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Friday, November 23 • 15:45 - 16:55
Ballads for Viola

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1) Gillian Ansell & Atar Arad:
two viola duo's by Atar Arad, including a short introduction by the composer.
- Toccatina a la Turk (4')
- “Esther”  (7')

2) Made in Switzerland
Viacheslav Dinerchtein, viola;  Noriko Yabe, piano
- Fabian Müller (*1964): 'Lento' and 'Tempo di Gavotta'  from the Suite for viola and piano (6 min)
- Heinz Holliger (*1939): Souvenirs Tremaesques for viola solo (2 min) 
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778): 'Rondo' from Le Devin du village (arr. V. Dinerchtein) (2 min)
- Frank Martin (1890 – 1974):  Ballade for viola and piano (15 min)
Program notes below.

3) Berlioz and Paganini: Viola adventures of two great composers
Mikhail Zemtsov, viola; Hannah Shybaeva, piano; Lecture-recital.
- Short exposition and fragments of Berlioz' Harold in Italy in new viola/piano arrangement.
- Niccolò Paganini: Sonata per la Gran Viola, with cadenzas by Mikhail Kugel

Program Notes

Made in Switzerland:
This is an unusual compilation of music for viola and piano written by renown Swiss composers and personalities. To my knowledge, such a program has never been researched or put together before, let alone presented in public. It features music covering a span of 250 years – both original and adapted to viola - that is mostly unknown, even to the well-informed in the field.

The program starts with Fabian Müller, one of the foremost Swiss composers, recipient of the highest musical award in Switzerland. In addition to his prolific activity as a composer, he assembled a huge anthology of Swiss Folk music (10 volumes with over 10000 melodies), some of them to be arranged for viola and piano. As they are not yet available yet, two movements from his Viola Suite are performed.

We continue with a short experimental piece, recently written for solo viola by the oboe virtuoso, noted composer and conductor Heinz Holliger.

The program also features a short piece by Jean-Jacques Rousseau from his one-act opera Le Devin du village, re-worked into a viola-piano version. This music, now forgotten, actually brought Rousseau fame as a composer (it was even played at the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette).

I conclude with a cello work that sounds particularly well on viola, and could (or even should) have a place in our repertoire: The "Ballade" by Frank Martin (who, incidentally, lived for many years and died in Naarden, Netherlands). The arrangements are my own.

Berlioz and Paganini:
Every viola player probably knows why and how these two pieces are linked together – the story of Paganini commissioning a virtuoso viola concerto by his friend Hector Berlioz.  Paganini’s great irritation after seeing the viola part of Harold in Italy (which he considered to be too simplistic for him, aside from the unbearably long silences), triggered the composition of the Sonata per la Gran Viola.

This unique story is not the only factor that makes this programme especially attractive for the broad public; the background of ‘Harold in Italy’ was based on real life experiences. These are described in Berlioz’s ‘’Memoires”,  which I will present with brief quotations and fragment demonstrations.
Last but not least - the astonishing musical quality of both pieces, a phenomenal piano transcription of Harold by Liszt, and  sparkling virtuosity of the Sonata, highlight the virtues and diversity of our instrument.

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Atar Arad

Featured Artist, Composer, Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington (USA)
Israeli violist and composer Atar Arad teaches at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington. He regularly gives masterclasses around the world. He won the first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1972, and toured the world as a soloist with major... Read More →
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Gillian Ansell

Viola, New Zealand String Quartet
Gillian Ansell, born in Auckland, made her concerto debut as a violinist with the Auckland Philharmonia at the age of 16. At 19, an Associated Board Scholarship took her to the Royal College of Music in London for 3 years to study violin, viola and piano. She then won a German Academic... Read More →
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Hanna Shybayeva

Having commenced her international career at the age of eleven, Hanna Shybayeva has transformed from being a 'child prodigy' to the mature and exciting musician she is today. Her playing has been praised by both the public and the press for her deep musical interpretations, captivating... Read More →
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Mikhail Zemtsov

Conductor, Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands)
Mikhail Zemtsov first took violin lessons from his mother Loudmila Levinson at the age of five, later studying viola and composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He gained Soloist Diplomas with Distinction from ABRSM (GB, B. Dinerstein), the Hochschuele fuer Musik in Hamburg... Read More →
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Noriko Yabe

IVC Pianist, Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Noriko Yabe (Yokohama, Japan) studied with Fujiko Yamada at the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and later with Willem Brons at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Immediately after receiving her diploma, she was employed as répétiteur at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. She is also... Read More →
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Viacheslav Dinerchtein

Violist Viacheslav Dinerchtein has appeared as soloist with orchestra, in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, including venues such as Kennedy Center (Washington), Carnegie Hall (New York), Chicago Cultural Center, Spoleto Music... Read More →

Friday November 23, 2018 15:45 - 16:55 CET
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands