Elise Dupont – violin Elise-Dupont-viool-©Foppe-Schut After Elise discovered historically informed performance practice, a new world opened up for her. She studied baroque violin with Kati Debretzeni and obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2015. At the moment she is doing her masters studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she has lessons with Matthew Truscott and Rachel Podger. Elise has given concerts with renowned ensembles such as the Netherlands Bach Society, il Gardellino (Belgium), Collegium Marianum (Czech Republic) and die Kölner Akademie (Germany). She has collaborated on several CD recordings, including with the Belgian ensembles Capriola di Gioia and BachPlus. Elise is a permanent member and co-founder of Le Concert d’Apollon, an orchestra dedicated to French Baroque music. She is also part of the Castello Consort, an ensemble that specialises in 17th century music. Recent highlights in her young career are a tour as a Young Bach Fellow with the Netherlands Bach Society with a performance of Bach’s Johannes passion and her concertmaster role with Le Concert d’Apollon in their debut at the Festival Oude Muziek, in Utrecht 2018. In February 2019 Elise was allowed to lead the second orchestra in Bach’s St Matthew Passion conducted by Trevor Pinnock. That same month she won the Mica Comberti Bach Prize for her rendition of the second partita in D minor. Since January 2020, Elise has been an academist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience Scheme. Since February 2017, Elise has been playing a special violin that she has on loan from the National Musical Instruments Fund. The violin was built in 1691 by the Amsterdam violin maker Willem van der Sijde, and was once played by the young princess Juliana.