A First Prize laureate at the Swedish International Duo Competition with pianist Nathanaël Gouin, Third Grand Prize laureate as well as a recipient of the Special Prize for students of the Paris Conservatories at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition, Guillaume Chilemme ranks among the most acknowledged violinists of his generation.
In 2010, after having graduated with a Master’s degree and jury’s special mention in violin and chamber music in the classes of Boris Garlitsky and Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, he went to Germany to improve his skills with Stéphane Picard and Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartet) in Berlin, then with David Grimal in Saarbrücken.
From 2008 to 2013, Seiji Ozawa selected him to participate in the International Music Academy Switzerland, where he received tuition from Nobuko Imai, Pamela Frank, Sadao Harada, Robert Mann and Seiji Ozawa.
Fond of the string quartet repertoire, he cofounded the Cavatine Quartet with Marie Chilemme, Matthieu Handtschoewercker and Bruno Delepelaire, with whom he won two prizes at the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg (ICMC) during the same year. In August 2013, the quartet won the second Grand Prize at the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition (Canada). Guillaume Chilemme has been forming a duo with his friend Nathanaël Gouin for many years.
Their discography includes an album dedicated to Ravel and Canal sonatas (Maguelone CD label) as well as a recording dedicated to Schubert’s music (Evidence label). In addition, they regularly perform in trio with Yan Levionnois. Guillaume has been invited to perform in many festivals: Les Folles Journées in Nantes, Warsaw, Tokyo, Les Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Musique à L’Empéri, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg Hohenems, the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, the Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, the Julita festival in Sweden, the Festival des Serres d’Auteuil, La Roque d’Anthéron, the Festival des Arcs, the Easter Festival in Deauville…
There he has performed with musicians such as Frank Braley, Andreas Ottensamer, Renaud Capuçon, Gauthier Capuçon, Raphaël Pidoux, Michel Portal, Lise Berthaud, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, the Voce Quartet, Alois Posch, Christian Ivaldi, Nicholas Angelich, Pierre Fouchenneret, Claire Désert, Adam Laloum, Victor Julien-Laferrière, Xavier Gagnepain, Florent Boffard, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Khatia Buniatishvili, …
Since 2016 Guillaume Chilemme has been the new concertmaster of the Orchestre d’Auvergne.
He is frequently invited as concertmaster in diverse orchestras: the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre de Radio France, the Malher Chamber Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg … He has been a member of David Grimal’s collective of artists “Les Dissonances” for many years.
Guillaume Chilemme regularly appears as a soloist. He is invited by the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev, the Orchestre Victor-Hugo Franche-Comté, “Les Dissonances” self-conducted orchestra, the Orchestre d’Auvergne, …
Since 2015, he has been part of the “Adolph Busch Project”, a quartet created by Renaud Capuçon along with Edgar Moreau and Adrien La Marca. The four musicians regularly perform in the greatest concert halls in Europe (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London… Guillaume Chilemme teaches at the International Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland) and he is a winner of the Safran Foundation (2015).
He currently plays a wonderful violin crafted by Nicolas Lupot in 1795, generously lent by Bernard Magrez.