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Janine Jansen, Violin
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

Sunday, January 21, 2018 2 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Janine Jansen by Marco Borggreve / Decca Classical, Jean-Yves Thibaudet by Decca / Kasskara
Debussy takes flight for the last time, Grieg spices his sonata with Norwegian flavors, and Chausson creates a miniature concerto. Debussy was terminally ill when he composed his Violin Sonata, but the music’s verve and light speak of happier times. The light in Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 2 is derived from Norwegian folk music and dance that animate its opening and closing movements. In Chausson’s rarely performed masterpiece, passages for solo violin and piano alternate and combine with the string quartet, themes cycle from movement to movement, and melodies soar.

Part of: Perspectives: Janine Jansen


Janine Jansen, Violin
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Dover Quartet
·· Joel Link, Violin
·· Bryan Lee, Violin
·· Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, Viola
·· Camden Shaw, Cello


GRIEG Violin Sonata No. 2

DEBUSSY Violin Sonata

CHAUSSON Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
Janine Jansen introduces her 2017–2018 Perspectives series

Perspectives: Janine Jansen

At a Glance

EDVARD GRIEG  Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13

The second of Grieg’s three sonatas for violin and piano is suffused with his love of Norway’s landscape and popular culture. The work’s cheery, folk-like dance themes and allusions to Hardanger fiddling are characteristic of the nationalist phase of his career. Grieg later distanced himself from his youthful “Norwegian passion,” saying that he aimed to express “that which is individual. If the result is national, that is because the individual is national.”



Debussy’s last completed work, the Violin Sonata was part of an ambitious project to recapture the clarity and balance that the quintessentially Gallic composer associated with France’s musical patrimony. (On the sonata’s title page, Debussy proudly signed himself as a musicien français.) The colorful, lighthearted score—which he described as “full of a joyous tumult”—betrays no hint of the fatal illness that would end Debussy’s life a few months later. 


ERNEST CHAUSSON  Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21

Like Chausson’s famous Poème for Violin and Orchestra, this exuberantly romantic work was written for the great Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. Despite his Wagnerian sympathies, Chausson had come to believe, like Debussy, that he and his contemporaries should emulate the purity and refinement of masters like Rameau and Couperin. The title of the Concert, as well as many of its tempo markings, reflect the standard usage of the 18th century.   


Janine Jansen

A violinist with an enviable international reputation, Janine Jansen works with the world’s preeminent orchestras and conductors. This season, in addition to curating her Carnegie ...

A violinist with an enviable international reputation, Janine Jansen works with the world’s preeminent orchestras and conductors. This season, in addition to curating her Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, she tours with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Daniele Gatti, London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas and Semyon Bychkov, and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi.

Further highlights of Ms. Jansen’s 2017–2018 season include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker (also under Paavo Järvi), Munich Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, Staatskapelle Dresden under Sir Antonio Pappano, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Czech Philharmonic under Jakub Hrůša, Oslo Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony under David Afkham, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Karina Canellakis, and Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Blendulf. She also travels to Asia and Australasia to perform with the Singapore, Sydney, and New Zealand symphony orchestras.

A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Jansen joins Mischa Maisky, Lily Maisky, Martha Argerich, and Itamar Golan for a major European chamber music tour this season. She also performs recitals throughout Europe with pianists Alexander Gavrylyuk, Elisabeth Leonskaja, and Kathryn Stott. Ms. Jansen is founder of the hugely successful International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht; in June 2016, after 13 years, she stepped down from her position as artistic director and named cellist Harriet Krijgh her successor.

As an exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics, Ms. Jansen has achieved great success on the digital music charts, particularly since the 2003 release of her acclaimed recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Her latest release, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, features Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Ms. Jansen has won numerous prizes, including four Edison Klassiek awards, four ECHO Klassik awards, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the NDR Musikpreis for outstanding artistic achievement, and the Concertgebouw Prize. She has also been awarded the VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs for individual achievement and the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award for performances in the United Kingdom. She studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philippe Hirschhorn, and Boris Belkin.

Ms. Jansen plays the 1707 Stradivarius “Rivaz, Baron Gutmann” violin, kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet

For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. He plays a range of ...
For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. He plays a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire by composers who range from Beethoven to Liszt, Grieg, Saint-Saëns, Khachaturian, and Gershwin, as well as contemporary composers Qigang Chen and James MacMillan. From the start of his career, Mr. Thibaudet has delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, including jazz and opera, which he transcribes himself to play on the piano. His profound professional friendships span the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art.

The 2017–2018 season takes Mr. Thibaudet to 14 countries and includes concerts in Asia with the Singapore, NHK, and Guangzhou symphony orchestras, as well as the Malaysian, Hong Kong, and China philharmonic orchestras. As an artist-in-residence at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Thibaudet plays Bach’s Triple Concerto with Thomas Adès and Kirill Gerstein; Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand; Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety” Symphony in Boston and at Carnegie Hall; and chamber music with symphony musicians. Mr. Thibaudet is considered one of the premiere interpreters of the solo part for “The Age of Anxiety” Symphony, which he will also perform with the Atlanta and National symphony orchestras; the San Francisco and Houston symphonies; the China Philharmonic Orchestra; and The Philadelphia Orchestra at home and on tour in Germany, Austria, and Israel throughout Bernstein’s centennial season. Also this season, the Colburn School extends Mr. Thibaudet’s position as an artist-in-residence for three more years, and announces the Jean-Yves Thibaudet Scholarships, which provides merit-based aid for Music Academy students selected by Mr. Thibaudet.

Mr. Thibaudet’s recording catalog of more than 50 albums has received the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and Edison Award, as well as two Grammy Award nominations and Gramophone and ECHO awards. He was the soloist on the soundtrack to the Oscar Award–winning and critically acclaimed film Atonement, as well as Pride and Prejudice, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and Wakefield. Mr. Thibaudet wears a concert wardrobe designed by Vivienne Westwood. In 2010, the Hollywood Bowl honored Mr. Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Mr. Thibaudet was awarded the title of Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.
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The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Centre International String Quartet Competition. Recent winner of Chamber Music ...

The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Centre International String Quartet Competition. Recent winner of Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award and the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover Quartet has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and natural phrasing, the quartet’s distinctive sound has helped secure its status as one of the great ensembles performing today.

During the 2017–2018 season, the Dover Quartet performs more than 100 concerts at venues that include the University of Texas Performing Arts Center, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Library of Congress, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Chamber Music Society of Detroit. The quartet also continues its multi-year residencies with the Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere Festival, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and Peoples’ Symphony Concerts. Cedille Records released the quartet’s sophomore album, Voices of Defiance, in October 2017. The recording takes listeners on a powerful journey through works written during World War II by Viktor Ullmann, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Simon Laks. The 2016–2017 season saw the release of the Dover Quartet’s all-Mozart debut recording on Cedille, which was a nod to the 1965 debut album of Guarneri Quartet, whose founding violist, Michael Tree, joined the quartet on the recording.

The Dover Quartet’s members studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where they received extensive mentorship from Shmuel Ashkenasi, James
Dunham, Norman Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, and Mr. Tree. The quartet returned to Rice for a residency from 2011 to 2013, and in 2013 and 2014 it became Curtis’s first quartet-in-residence. In 2015, the Dover Quartet was appointed the first resident ensemble in the 116-year history of Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, New York City’s oldest concert series. The quartet serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.

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