The Giraud Ensemble is a classical music ensemble based in Zurich (Switzerland)

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The Giraud Ensemble is a group of professional, classical musicians who loves music and wants to share it with the audience. Their focus is not only to perform unknown or rarely performed works, creating often a synthesis of them , but also to do so at unusual places , giving their performances a touch of extraordinary.
The group is very flexible, hence the musicians do not limit themselves within a certain style or with the size of the ensemble. As a result of this approach they have already played "Pierrot lunaire" by Schoenberg written for 6 musicians and a concerto for piano, trumpet and string orchestra by Shostakovich.
All the musicians are experienced and demand professionals. They are winners of many well-known competitions and had opportunities to play in such a prestigious concert halls like Royal Albert Hall London, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow, Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonic Hall St.-Petersburg, George Hall Toronto, Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Zurich etc.

Violins: Rustem Monasypov*, Mikalai Semiankou, Anna Morozkina, Diana-Maria Turcu, Jana Ozolina, Hani Song, Daniel Lee
Violas: Natalia Golub, Ivan Agafonov, Mihai Cocea, Shih-Yu Tang
Cellos: Kristína Chalmovská, Ioanna Seira.
Double Bass: Timofey Matveev
Flute: Tomomi Matsuo
Clarinet: Barnabas Völgyesi
Trumpet: Guillaume Thoraval
Sopran: Olga Onana Ebodé
Keyboard instruments: Yulia Miloslavskaya
Conductor: Sergey Simakov

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Sergey Simakov is one of the most distinguished Russian conductors of his generation. In 2015, he was awarded the 1st prize at the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest. He also worked as Assistant Conductor for the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Daniel Raiskin and the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz (Season 2012-2013). In 2016, Sergey Simakov worked as Music Director and Conductor at the „Oper Oder-Spree“ festival in a production of Händel’s „Orlando“ and conducted concerts during the Bucharest Music Film Festival. He conducted concerts with the following orchestras and ensembles: Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Nord Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philarmonique de Strasbourg, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Brandenburgischen Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen, Musikalische Komödie Leipzig, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Bukarest, Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg and others.

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Talented, Russian violinist Rustem Monasypov is concertmaster at the Giraud Ensemble since its foundation. He graduated from Moscow P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory and went on to continue his studies at Zurich University of the Arts where he acquired the Soloist Master Degree with Prof. Rudolf Koelman. Currently Rustem is doing his second Specialized Master Degree in violin class of Prof. Ilya Gringolts. He participated in and won several competitions and festivals such as Marguerite Meister Scholarship Award (Switzerland, 2013), the RAHN Music Competition, 2nd prize (Switzerland, 2014), the Kiwanis Competition, 1st prize (Switzerland, 2015), the Duttweiler-Hug Competition, 1st prize (Switzerland, 2016), Staefa Jazz Days (Switzerland, 2016) and Swiss Chamber Academy (Switzerland, 2016). As guest player he plays with orchestras like Orchestra Musikkollegium Winterthur, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonietta Zurich.