The FEU is delighted to anounce the release of the second piece by IMAGO in artistic residency since this spring. The Ensemble invited several guest artists to perform J.S. Bach’s Triple Concerto for flute, violin, and harpsichord BWV 1044. The online premiere will take place on May, 17 at 1pm on Youtube.
If someone mentions J.S Bach’s music for flute, violin, and harpsichord – most might think you were talking about the Brandenburg concerto, or maybe even the musical offering. But rarely as played is this glorious concerto for multiple soloists, which was heavily inspired by by Bach’s own Prelude and Fugue BWV 894 for harpsichord and on the middle movement of his Organ Sonata BWV 527.
This isn’t just another one of Bach’s transcriptions where a violin concerto becomes a harpsichord concerto, there is sufficient new material we should consider that it is a distinctively new piece. It is the most striking and complete makeover of any of Bach’s pieces – he adds so much new material that this gives us a possible glimpse into Bach’s composition process in comparison with the original harpsichord prelude. Harpsichordist Iain Simcock remarked that “this solo piano prelude is a short story that then turns into a fully fledged novel in the triple concerto for flute, violin and harpsichord”
A conscious choice by the ensemble is to perform this underplayed masterpiece with all modern instruments (yet very much in baroque style), a smaller chamber formation, and visual/video work done by modern dance cinematographer Kadia Ouabi. It is a most incredible joy to finally make chamber music again after this past year, and we hope to bring our vision of joy, camaraderie, and energy to this overlooked gem of the repertoire.
The artistic team
Hailed as “an artist with a growing reputation and a promising future” (The Well-Tempered Ear), cellist Andrew Briggs is a world traveler. Recent solo and chamber music performances include the Bridging Arts Music Festival (Nürnberg, Germany), the Festival de Fontainebleau (France), the Festival de musique Terres Vibrantes (France), as well as the Schumann Concerto (Manitowoc, USA) and as guest artist at the Festival de Tatihou (France). Last season, Andrew performed with the Ensemble Caliopée (Paris, FR), was principal cellist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne (Rennes, FR), and gave a recital at the United States Foundation and the Cité Internationale des Arts (FR). After receiving his M.A. from the Juilliard School, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin with his doctoral project, “Piatti and the Body: An Integrative Approach to Learning the 12 Caprices, Op. 25,” on Youtube.com. Currently, Andrew resides in Paris, France, as a resident artist at the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris with Ensemble Kimya, and associate artist of the Terres Vibrantes Music Festival in Auvergne. He moved to Paris as a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Fellowship from the U.S. Foundation, where he studied and performed works by Duport, Debussy, and Poulenc.
After studying at the Hector Berlioz Conservatory (Paris 10ème) in the violin class of Dominique Juchors, and studying Modern Literature at the Sorbonne where she obtained a degree, Claudine Rippe left for Germany to study with David Grimal. She joined the Mannheimer Philharmoniker and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Saar in 2014.
Upon her return to France, she has led numerous chamber music projects with the Caravaggio Ensemble, the Aletheia Ensemble, the Artefacts Trio, with the Ankreation Theatre Company, as well as orchestral projects, notably by joining the Conservatory Graduates Orchestra (2015-2018), the Ile de France Chamber Orchestra…
Since 2018, she has been a regular guest in the Orchestre Régional de Tours and in the Orchestre Prométhée, and has performed occasionally in the Hulencourt Chamber Solist Orchestra, the Orchestre les Métamorphoses, the Orchestre National de Bretagne, the Orchestre de Frivolités Parisiennes, the Orchestre de la Région Réunion and many others.
American violist Deanna Petre enjoys an international career as a performer, teacher, and entrepreneur. In parallel with her musical activities, she is co-founder of The Fearless Artist Mastermind, a platform to support professional musicians with workshops and coaching.
Passionate about chamber music, Deanna has performed at the inaugural ClasClas International Music Festival in Spain, and for numerous series in France, the Netherlands, and the United States. In Paris Deanna performs frequently with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris among others, and has appeared as guest principal viola with the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne and in contemporary music with the Ensemble Cairn. Deanna is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, the Juilliard School, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In Paris she was the recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Grant from the United States Foundation.
Born in Trieste (Italy), Mathilde Lauridon grew up in Paris in a family of musicians marked by great cultural diversity. She followed the family tradition by pursuing her studies in different European countries, France (Paris), Germany (Düsseldorf, Mannheim) and Italy (Rome). During her studies she joined the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (founded by Claudio Abbado in 1986) and discovered the great symphonic repertoire, which she later studied in depth at the Académie de l’Orchestre de Paris and at the Mahler Academy (Academy of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra). Founder of the Alma Mahler Kammerorchester composed of former members of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, she won with this ensemble the first prize of the Bruno Frey Musikpreis, and performed in various festivals such as Settimane Musicali Gustav Mahler – Dobbiaco, Teatro Verdi – Trieste (Italy), Rencontres Musicales Festival in Noyers-sur-Serein (France), Vendsyssel Festival, Hindsgavl Festival (Denmark), Eggenfelden Musik Festival (Germany), Rencontres Musicales d’Evian (France)…
Since 2019 she performs with the Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Also passionate about teaching, she teaches at the Georges Bizet Conservatory in Paris.
La pianiste primée Rieko Tsuchida s’est produite sur la scène internationale en tant que soliste et musicienne de chambre. Mme Tsuchida a fait ses débuts professionnels en concerto en 2011, en interprétant le Concerto pour piano n° 1 de Tchaïkovski avec le California Symphony. Cette année-là, elle a également été invitée à participer à la prestigieuse Verbier Festival Academy en Suisse. Plus récemment, en mars 2020, elle s’est produite avec le violoniste Virgil Boutellis et les Solistes du Royal Philharmonic à la Salle Gaveau à Paris. Elle présentera également des concerts avec eux à la Philharmonie de Berlin et au Carnegie Hall en 2022. M. Boutellis et Mme Tsuchida sortiront l’année prochaine un album en duo violon/piano chez Aparté Record Label.
En mars 2016, elle a été invitée à se produire devant le consul général du Japon, l’ambassadeur Reiichiro Takahashi, à New York. À la suite de sa performance réussie, elle a remporté la bourse de la fondation SONY USA 2016 par le biais du Salon de Virtuoses. Mme Tsuchida a obtenu sa licence de musique au Peabody Conservatory sous la tutelle de Boris Slutsky. Elle a récemment obtenu une maîtrise en musique à la Juilliard School, dans les studios du Dr Matti Raekallio et de Joseph Kalichstein.
Born in Chitose, Japan, Sato Matsui is a New York and Paris based composer whose musical language draws influence from traditional Japanese sonorities as well as her training as a classical violinist.
Her activities from the past year include Goldenrod Flute Sonata, which was commissioned and premiered at Merkin Hall by Carol Wincenc for her 50th Anniversary Commissioning Project. In March, Matsui participated in New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, where she collaborated with dancer and choreographer Jonathan Fahoury on a dance piece for the School of American Ballet. Her string orchestra piece Amaterasu, based on Japanese shinto mythology, was premiered by Palaver Strings in March, and anticipates its string quartet premiere by its co-commissioner Apple Hill String Quartet.
Matsui is a winner of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School, where she also earned her MM while studying with Robert Beaser. She received her BA with Highest Honors from Williams College, where she studied composition with Ileana Perez-Velazquez and violin with Joana Genova.
She is the winner of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship, and currently lives in Paris where she researches the manuscripts of Erik Satie.
Paris based flutist Thomaz Tavares regularly performs, records, and tours with the Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe under the baton of Nicolas Krauze and is co-founder of Ensemble Imago. He has been praised by the Virginia Gazette as a “polished performer, with a pure, direct sound…embracing the work’s lyrical and virtuoso demands.”
Tavares was a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2019-2020 year during which he explored the French Belle Époque repertoire under the guidance of Jean Ferrandis and the flute music of the composer Yuko Uebayashi under the composer herself. Thomaz has been featured as a soloist and collaborator in festivals in Paris (France), Halle (Germany), Fontainebleau (France), Sarajevo (Bosnia), Dartington (England), and has given numerous recitals throughout France and the United States. He’s most recently been a guest performer with the Fontainebleau Association, Ensemble Calliopée, and the Open Chamber Orchestra of Paris.