PRESENTATION PRESS RECORDING VIDEO SCHEDULE
1. PROGRAMME solo cello / BACH suites
A/ INTEGRAL (2 concerts, total duration 2h30) :
a) Suites n°1, 2 and 4 (bwv 1007, 1008 and 1010)
b) Suites n° 3, 5 and 6 (bwv 1009, 1011 and 1012)
B/ BACH PROGRAMME :
a) Suites n°1,2 and 4 (1h) or
b) Suites 3, 5 and 6 (1h30)
2. PROGRAMME solo cello 20th century - 1h15
Hans Werner HENZE : Serenade
Alberto GINASTERA : Punena n°2
Paul HINDEMITH : sonate op 25
Zoltan KODALY : sonate op 8
3. BEETHOVEN / SCHUBERT PROGRAMME with Mickael Levinas (transc. Grutzmacher) - 1h20
SCHUBERT : Sonatine n°1 & Sonatine n°3
BEETHOVEN : 7 variations « Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen » WoO 45 .12 variations « Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen » Op.66
SCHUBERT : sonatine n°2
BEETHOVEN : 12 variations WoO 46 sur un thème de « Judas Maccabeus » de Haendel
Mickael Levinas, piano
The double artistic profile of Michaël Levinas, concert pianist and composer, determines his interpretation and his career.
The vocations of the pianist and the composer are intimately linked. Invited by the most important European contemporary music festivals, Michaël Levinas has played works by Stockhausen, Boulez, Messiaen, Ligeti, and has premiered pieces, notably by Nunes and Murail. His works are played by today's leading performers in France and abroad. He has been invited to teach composition at some of the most prestigious composition academies, including the Darmstadt Summer School, the Royaumont Seminary and the Barcelona College of Music. His piano discography, which ranges from Bach to Boulez, has been punctuated by critically acclaimed recordings.
Listening to the pianist shaping the sound of his instrument has also inspired the composer as an acoustic explorer. The work of Michaël Levinas never ceases to examine the field of timbre and acoustics, notably in pieces such as Appel, Ouverture pour une fête étrange, La Conférence des Oiseaux. The composer questions the fundamental question of the text-music relationship in a work like Les Aragon (1998) or in his recent contributions to the stage: his opera Go-
gol (1996), based on Nicolas Gogol's Le Manteau, premiered by the Musica Festival in Strasbourg, Ircam and the Montpellier Opera, and Les Nègres (2004), based on the play by Jean Genet, for which the composer wrote the libretto.
The last few years have been marked by the creation of major lyrical works: La Métamorphose based on the work of Franz Kafka (a co-production of the Lille Opera and IRCAM on an adaptation by Emmanuel Moses and Michaël Levinas with the ICTUS ensemble, directed by Stanislas Nordey) was created on 7 March 2011 at the Lille Opera. Premiered on 5 November 2014, The Little Prince is the first French-language adaptation of the famous text for the opera stage.
Finally, La Passion selon Marc - une passion après Auschwitz, commissioned by the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Vaud from Michaël Levinas for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, was premiered on 12 April 2017 at the Eglise Saint-François in Lausanne.
Michaël Levinas is currently a professor at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris. Michaël Levinas is Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.
4. PROGRAMME two cellos with Xavier Gagnepain - 1h15
Marin MARAIS : 32 Couplets sur les Folies d’Espagne
Reinhold GLIERE : 4 Duos op 53
TAÏRA : Interférences 1
POPPER/GAGNEPAIN : 2 études op 73 : n°34 et n°15/ 2 études pour 73 : n°21 et n°36
Benoît MENUT : Caraïbes
FRANCHOMME : 3 nocturnes op 15
MARAIS : Tombeau de Mr de Sainte-Colombe
Jacques OFFENBACH : final du duo op 52 n° 3 en Ut Maj
Xavier Gagnepain, Cello
Xavier Gagnepain studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris with Jacques Parrenin and Roland Pidoux and at Yale University in the USA. He won prizes in international competitions such as the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the São Paulo International Music Competition.
He has a dual career as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been invited to play with well-known European orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Radio Orchestra and the Moscow Soloists. He plays regularly with the pianist Hortense Cartier-Bresson.
He was the cellist of the Paris String Trio from 2002 until its dissolution in 2007, and above all of the Rosamonde Quartet. The quartet - founded by his masters Parrenin and Pidoux - won the Evian International Competition in 1983 with the Prize for the interpretation of modern composers and the Special Prize of the International Jury of Critics, and First Prize at the International Quartet Competition of the European Broadcasting Union in Salzburg in 1986,. The quartet has also performed in Henri Dutilleux: Ainsi la nuit, a film that documents the collaboration between the composer and the quartet. The ensemble has also premiered works by Michèle Reverdy (L'Intranquillité, 1992) and Tigran Mansourian (Testament, 2005).
In 1996, Xavier Gagnepain was the first to perform in concert the 12 pieces on the name of Paul Sacher, a contemporary repertoire for solo cello, renowned for its difficulty. His discography includes concertos as well as chamber music ranging from duos to sextets.
The Cité de la Musique commissioned him to write a pedagogical book entitled "Du musicien en général au violoncelliste en particulier" (From the musician in general to the cellist in particular), published in 2001.
Xavier Gagnepain teaches at the Boulogne-Billancourt Regional Conservatory.
5. PROGRAMME with orchestra
A. HONEGGER : concerto
A. GINASTERA : concerto 1 ou 2 (35')
B. MARTINU : concertino avec instruments à vents, piano et batterie (16')
A. CAPLET : Epiphanie d'après une légende éthiopienne
Wolfgang RIHM : "Versuchung" (2008-2009) - 17'
VILLA-LOBOS : concertos n'1 (20') ou 2 (23')
A. SCHOENBERG : concerto (10')
D. SHOSTAKOVITCH : concerto n°2
E. BLOCH : Shelomo « Rhapsodie hebraique »
R. STRAUSS : Don Quichotte
A. JOLIVET : concerto n°2 (20’)
SAINT SAENS : concerto n°2
6. Cello and piano PROGRAMME with Maciej Pikulski
CHOPIN sonate op 65
RACHMANINOFF sonate op 19
B/ MUSIQUE FRANCAISE (Disponible en CD)
Guy ROPARTZ : sonate n°1
Henri DUPARC : sonate
Jean HURÉ : sonate n°3
C/ Johannes BRAHMS
sonate op 38
sonate op 99
Maciej Pikulski, piano
Maciej Pikulski is a solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist of great voices. He has already performed in more than 300 concert halls on five continents....
He graduated from the Paris Conservatory of Music in piano (Dominique Merlet's class) as well as chamber music and vocal accompaniment. He was then admitted to the Cycle de Perfectionnement and shortly afterwards became the laureate of the "Fondation France Télécom". He then went on to perfect his skills in Italy with Clive Britton, himself a pupil of Claudio Arrau.
As a soloist, he performed Gershwin's Concerto in F with the Bamberg Orchestra at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and at the Sala Sao Paulo, Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 and Chopin's Concerto in F at the Rioja Auditorium in Logrono, at the Trancoso Festival in Brazil, in Liszt's "Totentanz" and in Geshwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", at the Gare du Midi in Biarritz in Beethoven's 5th Concerto, at the Theâtre de Mons, Belgium, in Mozart's Concerto KV 467, and in recital at the Rachmaninoff Festival in Novgorod (Russia), Teatro Solis in Montevideo (Uruguay), Zaragoza Auditorium (Spain), NCPA in Bombay (India), Chopin Festival in Paris, Orangerie de Bagatelle, and in other venues in Sri Lanka, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium and France and Slovakia.
He also accompanies the famous baritone José Van Dam at Carnegie Hall in New York, at La Scala in Milan, at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris and in a hundred other venues throughout the world...
He also accompanies Renée Fleming at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Barbican Hall in London, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Grand Theatre in Geneva and the Rudolfinum in Prague... and also Dame Felicity Lott, Natalie Dessay, Diana Damrau, Thomas Hampson, Maria Bayo, Laurent Naouri, Luca Pisaroni, Patricia Petibon, Anna-Caterina Antonacci, Sumi Jo, Joseph Calleja, Véronique Gens and Christianne Stotijn.
In chamber music Maciej Pikulski performs with the most eminent instrumentalists: Laurent Korcia, Henry Demarquette, Olivier Charlier, Gérard Caussé, Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Sylvia Marcovici, Marc Coppey, Dominique de Williencourt, Raphaël Chretien, Alain Marion, Régis Pasquier, Philippe Aïche, the Arpeggione Quartet, the Debussy Quartet, as well as with the recitalists Marie-Christine Barrault, François Castang and Alain Carré...
Maciej Pikulski has made 15 recordings and DVDs and the international press has praised the quality of his playing and his "poetic sensitivity" (Globe and Mail, Toronto), his "powerful technique" (New York Times) and described him as a "magnificent musician" (Le Figaro) and a "great pianist" (Corriere de la Serra).
SCHUMANN : « Fantaisiestucke » op 73
BRAHMS : sonate op 38
BRAHMS : sonate op 99
MENDELSSOHN : « Lied ohne Worte » op 109
Dana Ciocarlie, piano
Dana Ciocarlie began her musical studies at the Bucharest Conservatory and won her first prize in 1990. She went on to study at the École Normale de Musique de Paris with Viktoria Melki (a pupil of Alfred Cortot) for her concert diploma, and then spent two years perfecting her skills with Dominique Merlet and Georges Pludermacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, as well as with Christian Zacharias and Dmitri Bachkirov.
She then took part in various competitions: she won the Yamaha Foundation (1993), the Cziffra Foundation (1994) and the Young Artists' Auditions in Leipzig (1995). In 1996 she won the Pro Musicis Prize (Yvonne Lefébure Foundation Prize), the same year as the Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau (2nd place), and the Géza Anda Competition the following year in Zurich (Sándor Végh Special Prize). Dana Ciocarlie is also a finalist at the Victoires de la musique classique 2018, category Recording of the Year.
She has performed with violinists Gilles Apap, Yaïr Benaïm, Nicolas Dautricourt, Laurent Korcia, Irina Muresanu; pianists Christian Zacharias, Philippe Bianconi and Anne Queffélec; with violist Gérard Caussé and the Talich Quartet. She regularly performs as a soloist with the Open Chamber Orchestra.
She has premiered contemporary works by Édith Canat de Chizy, Karol Beffa, Nicolas Bacri, Stéphane Delplace, Dan Dediu, Jacques Lenot, Laurent Mettraux, Frédéric Verrières and Helena Winkelman which are dedicated to her.
8. PROGRAMME cello and piano with Maciej Pikulski or Jean-Michel Dayez
SAINT AUGUSTIN & ANTONIN ARTAUD
Jean-Michel Dayez, piano
Trained in Lille, then at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (Belgium) and at the CNSMD in Paris, Jean-Michel Dayez is now flourishing on stage, as a soloist and in chamber music. A laureate of the Antwerp International Competition and of the Meyer and Emile Bernheim foundations, he has since been involved in numerous musical projects. He is notably the pianist of the Leos trio and a member of the Arties collective with whom he travels the world. He participates in numerous recitals with singers, actors, video artists... Jean-Michel Dayez has recorded the complete music for cello and piano by Fauré, the complete sonatas for cello and piano by Beethoven, a monographic disc of the composer Vincent Paulet, the first three trios by Beethoven... These recordings have received important awards from the press (5 Diapasons, editor's choice of the Times ...).
9. Literary Concerts