Interviews and concert extracts, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, 2nd October 2012
Liana GourdjiaViolinist Liana Gourdjia has been acclaimed for her “astonishingly pure tone, artistry and bewitching lyricism.” At the age of six, Liana appeared on Moscow television as a rising star and has since performed recitals, with her mother, an accompanist at the Moscow State Conservatory, in many prestigious venues throughout Russia including the Great Hall and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and the Philharmonic Hall in Saint-Petersburg. Her performance highlights include concerts in the Vatican for Pope Jean Paul II, at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and for Unesco in Paris. She became a laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Artists in Sendai in Japan at the age of fourteen and subsequently appeared numerous times on television and radio programs dedicated to presenting young stars in Russia and Europe.
Liana Gourdjia was awarded the 2009-2011 residency with the Montgomery Symphony in US, where she served as a soloist, concertmaster and recitalist. She will be returning to the Marlboro Music festival for the third year’s fellowship in the summer of 2012. Other most recent and upcoming performances include solo recitals in Switzerland, France in the U.S including Les Musicales de Colmar, the Juventus Festival, Salines en Musique and Festival International de Wissembourg. She made her debut recital at the Paris Théâtre de la Ville in January 2012.
Winner of the Sion-Valais International Competition, Liana has also won prizes at the Michael Hill, Corpus Christi, Hudson Valley and Kingsville International Competitions. She has performed as a soloist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ashville Symphony Orchestra, City Music Cleveland, the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and the orchestras of Indiana University and the Cleveland Institute of Music under Daniel Hege, Paul Haas, James Gaffigan, Shlomo Mintz, Carl Topilow, Thomas Hinds, David Effron, Steven Smith, and Sergei Stadler.
As an active chamber musician, Ms. Gourdjia has collaborated with such artists as Jaime Laredo, Lawrence Power, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Marc Coppey, David Soyer, Antonio Meneses, Giovanni Belucci, François-Frederic Guy, Alexander Melnikov, Peter Laul, the Talich and the Vogler String Quartets. Liana has performed at festivals including the Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo, Musique de Chambre de Lyon, the 92/Y in New York, Les Musicales de Compesières in Geneva, Les Musicales de Colmar, and is a laureate of Juventus festival in France. A proponent of contemporary music, she has frequently premiered works by prominent and upcoming composers. She served as concertmaster of the New Music Ensemble at Indiana University under direction of David Dzubay, with whom she performed the Violin Concertino by acclaimed American composer Eugene O’Brien.
Liana began her studies at the famous Central Music School at the Moscow State Conservatory with renowned professors Iryna Bochkova and Maya Glezarova. She went on to study in the U.S. with David and Linda Cerone at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She received an Artist Diploma from the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington, studying with Jaime Laredo and where she was the first recipient of the prestigious Jacob’s scholarship. Liana benefited from master classes with Menahem Pressler, Janos Starker, Gil Shaham, Alex Kerr, Pamela Frank, Arnold Steinhardt, Gabor Takacs and the Orion String Quartet.
Marc Coppey“Combining choreographic gesture with rhetoric, earthly robustness with spiritual uplift, Marc Coppey’s playing is overwhelming in its jubilant vitality.” (Gilles Macassar, Télérama)
The French cellist Marc Coppey first came to the notice of Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the 1988 Leipzig Bach competition where he won the two most important prizes – first prize and special prize for the best Bach performance. He was 18 at the time. He soon after made his Moscow and Paris debuts performing the Tchaïkovsky Trio with Menuhin and Victoria Postnikova, a collaboration documented on film by the famous film director Bruno Monsaingeon. In 1989 Mstislav Rostropovitch invited Marc to the Evian Festival and from that moment on his solo career quickly developed in collaboration with numerous distinguished conductors - Eliahu Inbal, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Emmanuel Krivine, Alan Gilbert, Christian Arming, Lionel Bringuier, Alain Altinoglu, Michel Plasson, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Theodor Guschlbauer, John Nelson, Raymond Leppard, Erich Bergel, Philippe Entremont, Pascal Rophé, Philippe Bender, Paul McCreesh, Yutaka Sado, Kirill Karabits and Asher Fisch.
This season he performs as a soloist with the Orchestre de Paris, the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, RTE National Symphony Dublin, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Zagreb Soloists, the orchestras of Liège, Castilla y Leon, Cannes, Izmir, Marseille, Caen and Poitou-Charentes, the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris…
Marc Coppey is particularly noted for his eclectic career. A passionate chamber musician, he has considerably explored its repertoire with Maria-João Pires, Stephen Kovacevich, Nicholas Angelich, Aleksandar Madzar, Michel Beroff, Michel Dalberto, Peter Laul, François-Frédéric Guy, Nelson Goerner, Augustin Dumay, Victoria Mullova, Liana Gourdjia, Valeriy Sokolov, Ilya Gringolts, Tedi Papavrami, Lawrence Power, Janos Starker, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Michel Portal, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud as well as the Takacs, Prazak, Ebène and Talich Quartets. He was cellist of the Ysaÿe Quartet for five years.
He has performed in the post prestigious concert halls of London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Dublin, Prague, Budapest, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, New York, Mexico, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo, and has been invited by the Festivals of Radio-France Montpellier, Strasbourg, Besançon, La Roque d'Anthéron, Aix-en-Provence, Stuttgart, Midem, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Kuhmo, Korsholm, West Cork, Campos do Jordao, Prades, and the « Folle Journée » in Nantes and Lisbon.
The breadth of Marc Coppey's repertoire is proof of his profound inquisitiveness: he frequently performs the Bach suites and main stream concerto repertoire, but is also dedicated to performing less well-known works. He has also given first performances of works by Bertrand, Christian, Durieux, Fedele, Fénelon, Jarrell, Krawczyk, Lenot (concerto), Leroux, Mantovani, Monnet (concerto), Pauset, Pécou, Reverdy, Tanguy (1st concerto), Verrières as well as giving French premieres of concertos by Carter, Mantovani and Tüür.
He has recorded works by Beethoven, Debussy, Emmanuel, Fauré, Grieg and Strauss, for Auvidis, Decca, Harmonia Mundi and K617. More recently he has recorded the Bach Suites which received a 'ffff' review in the French magazine Télérama, a Dohnanyi CD (10 in 'Répertoire'), an album of great Russian sonatas with the pianist Peter Laul for the Aeon/Harmonia Mundi label, the Schubert cello quintet with the Prazak Quartet for the Praga label, and Martin Matalon's concert for Accord/Universal. His most recently recordings are the Dutilleux and Caplet concertos with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège conducted by Pascal Rophé (Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde la Musique, Clef Resmusica, BBC Music Magazine*****), followed by the Brahms sonatas then Schubert's Arpeggione, both with Peter Laul for Aeon, and a world premier recording of Dubois concerts for Mirare.
In November 2009 Marc Coppey was chosen to perform Bach in the Place de La Concorde in Paris to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.
Marc Coppey is also a deeply committed teacher. He is professor at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur and gives master-classes throughout the world.
He is artistic director of the 'Musicales de Colmar' and since 2011 musical director of the Zagrebacki solisti (Zagreb Soloists).
Marc Coppey performs on a rare cello made in Venice in 1711 by Matteo Goffriller.
Peter LaulPeter Laul was born into a musical family in St. Petersburg, Russia and received his education at the St. Petersburg Conservator where he studied with Prof. Alexander Sandler, and where he has since become a faculty member.
He won the 3rd prize and special prize for the best Bach performance in the Bremen International Piano Competition in 1995 and again, in 1997, when he won the 1st prize and special prize, this time for the best Schubert sonata performance. He also won 1st prize at the Scriabin International Piano Competition in Moscow in 2000, and in 2003 was awarded the honorary medal “For achievements in the Arts” by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
Peter Laul has performed as a soloist with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Kapella Orchestra, as well as numerous other Russian orchestras, under the direction of conductors such as Maxim Shostakovich, Valery Gergiev, Vassily Sinaiski, Eri Klas, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Nikolai Znaider and Nikolai Alekseev. He has also performed with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Dessau, Bremerhaven and Oldenburg Theatre orchestras in Germany, the Brazilian National Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, as well as the French orchestra ‘Les Siècles’ under François-Xavier Roth.
Peter Laul’s recital performances have taken him to the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Halls, the Symphony Hall of the Mariinsky Theater, the Moscow Conservatory Halls, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall and the new Moscow International House of Music. Abroad he has performed in the Auditorium du Louvre, the Théâtre de la Ville, Théâtre du Châtelet and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Salle Molière and Opera Lyon, Lincoln Center in New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vredenburg in Utrecht, Casino Basel, Die Glocke in Bremen, the Montpellier Corum, the Opera City Hall in Tokyo, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Hall, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and in numerous venues and festivals throughout Russia, Europe, Japan and the USA. His most recent performances have been at the Serres d’Auteuil festival in Paris, the Schubertiade and Beethoven Festivals in Colmar, “The Stars of White Nights” in St.Petersburg, “Art November” in Moscow, the Kamchatka Spring Festival, the Saint-Riquier Festival, the Lancut Spring Festival in Poland, and the “Le Printemps des Arts” in Monaco.
Mr. Laul is a consummate chamber musician. His chamber music partners include Dmitry Kouzov, Marc Coppey, Ilya Gringolts, Graf Mourja, Sergey Levitin, Valery Sokolov, Alexander Ghindin, Diemut Poppen, Françoise Groben, Gary Hoffmann, David Grimal, Laurent Korcia and Tedi Papavrami.
Peter Laul has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Aeon, Onyx, Naxos, Marquis Classics, Querstand, Integral Classics, King Records, Northern Flowers and numerous TV and Radio stations in Russia and abroad.
RepertoireBeethoven - Trios Op 70 N°1 & N°2, Archduke...
Beethoven - Kakadu Variations Op 121a
Beethoven - Triple Concerto
Brahms - Trios
Chausson - Trio in G minor Op. 3
Fauré - Trio in D minor Op. 120
Dvorak - Trio N°4 "Dumky" Op 90, Trio in F minor Op 65
Haydn - Trio in G major
Liszt - Tristia
Mendelssohn - both trios
Mozart - Trio N°6 in C Major K.548
Rachmaninov - Elégiaque Trio N°1
Ravel - Trio in a minor
Shostakovich - Trios Op 8 & Op 67
Schubert - both trios
Schumann - 1st trio
Sciarrino - Trio N°2
Smetana - Trio in g minor Op 15
Tchaikovsky - Trio Op 50
1 - Song of Ophelia
2 - Gamayun, the Bird of Prophecy
3 - We Were Together (That Troubled Night)
4 - The City Sleeps (Deep in Sleep)
5 - The Storm
6 - Secret Signs
7 - Music
Early in 1967, Shostakovich was asked by the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya to write them a ‘vocalise’ they could perform together. He responded by setting Alexander Blok’s beautiful early love-poem, ‘Ophelia’s Song’. In a sudden rush of creativity over the next 3 days (and fired, he said, by a stiff shot of brandy), he then immediately set another early Blok poem for voice and piano for himself to perform with Vishnevskaya and then another for violin and voice to draw in a third friend, David Oistrakh. In the third and fourth songs he combined cello and piano, then violin and piano, in the sixth the violin and cello together and only in the final seventh song, a hymn to music, is the soprano at last accompanied by the complete piano trio.
The result is an extraordinarily intense sequence: sweet and deeply personal meditations about love, intimacy, friendship and the power of art, all surrounded and threatened by prophetic intimations of disaster and the darkness of the night (nearly every poem is a nocturne). This most unusual work is one of Shostakovich’s greatest tributes to some of the closest musical friendships of his life.
The Trio proposes the Seven Songs either with Shostkovich's two piano trios or with two trio from their repertoire.