Alexis Kossenko

French flutist and orchestra conductor (1977, Nice)

Alexis Kossenko’s solid education allows him to defend equally every repertoire he takes on as a flutist or as an orchestra conductor and to use for each piece the instrument the most able to express its modernity.

After he received the first flute prize from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nice, Alexis Kossenko was admitted in the Paris Conservatoire en 1991 in the same class as Alain Marion. In parallel to his education he discovered the recorder at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Poitiers and won successively the first flute prize at the Paris Conservatoire and the first prize at the Lions-Club international competition. He initiated the baroque ensemble La Bergamasca with whom he toured throughout Europe’s biggest festivals. He joined the Philharmonie der Nationen (Hamburg) as a solo flutist and gave 350 concerts between 1995 and 1997, playing the greatest symphonic pieces. He took the opportunity to include Nielsen's Flute Concerto in his repertoire. He nevertheless continued his education at the Paris Conservatoire until 2003 and graduated in three cycles to complete his training: flute, chamber music and baroque flute under Pierre Séchet. He also received his Soloist Diploma when he graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatoire where he had studied under Marten Root. His career as a specialized musician in the old-style music took a step forward in 1997. That year, he played Vivaldi and Quantz’s concertos in a series of concerts accompanied by the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He started in 2001 his career as an orchestra conductor and worked with the Polish baroque ensemble Arte dei Suonatori, working for example on pieces for soloist flutes or on composers Rameau and Purcell’s work. Their collaboration has been recorded and released on the Alpha Label since 2006. 

Alexis Kossenko is the solo flutist of several orchestras specialized in the historically informed performance: la Chambre Philharmonique, le Cercle de l’Harmonie… His activities as one of the main music chamber musicians give him the opportunity to play alongside great artists such as Andrew Manze, Ryo Terakado, Robert Hill, Sébastien d’Hérin…

Six landmark dates in the life of Alexis Kossenko

1995: First prize at the Paris Conservatoire
1995: creates the ensemble La Bergamasca
2001: Won a special prize at the Rampal Competition: best interpretation of Appel d’Air of Bruno Mantovani
2001: was appointed conductor of the Arte dei Suonatori
2003: first time at the Festival de Pâques de Deauville
2013: The album “Concerti per l'Orchestra di Dresda” that tried to recreate this legendary orchestra’s sound was released.

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Radio France Musical Documentation biography, April 2014