How a dream became true...
The organiser of International chamber music workshops Floryse Bel Bennett
is an amateur violinist born in Switzerland, who thought of putting together
her taste for contacts, her imagination and her experience in the organisation
of meetings with her passion for music.
Floryse went to the United States in 1990 where she stayed for 4 years.
There, she met a wonderful teacher in New York, Sandy Schipior. Among the
Chamber music courses was the Bennington Conference in Vermont, which she
still attends regularly. It was here that the desire for developing such
music activity was first inspired.
In 1993, Floryse Bel Bennett joined the Opera Studio Orchestra, then the
Orchestre Symphonique in Geneva. She became a member of the Musicians of
Europe based in Strasbourg, and later was asked to be an adviser for ACMP
(Amateur Chamber Music Players), a large and active association in New York,
that encourages amateur musicians to meet and play music. This is how the
idea came of having friends coming from overseas to Switzerland and meet
and play with European friends.
In 1994, the first Alpeggio took place at the Hindemith Foundation in Blonay
with 36 participants from 7 different countries. This was the first adventure.
Since then, the Bridge Quartet from London joined as coaches in 1996. Two
years later, Floryse discovered another region that she loved, the Haute
Provence, and a wonderful place to hold a chamber music workshop, the monastery
of Sainte Croix. This became CROscendo, with the Kocian String Quartet from
Prague. Since then, the Terpsycordes Quartet
from Geneva and the Quatuor Antarčs from Paris have been invited to
support the work of the enthusiastic musicians.
In 2006, she was
asked by the Verbier Festival (Switzerland) to share some
organisational experience and was invited to participate in the first
Verbier Festival Amateur Chamber Music Week (with Gábor Takács-Nagy, Paul
Coker and the Badke String Quartet).
In 2006-2007, under the direction
of Aude Hauser, the physiotherapist and Jung analyst, Floryse took the "Artitude"
course of the "Ecole du Beau" in Geneva; following the presentation of her
dissertation, entitled "VIBRArTO or the Inspiration/Respiration of the
String Quartet", she was awarded her diploma.
In 2010 she was nominated International Board member of ACMP, the Chamber
Music Network, and subsequently became Chair of the International Advisory
The basic idea is to offer the opportunity to Music lovers to meet in an
inspiring location for playing music, meeting new friends, preparing some
classical or new pieces, working with professional musicians to improve
technique and the approach of chamber music, together with discovering an
interesting country and region.
Florybel Music offers to experienced amateurs, professionals and semi-professional
string players the opportunity to spend 6 gratifying days playing chamber
works in an informal atmosphere, as well as attending master classes and
concerts by the artists in residence.