French Connection

French Connection
Sunday, March 11, 3 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

In the spirit of armchair travelers everywhere, the Voyager Ensemble (David Yang, Airi Yoshioka, co-directors) takes the audience to France and its masterpieces for the quartet, and the world-premiere Baltimore Sketches by eminent French composer Nicolas Bacri. Solenne Paidassi, violin and Tristan Cornut, cello, hail from France for this French-inspired concert, which features Dutilleux’s String Quartet “Ainsi la nuit” (“Thus the Night”) — one of the most challenging, intricate, and dynamic works written for the medium.

The complete program features:

  • Ravel — Duo
  • Dutilleux — String Quartet “Ainsi la nuit”
  • Debussy — String Quartet
  • Nicolas Bacri — Baltimore Sketches (Baltimore premiere)

Tristan CornutBorn in Paris, Tristan Cornut is a laureate of many international competitions, notably the ARD Competition in Munich, the Domnick Competition in Stuttgart and the Gaspar Cassado Competition in Hachioji (Japan). He studied at the Paris Conservatory with Roland Pidoux and at the Musikhochschulen Stuttgart and Freiburg with Jean-Guihen Queyras. He has appeared as a soloist with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra among others. Since 2012 he is the principal cellist of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and teaches at the Musikhochschule Freiburg.

Solenne PaïdassiFrench violinist Solenne Païdassi is the First Prize winner of the 2010 Long-Thibaud Competition. She has been awarded many prizes in France and abroad, including in the 2009 Hannover Competition, the Sion-Valais Competition, and the Gyeongnam Competition in Korea. Solenne Païdassi has a very active concert career, giving recitals and concerts all over the world. She has performed in Tonhalle Zürich, Carnegie Hall New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as participated in numerous festivals such as the International Festival of Colmar, the Festival of Radio-France in Montpellier, “La Folle Journée,” the Festival International de Sion Valais, Menton International Music Festival. As a soloist she has performed with the Orchestre de Radio-France, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Shangaï Grand Theatre Orchestra, the Verdi Orchestra under the direction of such conductors as Lawrence Foster, Shlomo Mintz, Vladimir Spivakov, Darell Ang.

Admired for his intensity, honesty of musical expression, and passionate communication, violist David Yang has been heard throughout North America and Europe in collaboration with members of the Avalon, Borromeo, Brentano, Miro, Tokyo and Vermeer String Quartets and Eroica Trio, Trio Cavatina, and Eliot Fisk, Andriusz Zlabys, and Wendy Warner, amongst others. He is also the recent recipient of an artist fellowship from the Independence Foundation in Philadelphia, awarded to a small number of “exceptional artists” in the region. Concert highlights include recitals in Italy, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States and Canada. As an active advocate of new music he has commissioning dozens of new works by composers including Robert Capanna, Andrea Clearfield, Daniel Dorff, Jeremy Gill, Gerald Levinson, David Ludwig, Robert Maggio, Jay Reise, Dmitri Tymoczko, Anna Weesner, and Andrew Waggoner.

Hailed by Gramophone as “brilliant and intrepid,” violinist Airi Yoshioka has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Deeply committed to chamber music, she is the founding member of the Damocles Trio and Modigliani Quartet and has performed and recorded with the members of the Emerson, Brentano and Arditti Quartets. Damocles Trio’s debut disc of complete Piano Trios and Piano Quartet of Joquín Turina has won a four-star rating from the BBC Music Magazine, Le Monde de la Musique and Diapason. Her orchestral credits include performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Sinfonietta and engagements as concertmaster and soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi and concertmaster of one of the festival orchestras at the Aspen Music Festival. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she was one of the original members and concertmasters of the New Juilliard Ensemble and had performed annually in Juilliard’s FOCUS! Festival and is currently a member of Continuum, ModernWorks!, RUCKUS, Son Sonora, and Azure Ensemble. She is a professor of music at UMBC.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students, free for UMBC Music majors and Music faculty/staff, available online here or at the box office one hour before the performance.

Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where Linehan Concert Hall is located — please see here for additional information.


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