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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Soloists of the Kronberg Academy

Friday, February 21, 2020 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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Weill Recital Hall by Jeff Goldberg / Esto
The extraordinarily talented young musicians of the Kronberg Academy make their Carnegie Hall debut in an exciting program of music that spans the Baroque to the present day. Hear them take on the tremendous technical challenges of Bach’s emotionally powerful Chaconne, explore the introspective virtuosity of Chausson’s Poème, soar in the passionate intensity of a Brahms sonata, and much more.

Part of: Distinctive Debuts

Soloists of the Kronberg Academy are also performing February 22 (3 PM and 7:30 PM) and February 23.

Performers

Marc Bouchkov, Violin
Jonathan Roozeman, Cello
Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula, Piano

Program

MARC BOUCHKOV Fantaisie for Solo Violin

BACH Chaconne in D Minor from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004

CHAUSSON Poème for Violin and Piano, Op. 25

BOCCHERINI Cello Sonata in A Major, G. 4

BRAHMS Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Salon Encores

Get together with people who love music after this Weill Recital Hall concert for a free drink and discussion with the evening's musicians.
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Distinctive Debuts is supported by endowment gifts from The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

At a Glance

MARC BOUCHKOV  Fantaisie for Solo Violin

Marc Bouchkov traces his artistic ancestry back to the great Belgian virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe, who blazed a new path in violin technique at the end of the 19th century. Based on a Ukrainian folk song, Bouchkov’s bravura Fantaisie pays homage to Ysaÿe’s solo sonatas even as it alludes to the Ukrainian revolution of 2014.

 

BACH  Chaconne in D Minor from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004

The majestic variations-style finale of Bach’s great D-Minor Partita for Solo Violin has long been regarded as a pinnacle of the violin repertoire. The Chaconne also provided a model for composers like Brahms—himself a master of variation and counterpoint—and helped inspire Ysaÿe’s sonatas for unaccompanied violin.

 

CHAUSSON  Poème for Violin and Piano, Op. 25

Chausson’s moodily rhapsodic masterpiece has been an audience favorite ever since its premiere in 1896. Composed in response to Ysaÿe’s request for a concerto, the Poème was originally scored for violin and orchestra, but Chausson later arranged it for violin and piano, both with and without string quartet accompaniment.

 

BOCCHERINI  Cello Sonata in A Major, G. 4

Boccherini was lionized throughout 18th-century Europe as both cellist and composer. The Sonata in A Major illustrates the easygoing charm that led one of his contemporaries to quip, “If God wanted to talk to men, he would use the music of Haydn; and if he wanted to listen to music, he would have that of Boccherini performed.”

 

BRAHMS  Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99

The “autumnal” quality often ascribed to Brahms’s music owes much to his partiality—especially in his later years—for the alto voice and the burnished timbres of the viola and clarinet, yet he was drawn to the distinctive sound of the cello as well. He demonstrated his affinity for the instrument in two sonatas, of which Op. 99 is the more outgoing and exuberant.

Bios

Marc Bouchkov

Marc Bouchkov was born in 1991 to a family of violinists. He received his first lessons at age five from his grandfather, Mattis Vaitsner, and later studied with Claire Bernard and Boris ...

Marc Bouchkov was born in 1991 to a family of violinists. He received his first lessons at age five from his grandfather, Mattis Vaitsner, and later studied with Claire Bernard and Boris Garlitsky. From 2014 to 2017, he studied with Mihaela Martin as a Young Soloist of the Kronberg Academy, and since October 2018, he has been the tutee of Eduard Wulfson. Mr. Bouchkov is professor of violin at the Conservatoire royal de Liège and the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein.

Mr. Bouchkov is winner of the Henri Koch International Violin Competition, Queen Elisabeth Competition, and Concours Musical International de Montréal. Most recently, he was awarded second prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the music prize of the Kulturstiftung Dortmund. He is a frequent guest at international festivals that include the Verbier, Davos, and Heidelberger Frühling, and has performed at many reputable concert halls, such as the Théâtre de la Ville, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. In October 2016, he made his debut at Wigmore Hall, where he was honored with a London Music Masters award.

Mr. Bouchkov has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Stanislav Kochanovsky, Andrey Boreyko, and Christoph Eschenbach; artists such as Georgiy Dubko, Alexey Stadler, Behzod Abduraimov, Christopher Park, Kian Soltani, and Adrien Boisseau; and orchestras such as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie. In 2014, at the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Mr. Bouchkov performed the inaugural concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Essentials series.

In the fall of 2017, Mr. Bouchkov’s first album was released. It was produced as part of the new harmonia#nova series by Harmonia Mundi and was awarded a Diapason Découverte and nominated for a 2018 International Classical Music Award.

Highlights of the 2019–2020 season include performances at the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev, Bernstein’s Serenade, after Plato’s Symposium with the Hamburg Ballet and John Neumeier, a recording of Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto under Howard Griffiths with pianist Claire Huangci and the Kammerorchester Basel, and recitals and chamber concerts around Europe.

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Jonathan Roozeman

Born in 1997, Finnish-Dutch cellist Jonathan Roozeman began his musical education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Martti Rousi. In 2013, he was awarded a special prize at the 2013 ...

Born in 1997, Finnish-Dutch cellist Jonathan Roozeman began his musical education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Martti Rousi. In 2013, he was awarded a special prize at the 2013 International Paulo Cello Competition. His sixth-prize win at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition—as the youngest-ever participant—led to an invitation to perform with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Mr. Roozeman has also performed with the Jean Sibelius Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Moscow Virtuosi. In 2014, he toured China as a soloist with the Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed at numerous international chamber music festivals.

Mr. Roozeman plays a 1707 cello by David Tecchler, on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation. He is supported by a scholarship from the arteMusica-Stiftung. In 2014, 2016, and 2018, he was an active participant in the cello master classes at the Kronberg Academy, where he was awarded the Landgrave of Hesse Prize (2016). He performed alongside Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Steven Isserlis, and Sir András Schiff as part of Chamber Music Connects the World in 2018, and played at the Kronberg Academy Festival in 2019. Since October 2016, he has been studying at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson, funded by the Christa Verhein Stiftung.

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Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula

Born in 1991, pianist and composer Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula first studied piano with Christian Favre at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, and later enrolled at the ...

Born in 1991, pianist and composer Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula first studied piano with Christian Favre at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, and later enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying chamber music with Ronan O’Hora and composition with Julian Anderson. He has attended master classes led by Ferenc Rados, Sir András Schiff, Dénes Várjon, Mitsuko Uchida, Imogen Cooper, Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt, Richard Goode, and Leon Fleisher.

Mr. Abdelmoula has performed as a soloist at venues that include the Tonhalle Zürich, Palau de la Música Catalana, Koerner Hall, Sendesaal Bremen, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, and Wigmore Hall. He has played in Sir András Schiff’s Building Bridges series and been a guest at festivals such as the Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, Lucerne Festival, and Open Chamber Music at the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, as well as the Banff Artist in Residence program. For both his piano playing and his compositions, he has received many prestigious prizes, including the Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize.

Mr. Abdelmoula’s works are regularly performed by musicians and ensembles that include Heinz Holliger, Antje Weithaas, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, Swiss Chamber Soloists, Camerata Bern, Zürcher Kammerorchester, and Ensemble Vocal Séquence. He has also written music for award-winning films.

In 2019, Mr. Abdelmoula performed at the Kronberg Academy Festival. Since October 2018, he has studied with the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists at the Kronberg Academy. His studies are funded by the Henle Stipendium endowed by the Günter Henle Foundation.

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