Alexis Kossenko was born in 1977 in Nice, France. The French flutist and conductor, Alexis Kossenko, obtained a 1st Prize in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (with Alain Marion) and the Soloist Diploma with high distinction as a recompense of his studies in Amsterdam with Marten Root. In 1995 he won a unanimous 1st Prize in the Lions-Club International Flute Competition, and in 2001, he was awarded in the Rampal Flute Competition the Special Prize for the best interpretation Appel d’air by Bruno Mantovani.
Alexis Kossenko is currently making a double career on both modern and historical flutes. His numerous concerts as a soloist or in recital (with piano, fortepiano or basso continuo) led him to the most beautiful Halls of Europe and Asia, as guest of several prestigious festivals : Halle, Solingen, Salamanca, Risør (where he appeared as a partner of Catherine Bott, Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Leif Ove Andsnes and Ole Edvard Antonsen).
Alexis Kossenko is one of the very few flautists to perform on all the historical forms of his instrument. Besides the modern flute, traverso and recorder, he gives special attention to the Romantic area and can offer a new vision of 400 years of repertoire, always choosing for each music the most appropriate instrument.
As such, his orchestral experience is already impressive: he appeared with modern orchestras (Philharmonie der Nationen with which he gave over 350 concerts as 1st solo flautist and recorded Nielsen flute concerto, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Ensemble Orchestral de Basse Normandie, Orchestre de Bretagne), romantic orchestras (Anima Eterna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique) and Baroque ensembles (Utrechts Barock Consort, Capriccio Stravagante, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy (Director: Jean-Claude Malgoire), Arte dei Suonatori, Le Concert d’Astrée (Director: Emmanuelle Haïm), Mozart Akademie, Arcadia). He so performed and recorded under the direction of Justus Frantz, Mstislav Rostropovich, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Bender, John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Skip Sempé, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Martin Gester, Jos van Immerseel, Eduardo Lopez Banzo, Emmanuelle Haïm, Jaap ter Linden and Fabio Biondi. In 1997, his interpretations of Johann Joachim Quantz and Antonio Vivaldi concertos with the European Union Baroque Orchestra conducted by Ton Koopman and Roy Goodman (more than 20 concerts in Europe) always prompted an astonishing ovation.
With Arte dei Suonatori (Poznan), he undertook in 2002 an ambitious project covering, in a series of concerts, the History of the Flute from Renaissance times to our days, in chamber and solo repertoire.
Alexis Kossenko is also an appreciated chamber music partner, and collaborated with artists such as Alain Marion, Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Jaap ter Linden, Patrick Ayrton, Catherine Bott, Suzie LeBlanc, Ian Bostridge, etc. Founding member of La Bergamasca and Les Musiciens de Monsieur Croche, he won with those ensembles several competitions in France and Holland and played concerts in all Europe, invited by important festivals (Ambronay, Salamanca, Barcelona, Utrecht, Heidelberg, Bruges, The Hague, Halle, Brezice, St-Lizier, etc…) He also forms a duet with Sébastien d’Hérin (harpsichord and fortepiano) et Rémy Cardinale (piano and fortepiano).
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