A lively curiosity, a keen creative spirit and an attentive ear gave Marianne Muller and Vincent Lhermet the desire to explore early repertoires and have the accordion shed new light on the world of the viola da gamba. This encounter between two instruments of different origins and far removed in time is full of spontaneity, surprise and discovery.
They have appeared together in numerous festivals, such as the Festival Radio France de Montpellier-Occitanie, Lille Piano(s) Festival, the Dresden Schütz Musikfest, the Festival d’Ambronay and Bach en Combrailles.Their interest in contemporary repertoire, where the two instruments are able to exploit their most exciting sound potential, has led to the creation of several new works — the first written for these two instruments combined — by composers including Philippe Hersant, Joan Magrané Figuera, Thierry Tidrow and Jorge Torres Saenz.
Their first recording, Poetical Humors (harmonia mundi, 2018), is a depiction of English melancholy (Dowland, Gibbons, Hume). Les inAttendus have also explored Bach’s Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord (BWV 1027-1029), as well as exuberant Italian music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with their program Una follia italiana (Corelli, Frescobaldi, Rognoni, Vivaldi).
Marianne Muller, violist
Marianne Muller, participant and witness too of the Baroque revival, pursues a worldwide career as a concert artist. She has played with ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale, Hespèrion XXI, Les Nièces de Rameau, William Byrd, Akadêmia and Amarillis. Her ensemble Spirale is dedicated to the solo repertoire for the bass viol, while she plays consort music with Les Fantaisistes. Her discography, as a soloist or in various ensembles, includes some fifty titles.
Her fondness for the theatre and dance has often led her onstage, particularly with the ensemble Docteur Lully et Master Haydn.As a professor at the CNSMD in Lyon since the creation of the Early Music Department, she has been enjoying her teaching while continuing to probe the early music repertoire. Her encounter with Vincent Lhermet has given rise to a peculiar duo, Les inAttendus, eager to explore the past and present repertoires.
Vincent Lhermet, accordionist
Winner of prestigious international awards (Arrasate Hiria Competition, Gaudeamus International Interpreters), Vincent Lhermet performs worldwide either as a soloist or with orchestras and ensembles (Orchestre d’Auvergne, Court-Circuit, L’Instant Donné, Le Poème Harmonique) in a repertoire that extends from the Renaissance to the present. He appears with Gérard Caussé, Tommaso Lonquich, Marianne Muller and Michel Portal, and strives to enrich the repertoire by collaborating with numerous composers.
His discography includes Correspondances (2014), Rameau, hier et aujourd’hui (2015) and Cantares Mexicanos (2019). A graduate of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Paris Conservatoire and the University of Paris-Sorbonne, he is the first accordionist to hold a doctorate in performance in France. He has also studied with Matti Rantanen and Bruno Mantovani.
He teaches at the CRR of Boulogne-Billancourt and at the ESMD of Lille.
Updated September 2022