Tallinn Music Academy

Tallinn Music Academy

Tere kõigile !

After an exciting start of the season with Bach solo recital and french music at Musée d’Orsay, now – heading to Estonia! I am going to give masterclasses at the Music Academy in Tallinn and play a concert on Wed 26th of October with a team of wonderful and talented estonian colleagues. On the programme, Biber Passacaglia for violin solo and Schubert out-of-this-world Cello quintet. Estonia has been on my map since I was a kid as one of my teachers came from there and kept giving me postcards of Tallinn. About eight years ago I have been invited to play Beethoven Concerto in Pärnu – which was a very special time. It absolutely felt like home. And since a few years I have had an even stronger sense of connection there as I have been going to the most exciting festival led by Paavo Järvi in Pärnu. So…can’t wait! Infos here

Leicester Music Festival on BBC3

Leicester Music Festival on BBC3

Hello everybody! 

After a wonderful week of british chamber music with an amazing team of musicians at Leicester Music Festival, the BBC is broadcasting highlights of the Festival on Radio Lunchtime Concert, also available as Podcast for 30 days! Tune in here

UK soon: Leicester Music Festival

UK soon: Leicester Music Festival

Hello everybody! 

After a very studious summer reading musicology and aesthetics, back on the road. Can’t wait to come back to Leicester! Two years ago it had been all about Czech music with so many discoveries for me (jewels by Smetana, Dvorak or Suk). Last year we had the craziest time with Beethoven works facing French fin-de-siècle masterpieces. And this year, an incredibly exciting british programme, masterfully composed by Nicholas Daniel! The group of musicians is just wonderful. More infos here 

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 (more…)

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: 

columbiana2Columbiana 

 

The young violinist Marina Chiche has an innate ability to captivate and inspire her audiences. Her artistic activities bear witness to her versatility as a musician; as soloist, chamber musician and teacher she is equally at home in any repertoire. This broad spectrum encompasses period instrument performance, contemporary music and directing ensembles from the violin. She plays with a constant passion and energy irresistible to the listener.
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