Laurène Durantel is an artist who wants to make the most of the variety of different voices and timbres of this incredible instrument.
Laurène was first soloist in the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse for many years and has been a member of Ensemble 360 since 2006. As a chamber music player she has also played with Denis Pascal, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Elias Quartet, Nador Quartet, Valentin Erben and François Salque.
Laurène has also recorded Dvořák’s String Quintet Op.77 with the Škampa Quartet (Suprophon), two volumes of Bottesini’s concertante works with string quintet, violonist Eric Lacrouts and pianist Daniel Benzakoun (Polymnie) and recordings with Ensemble 360; Beethoven and Spohr (Universal).
As a soloist she not only plays parts written for double bass but also dares to perform any other piece she wants but always with as much care to the original as possible. When taking on parts originally meant for cello, no transposing takes place; she plays the part exactly as written. Performances of this type include Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op.73, Schubert’s Sonata Arpeggione, Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata, Robert Schumann’s First Sonata for Violin and Piano Op.105, Fauré’s cello and piano sonatas, Bach’s solo cello suites.
Teaching is a central part of Laurène’s career and she is developing a fascination with pedagogy. In 2003 she founded the Academie de Contrebasse – now one of the biggest in Europe – and the L’Un L’Autre school. From 2009 until 2011 she was a teacher at the National Conservatoire of Toulouse.
Laurène has a diploma from the CNSM of Paris and was a pupil of Denis Pascal and Philippe Noharet. She works closely with composer Julien Dassié, flautist Marine Perez, dancer Shanika Filiol de Raimond, violist Maria Mosconi, violinist Laure Schappler, acrobats Elena Shumskaya and Elena Dvinina, and conductor Nicolas Krüger.
Laurène is represented by GAH Management agency.