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The Ariolica association: History

Created in 1976 on the initiative ofPierre Tréfeil AndJohnny Zefferini Surrounded by other great students from the Pontarlier conservatory and encouraged by its director, Mr. Elie Dupont, the Ensemble gave its first concert in June 1977.


The orchestra: “Ensemble Ariolica”: the ensemble is made up of professional musicians, senior conservatory students or amateurs and conductors, all professionals and teachers.

The musical direction is provided by Johnny Zefferini, concertmaster, and Pierre Trefeil, conductor.


The orchestra has given more than 230 concerts in the region, in France or abroad, including 145 in Pontarlier, in different formations: recital, quartet, string ensemble, symphony orchestra, operetta, opera, musical show...


Major events have marked Pontiac musical life in particular:

  • Concerts with great international soloists: Maurice André (1986), Patrice Fontanarosa (1991 and 1996), Daniel Marillier (1993), Simon Stanciu (1994)...and many regional soloists,

  • Works with choirs: The Saint Matthew Passion (1985), the New College of Oxford (1991), Mozart's Requiem (2001), Poulenc (2004),

  • Unforgettable shows: Bruel sings Brel (1997), Carmen (1998 and 2000), Offenbach (2002), Gershwin (2003), Piazzolla (2005), Les Ouvertures Célèbres (2005),

  • Numerous concerts of the classical repertoire: Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Grieg, Bartok, Brenet, etc...


For more than 20 years, the orchestra has participated with other musical associations in the Christmas concert in Pontarlier.

The team


Artistic director: Pierre TRÉFEIL


President: Françoise DE GIORGI

Treasurer: Pascale BROZZETTI

Assistant Treasurer: Nicole MONNIER

Secretary: Nathalie MARCEAU


Administrator: Alain MATIVET

Score commission: Anna SIMEREY, Claire SMOLIKOWSKI

Advertising commission: Carole DE GIORGI, Josette UZZENI, Danièle JUILLET


Active member: Albert BROZZETTI

Photographer: Jean-Claude UZZENI

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