Valletta Strings Masterclasses 2014
Valletta Strings Masterclasses 2014
17 – 21 January, 2014
Violin – Nicolas Dautricourt - France
Viola – Pierre Henri Xuereb - France
Double Bass – Gjorgji Cincievski – Macedonia / Malta
Supported by the French cultural attaché, D’Daddario strings and the Manoel Theatre, Valletta’s Strings Masterclasses 2014 under title is “Performing Baroque period music on modern instruments”.
The lessons would take place while the prestigious Valletta International Baroque Festival 2014 is taking place, on which the students would have chance to hear both their tutors perform J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” arranged for string trio, Violin, Viola and Double Bass, as well as hear concerts by some of the leading figures in todays Baroque performance world.
Requirement for participation of these masterclasses is that all the students need to prepare at least one Baroque piece (unaccompanied or accompanied). However, any other material that the students wish to bring apart from the Baroque period pieces, to these masterclasses to work on with the tutors is accepted and encouraged.
During the masterclasses there will be presentation and testing of D’Daddario violin and viola strings and some of the participants would be given free set of strings.
These students will be chosen by small open audition for which they can apply prior to the start of the masterclasses. Those ones that would be chosen, would have the opportunity to play solo piece at the wonderful chamber music hall - Sala Isuard at the Manoel Theatre for the closing evening of the Valletta String Masterclasses 2014
The fee for participation on these masterclasses is 80 Euro for active participans and 20 Euro for passive participants.
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Nicolas Dautricourt – Violin
Voted “ ADAMI Classical Discovery of the Year” at the Midem in Cannes, Sacem “ Georges Enesco” Prize, Nicolas Dautricourt is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and engaging French violinists of his generation.
Invited in 2012 to join the prestigious Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center in New York, he appears at major venues around the world (Washington Kennedy Center, New York Alice Tully Hall, London Wigmore Hall, Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Boston Gardner Museum, Teatro Nacional de Belém, Copenhagen Concert Hall, Ongakudo Hall Kanazawa, Nagoya Shirakawa Hall, Sendai city Hall... ), in France (Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Cité de la Musique, Metz Arsenal, Musée d’Orsay, Opéra du Rhin, Grand Théâtre de Provence, etc.), and he is invited to many artistic events, including La Chaise-Dieu, La Roque d’Antheron, Printemps des Arts (Monaco), Festival de l’Orangerie (Sceaux), Parc Floral (Vincennes), Folles Journées de Nantes, Rencontres Musicales de La Baule, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Deauville Easter Festival, Les Arcs, Périgord Noir, Auvers-sur-Oise, Musique à l’Empéri.
He also takes part in festivals abroad, such as Lockenhaus (Austria), Ravinia (Usa), Sintra (Portugal), Davos (Switzerland), and has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre National de France, Sinfonia Varsovia, Mexico Philharmonic, NHK Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Radio Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic, Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre Français des Jeunes, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon, Baltic Chamber Orchestra, Novossibirsk Chamber Orchestra, European Camerata, the chamber orchestra of La Scala de Milan, the Yokohama Sinfonietta, the Kanazawa Orchestral Ensemble, the Sendai Strings Ensemble, Caen Symphony orchestra, Orchestre Pasdeloup, under conductors Yuri Bashmet, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Dennis Russell Davies, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Mishiyoshi Inoue, Kazuki Yamada, Jacques Mercier, Fabien Gabel, Faycal Karoui, Vahan Mardirossian, Stanislas Lefort, Mark Foster, Arie Van Beek and others.
Nicolas Dautricourt, who is appreciated for his « sensitivity and passionate manner », is particularly fond of chamber music, which he plays with Yuri Bashmet, Léon Fleisher, Augustin Dumay, Gérard Caussé, Michel Dalberto, Gary Hoffman, Anne Gastinel, Giovanni Bellucci, Dana Ciocarlie, Bertrand Chamayou, the Psophos and Parisii Quartets, the Wanderer Trio.
Keenly interested in jazz, he works regularly with top players such as Jean-Marie Ecay, Nelson Veras, Jean-Philippe Viret, Jean-Marc Jafet, Antoine Hervé, Dominique Fillon, Pascal Schumacher, and the accordionist Richard Galliano as a member of the Tangaria Quartet the Piazzolla Forever project, in such festivals as Jazz à Vienne, Marciac, Sud-Tyroler Jazz Festival, San Javier, Copenhagen, Athens...
Finalist and prize-winner of numerous international violin competitions, such as the Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poznan, the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, the Rodolfo Lipizer in Gorizia and the Gian-Battista Viotti in Vercelli Competitions, he has studied with Philip Hirschhorn, Miriam Fried, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Gérard Poulet and Jean Mouillère among others, and became in 2007 artistic director of « Les Moments Musicaux de Gerberoy».
He currently plays a magnificent instrument by Sanctus Seraphin (Venice, 1735), on loan from the association Zilber.
Pierre Henri Xuereb - Viola
After a first prize from the Conservatoire de Musique in Avignon, Pierre Henri Xuereb obtained First Prize at the Paris Conservatoire in viola class of Serge Collot at the age of sixteen. He perfected his training in the United States, first at Juilliard School, then at Boston University where he obtained the University's Performance Award and a Bachelor of Music cum laude.
Having studied with William Primrose, of whom he was one of the last pupils, he was a finalist of the Ernest Bloch Competition at the Juilliard School and Hindemith Competition of both Juilliard and the Aspen Festival.
After having auditionned for Pierre Boulez in New York, he joined the Ensemble Intercontemporain as a soloist for two years.
As a soloist and chamber musician, he collaborated with many prestigious ensembles and orchestras (the Audubon, Enesco, Muir, Orlando, Panocha, Parisii, Rosamonde and Talich Quartets, the Tchaikovski Trio… the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre régional
Provence-Côte d'Azur, Orchestre lyrique Région Alpes-Provence, Tel Aviv Symphony, Israel Sinfonietta, Ensemble Musical Nova Tel Aviv, Belgrade Chamber Orchestra…).
He has regularly been invited to play in various chamber music festivals and has appeared with musicians such as Pascal Devoyon, Natalia Gutman, Jean-François Heisser, Eugène Istomin, Christian Ivaldi, Oleg Kagan, Gary Karr, Alain Marion, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Bruno Rigutto, Janos Starker, Walter Trampler, among others.
He has made regular appearances in TV and radio broadcasts and has recorded a number of CDs for 3D, Timpani, Harmonia Mundi, Talents, Adda, Calliope, and Deutsche Grammophon.
Pierre Henri Xuereb is professor of viola at the Paris Conservatoire and at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Gennevilliers. He regularly performs and teaches at international summer academies and festivals such as:
* Ecole Britten de Périgueux
* Académie de Courchevel
* Les Orres
* Ecole normale de musique (musique contemporaine)
* Chioggia (Italy)
* Festival Pablo Casals de Prades
* Domaine Forget (Canada)
* Musica senza frontiera (Bologne)
* Festival de Kuhmo
* C.I.F.M. de Nice
* Académie de Flaine
* Festival de Rambouillet
* Académie internationale Pierre Jamet (Gargilesse)
* Académie internationale de Floreffe (Belgium)
* Lemi-Laappenranta Music Festival (Finland)
* Hamptons Music Institute (Southampton,
Long Island, New-York)
* Rottach-Eggern Akademie (Germany)
* Johannesen International School of the Arts (Victoria, B.C.)
Artistic director of the "Florence Gould Hall Chamber Players" from 1991 to 1998, he organized a concert series at the Florence Gould Hall in New York, in which participated his colleagues Patrick Gallois, Michel Lethiec, Annick Roussin, Philippe Muller, Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Fabrice Pierre.
He is a regular member of the Patrick Gallois Quintet and defends contemporary music with the members of Ensemble Alternance.
Gjorgji Cincievski – Double bass
Born in Skopje, Macedonia, (29.10.1981).
Gjorgji began playing the double bass at the age of 15 studying with Prof. Blagoj Marotov, at the State Music High School “ Ilija Nikolovski –Luj”-Skopje, Macedonia, where he finished these initial studies with the highest performance marks.
In 2001 he continued his education at the Royal Northern College of Music- Manchester, United Kingdom.
At the RNCM, Gjorgji finished with distinction both his Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies in the class of the world renowned teacher and performer, Prof. Jiri Hudec. In addition to his excellence in performance, Gjorgji was awarded the prestigious Professional Performance Diploma, obtaining it with distinction. He was the fifth double bass player ever in the history of the RNCM to obtain such a prestigious diploma. After completing his studies, Gjorgji became the first ever Junior Fellow in Double bass at the RNCM, which later gave him the opportunity to become assistant to Prof. Jiri Hudec and Prof. Roberto Carrillo- Garcia, and later, himself becoming Junior Tutor in Double Bass.
During and after completing his studies Gjorgji privately took many lessons and attended many workshops and masterclasses from some of the world most advanced double bass soloist such as: Bozo Paradzik, Boguslaw Furtok, Josef Niederhammer, Leon Bosch, Yoshio Nagashima, David Heyes, Teppo Hauta-aho and many others.
As a versatile musician Gjorgji has performed with some of the world leading orchestras such as Radio Symphonie Orchester – Vienna, BBC Philharmonic - Manchester, Halle Orchestra - Manchester, Opera North - Leeds, Northern Sinfonia- New Castle, Manchester Camerata, London Mozart Players- UK, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra- Norway, Malmo Symphony Orchestra- Sweden, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra – Latvia, and others, as well as some of the world leading soloist and conductors such as: Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Fabio Luisi, Sir Mark Elder CBE, Douglas Boyd, Gianandrea Noseda, Vassily Sinaisky, Edo de Waart, Yutaka Sado, Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Villazon, Pierre- Henri Xuereb , Dejan Bogdanovic, Manfred Stilz and many others.
In 2003 he attended the Pacific Music Festival in Japan where in 2004 he was re-invited as one of the outstanding participants and there performed Stravinsky’s “Soldiers Tale” with the principal players from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gjorgji has taken part in many prestigious festivals around the world such as : Salzburger Festspiele- Austria, 27 Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte di Montepulciano- Italy, Vienna Modern Festival - Austria, Rydale Festival – UK, Victoria International Arts Festival - Gozo - Malta, Festival De Association Musicale des Deux Fleuves - France and others.
He was many times awarded with awards such Sir Charles Halle Award- England, Didsbury Emmanuel Solo Recital Prize – England, The Eugene Cruft Double Bass Prize-England, 1st Prize in 36th State Music Competition in Macedonia.
Apart from being an active performer, Gjorgji has continued with his educational work and has held numerous master classes, workshops and lessons on many different occasions, some of which include – Manchester- UK, Riga – Latvia, Santa Clara – Cuba, Stresa – Italy.
As a musician of wide interest Gjorgji has collaborated with many musicians of different genres, example for this is the numerous projects and colaborations with different ensambles and musicians some of which include : Big Band Brothers, KOI, Bo Gebhardt and Marc Galea, as well as his work with The String Ensemble, Trip etc. Very noticeable are his interest in composition and arranging, and constant quest and transcriptions of finding new pieces to be performed on the double bass.
Gjorgji is currently the Principal / Solo double bass player with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, at the same time continuing being active both as soloist, and teacher.