Female string duo based in Los Angeles.
Virginie D’Avezac, violist, and Callie Gálvez, cellist are both professional musicians, conservatory trained in classical style, but have crossed all genres, collaborating with jazz, country, hard rock, world music and pop artists. After playing together at countless recordings, concerts, and special events, these two active musicians noticed a sound missing on the LA scene. Cello and viola create such a relatable voicing with a mesmerizing dark texture. D’Avezac and Gálvez have played together in Symphony Orchestras such as the LA Jewish Symphony and the Bakersfield Symphony; in Chamber music at USC and UCLA; Live music at the Shrine Auditorium, the Greek theater, the Ford Theater, Zipper hall, and the Broad Stage. They both do remote recording and have experience tracking at east west studios, fox studio, remote control, SIR, Pig Sound Studio, and Hybrid Studios.
Beyond the C Sound
Beyond the C is a viola and cello duo. The fusion of their instruments results in a very particular and unique sound, very close to the human voice, with a honey and silky texture. As they use the same strings (CGDA) but are an octave apart, viola and cello expand to a wide range of sound. In the strings family, the viola is the bridge between the violin (high register) and the cello (low register).
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The French violist Virginie d’Avezac began her musical studies with the Piano at the age of 5 and entered the Bordeaux National Conservatory at the age of 10.
At 14, she found her true musical calling and began studying the viola. She received first prizes from the Bordeaux Conservatory in viola, chamber music, harmony and counterpoint.
Virginie studied with two of France’s most respected violists, Tasso Adamopoulos and Serge Collot.
She has played in many prominent orchestras across France and North Africa, including the National Orchestra of Ile de France, the National Orchestra of Bordeaux, the Youth Orchestra of the Mediterranean and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Morocco.
During her time in Paris, Virginie participated in the prestigious Proquartet program for chamber music.
An avid chamber musician, she performs regularly with the pianist Zachary Deak, as well as in various chamber ensembles in the LA area.
Since her arrival in Los Angeles in February 2016, Virginie has played with ensembles such as the conductorless Kaleidoscope orchestra, the Lyra Chamber orchestra, Dream Orchestra and the LA Jewish Symphony.
In April 2017 she was invited to perform with the Juneau Symphony in Alaska.
In September 2016 Virginie joined the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra as Principal Viola. Virginie has performed extensively in Los Angeles at venues such as Zipper Hall, the Broad Stage, the Getty auditorium, the Ford Theatre and the Powell Library.
She has participated in several recordings for film, TV and commercials.
A dedicated teacher, she shares her passion for music with her students at the Santa Monica Conservatory and the French Conservatory of Beverly Hills.
A Cuban-American cellist. In over twenty cities, including New York City, Boston, Dallas, Berlin, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Los Angeles, Gálvez has studied and promoted cello as a versatile voice needed in all genres of music.
She has attended, as a scholarship recipient, the Montecito International Music Festival, Lev Aronson Legacy Festival, Stanislaus Chamber Festival and most recently served as a principal cellist on full-fellowship at the National Orchestral Institute. Passionate about opera, Gálvez was contracted as principal cellist for Opera Buffs, Inc at Zipper Hall (Colburn) and assistant principal for the Pacific Opera Project Company this past year. She enjoys being a frequent artist for the LA Violoncello Honors Society and has been a cellist in many local symphonies including Peninsula, Los Angeles Jewish, Local 47, Bakersfield, La Mirada, and Bellflower Symphonies. Gálvez has recorded on many stages and studios such as SOKA performing arts center, SIR, Premier Studios NYC, Pig Sound Studio, Hybrid Studios, Ostin Recording Studio and EastWest Studios.
Classically-trained cellist, Callie Gálvez thoroughly enjoys the versatility of the cello while performing and improvising in jazz, rock, pop concerts and recordings. She has played in venues such as the Forum, Shrine, Hotel Cafe, Silverlake Lounge, and Walt Disney Concert hall with well-known bands some of which include Circa Survive, Marco Antonio Solis, and Until The Ribbon Breaks.
Callie Gálvez currently lives in Los Angeles as a recording artist, chamber musician, educator, and performer. As an educator, she enjoys teaching as the cello instructor at AMUSE Music Center where she maintains a private studio of over thirty cellists. She is a member of MTAC (Music Teachers of Association of California) and co-founder of the AMUSE String Orchestra program. A passionate supporter of inner city youth programs, Gálvez teaches at Children of Promise Preparatory Academy and has been a frequent artist coach at Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA).