After six years at the renowned Gnessin Institute in Moscow, pianist Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas graduated with distinction. Winner of several grants from the Fondation Bleustein-Blanchet pour la Vocation, the Fondation Charles Oulmont and of the Mécénat Musical Société Générale bank, he was awarded first prize at the Mravinsky International Competition in Saint Petersburg. ADAMI named him ‘Classical Revelation’ in 2005 and Resmusica ,‘Artist of the Year’ in 2009. Always keenly interested in sound techniques and driven by a desire for new challenges, he founded the Fondamenta label in 2008.
With 12 years’ experience working with international corporations, small and medium enterprises, and start-ups, Natalia Tchourikova, trilingual in Russian, English and French, is a specialist in business development and marketing. She provides business development strategies for companies with international operations. She holds a master’s degree in English and French from the elite Lomonosov Moscow State University as well as a piano degree obtained at the Rachmaninov Institute. Natalia co-founded Fondamenta and is a partner in the company.
Michel Navarra is the son of André Navarra, the great cellist. A graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Science, he also holds a degree in English. He spent much of his career as a consultant for KPMG Peat Marwick, where he was a partner and director. He joined Fondamenta as consultant in strategy in 2015.
Nicolas Thelliez, pianist and drummer, graduated brilliantly with a degree in sound engineering from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Since then, he has devoted his career to this specialization. Always acutely sensitive to artists’ needs, the exceptional sound recordings of the Fondamenta label all bear his signature.
Musician, saxophonist, composer, choir conductor, he has training from the School of Jazz Arpej, the American School, and the CNR of Paris under the direction of Balthazar Thomass. For more than 10 years he was a theater musical director alongside performers David Lescot, Cécile Backes, Christophe Huysman, Gérard Desarthe… He has taught at the conservatory and today teaches at the Lepic Music School. He is responsible for Fondamenta's album production since the spring of 2017.
A journalist by training, Damien Besançon has been working as a press officer, record label manager and manager for some ten years now. Recently he founded his own press relations and management agency, I See Colors. He has been responsible for Fondamenta’s press relations since spring 2015.
Formally trained as a pianist at the University of Musicology in Aix en Provence, he has worked for 30 years in the music industry, specifically for the following labels: Fondation Herbert Von Karajan, Harmonia Mundi, Sony Music. Working independently since 2016, he provides support services to independent labels and also to those searching for classical music accompaniment to their marketing strategies.