Masters from the East : Russia & East – Europe
A. ARENSKY 12 Pièces pour 4 mains, Op. 60
L. JANACEK In the mists
A. SCRIABIN (1871 – 1915)
Fantasy B minor, Op.28 (1900)
Má Vlast: Vltava (The Moldau) Allegro commodo, non agitato
A. DVORAK Danses slaves, Op.72
No 2 in E minor: Allegretto grazioso
No.6 in B at: Moderato
No.7 in C Major: Presto
S. RACHMANINOV Six Morceaux Op.11
I Barcarolle: Moderato (G minor)
II Scherzo: Allegro (D major)
III Thème russe: Andantino cantabile (B minor)
IV Valse: Tempo di Valse (A major)
V Romance: Andante con anima (C minor)
VI Glory: Allegro moderato (C major)
The Norwegian pianist has been considered by the renown conductor Marios Papadopoulos, MBE Oxford Philharmonic, as a “pianist with great sensitivity and lovely tone (…) she has the touch to render the orchestral textures vividly and the technique to tackle the ferociously difficult piano writing with ease” and by pianist Gabriele Baldocci “a musician with a wonderful control of the instrument and innate sense of music.”
Oda has performed at important international venues including Carnegie Weill Recital Hall,“Palermo Classica” International Festival, Leipzig Town Hall, the 1st International Folk Music Festival in Beijing; concert societies throughout the UK such as Powderham Castle ‘New Generation Artist Series’, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Jacqueline du Pré Concert Hall in Oxford. Venues in London include Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St James` s Piccadilly, Regent Hall, Blackheath Halls, 1901 Arts Club and Charlton House.
Her concert engagements in Norway include annual lunchtime concert for a week at Edvard Grieg’s home/museum in Bergen (2014- 2018) in addition to solo recitals, Oslo University Aula, Stavanger Cathedral, Lofoten Cathedral, Kabuso Concert Hall, opening concert during the Grieg Jubilee (2007), and regular concerts for the Bergen Chamber Music Society and the Grieg in Bergen International Series with solo and chamber music recitals (since 2010). She has performed concertos with the Sinfonietta of Athens and been invited twice to perform with the Norwegian–Polish Youth Orchestra.
In April 2016, her debut CD “Khoreia” was released in collaboration with the Italian pianist Giulio Potenza (Volt&Potenza Duo) for the label Velut Luna. Des Hutchinson at Musicweb-international.com, May 2017: “I felt cosseted and highly entertained in their hands, not only with playing of the surest unison and harmony, but with the palpable joy and fun of their music-making(…)” Her solo CD “ Firebird” has been released in January 2019 with reviews such as: “Hats off to Oda Voltersvik for such well-considered programme for her debut recording as a solo pianist (…) a most auspicious start to a recording career that promises much for the future – and already delivers generously here.“ Martin Anderson, klassiskmusikk.com review.
She is a 1st prize winner of the Buono&Bradshaw competition with a performance in Carnegie Hall, May 2017. In 2016 Oda was a finalist in the Jaques Samuels Intercollegiate Competition in Wigmore Hall, London.
Oda is also project leader of the Volt Ensemble and the artistic director of the concert series Music in Movement. For her concert tours she has several times been rewarded funding by the Norwegian Arts Council, Music Norway, Fund for Norwegian performing artists and Bergen Municipality.
She holds a Master in Performance from the Royal College of Music and an Artist Diploma from Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance with distinction from the Incollegiate Jury (London). Oda has participated in the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra` s Piano Festival and Summer Academy (2006 – 2014), where she has played for renown musicians such as Menahem Pressler, Marios Papadopoulos, Gary Graffmann and Vladimir Krainev. From 2005 to 2008, Oda was selected for the `Young Musicians Talent Programme` at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen.
Giulio Potenza (°1990) started the piano at the age of six and has since then established himself as a respected concert pianist, teaching and performing extensively across Europe.
Giulio Potenza has studied with professors Gabriele Baldocci, Pascal Rogè, Denize Gelenbe and Mikhail Kazakevich (Trinity Laban Conservatory, 2012-2015), and Bruno Canino (Milan, 2009-2010). He has attended piano and chamber music master classes and lessons held by eminent professors such as Andrzej Jasiński, Franco Scala, Martino Tirimo, Barry Snyder, Irina Chukovskaya, Martin Kasik, Andrei Gavrilov, Pascal Rogè, Christopher Richter, Irene Inzerillo, Riccardo Risaliti, Wihan Quartet, Magini Quartet. He holds Postgraduate and Artist Postgraduate Diplomas from the Trinity Laban Conservatory and a Bachelor in History from University of Palermo. He completed his undergraduate music studies at the conservatory of Trapani (Italy) under professor Walter Roccaro.
He has performed throughout the world including United States, Asia, Spain, France, U.K., Swiss, Norway, Switzerland, Malta, Belgium, Holland and invited to play at prestigious international festivals and venues including Martha Argerich’s Lugano Project of Lugano 2015, the Bangkok Piano Festival, Lofoten Chamber Music Festival, the Palermo Classica International Music Festival of Palermo, Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto, the Hammerklavier International Piano Series of Barcellona,Vacheres Summer Festival, the Bolzano Piano Festival, the Grieg in Bergen International Festival of Bergen, the Fringe Festival of Edinburgh, the Hammamett Piano Festival of Tunis, the Carnegie Hall of New York, Siam Ratchada Auditorium and Martin Hall of Bangkok, Filarmonica of Oviedo, St. Martin in the Fields, Steinway Hall, Conway Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Balckheat Hall of London, Bridgwater Hall of Manchester, Cauchi Hall of Malta, Kabuso Auditorium in Øystese, Bernanos Auditorium of Paris, Theater aan de Parade in Holand, Casa della Musica of Arezzo, Bellinzona Theater of Lugano, Baldini Hall of Rome, Auditorium St. Stafano of Florence, Stavanger Chatedral of Stavanger, Massimo Theater (ONU Hall) of Palermo.
Giulio also performed for major music societies such as the Concordia Foundation in London, Arcades Musiques of Le Buisson de Cadouin, Sociedad Filarmonica de Oviedo, Maggio della Musica of Naples, Vanesborg Music Society of Vanesborg, Edinburgh Society of Musicians of Edinbhurgh.
As a soloist, he has performed with the Florence Symphonietta Orchestra, directed by Piero Bellugi, the University of London Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Capp and the North Beds Orchestra directed by Jan Kaznowski.
He has collaborated with many renowned artists such as Jose Menor, Daniel Rivera, Gabriele Baldocci, Nicolas Dupont, Stefano Farulli, Zoe Freedman, Philip Martin.
In 2014, as a result of his interest for four hands/two pianos composition, Giulio started a collaboration with the Norvegian pianist Oda Voltersvik (Volt&Potenza Duo). The Duo’s debut CD “Χορεία”, including a commissioned contemporary work by the Irish composer P. Martin, was been released in April 2016 under the Velut Luna label.
In 2017 he has released a cd including the piano and violin repertoire of Leoš Janáček for Da Vinci Classic label.
His recitals and recordings have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Rai Radio 3, Radio Musiq3, Radio Breda Klassiek, Radio Klara, the Swiss Classical Radio, Radio Vaticana, and Rai National Television.
Giulio has won prizes at several important piano competitions including the Hanna Brooke prize for piano, for his excellence in the concert career at the Trinity Laban Conservatory; 2nd prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition of New York (2016); 1st prize at the Seiler International piano competition (2002); 1st Prize at the Stratford and East Concerto Competition of London (2015) ; 3rd Prize at the Geertruidenberg Klassiek International Music Competition in Netherland (2018); “Highly Commended Award” at the Jacques Samuel Piano Competition of London (2012).
Giulio was also selected by London’s Concordia Foundation as participant to the Young Artists Programme.
He is professor of piano at the Conservatory of Music “A. Scontrino” of Trapani and at the Windsor Piano Academy and regularly gives master classes in the UK and abroad. Furthermore, is the artistic director of the Windsor International Piano Competition and of the Windsor Piano Festival.
“[…] I felt cosseted and highly entertained in their hands, not only with playing of the surest unison and harmony, but with the palpable joy and fun of their music-making […] ”
Des Hutchinson, Musicweb-international.com, May 2017
“Giulio Potenza and Oda Voltersvik have a great amalgam, the sound is always defined and mellow, and playing styles are well differentiated between the various eras. The finals are always very light, and the interpretative choices are never predictable. There is a nice pearly touch and perfect diction of trills that feature in Bach”
The Volt & Potenza Duo is a first prizewinner of the Bradshaw & Buono international piano competition 2017.
While studying at Trinity Laban Conservatory (London, 2014), pianists Giulio Potenza and Oda Voltersvik started a collaboration with the aim of developing their common interest for four hands and two pianos compositions.
The duo has performed at several important venues and music societies in the UK (St James’ s Piccadilly, St Martin in the Fields, Edinburgh Society of Musicians, Young Generation Artist`s Scheme at Powderham Castle) and at international venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall, New York), “Palermo Classica” International Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the “Grieg in Bergen” Series.
Suite n° 1 en sol majeur de JS.BACH,violoncelle solo
Sonate en la majeur “Arpegione” de f.SCHUBERT
1ère Arabesque et l’Isle Joyeuse de C.Debussy,solo piano
Suite espagnole de Manuel de Falla
Introduction et Polonaise opus 3 de F.Chopin
Mark Drobinsky was born in Baku, Russia, and studied with Mstislav Rostropovich at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He received first prize at the Munich International Competition. He taught at the Gnessine Institute and left the USSR in 1974 to go to Israel before moving permanently to Paris.
Mark Drobinsky has been invited to the most prestigious festivals. Critics have hailed him as one of the masters of the cello. Although he has a strong influence on the classical repertoire, he is also passionate about the discovery of new works and is an ardent defender of 20th century music: H. Sauguet, H. Dutilleux, A. Schnittke, D. Milhaud, J. Dorfman. F. Kaufman, A. Rabinovitch, G. Zanon.
He has played with many famous musicians: Martha Argerich, Misha Majsky, Lilya Zilberstein, Patrice Fontanarosa, Dora Swarzberg, Bruno Giuranna, Alain Meunier, Renaud Capucon and conductors like Valery Gergiev, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Saulius Sondetskiss, Eduardo Moss, Dutoit, Alexandre Rabinovich, Dmitri Liss, Arjan Tien, Arnold Katz, Salvator Brotons, Maxime Schostakovitch, Marie-Martine Bollmann, etc. Since 2000, he has participated annually in the Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano (Switzerland) and performed at the Teatro Colon. in Buenos Aires in 2003. In 2009, he participated in the LUGANO-PARIS festival at La Salle Pleyel. In 2010, he performed at the “Mozarteum” festival in Salzburg, La Roque d’Antheron, the Pietrasanta festival, as well as the Savoy and Mediterranean Festivals.
He has given master classes in South Korea, Monaco, Sau Paulo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Japan, Bahamas, Johannesburg, Geneva, Siena, Portogruaro (Italy), etc.
After studying music at the Conservatoire National de Région de Musique de Bordeaux, Marie-Martine Bollmann obtained a concert degree at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in 1982 in Serge Petitgirard’s class. She studied with Eliane Richepin, Catherine Collard and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, with Guido Agosti, at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, with Vitaly Margulis and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, with Germaine Mounier.
Soloist pianist and chamber musician, Marie-Martine Bollmann has been performing as a duo since 1997 with Russian cellist Mark Drobinsky, a former student of Mitislav Rostroprovitch, in various festivals in France, including the Pianos Folies festival in Le Touquet, at La Petite Malmaison, at the Charles de Gaulle Memorial (Colombey les deux Eglises), at the Musique au Cœur du Médoc festival in 2002 with Jacques Libouban, 1st solo flute of the ONBA, Jeudis Musicaux de Royan festival (Charente Maritime), Nuits Romanes festival (Poitou-Charente) at the Théatre de Cognac, Villeneuve-sur-Lot etc. Evenings in the castles of Bordeaux (Château Pichon-Longueville, Château Legay,…) as well as in Europe (Hurst Festival in England, Schaumburg Festspiel in Germany, tours in Italy) and recently for the Société Musicale de l’Ile Maurice.
She also plays with the internationally renowned Italian saxophonist and conductor Federico Mondelci, with violinist Liza Kerob, super soloist at the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, as well as with the Fauré de Paris Quartet and solo musicians of the Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine, including Cécile Berry, 1st solo viola and Jacques Libouban, 1st solo flute, concerts and tours in France and Germany, Italy, Portugal, Morocco (Essaouira and Marrakech), United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), most recently at the Festival des Nuits Caraïbes in Guadeloupe, concerts at the Sofitel d’Essaouira, at the Royal Palm in Grand Baie (Mauritius).
She performed with the Alcan Quartet, a prestigious Canadian string quartet, in January 2016 as part of the Jean-Sébastien Bach Academy season at Le Bouscat (Bordeaux), where she was artistic director from 2013 to 2015. The Alcan Quartet has just received her in Quebec, Saguenay and Montreal.
D.SCARLATTI Sonata re min. K. 9
B.GALUPPI Andante do maj.
D.SCARLATTI Sonata si min. K. 27
L.V.BEETHOVEN Sonata op.2 n°3
R.SCHUMANN Warum ? op.12 n°3
F.CHOPIN Ballade op.38 n. 2
Ballade op.47 n. 3
Graduated from the Conservatory G. Nicolini of Piacenza (Italy) with Great Distinction in the class of Lucia Romanini, she is also a graduate of the Freiburg i.Br. Musikhochschule (Germany) where she undertook a course of study with Prof. James Avery and in chamber music with Felix Gottlieb, then joined the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot de Paris in the class of Nelson Delle Vigne-Fabbri and obtained the scholarship from the A. Roussel Foundation and the Diplôme Supérieur de Piano.
She has been advised by Michele Campanella, Rudolf Buchbinder, Vladimir Krainev, Hans, Leygraf Philippe Collard, Robert Roux, Philippe Entremont, Francois-Duchable, Michel Beroff, Jerome Lowental.
Chiara Cipelli has won numerous prizes and awards in national and international competitions, including Coppa Pianisti Citta’di Osimo, Rassegna Kawai Citta’di Como, Prix Città di Pisa, Prix Città di Cesenatico, Prix Carlo Soliva, as well as the Prix Fausto Zadra at the Abano Terme International Competition, etc.
She is a recipient of a scholarship from the Banff Center for the Fines Arts, Canada.
She regularly performs in recitals and chamber music in France and abroad, Teatro Municipale, Piacenza, Piccolo Teatro de Milan, Teatro di Marcello, Sala Baldini, Rome, Auditorium del Carmine, Parma, St. Petersburg.Martin in the Fields,London,Darmstadt Theater, Haydn Auditorium, Bolzano ,Salle Cortot, Schola Cantorum de Paris, Taipei Zhong Shan Hall Taichung Chung Hsin Concert Hall in Taiwan,ecc and she has also participated in many festivals including Schlern International Music Festival (Alto Adige),Festival Europeo d’Atri,Settimana Organistica Internazionale, Piacenza, Thueringen Chamber Music Festival, Bibiena Art Festival, MITO Festival de Milano, Festival 2 Mondi Spoleto,Banff International Music Festival,Palm Beach Piano Festival, Florida,Taiwan International Piano Festival,Manila International Piano Festival.
As a soloist she has performed with the Piacenza Conservatory Orchestra, the Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Gruppo Strumentale Ciampi, Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali de Milano.
In 2019 he released his cd Bettinelli Piano Music for the Brilliant Classics label, which has already received numerous prizes and awards from international critics.
Chiara Cipelli is Professor of Piano at the Conservatory of Music of Ravenna and regularly gives Masterclasses in France, Italy, Belgium and Spain.
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Unbewegthe laue luft, Brahms
Wie Raft ich auf in der Nacht, Brahms
Clair de Lune Debussy
Tes yeux bleus, Chabrier
O ma lyre immortelle, Sapho, Gounod
Les adieux de l’hôtesse arabe, Bizet
Près des remparts de Séville, Carmen, Bizet
Voi lo sapete, Cavagliera Rusticana, Mascagni
Un sospiro de Liszt
Casta Diva, Norma, Bellini
Au palais des fées, Don Carlos, Verdi
Masumi Fukaya, pianist
Born in Tokyo (JAPAN), Masumi Fukaya began her musical studies at the age of five. After her studies in Japan, in 2007, she came to France and entered the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris (CRR) in Oliver Gardon’s piano class. In 2009, she obtains the DEMS in piano, a diploma awarded by the CRR and joins Ariane Jacob’s accompaniment class. In September 2010 she entered the ConservatoireNational Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) in Anne Le Bozec’s vocal accompaniment class. She obtains in 2012 the Master’s Degree in vocal accompaniment, with the unanimous mention very good, then she continues in the class of vocal direction of Erika Guiomar and obtains the Master’s Degree in 2015 with the unanimous mention very good with the congratulations of the jury.
Since 2009, she has been performing regularly in France, especially with
singers at the Salle Pleyel, the Châtelet theatre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Petit Palais, in
Philharmonie de Paris…and during her studies at the CNSMDP, she took part in the several opera productions as a voice conductor. Currently she is an accompanist
at the Notre Dame de Paris, at the conservatory of Vigneux sur Seine.
Sophie Leleu mezzo-soprano
After studying drama and the Celtic harp, Sophie Leleu obtained her
graduated in 2006 from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in
London. Then she goes to Berlin and deepens her singing at the Universität der Künste.
Sophie has performed as a soloist in Europe, the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. and in Asia, where she plays many roles: Penelope, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria by Monteverdi in London, Orfeo, Orfeo ed Euridice de Gluck in Berlin, Marcelina, Le Nozze di Figaro at the castle of Rochambeau, Galathée, Pastorale de Pesson at the Théâtre du Châtelet, the title role in La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein d’Offenbach, Nancy T’ang, Nixon in China by Adams at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Candelas, El Amor Brujo by Falla with the Mayenne orchestra and at the Théâtre Vilar in Vitry, Jacqueline, Le Médecin malgré lui from Gounod at the Saint-Etienne Opera House, the title role in Bizet’s Carmen at the Saint-Etienne Opera House,
the Saigon Opera in Vietnam, The title role in Offenbach’s The Perichole
in Saint-Saëns’s Frédégonde at the Saigon Opera, etc. She also performs
with the Links Ensemble on the national stages of the Philharmonie de Paris, la Ferme
du Buisson/Noisiel, the Maison de Musique de Nanterre, the Arsenal de Metz, the Théâtre du Buisson/Noisiel, the Maison de Musique de Nanterre, the Arsenal de Metz, the Theatre the Archipelago of Perpignan, the National Stage of Evreux Louviers, the Opera of Massy, the Nuits sonores in Lyon, the Opéra de Rouen, the Channel in Calais, the Folles Journées at Nantes, at the Wiesbaden Opera and the Staatstheater Darmstadt, etc. in works of the Reich. For the past two years, she has regularly sung Carmen in the show Carmen Flamenco: theatres of Liffré, Saint-Lô, Belley, Montaigu, etc…
Artistic director of Cie Des Lieux et Des Êtres, it sets up different programs in collaboration with other artists that they play at various festivals and venues. In March 2020, it is their creation En-Vie which will be born at the Ferme du Buisson. In June 2020, it will embody the role of Herodias in Strauss’ opera Salome in Paris. www.sophieleleu.com
– Pavane pour une infante défunte
– Le Tombeau de Couperin
– Allemande, Les Trois Mains, Gavotte et six doubles (extraits de la Nouvelle suite en LA)
– Nocturnes n.6 & 11
– Prélude Choral et Fugue
If there is a circle of poet-musicians, the pianist Clément Lefebvre is the torch-bearer of his generation. His first album “Rameau/Couperin”, released in 2018 by Evidence Classics, reveals him as such to the music-loving public and within the musical world. This recording now bears his unique artistic signature, which earned him immediate and unanimous recognition: a “masterstroke” crowned with a Diapason d’Or Découverte.
His authentic personality and poetic sense were also noticed at the 2019 International Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, of which he is laureate. Previously, he had been distinguished across the Channel, winning in 2016 the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the James Mottram International Piano Competition in Manchester.
Festivals and organisers invite him to perform at La Roque d’Anthéron, the Folle Journée de Nantes, the Chopin Festival in Paris, the Soloists in Bagatelle, the Nohant Piano Festival, the Radio France auditorium, the Louvre auditorium and the Philharmonie de Paris. He has performed on foreign stages: Dublin, Beijing, Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam.
As a soloist, he has the privilege of playing in concert with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine.
With the pianist Alexandre Lory, he forms a duo committed to exploring the greatest orchestral pages through the art of transcription. A sought-after partner in chamber music, he is invited to share the stage with Philippe Bernold, Anne Queffélec, Anastasia Kobekina and Olivier Patey. It is with the violinist Shuichi Okada that he conceived and performed the programme for their 2019 release on the Mirare label: sonatas and interwoven romances by Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
“Clément Lefebvre opens the doors to an ever-renewed musical world: in Schumann, in Couperin and Rameau, obviously, but also in Debussy, Ravel, Haydn, Brahms, Fauré.An inspired, elegant and sensitive artist, he reveals unsuspected charms. His play, like his smile and his look, sincere and fair, combines this perfect balance that touches the mind and the heart, between tenderness and willpower, reverie and energy. Clément Lefebvre has noble words and poetry at his fingertips. »
1.) W.A. Mozart : Sonata in C major, KV 330
– Allegro moderato
– Andante cantabile
2.) Schubert Impromptu in A flat minor D899/0p.90 No.4
3.) Beethoven « Appassionata » Sonata in F minor, 0p.57
– Allegro assai
– Andante con moto
– Allegro ma non troppo
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4.) Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, 0p.27 No.2
5.) Prelude in A flat major, 0p.28 No.17
6.) Scherzo in B flat minor, 0p.31
7.) Rachmaninov : « Coffin » Prelude in C sharp minor, 0p.3 No.2
8.) Ravel : « Ondine » from ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’
9.) Debussy : « Jardins sous la Pluie » from ‘Estampes’
Nataša Lipovšek, born in London to Yugoslav parents, started her piano studies in Slovenia and then continued at the Royal College in London with Kendall Taylor and John Barstow. She won many prestigious awards, notably the Myra Hess and the Countess of Munster Awards and toured the country in a violin/piano duo with her sister Tatjana, performing in many London venues including St. John’s Smith Square, the Purcell Room and the Royal Festival Hall.
Nataša was a prizewinner at the International New Music Seminar in Darmstadt, the Dudley National Competition and in 1992 the European Chopin Piano Competition in Darmstadt, Germany. She has performed all over Europe, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Cyprus, to glowing reviews: …”A radiant tone and a sovereign technique…(Chopin’s E minor Concerto) Leipzig “Hallo” News, Germany. “…She showed a real feel for tonal colouring, and an understanding of musical styles…” Daily News “Večer, Slovenia. More recently she has played in the Annual Concert Series and Summer Festival in Slovenia, and broadcast. She also gave a recital in Darmstadt on the 20th. anniversary of her association with the Chopin Society.
Nataša continues to be a dedicated teacher at the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department, King’s College School for boys and Wimbledon High School for Girls, and at Masterclasses, as well as a soloist and chamber music player.
Sonate en E mineur d’Haydn
Jeux d’anches de Lindberg
– Deux danses espagnoles de Granados
– Choral en A mineur de Franck
– Chaconne de Bach
– Laterna magica de Régis Campo
After his initial training at the Marseille Conservatory, Théo Ould entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris at the age of 16 where, at the heart of this musical effervescence, he blossomed and explored new horizons. He was then able to benefit from the wise advice of Max Bonnay, Olivier Charlier, Mascha Beloosova, Michel Strauss and Ivry Gitlis. He met many musicians with whom he shared the stage and participated in the creation of four chamber music ensembles, among which ;
The Aeolina Quartet, made up of four accordionists, all of whom have a singular background. New in the formation, this ensemble won the 2018 edition of the Léopold Bellan competition as well as the Ysaye competition in 2019. Sought after for its eclectic program proposals, the group makes audacious transcriptions and interprets contemporary creations. Supported by the ProQuartet agency, the quartet performs in prestigious venues and festivals such as the Berlioz Festival, the Menton Music Festival, the Scala de Paris, the Vent sur l’Arbre, etc. During its summer tour, the quartet received rave reviews in the newspapers Le Monde, Nice matin, La Croix etc.
The Philia Trio, founded with two of his closest friends. Immediately noticed for the originality of their formation and their musical choices, Théo Ould and his companions play in many festivals in France and abroad. The Philia Trio will record their first album at the end of 2019 with the label of the Auvers-sur-Oise festival.
Théo Ould, a passionate chamber musician, is resident artist at the Opus Amadeus festival in Istanbul. He is frequently invited to perform in recital. In 2018, he won the first prize in the solo category at the Léopold Bellan international competition and the 2019 edition of the international competition for young talent in Normandy. In the same year, he won his prize at the Conservatoire Supérieur with the congratulations of the jury.
Involved in the evolution of the repertoire of his instrument, he collaborates very closely with contemporary composers such as Martin Matalon, Régis Campo, Thomas Gubitsh, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Gustavo Beytelman… and thus participates in the creation of numerous pieces for accordion.
Hailed by the accordionist Marcel Azzola, Théo has performed in many contexts (Auvers sur Oise festival, France musique, Marseille opera, Istanbul, Budapest, Astana…), thus making us discover his repertoire composed of pieces written for accordion as well as transcriptions of works by composers such as Bach, Haydn or Mozart.
MAURIZIO LO PICCOLO
Born in Palermo, Maurizio Lo Piccolo studied with Magda Olivero, Enzo Dara, Simone Alaimo and Roberto Coviello. After making his operatic début in 1996 as Don Chilone in Vinci’s Erighetta e Don Chilone, in 2001 he made his international début at the Festival d’Art Lyrique of Aix-en-Provence as Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola. He has since appeared in major opera houses throughout the world, singing leading Mozart and Rossini rôles and collaborating with distinguished conductors.
Un grandissimo onore cantare col M° Nello Santi.
San Carlo di Napoli
Giulio Potenza (°1990) began playing the piano at the age of six and has since established himself as a respected concert pianist, teaching and playing all over Europe.
Giulio Potenza studied with professors Gabriele Baldocci, Pascal Rogè, Denize Gelenbe and Mikhail Kazakevich (Trinity Laban Conservatory, 2012-2015), and Bruno Canino (Milan, 2009-2010). He has attended master classes in piano and chamber music and courses given by eminent professors such as Andrzej Jasiński, Franco Scala, Martino Tirimo, Barry Snyder, Irina Chukovskaya, Martin Kasik, Andrei Gavrilov, Pascal Rogè, Christopher Richter, Irene Inzerillo, Riccardo Risaliti, Wihan Quartet and Magini Quartet. He holds a postgraduate diploma and an artist’s diploma from the Trinity Laban Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Palermo. He completed his musical studies at the Conservatory of Trapani (Italy) under the direction of Professor Walter Roccaro.
Giulio has won prizes at several important piano competitions including the Hanna Brooke Piano Prize for excellence in concert performance at the Trinity Laban Conservatory; 2nd prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition of New York (2016) ; 1st Prize at the Seiler International piano competition (2002); 1st Prize at the Stratford and East Concerto Competition of London (2015); 3rd Prize at the Geertruidenberg Klassiek International Music Competition in Netherland (2018); “Highly Commended Award” at the Jacques Samuel Piano Competition of London (2012).
Giulio has also been selected by the Concordia Foundation in London as a participant in the Young Artists Programme.
He is Professor of Piano at the “A” Conservatory of Music. Scontrino” Conservatory of Music in Trapani and at the Windsor Piano Academy and regularly gives master classes in the UK and abroad. In addition, he is the Artistic Director of the Windsor International Piano Competition and the Windsor Piano Festival.
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French pianist winner of the Long-Thibaud competition in 2007 and finalist of the Chopin competition on historical instruments in 2018, Antoine de Grolée was born in Picardy and started playing the piano at the age of 6, thanks to a musician grandmother.
He began his musical career at the National School of Music in Saint-Quentin with the Polish pianist Irène Kutin, from whom he continues to receive advice. At the age of 17, he entered the CNSMD of Lyon in Pierre Pontier’s class, assisted by Marie-Paule Aboulker and Svetlana Eganian. In 2005, he obtained the Diplôme national d’études supérieures musicales with the congratulations of the jury. He then worked with the pianist Hortense Cartier-Bresson then with Boris Petrushansky at the Piano Academy of Imola (Italy). He also took keyboard harmony classes with Isabelle Duha.
He has received advice from great pianists and pedagogues such as Zoltan Kocsis, Anne Queffélec, Evgueni Moguilevski, Thérèse Dussaut, Laurent Cabasso, Sergio Perticaroli, Tuija Hakkila, Billy Eidi and Christine Marchais-Sieffert. In chamber music, he has had the opportunity to be taught by Valentin Erben, Paul Katz, Miguel Da Silva, Claire Désert, Christian Ivaldi, Emmanuel Strosser, Olivier Charlier, Louis Fima, Régis Pasquier, members of the Trio Wanderer and the Ysaÿe Quartet. He has also been a member of the ensembles in residence at La Roque d’Anthéron.
In 2018, he was a finalist in the Warsaw Chopin Competition, which for the first time honoured historic pianos. Previously, he had won the 5th Prize at the Long-Thibaud International Competition in 2007, as well as the 1st Prizes at the Teresa Llacuna Competition in 2005 and the Flame Competition in 2000. He is a laureate of the Groupe Banque Populaire Corporate Foundation, the Charles Oulmont Foundation and the ProMusicis International Chamber Music Prize.
For several years, he has been invited to numerous festivals: La Roque d’Anthéron, La Folle journée de Nantes, Festival des Arcs, Classique au Vert, Prima la Musica in Vincennes, Chopin à Bagatelle, Festival de Menton, les Moments musicaux de Gerberoy, les Musicales de Croissy, les Vacances de M. Haydn in La Roche-Posay, les Inouïes, Festival Couperin in Champs-sur-Marne, les Heures Musicales du Haut-Anjou, Festival du Haut-Limousin, Piano à Riom, Festival de Sagonne, La Charité-sur-Loire, Piano en Saintonge, les Rencontres musicales de Noyers-sur-Serein, the Salon de Musique de Franche-Comté, the Festival de Richelieu, the Moments Musicaux de Chalosse, the Pianos Folies du Touquet, Eclats de Voix in Auch, the International Chamber Music Festival in Poitou, Tarbes en Tango, Places aux Artistes in Albi, 1,2,3 Musique à Talence…
He has given recitals and chamber music performances in Paris (Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, Fondation Singer-Polignac, Hôtel de Soubise, Temple St Marcel…) and Lyon (Salle Rameau, Molière, Amphithéâtre de l’Opéra…), at the Auditorium St-Pierre-des Cuisines in Toulouse, at the Auditorium du Grand Cahors, at the Grande Scène du Chesnay, at the Ferme de Villefavard, at the Carré Lamartine in Amiens, at the Theatres of Colmar, Saint Quentin, Arras, Besançon, Dole, Quimper, Néris-les-Bains, Valence…
He has also performed at the Sofia and Vilnius Philharmonic Orchestras, in Brussels (Palais des Beaux-Arts), Rome (Teatro Marcello), London (Austrian Cultural Centre), Moscow (Museum of the Great War), Albania (Festival Different trains), Morocco (Institut Français de Rabat), Printemps des Alizés in Essaouira, Musicales d’Agadir…), in Spain (Prince of Asturias Festival), in Moldavia (Piano Nights in Chisinau), in Austria, Holland, Greece, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Turkmenistan, Argentina…
Passionate about chamber music, his partners have included Svetlin Roussev, Tedi Papavrami, Eléonore Darmon, Michel Dalberto, François Salque, Hildegarde Fesneau, David Guerrier, Ayako Tanaka, Julie Sévilla-Fraysse, Pierre Fouchenneret, Laurent Cabasso, Léo Marillier, Irène Duval, Alexis Galpérine, Amaury Coeytaux, Lise Berthaud, Florent Charpentier, Hélène Clément, Virgil Boutellis, Guillaume Chilemme, Xavier Gagnepain, Julien Beaudiment, Elsa Grether, Saténik Khourdoian, the Joachim Quartet, Elysée, Varèse, Akilone, Girard…
He has performed as a soloist with various ensembles including the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Brahms’ Concerto No. 2, the Moldavian Chamber Orchestra, the Warsaw Opera Orchestra, the Lyon Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as with the Orchestre National de France at the Long-Thibaud Competition.
A fiery and impassioned temperament! » – Daria Hovora, pianist
As a child of five, Eléonore Darmon would listen over and over to her Hungarian gypsy violin records. By the time she was ten, she knew: she would be a violinist. In fact, the little musician’s ardent enthusiasm was noticed by Ivry Gitlis when she appeared on French television in the children’s talent show l’Ecole des Fans. Introduced to music by her mother, a pianist, and then to violin by Véronique Dominger and Marthe Tercieux, Eléonore was admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of 14. She studied violin and chamber music with Michael Hentz and Daria Hovora, and after earning first prizes in both disciplines, she sought fresh perspective in Florence, where she studied with Pavel Vernikov, and then pursued her training in Vienna. These experiences enhanced the range of her sound with new colours. “My violin is my voice,” she says.
Eléonore has won several international prizes and received awards from three foundations: Banque Populaire, Cziffra and Or du Rhin. Her career as a concert violinist began at age 16 with a performance of Mendelssohn’s Concerto with the Nancy Symphony Orchestra. The conductor, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, was as astounded as the audience by this “phenomenal young violinist”. She went on to appear with a number of orchestras in France and abroad, including the Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra, with which she performed over 50 times as a soloist starting at the age of 14.
Even when she plays as a soloist, Eléonore Darmon sees music as an act of sharing and reciprocity: “Everything is chamber music! Whether facing the orchestra or in the orchestra, with piano or as part of a quartet, the violinist must have the same ability to listen to the other musicians,” says Eléonore. Between 2013 and 2016, she held the position of concertmaster for the Orchestre de l’Alliance in Paris – an orchestra with which she performed Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, in a concert that was filmed and that can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube. Since 2015, Eléonore has been a regular guest violinist with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and with the orchestras of Lille, Montpellier and Bordeaux as principal second or third violinist.
In 2018, she substituted several times for the concertmaster of the Aarhus Orchestra in Denmark, first in a programme focused on Copland and then in all four Brahms symphonies. This is how the orchestra’s permanent conductor, Marc Soustrot, described the experience:
“This performance of the complete Brahms symphonies gave me an opportunity to discover a brilliant musician with a strong, determined temperament, everything that is indispensable for the position Eléonore held for four concerts (three different programmes). Her musicianship and technique proved indispensable to the success of the concerts.”
Éléonore performs on a Gianbattista Grancino violin with a Eugène Sartory bow.
RAMEAU – Nouvelle suite in A (Allemande – Les Trois Mains – Gavotte et six doubles)
From a very early age, Clement Lefebvre showed a great interest in music. At 4, he started learning to play the piano, before discovering the percussions. After studying at the Lille Conservatory both instruments, he decided to focus fully on the piano. He entered the Hortense Cartier-Bresson’s class at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory, before integrating the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he studied with Roger Muraro, Isabelle Dubuis, Claire Désert, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Alain Planès. He also participated in many masterclasses with Philippe Bianconi, Xu Zhong, Michael Lewin, Christian Ivaldi, Emmanuel Strosser, and the trio Wanderer’s members.
Clément Lefebvre won in 2016 the First Prize and the Audience Prize of the James Mottram Piano Competition in Manchester. He is also laureate of the Banque Populaire Fondation, the Safran Fondation, the Meyer Fondation and the Mécénat Musical Société Générale.
He is invited to perform in many prestigious concert halls, such as the Espace Flagey in Bruxelles, the French Ambassy of Dublin, the Philharmonie de Paris, and in many festivals : la Folle Journée de Nantes, Festival Chopin in Paris, Roque d’Anthéron international piano festival, Biarritz international piano classic festival, Les Pianissimes, Festival Messiaen, Piano en Valois… He performs as a soloist with orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko as a conductor, and the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine. He also plays on the radio for France Musique and Radio Classique.
Renowned chamber musician, Clément Lefebvre is involved in many projects : founding member of the piano quartet Abegg, with which he creates Pascal Zavaro’s Aristophanes on the ground and Karol Beffa’s It rings a bell, he forms a piano duo with Alexandre Lory. In addition, he shares the stage with musicians like Philippe Bernold, Anne Queffélec, Roland Daugareil, Lilian Lefebvre, Shuichi Okada…
His first solo album devoted to Rameau and Couperin came out on June 2018 (label Evidence Classics). A second disc of Brahms and Schumann violin sonatas recorded with Shuichi Okada will be published soon (label Mirare).