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Royal Northern Sinfonia - Gaëlle-Anne Michel

Principal, 2nd Violin


The Anonymous Chair

Born in a musical family, Gaëlle-Anne started the violin at the age of three, in her hometown in France. She first studied privately with Jean Ter-Merguerian, former assistant of David Oïstrakh. Then she entered Paris Conservatory, Geneva High School of Music and finally the Guildhall School of Music in London, where she obtained her two masters and her artist diploma with the highest distinctions.

Very early, Gaëlle-Anne took parts in various concerts, which developed her sense of the stage. She regularly performs as a soloist, Bach Concerto in A minor, Mendelssohn concerto, Vivaldi Four Seasons, Mozart concerti, and more recently, Beethoven Triple Concerto with Trio Michel, Sibelius concerto, and Tchaikovsky concerto in the beautiful church La Madeleine, in Paris.

During her course in Geneva, Gaëlle-Anne met Gabor Takacs-Nagy, and studied chamber music with him. She found in herself a passion for chamber music making. She co-founded the Michel piano trio with her two sisters, entered the Camerata Alma Viva, an ensemble of 16 strings led from the violin by Charlotte Maclet, and explored various chamber music formations, from sonata to octet. She also joined the Zaïde quartet, based in Paris, for a three months world tour, as temporary second violin.After obtaining her master, Gaëlle-Anne moved to London, where she enjoys a busy freelance career. She is regularly invited as a first-desk player in UK orchestras, such as Welsh National Opera, Britten Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In November 2018, Gaëlle-Anne joined the Royal Northern Sinfonia as Principal Second violin.

Gaëlle-Anne is interested in anything that can enrich and deepen her musical research. She enjoys all the arts of the stage and loves to collaborate with other artists, dancers, actors, jugglers…she has a passion for opera and theatre, which she studied during her time in Geneva.

When she is not playing the violin, Gaelle-Anne practises meditation and works on writing her
novel, “Les Chroniques du Tarot”.