac, Viola

    April, Sunday 29, 5:00 pm

    HEAR NOW FESTIVAL

    First Lutheran Church of Venice

    Sharon Farber, Bridges of Love
    Hila Plitmann (soprano), Donald Foster (clarinet), Robert Thies (piano), Virginie d’Avezac (viola)

    May, Saturday 12, 7:30pm

    Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center, Bakersfield

    Igor Stravinsky, Petruschka

    Sergei Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances

    Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

    May, Saturday 26, 6:00pm

    Mason Concerts , 3484 Redwood Ave Mar Vista

    Johan Sebastian Bach, Brandenburg 5th

    Arnold Schoënberg, Verklarte Nacht

    Todd Mason, Lighthouses

    Members of the LA Opera

    Sunday, July 22 at 2pm

    Santa Monica

    Mozart, Beethoven, Danzi, Fauré, Shostakovitch, Duets for viola and cello
    with Callie Galvez, cello

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