Who are Les Kapsber'girls ?

Passionate about exploring the pre-baroque and baroque repertoire, this young ensemble created in 2015 reunites four musicians 

Alice Duport-Percier (soprano), Axelle Verner (mezzo), Garance Boizot (viola da gamba) and Albane Imbs (artistic direction and plucked instruments).

 

The Kapsber'Girls are looking for new ways of interpreting historical sources. Drawing their inspiration in diverse traditional repertoires, the four musicians are working at XVIIe and XVIIIe centuries pieces in a new transversal manner, playing with gender.
Energy and vitality are borrowed to « popular » musics, the colors taken from actual musics, the girls are willing to find novelty in ancestry.

 

Their name is inspired by one of the most famous Italian composer from the start of the XVIIe century : Hyéronimus Kapsberger (1580 – 1651). They decided to honour their favourite composer in their first CD recording Che Fai Tù? (March 2020, Muso) which obtains several important awards such as Diapason d’Or, ffff  Télérama, Jocker Découverte Crescendo Magazine (Be.) and is awarded Recording of the Month (July) by MusicWebInternational (GB). 

 

 

Les Kapsber'Girls are regularly the recipient of artistic & creation residencies in important artistic places such as Académie Bach (Arques-la-Bataille) in 2016-17, the Cité de la Voix (Vézelay) in 2018, Sinfonia En Périgord (Périgueux) in 2019 and the CRC d'Ambronay in May 2021.

 

We have heard them recently in many renowned European festivals : London Festival of Baroque Music (UK), Brighton Festival (UK), Festival Académie Bach (France), Toulouse les Orgues (France), Fora do Lugar (Portugal), Sinfonia en Périgord (France), Les Nuits de Septembre (Belgium), Festival Radio France (Fr.).

 

Their second disc (Brunettes) will be released on October 2021 / Alpha Classics. 

 

 




Les Kaps':

Alice Duport-Percier

 

Alice grew up in a rich musical environment and quickly showed a desire to sing. She entered the youth choir of the opera of Lyon in 2007 and then, continued her vocal training with Claire Marbot, Bruno Boterf, Anne Delafosse, Monique Zanetti and Robert Expert. She specialised in early music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon. 

Alice works with plenty ensembles: Les Kapsber’girls, Libera me, Grissini Project, Spirito, Concerto Soave, Ludus modalis or Unacorda choir. In February 2019 she made her debut as an opera soloist in the role of Oberto (Alcina Haendel) in the Händel-festspiele of Karlsruhe (Germany) and will perform Amour in Gluck’s Orfeo and Eurydice at the Zurich Opera in 2021. 


Albane Imbs

 

Albane Imbs discovered the renaissance lute at the tender age of 6 and attended her first lute lessons with Pascale Boquet. In 2012, she was admitted to the CNSMD in Lyon in the class of Rolf Lislevand with whom she learns mastering several historical plucked instruments as theorbo, archlute and baroque guitar. She obtains her master degree of Early Music in 2017. 

 

As soloist or continuist, Albane had the opportunity to perform within well-known ensembles such as Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall), Pygmalion (Raphaël Pichon), Kapsberger Ensemble (Rolf Lislevand), Les Musiciens de Saint Julien(François Lazarevich)), Il Gusto Barocco (Jörg Halubek) or with conductors such as Emmanuelle Haïm. 

In 2015, Albane creates her own ensemble, Les Kapsber’girls. 

Besides performing, pedagogy and music teaching set the core of her activity. Since 2012, Albane possesses  a degree in pedagogy (DUMI) and works frequently in educational environments. 


Axelle Verner

 

Axelle Verner's practice of singing is inspired by various arts and seeks for a wide range of vocal textures. She is graduated from the Maîtrise de Notre Dame de Paris and the CNSMD of Lyon. She sings pieces from the Middle Ages to the late Baroque area, as a soloist or in the ensembles of Simon Pierre Bestion (La Tempête), Tiago Simas Freire (Capella Sanctae Crucis), Frank-Emmanuel Compte (Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu), Albane Imbs (Les Kapsber’girls) or Sébastien Daucé (Correspondances). Since September 2019, she is training herself to classical style in the Pôle Lyrique d’Excellence of Cécile de Boever.  


Barbara Hunninger

 Barbar Hunninger began the cello at the Musikakademie Basel (Switzerland). At 18 years old she joined the class of viola da gamba of Emmanuelle Guigues in Villeurbanne (FR) and began also the baroque cello with Hilary Metzger. She joined, as a violist, the class of Marianne Muller at the CNSMD of Lyon where she obtained her master diploma in 2017. She currently pursuing a Master degree in baroque cello at the Conservatoire Royal in Bruxelles. 

During her studies, Barbara had the opportunity to receive teaching in several courses and masterclasses with Friederike Heumann, Jordi Savall, Paolo Pandolfo, Guido Balestracci, David Simpson and Hager Hanana. She plays regularly with different young ensembles from Lyon in festivals and concert series, such as “Les tribunes baroques” (CH), “Festival Radio France Montpellier” (FR), “Les Rendez-vous de Musique Ancienne” (FR) and “Fringe Festival d’Utrecht” (NL).


Garance Boizot

Born in Paris, Garance Boizot grew up in a family of musicians and began the viola da gamba and the cello at the age of seven. After e Bachelor at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and a Master at the CNSMD of Lyon in viola da gamba, the beginning of her professional career led her to perform on many French and European stages. She developed a strong taste for multidisciplinary productions combining theatre, dance, music,... Garance collaborates then with numerous ensembles such as Ensemble Artasesrse ans Philippe Jaroussky (FR), Le Concert d'Apollon (NL), Ratas del Viejo Mundo (BL), Les Kapsber'girls (FR), Les Musiciens de Saint Julien (FR), La Compagnie de Jeunesse Aimbable (FR) and World Opera Lab (NL).