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The members

Presentation of the office members and members of the St Barts Music Festival association


Members of the Association:
Corinne Hennequin, President
Rachel Trangmar, Vice President 

Elise Magras, Secretary
Philip Trangmar, Deputy Secretary
Peggi Tello, Treasurer.

Laurent Cléquin, Educational Workshop Assistant

Since this yearborn, an artistic committee was formed; composed of six great musicians, pillars of the Festival who do us the honor of coming every year and for 28 YEARS for some! They are the ones who imagined this year’s musical program for your greatest happiness!

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Jennifer Frautschi, Violinist


Jennifer Frautschi is an acclaimed and versatile violinist known for her expressive performances. She has received prestigious awards and scholarships and has an extensive repertoire including classical and contemporary works; critics praising his technique
exceptional and its intense expression. She has performed as a soloist with major orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Frautschi has also performed with chamber music ensembles and at leading festivals and music venues around the world. Recent credits include collaborations with pianist John Blacklow on Albany Records, acclaimed recordings on Artek, a Romantic Horn Trios disc with horn player Eric Ruske and pianist Stephen Prutsman.
She is currently artist in residence at Stony Brook University and plays a prestigious Antonio Stradivarius violin. Jennifer has been participating in the Saint Barthélemy Music Festival since 2000.​

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Francis Gouton, Cellist


From Suntory Hall in Tokyo to Wigmore Hall in London, from the Sydney Opera House to the Kennedy Center in Washington, from the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires to the Gstaad Festival, Francis Gouton performs as a soloist and in chamber music on the stages around the world, with a repertoire ranging from Bach's 6 suites to contemporary music. For disc and radio, he performs and records forgotten masterpieces of the repertoire, as well as concertos written for him. Passionate about teaching Francis is a professor at the University of Music in Mannheim, Germany. Francis has participated in the Saint Barthélemy Music Festival since 1996.​


Nitzan Haroz, Trombone

Nitzan Haroz has been principal trombone of the Philadelphia Orchestra since
1995. Between 2012 and 2014 he held the position of principal trombone of the LA Philharmonic. A native Israeli, Nitzan has performed with the IDF Orchestra as well as the Israel Symphony and Opera Orchestra as principal trombone. Nitzan has been seen as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony to name the principals. He is an active recitalist and chamber musician. Nitzan received first prize in the François Shapira Competition in Israel. He holds conferences around the world and gives master classes and recitals in Israel, the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He works regularly for the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Nitzan has participated in the Saint Barthélemy Music Festival since 2002.

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Alecia Lawyer, Oboe


Alecia Lawyer, founder and artistic director of Roco, a professional classical music ensemble based in Houston, is recognized for her boldness and innovative spirit. Alecia revolutionized the way classical music is created and enjoyed. She promoted accessibility and inclusion in the field by implementing Braille programs, QR codes, and a music education program for children. Its orchestra model is based on the principle: pay what you want and enjoys the support of a wide range of donors, representing 90% of its income. Roco has recorded 132 world premieres and his debut album won a Grammy.
Roco's many concerts in Ho
uston are regularly broadcast nationally. Roco's innovative program, Roco on the Go, allows the public to scan QR codes in Houston parks, hospitals and schools to access free music streaming.
Alecia Lawyer is one of Houston's top 50 music influencers, regularly showcasing her innovative ideas across the United States. This is his tenth year of participation in the Saint Barthélemy Music Festival.

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Brian Lewis, Violinist



Passionate about music and committed to excellence, Brian Lewis continually thrives in the world of string performance and pedagogy. He is an acclaimed and versatile violinist with a presence, experience and achievements that span the globe. He has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and collaborated with renowned orchestras around the world. Holder of the prestigious David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Texas at Austin, he is recognized as a leading figure in his field.

In addition to his performing career, Lewis is a dedicated educator, holding a position at the University of Texas at Austin and serving as artistic director of the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program. He has recorded numerous CDs, including a world premiere recording with the London Symphony Orchestra. Lewis has received numerous awards and honors, including the Suzuki Chair Award from the American Suzuki Institute, Excellence in Teaching Awards, and the St. Bartholomew Medal. Brian has been participating in the Saint Barthélemy Music Festival since 2000.


Jon Manasse, Clarinetist

Highly respected classical clarinetist Jon Manasse is known for his exceptional talent, magnificent sound and captivating performances. He has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Manasse frequently tours with pianist Jon Nakamatsu as part of the renowned Manasse/Nakamatsu duo, premiering new works by notable composer Paquito D & Rivera. He has performed successfully solo in New York, toured extensively in Japan and Southeast Asia, and collaborated with enrenowned chamber composers, Manasse has created several clarinet concertos, including the Lowell Liebermann Clarinet Concerto and the Steven R. Gerber Clarinet Concerto.
With principal clarinet positions in various orchestras, he has also recorded critically acclaimed CDs and is an esteemed educator at top music schools. He is currently on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Lynn Conservatory, and the Mannes School of Music. Manasse is artistic director of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. Jon has participated in the Saint Barthélemy Music Festival since 2003.

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