Maria João Pires
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Born on 23 July 1944 in Lisbon, Maria João Pires gave her first public performance at the age of 4 and began her studies of music and piano with Campos Coelho and Francine Benoît, continuing later in Germany, with Rosl Schmid and Karl Engel. In addition to her concerts, she has made recordings for Erato for fifteen years and Deutsche Grammophon for twenty years.
Since the 1970s, she has devoted herself to reflecting the influence of art in life, community and education, trying to discover new ways of establishing this way of thinking in society. She has searched for new ways which, respecting the development of individuals and cultures, encourage the sharing of ideas.
In 1999, she created the Centre for the Belgais Centre for the Study of the Arts in Portugal. Maria João Pires regularly offers interdisciplinary workshops for professional musicians and music lovers. In the Belgais concert hall concerts and recordings regularly take place. In future these will be shared with the international digital community (pay and non-pay).
In 2012, in Belgium, she initiated two complementary projects; the Partitura Choirs, a project which creates and develops choirs for children from disadvantaged backgrounds as in Belgium the „Hesperos Choir, and the Partitura Workshops. All of the Partitura projects have the aim to create an altruistic dynamic between artists of different generations by proposing an alternative in a world too often focused on competitiveness. This philosophy is being spread worldwide at Partitura projects and workshops.
Born in Recife, Brazil, in 1957 into a family of musicians, Antonio Meneses began his cello studies at the age of ten. At 16, he met the famous Italian cellist Antonio Janigro and was asked to join Janigro's classes in Düsseldorf and later in Stuttgart.
He won the first Prize at the 1977 ARD International Competition in Munich and was awarded First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Appearing in the music capitals of Europe, the Americas and Asia, Antonio Meneses performs with most of the world's leading orchestras (in Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, Prague, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Munich, New York, Philadelphia Washington D.C. or Tokyo.
Among the conductors with whom he has collaborated are Claudio Abbado, Gerd Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Neeme Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, Eiji Oue, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Kurt Sanderling, Yuri Temirkanov or Christian Thielemann.
A devoted chamber musician, Antonio Meneses was a member of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio between October 1998 and September 2008. He has collaborated with the Vermeer Quartet on tour and gives chamber music concerts and duo recitals with pianists such as Menahem Pressler and Maria João Pires.
As a recording artist, Antonio Meneses has made two recordings for Deutsche Grammophon with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Brahms' Double Concerto with Anne- Sophie Mutter and Richard Strauss' Don Quixote). He has released the complete works for cello by Villa-Lobos (Auvidis France and Bis), David Popper and CPE Bach (Pan Records).
For AVIE, his recordings include the Six Bach Cello Suites; the complete works for Cello and Piano by Schubert and Schumann with Gérard Wyss; a Beethoven CD with Menahem Pressler; Haydn’s Cello Concertos and the Concertino by Clovis Pereira with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and a CD of Elgar and Gál Cello Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Claudio Cruz, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for ‘Best Classical Instrumental Solo’.
With the same group, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Claudio Cruz conducting, Antonio Meneses will record in January 2017, still for AVIE, the concerto by Schumann as well as the concerto by Volkmann and the Rococo variations by Tchaïkovsky.
His first recording with Maria João Pires, The Wigmore Hall Recital, was released in September 2013 for Deutsche Grammophon.
Recent highlights include performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Maxim Vengerov at the Barbican Centre; appearances at Aldeburgh and at the Edinburgh International Festivals; recitals at Wigmore Hall; ongoing touring projects with Maria João Pires, among others.
In 2016-2017, Antonio Meneses performs with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Orchestra of the Foundation Gulbenkian in Lisbon and in South America, invited for orchestra concert, recital and masterclass by the Cello Biennal Amsterdam, but also by different Polish orchestras, among others.
In addition to his busy concert schedule, Antonio Meneses regularly gives masterclasses in Europe (Cremona, Siena - Accademia Musicale Chigiana -, Madrid – Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía), the Americas (Domaine Forget) and Japan (Tokyo University), as well as teaching at the Bern Conservatory since 2008.
Ignasi Cambra has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Ravinia Festival and the Mariinsky Theatre. A close collaborator of pianist Maria Joao Pires, he has performed with the Barcelona, Miami, Vancouver and Mariinsky symphony orchestras, under conductors such as Tsung Yeh, Eduardo Marturet, Josep Pons and Salvador Brotons.
An audience favorite in his native Spain, Ignasi Cambra has appeared in most major concert halls in the country, including the Palau de la Música Catalana, Gran Teatre del Liceu and l’Auditori in Barcelona, Auditorio Nacional de Música and Fundación Juan March in Madrid, Auditorio de Zaragoza and many others. He has also been invited as artist in residence at La Pedrera, and his performances have taken him to festivals such as Peralada, the Schubertiade in Vilabertràn and the Quincena Musical in San Sebastián.
A student of Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School, Cambra also holds degrees from Indiana University and the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as an Executive MBA from IESE Business School. Significant influences include Edward Auer, Menahem Pressler, Alexander Toradze and Rustem Hayroudinoff.
Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1985, Lilit Grigoryan started to play piano at the age of seven with Prof. Arkuhi Harutyunyan, and was later a student of Prof. Sergey Sarajyan and Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit. She graduated in Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock with the highest distinction.
From 2012 to 2016 Lilit was also Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, under the direction of Maria João Pires. Since then, an intense and inspiring collaboration with Maria João and her various projects has been established.
Lilit has toured across the globe and performed in venues including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Essen, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mozarteum Hall Salzburg, Salle Cortot, Cité de la Musique, Bozar, Flagey, Palau de la Música Catalana, Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid, Halle aux Grains in Toulouse and Steinway Halls in New York, London and Hamburg.
She has also been broadcast on Deutschlandradio, BBC Radio 3, BR Klassik, NDR Kultur, MDR Kultur, SWR Kultur, Radio France, Musique 3, France 3, Public Radio and TV of Armenia, Mexican Radio, RAI 3.
Lilit has performed with orchestras including Sinfonia Varsovia, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Liege, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra,North German Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Chamber Orchestra, amongst others. In addition, she has performed in various prestigious festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Verbier, Gezeitenkonzerte, Kultursommer Nordhessen, Auvers sur Oise, Colmar, Menton, Midis-Minimes as well as others.
Lilit is also a devoted chamber musician and regularly collaborates with artists including Maria João Pires, Sarah Christian, Hiyoli Togawa, Andrei Ionita and William Hagen.
Lilit’s debut CD was released in 2012 and featured works by Scarlatti, Schumann, Bartok and Khachaturian (DiscAuvers). In 2017 & 2018, a further 2 chamber music recordings were released to critical acclaim; the first with violinist Sarah Christian (Genuin) and the second with violist Hiyoli Togawa (Naxos). In November 2018, Lilit released ‘Variations sérieuses’ (Orchid), including works of Bach-Busoni, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bizet and Szymanowski.
In 2008, Lilit received the prestigious Culture Prize of President of Armenia. She was also awarded honors by the State Duma of Russian Federation and the Mayor of the City of Yerevan. Lilit has been prizewinner of several international and national competitions.
During her years of studies Lilit has been supported by various foundations Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Safran, Horst-Rahe and the Keyboard Charitable Trust. She has also won a Scholarship from Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe and the Tabor Piano Award of the Verbier Academy.
For almost ten years Lilit Grigoryan taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock.
British baritone Thomas Humphreys is fast establishing himself as one of the most in demand baritones of his generation. In opera, his roles include Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Il Conte Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Escamillo (Carmen), Marcello (La boheme), Tomsky (Pique Dame), Jake Wallace (La fanciulla del West) among others for many of the major opera companies across the UK. He was recently critically acclaimed for his role as Il Conte Almaviva in Dorset Festival Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Paul Carr and conducted by Maestro Jose-Miguel Esandi.
Thomas is equally in high demand on the concert platform, regularly performing with the premiere choirs and orchestras in the UK, notably the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the City of London Choir. He recently made his Royal Festival Hall debut singing Requiem (Verdi) with the London Mozart Players. His repertoire includes Messiah (Handel), Elijah (Mendelssohn), St. John Passion (Bach), Christmas Oratorio (Bach), Ein deutches Requiem (Brahms), Requiem (Mozart), Requiem (Faure), The Creation (Haydn), Nelson Mass (Haydn), Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams).
In recital, career highlights include a recital of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov Romances in Moscow and also concerts for the Armonie della Magna Graecia festival in Calabria, Italy. He has performed a live broadcast recital of Schubert Lieder for Radio Varna in Bulgaria. Before the pandemic, Thomas performed Schubert’s Die Winterreise for the first time.
Future plans include Requiem (Verdi) at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford and Mass in B Minor (Bach) with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra.
Der Wanderer, D. 489
Wandrers Nachtlied I, D. 224
Wehmut, D. 772
Impromptu in C minor, D. 899 (op. 90) No. 1
Impromptu in G-flat major, D. 899 (op. 90) No. 3
Arpeggione Sonata, In A minor, D. 821
Lieder transcriptions for piano:
Der Müller und der Bach (D. 795)
Gretchen am Spinnrade (D. 118)
Aufenthalt (D. 957)
Rastlose Liebe (D. 138)
Aufenthalt (from Schwanengesang, D. 957)
Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D. 774
*Due to health reasons, Ben Johnson is replaced by Thomas Humphreys.
In early 19th century Vienna, the “Schubertiades”, salon sessions where the composer Franz Schubert was a central figure and where the composer himself and other artists, as well as patrons and friends, performed and celebrated the Austrian composer’s compositions, became famous. These informal events included not only music, but also the recitation of poetry or songs and dances accompanied by the piano. They were intimate moments of sharing, in which art (and music in particular) occupied a central place.
This is the spirit that the pianist Maria João Pires and Judite da Silva Gameiro will recreate during three days at Gulbenkian Música, in four concerts where she will share the stage of the Grand Auditorium with other musicians. A major event not only centered around Schubert’s music, but also based on it and anchored in the idea of music as celebration.
Judite da Silva Gameiro Set Design and Staging
Jean Jacques Sanchez Staging assistant
Nádia Gama Costumes assistant
Joana Cornelsen and Siça Souza Hair and make-up
João Saraiva Dancer and Angel
Laurie Chomel Dancer
Lili Buvat Dancer
"Aventure" Guide dog
Coproduced by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Philharmonie de Paris.
Special thanks to Briare's City Hall and Château de Trousse-Barrière (France) for the support and cooperation in the staging creation process.
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