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Hervé Blandinières


What is your professional background?
When I was little, I used to fall asleep lulled by recordings of Brahms’ 2nd symphony and his Variations on a theme by Haydn. It probably impacted my life more than I could have imagined at the time. For many years however, music remained a simple hobby like other manual activities, which made me hesitate for a long time when I had to choose a career. I finally decided to follow the musical path that I had been tracing since I was seven years old, and I entered the music schools of Gennevilliers, Boulogne-Billancourt, then the CNSMDP in Jean Sulem’s class. After a quick stint at the Academy of the Opéra de Paris, I am now the happy violist of the Bellefeuille quartet, and a member of the Orchestre de Paris.
Your favorite leaf?
The fig tree’s.
A period of history that you would like to have experienced?
The Neolithic.
Your preferred composer?
Brahms, always!
A video game you like?
Mario Kart.
Your house at Hogwarts?
Ravenclaw, 91% according to the official test.
A beautiful memory?
A mountain lake at the end of a hike in the Ariège.
Your favorite monument?
Amiens’ Cathedral, its immense volume and its facade teeming with details.
A work that moves you?
Arnold Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night.
Your hobbies?
Cooking! As well as sport (in moderation).
What do you bring to the quartet?
My bad moods and a little honey between bass and treble.
A dream?
I fall off my bike and suddenly I wake up… But maybe I didn’t quite understand the question.
The dish you like to cook?
Pasta alla Norma.
Your favorite comic?
Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield.