Violist Karine Lethiec was born to a musicians' family. She is a versatile artist with a true passion for chamber music, developed since childhood. She regularly performs with such musicians or chamber music groups as the Talich, Amati, Enesco, Vilnius, Casals, Psophos, Stradivari String Quartets, David Geringas, Bruno Pasquier, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Gérard Poulet, Alain Meunier, Mikael Rudy, Maurice Bourgue, Hagaï Shaham, Olivier Charlier, Yacov Kasman, Jan Talich and has played as a guest artist in such concert venues as Chicago Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Festival's Rising Star series, Madrid's National Auditorium, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Munich's Herkulesaal, Prague's Rudolphinium, Vilnius Philharmony, SaintPetersburg's ermitage, Montpellier Radio France Festival, Paris's Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot, Musée d'Orsay as well as over 50 French concert venues.
Karine Lethiec was trained at Lyon and Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur where she was awarded a First Prize in violin and string quartet “classe de perfectionnement” before going to Genève Music Academy (1st Prize in virtuosity); she was then taught by Maestro Hatto Beyerlé, who founded the Alban Berg Quartet, and Hartmut Rohde, and is also a graduate of Bern's Hochschuhle's viola Konzert Exam.
Karine Lethiec was awarded First Prize at Greensboro Competition and the jury's Special Prize at Tertis international viola competition in the UK. She is playing a 1777 Sympertus Niggel and a 1824 Guadagnini.
She has been invited for solo performances with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Berg Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Camerata, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Welsh chamber, the Camerata Baltica…
As the artistic director of the Ensemble Calliopée (supported by musicologist Guy Erismann), she proposes original varied programs for several combinations of instruments (from 2 to 15). The ensemble Calliopée is invited in residence at Paris Czech Cultural Center and was dedicated numerous works by contemporary composers while playing the great chamber music works of the classical repertoire.
Karine Lethiec and her sister Saskia are artistic directors of Geneva's Amadeus festival, created in 1987 with the Amadeus quartet's members.
Recently, she recorded all Mozart viola quintets with the Stradivari Quartet , premiered the Kikta sonata at La sale Gaveau in Paris, and performed for the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Walter Steffens's viola concerto “Guernica” with the Süd Westfallen Philharmony.
She will be now touring in Russia as a solist and be playing and teaching in France, Italy and China.
Many pieces where dedicated to her, includind Astrophonia, viola concerto from Krystof Maratka; she recorded the first part with the Radio France Philharmonique orchestra and just recorded the all piece with Talich chamber orchestra and composer conducting, for Arion company.
With her friend, the astrophysicist Hubert Reeves, she creates several events relating music to the cosmos, as “Mozart and the stars” recorded in DVD with her father, clarinetist Michel Lethiec and the Psophos String quartet. The concerto from Maratka is also performed as part of a quite original “Astro-phonia” night in which the music is played accompanied by gigantic pictures from the deepest areas of the universe and Hubert Reeves' stories on the origins of cosmos.