Artistic team

Lila HAJOSI - Musical direction

Musicologist and opera artist specializing in early music, it was in 2014 that Lila Hajosi founded the Irini Ensemble, which has since allowed her to assert herself as artistic director as the programs she creates and directs. Trained from 2012-13 at the Conservatories of Aix en Provence (Prix Jeune Espoir Dussurget) and Marseille (Premier Prix d'Art Lyrique) in singing, early music, theater, lyric art and chamber music, then at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (2018-2021) of which she is a scholarship holder & graduate in Medieval Musicology, it is however even before starting her musical studies that she discovers and discovers a passion for conducting. In 2011, singing in the amateur choir serving the students of Roland Hayrabédian's class in Marseille, while she was just starting her Musicology degree, she was fascinated by the finesse and depth of the conductor's work. This passion was complemented by her studies in Acoustics, Hermeneutics, Harmony and Analysis and enriched by the lessons she learned from her career as a singer with conductors such as Marc Korovitch, Lluis Vilamajó & Jordi Savall, or with conductors such as Kira Parfeveets, Marie Van Rhijn, Phil Richardson, Mihály Zeke, Edwige Herchenroder, Jean-Pierre Rolland and nourished by encounters such as those with Teodor Currentzis in master class and Alexis Kossenko, finally becomes a vocation in its own right. Since September 2021 she has been training with the conductor Sergio Monterisi.

After Maria Nostra, a first CD of the Irini Ensemble released in 2018 by L'empreinte digitale (Choc de Classica), in 2021, Lila Hajosi devotes herself totally to the direction of the Irini Ensemble and creates for it O Sidera, a mixed quintet programme putting into perspective the Prophecies of the Sibyls by Roland de Lassus with extracts from the Byzantine repertoire. O Sidera will be released in October 2021 by Paraty/Pias Harmonia Mundi, in co-production with the Abbaye de Noirlac, the ADAMI, the Région Sud, the DRAC PACA, Arsud and the Commune des Baux de Provence and will be her first opus as conductor. Lila Hajosi and the Irini Ensemble have collaborated twice with the composer Zad Moultaka (2018 Quel mystère que tu aies un corps, commissioned by the Chaillol Festival, 2022 Casus Ade commissioned by the Irini Ensemble). The young conductor and arranger is passionate about the demands of a cappella work, the creation of sound based on the meticulous shaping of the harmonic spectrum, the search for and rediscovery of rare repertoires, and the cross-disciplinary nature of music, poetry, history, philology and science... 

Since 2015 she has taken her ensemble to prestigious national festivals such as RadioFrance Occitanie Montpellier (2016,2021), the Cité de la Voix de Vézelay (laureate in 2017), Via Aeterna (Mont St-Michel) & Rivage des Voix, Festival d'Arts Sacrés d'Evron, Perpignan, Sinfonia en Périgord, as well as to Italy and Algeria.In 2022, she conducted the Irini Ensemble at the Philharmonie de Paris (studio) with O Sidera and became laureate of the REMArkables program of REMA.

The voices of the Irini Ensemble

Mezzo-sopranos: Eulalia Fantova; Clémence Faber

Contraltos: Julie Azoulay; Lauriane Le Prev

Tenors : Benoît-Joseph Meier, Olivier Merlin, Matthieu Chapuis, Thibaut Givaja Léo Guillou-Kérédan

Basses : Guglielmo Buonsanti; Sébastien Brohier, Christophe Gauthier, Jean-Marc Vié


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