A passion for chamber music has led Franco-Japanese violinist Aki Saulière to a varied and rich performing life, with frequent appearances in major halls and festivals throughout Europe and Asia.
Following her studies in London, Salzburg and Berlin, she returned to France in 2000 to form the Capucon Quartet with Renaud and Gautier Capucon. The quartet has performed in halls such as Salle Pleyel, Cite de la Musique, Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Reina Sofia, and at the Schubertiades in Schwarzenberg; it collaborates regularly with Nicolas Angelich, Gerard Causse, Frank Braley, and Clemens Hagen, and has recorded for EMI.
As Artistic Director of La Loingtaine, Aki organizes concerts and masterclasses, performs in various formations, and has developed musical friendships which have led over the years to the creation of La Bande de La Loingtaine. Also a dedicated teacher, she shares a class at the Schola Cantorum in Paris with Jean-Pierre Wallez, travels to Japan for masterclasses, and co-directs the La Loingtaine Summer Academy with her aunt, violinist Yuko Mori. Recent solo performances include Brahms’ Double Concerto and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with orchestras in Japan and Norway. As a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe she performs and has developed her musical sensibilities under the batons of Harnoncourt, Abbado, Haitink, Berglund and Blomstedt. Work on period instruments has led to projects with the English Baroque Soloists, L’Orchestre de Champs Elysee, and Le Concert Astree, under Gardiner, Herreweghe and Haim. Her major teachers include David Takeno, Yuko Mori, Ferenc Rados, and Gyorgy Kurtag. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and making teapots.