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Natalia Valentin

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A native of Venezuela – and a star pupil of the country’s El Sistema musical education – Natalia Valentin’s flourishing artistic career reflects her enthusiasm and personal charisma. Among her recent successes, Natalia undertook a series of over thirty concerts in Europe and the Americas in partnership with the French Romantic Music Center in Venice, also known as the Palazzetto Bru Zane. She is a frequent international guest, both for chamber music and as a concerto soloist with orchestras around the world. She has recently performed in prestigious festivals in France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Venezuela, Mexico, the Bahamas, Brazil, and the USA.

Natalia also featured prominently in the recent Chopin Year festivities at the Paris Philharmonic (the Cité de la Musique). The concerts saw Natalia perform on the very Broadwood fortepiano that Chopin played during his final tour in England.

Natalia is an exclusive recording artist with French record label Paraty Productions. Her first album – featuring Beethoven’s Rondos and Bagatelles – was highly praised by the press, receiving numerous distinctions including 5 Diapasons, Top 5 of the Year from Fanfare Magazine in the US, and the CLIC of classiquenews.com

First and foremost, Natalia is passionate about performing on historical instruments. She seeks to convey the techniques and interpretive specificities of performance on the fortepiano, informed by historical documents and methodology dating from the Classical period. Excelling both as a performer and a pedagogue, she filters this knowledge through the lens of modern, dynamic pedagogy. Her fortepiano pedagogy is based on musicological research, the evolution of instrument manufacturing, and on the interaction between composers and their changing instruments. Her masterclasses are a fascinating journey, opening up performance possibilities that can be integrated into modern piano technique.

Natalia recently joined the faculty of Paris’s 10th arrondissement Conservatory. She is also a frequent speaker at major South American universities as well as Assistant Professor at the Accademia Europea Villa Bossi in Italy. In recent years she was tenured Professor at two conservatories in Parisian suburbs: Bobigny and Vigneux-sur-Seine.

The recipient of several First Prize distinctions, Natalia Valentin studied at the Paris Regional Conservatory (CRR) before completing her studies at the Paris National Conservatory (CNSM). Her mentors included Billy Eidi, Patrick Cohen, Pierre Cazes, and Kenneth Weiss. She went on to hone her artistry under Susan Alexander-Max and Arthur Schoonderwoerd.

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Beethoven Rondos et Bagatelles

Beethoven Rondos et Bagatelles

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Silas Bassa

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Born in Santa Fe – Argentina, he began his piano studies at the early age of five and followed a formation in piano and music at the local conservatory of Santa Fe. Later he moved to Buenos Aires for attending the National Conservatory and to study with renowned Maestro Aldo Antonganzzi. After receiving First Prize from the Buenos Aires Conservatory he was selected for a master class given in Buenos Aires by Maestro Bruno Leonardo Gelber. This performance offered him a scholarship to follow his studies with M. Gelber in Monaco, France.

A year later, Silas travelled to Paris and met the well known pianist and pedagogue Monique Deschaussées who encouraged him to study with her and to stay in Paris. He enriched his piano skills and repertory by following a suite of advance degrees at a regional conservatory in Paris.

Throughout his career, he performed numerous solo and chamber music concerts at important theatres and halls of South America, Europe and Asia.

In addition to the traditional classical music performances and to his brilliant interpretations of the core piano repertoire, Silas works also on his own music as a composer.

Constantly searching for new ways of expression, he created several artistic projects working in association with different directors, choreographers, actors and video projections.

In 2015 he recorded his first solo album “Oscillations” for Paraty Productions label- Harmonia Mundi distribution- which had a great press and public reception. The album held the top spot on the French Fnac charts of best-selling contemporary classical music albums and has been selected by Radio France (France Musique) as one of the best albums of 2015.

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Oscillations

Oscillations

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Le Parnasse français

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Photo: Marco Borggreve

The Parnasse français ensemble, formed in 2000 by Louis Castelain, specializes in early music from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. The ensemble varies in size, from a larger form (with a choir, orchestra, and soloists) when the program consists of grands motets, to just an orchestra or a small number of musicians for madrigal or motet programs.

One of the unique aspects of the Parnasse français is that every concert includes at least one world re-premiere, which is the fruit of musicological research conducted in various library archives. Louis Castelain thus reconstructs scores based on manuscripts, recomposing the music as necessary when parts are missing. As a reflection of this work and of the Parnasse français performances, the ensemble has its own collection of scores (the “Maîtres du Parnasse français” collection) at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles publishing house.

Since 2001, the Parnasse français has been invited to perform in many festivals (including the Festival de Sablé, the Grandes Journées Charpentier in 2004 and the Grandes Journées Lully in 2008, the Automne musical du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, the Oudemuziek Utrecht, and the Festival de Pontoise). Its concerts have been broadcast on television (for the Arte channel, specifically the documentaries Lully l’incommode and Rameau l’incompris magnifique, and Maestro, about music during Henri IV’s time), on the radio (including for the stations France Musique, Radio Classique, and Radio Suisse Romande), and have been recorded (the Grands motets de Mondonville and Campra by MBF).

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Messa Clementina

Messa Clementina

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Ensemble Concentus Peninsulae / Vasco Negreiros

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Vasco Negreiros is primarily a conductor. He sees his compositional works not as abstract constructions, but as a matter for musicians to deal with, working gladly with its performers. Negreiros’ interest in composition is hence based on his practical experience as a musician, including a zest for improvisation, much more then on pure rational calculation.Besides his academic studies in conducting, concluded with the Kappell-Meister degree obtained at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst of Heidelberg-Mannheim (Germany), Vasco Negreiros is mainly dedicated to Early Music in Portugal, Spain, Germany and Brazil, although he also embraces other periods and styles. He teaches conducting, among other parallel signatures, in the Aveiro University, as well as in other parts of Portugal and other countries, in Master Classes, such as the Curso y Festival de Música Antigua de Daroca (Spain).

As a musicologist, essayist and editor, he has worked on the overtures by Jerónimo Francisco de Lima, which he published in 2014. On the other hand, his PhD examined the Livro de varios motetes. Officio da Semana Santa. E ovtras cousas, printed in 1648, which he published as a book-CD in 2005 with the National Press of Portugal. When he lived in Brazil, he published the CD Brasil Barroco (1989) including first contemporary performances of colonial music from the Minas Gerais state.

As a composer, he was awarded the 3rd Prize at the International Competition for Composition for Children’s Choir in Varna (Bulgaria). It is precisely within the field of creating works for young people that he mostly develops his compositional career, chiefly in Portugal and Spain, where some of his compositions and arrangements have been recorded. His children’s opera As palavras na barriga [Words in the Belly] — which opened the Festival Dias da Música, at the Centro Cultural de Belém, 2009 — and the musical tale O gato das botas [Puss in Boots], a pedagogical approach to symphonic music, were each performed over twenty times, reaching more than seven thousand children. The CD of the work ‘Peronatus Catus – cujusvis linguae’ [Puss in boots – in any language], in its Portuguese version (O Gato das Botas) , came out in June 2016, by the lable mPmP.

On the last years Vasco Negreiros studied mainly the Portuguese music of the 18th Century, publishing in 2015, for the french lable Paraty, the CD «Rabbia, Furor, Dispetto», featured by Monika Mauch and the Concentus Peninsulae, under his conducting, a monographic CD on operatic works by Jerónimo Francisco de Lima, editing also the several scores of this composer.

He also has been devoting his studies on the music of the Indian subcontinent, as well as on the study of Indian languages. His Sonata Hindustani, published 2015, should be only the first output of this dedication; others should follow soon!

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Rabbia, furor, dispetto

Rabbia, furor, dispetto

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Ensemble Isabella d’Este

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The ensemble Isabella d’Este was founded in 1985 by Ariane Maurette. Then resident in Geneva (CH), it explored at once many repertoires from Baroque and Renaissance and played in many European countries.

The core, composed of recorder and viol players, was enriched according to the occasion by singers, lute and harpsichord players, violinists, harp and italian cornetto players…

Three records were born during the first ten years: « Les Délices (the Delights) », French baroque music (label Nuova Era), « The image of melancholy » English renaissance music (Symphonia) and « Andrea Falconieri, il primo libro di canzone, 1650 » (Symphonia, new edited by Pan Classics and available on internet).

The following years were dedicated to very miscellaneous programs and numerous projects in France, Switzerland, Italy and Belgium. The duet carrying the same name (Ariane Maurette and Caroline Howald) performed also nearly everywhere in Europe.

The ensemble, nowadays under the direction of Caroline Howald, has just recorded (2015) for the label Paraty « Ferveur, Louange et Passion », (Fervour, Praise and Passion) German music of the late seventeenth century.

Whatever the casting of the group or the program, the ensemble Isabella d’Este always puts passion at the centre of its work: a taste for details and precision allows an infinite mutual freedom; the yearning to serve, beyond simple expressivity, the spiritual dimension of the music, eggs on each and every artist to transcend his limits, which creates a real harmony within the ensemble and with the audience.

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Ferveur, Louange et Passion

Ferveur, Louange et Passion

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Mickael Viegas

Mickael Viegas

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Mickael Viegas

He was born in Paris on the 12th March 1987. He was a young child when he comes to Portugal and at nine years old he starts studying classical guitar at the Conservatório Regional do Algarve.

While continuing his studies, he also attended several workshops, lectures and classes in the musical field both in Portugal and abroad under the supervision of the most renown interpreters and composers for guitar, namely, Master Classes with Roland Dyens, Leo Brouwer, Sergio and Odair Assad, Alberto Ponce, among   others.

In 2006 he enters in the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa where he gets the degree in Music, in the Fingering Strings Performing Variant (Guitar), finishing the course with a performance as a soloist guitar player for the Concert nr. 6 by Leo Brouwer, accompanied by a strings orchestra from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.

In 2009 enters in the Universidad de Extremadura and , in a protocol with this institution, he attends classes at the distinguished Luthier Paulino Barnabé’s home, in Madrid, where he gets his master’s degree in the course “Classical Guitar and Musical Interpretation”, under the supervision of the Spanish master Ricardo Gállen.

Nowadays he is a teacher at the AMEC/Metropolitana in Lisbon.

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The Complete Guitar Works of Heitor Villa-Lobos

The Complete Guitar Works of Heitor Villa-Lobos

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Sébastien Llinares

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Sébastien Llinares was born in 1978 in Toulouse. He received a classical education and studied musicology and jazz, then joined Cristian Marcia’s class at the Conservatoire Frédéric Chopin in Paris. In 2007 and 2008, he attracted attention during the International Academy of Music of Cagliary (Sardinia) where he won a scholarship given by the Zaleski Foundation. This award permitted him to improve himself with Rafael Andia and to get the Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution and the Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste at the École Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris.

Rafael Andia says about him : « Sébastien has a unique and topflight talent. An unfailing technique, combined with a rare sound, gives his music an uncommon strength. He plays the guitar with such ease that you never have the impression that he makes an effort ­­­– impression generally given even by the greatest guitar players. »

Sébastien Llinares is both interested in early and contemporary music and plays all types of guitars : baroque, romantic, classical and electric. Attached to the great tradition of the Spanish guitar, he plays the repertoire, looking for a new romanticism in which formal clarity, historical consciousness and spontaneity try to get a dialogue going between different styles and periods. Sébastien is also interested in composition. He composes or transcribes unpublished pieces for guitar, trying to connect the vocabulary of the contemporary guitar to the expressive power of the guitar tradition.

He plays as a soloist, in chamber groups and in ensembles. He is regularly invited to appear on stage and in festivals, in France and in Europe.

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Érik Satie

Érik Satie

Soliloque

Soliloque

J.S.Bach The Goldberg Variations

J.S.Bach The Goldberg Variations

Joaquin Turina : œuvre pour guitare

Joaquin Turina : œuvre pour guitare

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Wim Winters

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Wim Winters was born in 1972 in Lommel, Belgium. He began his musical studies in 1984; one year later he took part in the prestigious “International Competition for Amateurs” of the City of Boxtel, the Netherlands. At age 13, Mr. Winters was awarded First Prize in the competition and subsequently decided to pursue a career in music.

In 1990 Mr. Winters was accepted to the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he studied with Jacques van Oortmerssen (organ) and Willem Brons (piano). In 1998 he completed his studies with the highest honors, earning two First Prizes in pedagogy and performance. During his conservatory years Mr. Winters also studied with Jean Boyer, Hans van Nieuwkoop, Hans Davidsson and Harald Vogel.

In 1994 he won both the Baroque and Romantic prizes at the “Studenten Orgelconcours” in Leiben, the Netherlands. Between 1997 and 1999 he took Third Prize in the following three international competitions: “Music Antiqua Bruges”, Maastricht’s “Europe and the Organ” and “Schnitger”, in Alkmaar.

Mr. Winters has performed in numerous organ festivals in France, Germany, Holland, Spain and Belgium. In addition, Mr. Winters is actively involved in restoration projects of historic organs throughout Flanders.

Eager to explore other keyboards, Mr. Winters devotes a substantial part of his interpretive work to the clavichord. Since 2008 he regularly performs works by the Bach family, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven on a five-octave unfretted clavichord built by the renowned Belgian, Joris Potvlieghe.

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Johann Sebastien Bach – œuvres pour orgue

Johann Sebastien Bach – œuvres pour orgue

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Les Lunaisiens

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Lunaisians ? Of a sentence that is simple, but not banal (coming as it does from Raymond Queneau), we have made our commitment, and taken our ensemble’s name.

What is the sentence?

‘The Lunaisians are the inhabitants of the moon…’

We seized upon this inescapable definition, as beautiful as it is playful; to define and claim the artists we wish to be: Lunaisians.

Our creed: to meet, through music and through words (since we are singers of words) the multitudinous creations that abound in the musical repertoire; to open the borders between eras and shine as much on a madrigal by Gesualdo as on a pirouette of Offenbach’s, a Bach chorale or Béranger’s songs.

True, Lunaisians are great dreamers, since like Pythagoras they dream of the ‘music of the spheres’… But it was starting from a dream that led men to walk on the moon.

Already, several festivals and institutions have accompanied this ensemble as they serve their apprenticeship to this musical dream.  These include the Paris Opéra Comique, the Cité de la musique, the Utrecht Festival, the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, Venice’s Palazetto Bru Zane, the Pontoise, Prague, and Île de France Festivals, the Conservatoire de Genève, the region of Picardy, etc…

Artistic Director : Arnaud Marzorati

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SpiriTango Quartet

SpiriTango Quartet

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SpiriTango Quartet

Closeness, friendship, enthusiasm and creativity: these four words sum up the SpiriTango Quartet.

In their first five years, their rich and varied repertoire has covered a mixture of traditional tango, nuevo tango, contemporary music and original compositions.

After studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, under Ami Flammer and Jean-Noël Crocq, they released their first album, Rage, in 2003, which was dedicated to the music of Astor Piazzolla then in March 2015 their second album Chin Chin, opening their world to other composers. They studied further under Richard Galliano, Hervé Sellin, Juan José Mosalini as well as the Quatuor Ebène.

They performed on the national and international stages: Les Invalides & La Sorbonne in Paris, the opera house (amphitheatre) in Lyon, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels… They were invited to perform at many festivals, including Festival Radio France Montpellier, Pianos Folies Touquet, Piano Campus, les Pianissimes, Le Printemps des Alizés (Morocco), Jeunes Talents, Concerts de Poche… Their music is regularly broadcast on France Musique , France Inter, RFI , FIP , Radio Classique.

Their artistic project hinges around very personal interpretations at the crossroads of tango and classical music, each world enriching the other. On the other hand, in selecting the repertoire for this ensemble, they endeavour to create and promote new works from contemporary composers, particularly showcasing the new generation. They have worked with Graciane Finzi, Mathieu Stefanelli, Alexandre Fontaines —among others— and plan to collaborate with Etienne Kippelen, Olivier Calmel and Andrea Marsili.

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TrANsGressiOns, Live with Vassilena Serafimova

TrANsGressiOns, Live with Vassilena Serafimova

Chin Chin

Chin Chin

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