PianoCité is a new monthly concert series that will highlight talented pianists currently residing at Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. Each concert will be held in a different residence allowing spectators to discover both their diverse musical universes and architectural styles. Spectators will experience the ambiance of the various concert halls with the unique sounds of the many concert pianos found on campus.
The Fondation des États-Unis is delighted to leave the Steinway in the very capable hands of resident pianists Ian Tomaz and Edgar Jaber, who will perform with some of their friends, Tadokoro from Maison du Japon and, Marlaina Owens and Isabelle Pazar, both FEU residents.
Date: January 22 | Time: 3pm | Access: 15 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris (map)
Covid: Wearing a mask is not mandatory, however it is strongly recommended. Please use the hydroalcoholic gel at your disposal.
Amanda Maier (1853-1894)
Sonate pour Flute et Piano
III. Allegro molto vivace
Isabelle Pazar, Flûte
Ian Tomaz, Piano
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sonate pour Violon et Piano
I. Allegro Vivo
II. Intermède: Fantasque et léger
III. Finale: Très Animé
Konami Tadoko, Violon
Ian Tomaz, Piano
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Erlkonig Op. 1
Marlaina Owens, Soprano
Ian Tomaz, Piano
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Sonate en mi bemol majeur Hob. XVI: 49/L. 59
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Finale: Tempo di Minuetto
Edgar Jaeber, Piano
Bela Bartok (1881-1945)
15 Hungarian Peasant Songs Sz. 71
Edgar Jaeber, Piano
Meet the Artists
Born in Boston and raised in Bucharest, Edgar Jaber is currently finalizing a master’s degree in Mathematics and Engineering at CentraleSupélec/Université Paris-Saclay.
He is a pupil of the Romanian pianists Toma Popovici and Viorica Rădoi at the National University of Music in Bucharest. His repertoire focuses mainly on classical and romantic german composers as well as early XXth century modernism.
Ian Tomaz is an American pianist currently based in Paris, France. He has studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot since 2021, working with Pascal Roge. He is in residence at the Fondation des Etats Unis in 2022-2023 as a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar, performing concerts as an Artist in Residence at the FEU and around Paris while working on the major solo, chamber and art song compositions of Francis Poulenc. Since moving to Paris, he has performed at Salle Cortot, Musee J.J. Henner and the Centre Culturel Czech and was also chosen as a full scholarship participant for the Academie de Musique Francaise, playing for renowned French pianists including Michel Beroff, Jacques Rouvier, Anne Queffelec, Marie Catherine Girod and Francoise Thinat. He began his studies at the ENMP thanks to the generous support of the Bourse Marandon from the Societe des Professeurs de Français et Francophones D’Amérique in New York.
Isabelle Pazar is a flutist and Fulbright Research Award recipient currently living in Paris, France at Fondation des États-Unis to study flute pedagogy and technique in the tradition of the French Flute School. As part of her research project, Isabelle is enrolled at École Normale de Musique de Paris, Alfred Cortot studying with flutist Patricia Nagle. Originally from the state of Maine in the United States, Isabelle is a Doctor of Music Performance candidate at Stony Brook University in New York studying with renowned flutist Carol Wincenc. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Boston College where she studied with adjunct professor flutist Judy Grant, Founder and Director of the Boston Flute Academy. In 2017, she received an Advanced Study Grant from Boston College to attend the Cremona International Music Academy and Competition in Italy that year. Isabelle graduated with a Master’s in Music Performance degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2020, where she studied flute with Dr.Cobus du Toit and worked as the teaching assistant for the flute studio as well as a teaching assistant for music history. She has also studied with flutist Sooyun Kim of the famed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City and has performed in many master classes for flutists Leone Buyse, Elizabeth Rowe, Mario Caroli, Linda Toote, and Lorne McGhee. Isabelle’s love of French composition specifically from the Romantic era has led her to Paris to study flute in its place of origin.
Konami Tadokoro, violinist, was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1998. After graduating the Toho-Gakuen University of Music she began studies at Ecole Normale de Musique thanks to a scholarship from the Kyoto Academy. In 2021, she received the Diplôme Superieur d’Exécution avec mention très bien avec félicitations du jury, the top prize given at the school. She has given multiple recitals in France, including at Musee national Jean-Jacques Henner, Centre tcheque and the Salle Cortot.
The American soprano, Marlaina Owens, a native of Los Angeles, has concertized throughout Austria, France, Germany, and the United States. Her operatic credits include Adele and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Lover in Il Tabarro, and the title role in Suor Angelica. Equally home in both theater and music, Owens’ performance artistry is shaped by her captivating stage presence, stylistic versatility and keen sense of dramatic timing. Her engagements in the 2021-22 season include playing Anastasio in Long Beach Opera’s production of Handel’s Giustino, and a young artist position with Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Program. She will also join Chicago Lyric in their productions of Puccini’s Tosca and Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. She spent summer 2021 in Germany and France, training with various professionals, like operatic sopranos, Annick Masis, Roberta Alexander, and Janet Williams. In the 2020-2021 season, her focus was the role of Denise in Long Beach Opera’s imposing new work, Creative in Me. Most impressively, this operatic work has been adapted to be performed virtually, and in its entirety, via Zoom. Marlaina also collaborated on a virtual film exhibit with Long Beach Opera and the Museum of Latin American Art. For the 2019-2020, Marlaina enjoyed soloist opportunities with the LA Opera League and the Shivers Concert Series in Colorado Springs. She was a finalist in the historical NAMN Marian Anderson Voice Competition in Chicago, and an emerging artist with the Berlin Opera Academy. She holds a Master’s degree in Voice from University of California, Irvine, and a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Loyola Marymount University.