Israel soon again: Brahms Concerto

Israel soon again: Brahms Concerto

Shalom lekulam! 

Just back from Kfar Blum Festival in Galilee (what a magical place!) where I had such a good time with wonderful colleagues: Zvi Plesser, Ori Kam and Eric Lesage. I will be back in Israel at the end of April to perform one of my very favorite concertos (you can’t fight it… :-): Brahms with Netanya Chamber Orchestra at Haifa Auditorium. We had a special and beautiful time last November performing the Beethoven with the same orchestra led by the wonderful musician, Saleem Abboud-Ashkar. Those concerts are part of an inspiring project by Orpheus Foundation. Looking forward to being back!

Israel: Kfar Blum Festival

Israel: Kfar Blum Festival

Shalom lekulam! 

On March 17th-19th I will be playing in Israel at Kfar Blum Festival with wonderful musicians: Zvi Plesser, cello; Ori Kam, viola and Eric Lesage, piano. On the “menu”, among others, two of my teenage absolutely favorite chamber music pieces: Dohnanyi Sérénade (If you haven’t heard of Heifetz-Primrose-Feuermann recording yet, well…run and listen to it!) and Fauré Piano Quartet Nr.1 (which I played as a young student at Verbier Academy & Festival in 2001 but also recently in September at Leicester Music Festival – fond memories!). Can’t wait! 

Paris! Duos with Anssi Karttunen / Columbia_University

Paris! Duos with Anssi Karttunen / Columbia_University

Premières, Premieres!

On February 15th @Reid_Hall, Paris Columbia Global Center, we played with the amazing finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen, a wonderful “Columbiana” programme including two violin and cello duos – two french premieres – by F. Lerdahl “Give and take” and K. Saariaho “Aure”. This has been such a treat! The place is beautiful and inspiring. A few pics to share with you the experience: 

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Paris! Duos with Anssi Karttunen / Columbia_University

Paris! Duos with Anssi Karttunen / Columbia_University

Parisiennes, Parisiens!

February 15th @Reid_Hall, Paris at 7 PM. Columbia Global Center.
A wonderful “Columbiana” programme by the finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen, including two violin and cello duos – two french premieres – by F. Lerdahl and K. Saariaho
More infos here.

Ce programme intitulé “Columbiana” a été constitué par le violoncelliste finlandais, Anssi Karttunen; un de mes partenaires de musique de chambre favoris! Anssi a regroupé plusieurs pièces écrites par des compositeurs tous connectés avec la prestigieuse Columbia University (alumni, professeurs). Nous jouerons notamment le Duo “Give and Take” de Fred Lerdahl. En parallèle, cela sera l’occasion de rendre hommage au regretté Henri Dutilleux qui aurait eu 100 ans fin Janvier. Anssi jouera une des Strophes sur le nom de Sacher pour violoncelle seul de Dutilleux et en duo, nous jouerons en première francaise une pièce de la compositrice Kaija Saariaho intitulée “Aure“, pièce dédiée à Dutilleux.

 

Bach Sarabande as an Encore

Bach Sarabande as an Encore

Aitäh Pärnu!

Here is a video from Pärnu Festival in Estonia this summer. I was invited by Paavo Järvi to play Tchaikovsky Concerto with the wonderful Youth Orchestra of the Academy. After the concerto, I played Bach Sarabanda in d minor as a “meditative” encore. To watch the video, click here @Pärnu_Music_Festival July 2015

 

Strasbourg January 19th, Piano trios

Strasbourg January 19th, Piano trios

Strasbourgeoises, Strasbourgeois!
with Florent Boffard, piano and Anssi Karttunen, cello

Schumann  Trio nr.2 and Ravel Trio
@ Cité de la Musique. auditorium du Conservatoire de Strasbourg. 8 PM
more here

En parallèle aux masterclasses que nous donnerons aux élèves du CRR de Strasbourg les 18 et 19 Janvier, nous nous produirons avec Florent et Anssi dans deux merveilleux trios: le 2e de Schumann, pièce à clés, fascinante, déroutante, si poétique et puis, le trio de Ravel, bijou pur de la musique francaise.

  

 
Described as a “world-class violinist” by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Marina Chiche provokes enthusiasm with her passionate and lively way of performing.
In 2004 and 2005 Marina Chiche was nominated in France for the “Victoires de la Musique Classique” awards in the ‘French Instrumental Revelation’ category. These nominations put her in the public eye. Since then she has become increasingly well- known through several radio and television performances.

She has recorded Brahms’ Violin and Piano Sonatas with Vahan Mardirossian for Intrada. She also took part in the recording of Eric Tanguy’s chamber music for Transart Live. Her latest recording presents a solo recital programme about Bach.
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