"Un concerto indimenticabile al Maskfest con il duo SoliPse".
L'informazione San Marino
"International Duo Solipse shined in lush compositions of the decade."
Elena Letnanova for Opus musicum magazine
The Duo SoliPse was formed in 2011 by flutist Elena Stojceska and guitarist Romain Petiot. They performed in various cities and festivals in France, Czech Republic, North Macedonia, Italy, Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as the festival of Arromanches, the "Maskfest" festival in San Marino, the "Ohrid summer" festival, the "Forfest" festival in Kromeritz, international festival "Sarajevo winter", the Scriabin museum in Moscow, the Château de Bosmelet, Châtellerault, the Festival of Sagonne, La Semaine classique au Lavoir, at the Royal museum of fine arts in Brussels and different venues in Paris and Paris region.
The flute/guitar chamber music formation has drawn interest among composers since Astor Piazzolla and his Histoire du tango. Hence, the Duo SoliPse tend to play essentially XXth and XXIst century music including pieces by composers Doïna Rotaru, Massimiliano Messieri, Toru Takemitsu, Vincent Airault, Laurence Sherr or Edison Denisov. On the other hand, the Duo SoliPse is inclined towards folk inspired music from Béla Bartók, Dusan Bogdanovic, Miroslav Tadic, Ravi Shankar...
They premiered the piece Liebes-Lied by Massimiliano Messieri in 2016, piece composed and dedicated to duo SoliPse, as well as A dream within a dream for flûte, guitar, voice, woodblock and live electronics. American composer Laurence Sherr dedicated his Capriccioso for flûte and guitar to Duo SoliPse.
Flutist Elena Stojceska won First Prize at the 2004 AudiMozart Competition in Rovereto, Italy. Other successes in international competitions include top prizes at National Flute and Chamber Music Competitions in Macedonia (and former Yugoslavia), as well as in France at the European Competition of Music, Buffet-Crampon and Gaston Crunelle-Lucien Wurmser flute competitions.
Ms. Stojceska has appeared as soloist with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, Paul Kuentz Orchestra, Orchestra of Auvergne, Bacau Symphony Orchestra and French flutes orchestra.
She has performed recitals and chamber music concerts at important venues in France, Italy, Great Britain, Turkey, Luxembourg, Holland, Macedonia, and has taken part in Festivals throughout Europe, including W.A.Mozart Festival in Rovereto, Skopje and Ohrid Summer Festivals, Maskfest Festival in Bologna, Festival d’Arromanches, Festivals in Luxembourg, Nederlands, Croatia and Bosnia.
Solo flute of Ensemble Bonsai from 2007 till 2012, she also plays regularly in different orchestras under conductors such as John Nelson, Mykola Diadura, Wolfgang Doerner, Hervé Nicquet, Pejman Memarzadeh, Zahia Ziouani, ... She has participated in several recordings with the French Flutes Orchestra, including the CD “Hommage a Roger Bourdin” ed. Traversières, “The Magic Flutes” ed. Radio Romania and title “Paris a le Coeur Tendre “ with Georges Moustaki, ed. Virgin Records.
Recipient of scholarships from Open Society Macedonia, French Government, Albert Roussel Foundation, Ministry of Culture of Macedonia, Ms. Stojceska studied in France and Italy with Pierre-Yves Artaud, Peter Lukas Graf, Vincent Lucas, Aurèle Nicolet and Irena Grafenauer among others.
She currently resides in Paris and teaches at the Livry-Gargan Conservatory as well as the Paris Center Conservatory – CMA W.A.Mozart.
French guitarist Romain Petiot won Third Prize at the 2011 Guitarmania competition in Almada, Portugal. Other success in international competitions includes Fourth prize at the 2011 Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, as well as the finals of the 3rd Robert J. Vidal competition in France.
He has performed on recitals and chamber music concerts in France, Italy, Czech Republic, Belgium, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Russia, and Spain and was invited at divers Festivals such as "Automne Musical" of Châtellerault, "Ohrid summer", the festival of Arromanches in Normandy, "Maskfest" in San Marino, at the Scriabin museum in Moscow, the "Sarajevo winter" festival, the festival of Sagonne, and by the French cultural institute of Valencia, Spain.
He is the dedicatee of several pieces for solo guitar and for flute and guitar duo by composers Massimiliano Messieri, Laurence Sherr and Jan Vrkoc. He recorded in 2019 the solo guitar piece "Blue ridge frescos" written by composer Laurence Sherr which will soon be released as part of the recording of the whole of the American composer's works.
He studied at the Conservatory of Châtellerault, where he graduated in 2006, and at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris “Alfred Cortot” where he received the Superior Diploma for Execution with the honors from the jury, in 2009. Also, he received in 2012 the Perfection studies Diploma of the Aulnay-sous-Bois Conservatory and graduated in 2015 his pedagogy master from Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP).
His teachers includes Sebastien Cabrier, Alberto Ponce and Judicaël Perroy, and he completed his guitar studies attending master-classes with David Russell, Zoran Dukic, Marcin Dylla, Irina Kulikova, Carlo Marchione, Marco Smaili, Lorenzo Micheli, Alvaro Pierri and Jeremy Jouve among others.
Romain currently resides in Paris where he teaches in the Conservatory of l'Haÿ-les-Roses.