Louis FIMA

Viola | CNSM de Paris - CRR de Paris-PSPBB - ProQuartet

Intensive session from August 30th to September 1st


After a degree in musicology at the Sorbonne, Louis Fima was awarded first prize for viola and for chamber music at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, before continuing his studies at Yale University in the United States. In 1982 he was awarded second prize in the viola category at the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition of Belgrade. For more than ten years Louis Fima has been associated with the Inter-Contemporary Ensemble and French National Theatre La Comédie Francaise as an invited artist for performances and recordings. He has been principal viola soloist of the Jean-Francois Paillard Chamber Orchestra, the Jean-Walter Audoli Ensemble, the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra of the Paris Orchestra, founded by Daniel Barenboim. Violist of the Razumowsky Quartet, he founded the Brahms Sextet in 1985 and, subsequently, the Arpeggione Quartet in 1987. These formations received international acclaim and awards (Evian, Paris) performing in prestigious festivals (Salzburg, Lockenhaus...).

In 2004 he premiered the French performance of Instants suspendus a solo viola piece by the Israeli composer Andre Hajdu and, in 2005, he composed and recorded the music for the play L'escale by Paul Hengge. Other subsequent collaborations with the stage include: Bonté Divine in 2009 and Le vieux juif blonde in 2010.

Meanwhile, Louis Fima maintains an intensive teaching career as professor of viola at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris (CRR) and the Jacques Ibert Conservatory in the 19th arrondissement. Since 2012, he teaches as an assistant at the Paris National Conservatory (CNSM) He teaches advanced level string quartet courses within the association Proquartet.In 2013, he teaches masterclasses at the Royal College of Music in London, as part of the european project "ESTHER" on works by jewish german composers in exile.

For over 15 years Louis Fima has been a regular invited guest at the Academy Festival in Les Arcs, Savoie and, since 2007, the festivals of the Academie du Grand Nancy and the Nancyphonies.

Since 2006, Louis Fima has been dedicated conductor of the student orchestras at the Paris CRR.