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Le Monde, France
Leicester Music Festival was again a real journey. An incredible group of players (Guy Johnston, Charles Owen, Richard O’Neill, Katya Apekisheva, Giovanni Guzzo, Martin Owen and Nicholas Daniel) was united with the most intense programme ever around Robert Schumann. Is there any better music than Schumann’s for a musician ? He goes right to your soul and lifts you up high in the sky.
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Hello ! Hola ! Tere !
After a fantastic time at Kfar Blum festival in Israel with truly amazing colleagues and friends, the tour goes on. Next week, off to Spain for Delta Chamber Music Festival in Amposta. Beethoven Septet, Weber Clarinet Quintet and Francaix Octet !! Can’t wait – Ole!
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And right after, off to Estonia to the wonderful Pärnu Festival, teaching and playing!
Very much looking forward…
A very exciting summer ahead : Israel, Spain, Estonia, Spain again and UK!
Starting with the great israeli Festival The Voice of Music in Kfar Blum with wonderful musicians (Guy Braunstein, Amichai Grosz, Zvi Plesser and more) and great pieces (Tchaikovsky Souvenirs, Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, Brahms Horn Trio, Ravel violin and cello sonata among others). Boarding soon …
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Avant de vous en dire plus sur mes projets de l’été, voici un lien vers le site de France Musique ! Podcast d’un concert donné à l’Auditorium du Musée d’Orsay en Octobre dernier avec la pianiste Lidija Bizjak et l’organiste Paul Goussot (à l’harmonium!). Vous pourrez entendre notamment la Havanaise de St-Saens et la Méditation de Thais de Massenet dans ses sonorités inhabituelles et tout à fait d’époque ! Comme dans un salon du second Empire.
Hello everybody !
Before more news about my summer you will find a link to France Musique website. Concert violin, piano and harmonium. Unusual and exciting, very much “Second Empire”-style. As if you were in a salon.
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
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
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…)
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!
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: