Louis Denis Ott

Louis Denis Ott

Violinist
Born in Paris in 1969, LOUIS DENIS OTT divides his time between teaching and a career in chamber music.
After obtaining a First Prize and a Prize of Excellence at the Conservatoire National de Nantes, he continued his studies in Vienna in the class of Professor Alexander Arenkov (pupil and coach of David Oïstrakh), then in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the class of Zoria Chikhmourzaeva (last pupil of the great master Abram Yampolsky).
In 1996 he won the Yampolsky competition in Moscow and was awarded the prize for interpretation of the work of Abram Yampolsky.
From 1996 to 1998 he lived in Lisbon where he was first violin of the Gulbenkian Orchestra and first violin of the Pro Arte Quartet.
Back in France, he obtained the Certificat d’Aptitude aux fonctions de professeur in 2000, and taught for a year (2004) at the Conservatoire de Nice, while being since 2001 professor at the Académie de Musique Prince Rainier de Monaco.
He has been invited to play as a solo violin in various orchestras (Pays de la Loire, Vendée, Poitou-Charentes, Savoie, Cannes, Nice), and has performed in sonatas, trios and quartets in France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States. He is a member of the Monoïkos Quartet, which brings together for the first time two teachers from the Monaco Academy and two musicians from the Monaco Orchestra.
In 2004, he also founded the Novecento ensemble in Paris with Russian, French and Italian friends, high-level musicians sharing their common passion for 20th century music and the contemporary repertoire.
He also participated as solo violin in a tour of the ensemble of J.F Zygel and T.Escaich and performed in concert with the organist Olivier Vernet.
Open to a wide range of musical expression, he is interested in the contemporary repertoire (collaboration on a piece for solo violin with Mario Garuti of a rare complexity of writing) and he works on jazz piano, composition, arrangement and improvisation with Manuel Jiménez, disciple of the famous arranger Ivan Julien.
He is also interested in new chamber music formations: violin and two guitars, violin and accordion. He is particularly interested in “marrying timbres that are not very compatible by nature” in transcriptions of the classical repertoire.
In the pedagogical field, Louis-Denis Ott proposes an approach based on applied solfeggio, the study of intervals, and an introduction to the piano, practices that make reading easier and encourage student motivation.
He is currently preparing a violin method which will be presented as a “table of contents” of the numerous existing methods and will be completed by a series of new personal exercises.
In 2009, he was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite culturel by the Principality of Monaco.