The duo made up of the pianist Dimitri Papadopoulos and the cellist Alexandre Vay was formed in 2005, when both had recently entered the CNSMD of Lyon.
United by the same passion for chamber music, whose repertoire they explored together, they decided at the end of their « classic » studies as chamber musicians to take Jacques Aboulker’s advanced course. They centred their research on Beethoven’s music, choosing for their Master’s thesis the thematic of The recitative and the arioso in the interpretation of Beethoven’s music for cello and piano. This research concluded with the release of a disc including Beethoven’s 5 sonatas for cello and piano, recorded in the CNSMD’s auditorium (the Varèse hall).
For 8 years up to now, the duo has performed all over Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark) during prestigious festivals, with an extensive repertoire mixing indispensable works (Beethoven, Franck, Britten, Prokofiev, Brahms, Fauré, Schumann, Debussy, Mendelssohn) with less performed ones (Reger, Carter, von Knorr, Beethoven’s lieder’ transcriptions).
The two musicians are actively supported by the Mécénat Société Générale foundation, the ADAMI (a non-profit society for the collective administration of performers’ rights), as well as the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst).
They are moreover the laureates of several international competitions, such as the Max Reger competition (Karlsruhe).
As they are periodically invited to perform on radio, the audience has had the opportunity to hear them, particularly during the radio shows of Gaëlle le Gallic ("Youth talents generations"), Frédéric Lodéon ("Plaisirs d'amour") on France Musique as well as "the Carrefour de Lodéon" on France Inter.
Applauded by the press, Aurore Busser (Nice Matin) writes about them: « The attacks, the audacities, the inflections, the dynamics, the rhythmic strengths, the cantabile, the lyricism… everything is pooled, in perfect harmony. Standing Ovation. »