Giancarlo Crespeau is a French pianist and composer, born in 1985. A child prodigy, he entered the
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSM), at the age of 13, studying with Jacques Rouvier. After graduating from the CNSM in 2001, he was awarded First Prize in Piano. The following year, he won Third Prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht.
He has performed in Europe, Russia and Asia, played in festivals, under the direction of Kun-Woo Paik and Piotr Paleczny, and performed for musical events organized by Christoph Eschenbach and the Vladimir Ashkenazy Foundation. In 2015, he entered the Mozarteum, in Salzburg.
Passionate about composition, he studied from 2008 to 2011 with composer Stéphane Delplace and
has premiered several of the latter’s works, including his Sonata, at the Philharmonie de Paris, in 2016, on Stephen Paulello’s revolutionary piano. He now collaborates with composer Kirill Zaborov, whose Vermeer Sonata and Vienna Variations receive their world premiere performance on this CD.
Melancholia by pianist Giancarlo Crespeau will be released on Friday. In the meantime, listen to the first extract now!
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Violinist Magdalēna Geka (1992, Latvia) has performed chamber music in many prestigious European venues such as Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre in London, UK; Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, France; the Verbier Festival, Switzerland and the Kuhmo Festival in Finland. She is an ardent advocate of 20th century and contemporary music, and has collaborated with such composers as Pēteris Vasks, Platons Buravickis, Eric Tanguy, Camille Pépin, Santa Bušs and Gabriel Sivak, premiering to-date around forty works for violin and ensemble. Formerly violinist of the Trio Sōra, she is now 1st violin of the renowned Quatuor Akilone.
Magdalēna Geka is the winner of the Parkhouse Award in London, the International Marschner Competition in Germany and, most recently, the Pro Musicis Prize 2021 and the Académie des Beaux-Arts prize at the Musiques d’Ensemble competition in Paris. She is a sought-after soloist and concertmaster and has been nominated twice for the Latvian Grand Music Prize; in 2014 as the Young Artist of the Year and in 2020 for an Excellent Performance. Most recently she received three nominations for the prestigious German award Opus Klassik, including Newcomer of the Year.
Ms. Geka holds a Master’s degree in both Violin and Chamber Music from the Conservatoire National
Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, France, as well as Artist Diplomas from both CNSMDP and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. During the 2021-2022 season she was the only participant of a unique concertmaster training course, a partnership between Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon and Orchestre National d’Auvergne in France. Her mentors include the Ebène and Artemis Quartets as well as Svetlin Roussev, Marc Danel, Wolfgang Marschner, Ayako Tanaka and Philippe Graffin.
Ms. Geka has received generous support from many foundations and sponsors, including the Fondation l’Or du Rhin, the ADAMI, the Fondation Meyer, the Fondation Singer-Polignac, the Fondation Baillet-Latour and the Fondation Boubo-Music.
Magdalēna Geka plays an Alessandro Gagliano 1734 violin generously on loan through the Anima Music Foundation.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kishin started playing the piano at the age of four. After studying at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai) with Hiroshi Nagao, he was unanimously admitted to the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) where he later completed three bachelor’s degrees in Piano (J. Rouvier, P. Benoit, D. Pascal, L.Cabasso), Chamber Music (M. Moragues) and Accompaniment (G. Dutroncy), as well as three master’s degrees in Piano (H. Cartier-Bresson, F. Rossano), Vocal Accompaniment (A. Le Bozec, E. Olivier) and Piano Accompaniment (J. F. Neuburger et Y. Otsu).
He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Chamber Music at the CNSMDP with Claire Désert.
An avid chamber music player, he often works with other instrumentalists and singers. In 2018, he became a member of Ensemble Rayuela (https://www.ensemblerayuela.com/), and since 2019, he has been performing with Magdalēna Geka (violinist). The duo has already won many awards including the International Pro Musicis Prize 2021 in France and the Académie des Beaux-Arts Prize (2nd Prize) at the 34th European Chamber
Music competition of the FNAPEC. The duo was also one of the semi-finalists of the 16th Lyon International Chamber Music Competition 2021, and finalist of the Parkhouse Award 2021 in London.
He has appeared at many music festivals and radio programs including Les Nuits d’été de Mâcon (France),the World Saxophone Congress (France and Croatia), Pamplona Acción Musical (Spain), the Festival International de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron (France), Générations France Musique, le live (Radio France) both as a soloist and as a chamber musician and has already performed in prestigious halls including the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Concert Hall at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, and the Wigmore Hall in London.
As a soloist, he has performed as a soloist with various orchestras such as the Orchestre du Conservatoire (Paris Conservatoire Orchestra), the Tokyo New City Orchestra and the Orchestra Motif, working with famous conductors including Pierre-André Valade.
A truly original musical personality, Blaise Ubaldini is one of the most promising French composers of his generation. His expressive and uniquely inspired music shifts between an insatiable desire for vitality and colour, and a search for depth and authenticity.
A musician with an eclectic background, a clarinettist who plays improvised music and rock, he has rubbed shoulders with outstanding soloists from all musical genres, including classical, contemporary, jazz, and world music, and has used his works to create unexpected musical encounters.
In the monodrama Bérénice, performed at IRCAM in 2014, alongside the Swiss actress Caroline Imhof and the Ensemble Intercontemporain Soloists, he explored an unprecedented osmosis between theatre and music. In 2016, he performed Love song for a long-term hatred with the Israeli trombonist Alon Stoler and the Chémirani Trio, a prestigious ensemble of Iranian percussions. He has collaborated as a clarinettist, then an arranger, with the Tunisian brothers Amine & Hamza Mraihi, virtuosos of the oud and the qanun, and cellist Vincent Ségal on the album Fertile Paradoxes.
His works introduce unconventional and extra-instrumental elements into musical discourse, as well as texts, songs, and onomatopoeias, like so many authentic behaviours or gestures, forever questioning the nature and memory of being and of music alike.
One example is his wind quintet In the backyard premiered in 2018 by the Ensemble Intercontemporain soloists at London’s Wigmore Hall and dedicated to two characters from Twin Peaks, the signature television series by American director David Lynch.
Introduced to composition by William Blank in Lausanne, he joined the class of Michael Jarrell and Luis Naón in Geneva, followed by Ircam in Paris for two years. During this period he met the conductor Pierre Bleuse who directed his chamber opera 4.48, for which he was awarded the Prix Nouveau Talent Musique SACD 2013, as well as the soprano Tatiana Probst with whom he created Sunbathing for voice and electronics at Ircam.
He holds a degree in Indian studies from Lausanne University’s Faculty of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, and has been working on languages and the voice for many years. He has recently begun writing texts, a kind of literary counterpoint that reveals what is at stake in the shadows of his musical works in the spotlight. His collaborators include the Ensemble Intercontemporain, conductor Pierre Bleuse, the Collegium Novum Zürich, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, soprano Lisa Tatin, the Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble, soprano Kornelia Bruggman, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, clarinetist Jean-Marc Fessard, the vocal ensemble Exaudi, the CH.AU company, the Matka ensemble, and the duo Interférences.
Belgo-French cellist Camille Seghers comes from a very musical family. She has been invited as soloist for recitals all around Europe and Russia. She is now teaching at IMEP and in music schools in Belgium.
As a soloist she has had the pleasure of being invited to perform with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nuove Musiche, and Ensemble Orchestral of Brussels,…
Camille also gives International masterclasses in music educational centers such as Conservatoire de Liègeand the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
In the field of Chamber Music, she has collaborated with many musicians, Alexis Thibaut de Maisières of course, but also: Philippe Raskin, Quatuor Alfama, Nicolas Dupont,… She is often invited by music festivals and renowned cultural events.
She co-directed the editing of Henri Duparc’s cello sonata, world premiered with Delatour, recorded in her first cd.
Camille holds a Master’s degree, obtained with high distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in Didier Poskin’s and Edmond Baert’s classes, and a Solo & Chamber Music Master degree obtained with highest distinction from Musikhochschule of Köln with Claus Kanngiesser, as well as a Didactic Master at Arts2 in Mons (BE).
She was given the prize of « Prix du patrimoine de la ville de Bruxelles » and decided to perfect her art in Paris and Freiburg with masters Eric Le Sage and Francois Salque.
Ever since, Camille has been invited to take part in numerous International Masterclasses.
Alexis Thibaut de Maisières performs as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. He has been invited to perform in venues such as Flagey, Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic, as well as the Salle Alfred Cortot in Paris and at the Conservatoire de Bruxelles. He has played with the Ensemble Orchestral of Brussels, the Young Belgian Strings and the Orchestra of Togliatti Conservatory in Russia.
Alexis trained for six years at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Saint-Petersburg under the tuition of Leonid Tamoulevitch. He also went on to study with Stanislav Soloviev, Anne Queffélec, Eugène Galand, Jean-Marc Vinckenbosch, Jacques Rouvier and Jean-Bernard Pommier.
Later, he obtained a Didactic Master and a Master in Accompaniment at Arts2.
Passionate about chamber music, Alexis often plays chamber music in duo or with various ensembles. In 2022, he founded the Festival Archipel in Belgium, where he works as artistic director.
Alexis has also been chosen as jury member for the International Piano Competition in Togliatti (RU).
Teacher and accompanist in various music schools in Belgium, he was asked to teach masterclasses in Moscow and Polenovo (RU).
Alexis also writes his own arrangements of Bach, Wagner, Brel, Dyens, Tchaïkovski, as well as Russian folk songs, Chopin…where he likes to challenge and mix different musical styles together.