© Hermann Wendler

Rendez-vous Musical #37

For this Rendez-vous Musical, the FEU is pleased to welcome a quintet that includes two CiuP residents, Fernando Palomeque from the House of Argentina and Ryo Kojima from the College of Spain, who will join Christine Lee, musician in residence at the FEU. On the program, Poulenc and Schumann.


Francis Poulenc
Cello Sonata (1948)
I. Allergro – Tempo di Marcia
II. Cavatine
III. Ballabile
IV. Finale
Christine Lee, cello & Baptiste Tricot, piano

Max Bruch
Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Will McClain Cravy, double bass
Claire Krupka, piano

Luciano Berio
Psy for double bass
Will McClain Cravy, double bass

Robert Schumann
Piano Quintet, op.44 (1842)
I. Allegro brillante
II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largamente
III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Fernando Palomeque, piano, Ryo Kojima, violin, Keika Kawashima, violin, Keita Tanaka, viola & Emmanuel Acurero, cello

Musicians’ Biographies

Hailed by the New York Times as a “clear delight,” Christine Lee is an emerging cellist whose performances have taken her all over North America, France, Norway, and South Korea. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with Bonnie Hampton, Darrett Adkins, and Richard Aaron, as a recipient of the Irene Diamond Fellowship, and the Satterlee and the Juilliard Alumni Scholarships. She has participated in masterclasses with David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, Jerome Pernoo, and Philippe Muller, has studied chamber music with David Finckel and Joseph Kalichstein. Beyond the realm of classical music, she has also worked with legendary Mark Morris in a collaboration of dance and orchestra. As an orchestral musician, she has lead the Juilliard Chamber and Opera Orchestras as principal cellist for performances at Carnegie, Davies Symphony, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully Halls, and joined the Juilliard Orchestra on tour with Itzhak Perlman. In the summer of 2016, Christine co-founded a music ensemble named ‘Ensemble Blank,’ which focuses on premiering music of the 20th century and whose concerts are held in art museums in Seoul, South Korea. Equally committed to community engagement, Christine was featured on KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) for her piano trio benefit concert to raise awareness and support for children in foster homes in Korea. Most recently, Christine was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to study in Paris in the fall of 2017. She will be working on a project focusing on 20th century French music with renowned cellist Michel Strauss.

William McClain Cravy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California where he was a student of David Allen Moore. A tenured member and acting Principal Bass of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Will has played as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Colorado and Culver City Symphonies, and was featured in a 2015 Aspen Music Festival Student-Spotlight Recital. As an orchestral musician, Will has appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), the New World Symphony (Miami), the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Juneau Symphony, as principal bass of Aspen Opera under Robert Spano and alongside his teacher in the Aspen Chamber Orchestra. Will has performed chamber music with members of the LA Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony and has participated in the Aspen, Lake George, Domaine Forget, Wabass Institute, and Colorado College music festivals.

Claire Krupka (guest pianist) studied in Arras (France) and Riga (Latvia) before joining Dana Ciocarlie’s class at the Conservatoire Régional de Paris where she unanimously obtained the Music studies diploma. Her encounter with pianist Frédéric Lagarde marked a turning point in her life as a young musician, and she decided to study with him before joining Fabrizio Chiovetta’s class at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève. She won second prize at the Brest International Competition, first prize at the Paris Conservatoires Chamber Music Competition, and graduated from the Académie des Sciences, Arts et Lettres d’Arras. She performed at the Festival Les Inouïes, at the Théâtre de Neuchâtel (Switzerland), in Bourges, at the Festival Musique aux Mirabelles, in Paris (Festival d’Hiver du 19e, Grand Salon des Invalides, Mairie du 3e arrondissement, Auditorium St Germain), as well as at the Rencontres Musicales de Haute Provence. Born in Nantes in 1995,

Baptiste Tricot was unanimously admitted to the CNSMDP and trained in the piano class of Roger Muraro and Isabelle Dubuis. He obtained his DNSPM there and is currently pursuing his Master’s; he has also worked with Romano Pallottini and Billy Eidi. He seeks to deepen his musical practice through the study of music analysis and history, notably with professors such as T. Lacôte, Y. Henry, G. Sutton, and a degree in musicology obtained at the Sorbonne. He has performed in Nantes as part of La Folle Journée and at the Théâtre Graslin, as well as in Paris, Saint-Maur and Pantin, as well as in chamber music, and particularly enjoys the repertoire of melodies and lieder: with tenor Benjamin Athanase, he forms a duo that has integrated Jeff Cohen’s class at the CNSMDP. His taste for transmission, which he cultivates as an interpreter, also leads him to take an interest in pedagogy.

Fernando Palomeque, pianist and conductor, born in Argentina in 1990, has won numerous international competitions. He has performed in the United States, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Latin America. He has played as soloist with several orchestras. A pupil of B. Gelber, he obtained his degree in piano and conducting at the National University of the Arts; and the Master’s degree at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica di Udine with Mr. Ferrati.  Then he studied piano with R. Shereshevskaya. He is currently studying piano with M. Ferrati and conducting with A. McDonnel at the CRR in Paris. He is also the conductor of the Envol Orchestra and the Ensemble Écoute de Paris.

Ryo Kojima was born in Hiroshima in 1993. He won first prize at the Osaka International Music Competition and the Japan National Student Competition and he was the winner of the Ravel Academy Prize 2015. He has performed in numerous festivals such as the Orangerie de Sceaux, Pa, the Centre de Musique de Chambre de Paris and the Académie International Seiji Ozawa Switzerland through collaborations. He has performed at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Salle Cortot, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Victoria Hall, Athénée Roumai, Tokyo Opera City and The Symphony Hall Osaka. After his studies at the faculty of liberal arts of Kyoto University, he is currently studying with Régis Pasquier at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in the higher diploma course of concertist supported by the school.

Keika Kawashima, born in Tokyo in 1998, won first prize in the Karlsruhe International Chamber Music Competition (Trio Giselle) in 2017 and played at La Folle Journée in Japan in 2016. She is currently studying with Régis Pasquier at the Ecole Normale and Boris Garlitsky at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique de Paris.

Keita Tanaka, born in Japan, studied viola at Tokyo University of the Arts. After graduating, he continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati in the United States. He was a member of the Performing Arts Centre Orchestra in Hyogo, Japan from 2012 to 2016. Within this orchestra, he has played with many musicians such as Yutaka Sado, Roberto Forés Veses, Hubert Soudant, Daniel Harding, Olivier Charlier, Cyprien Katsaris. He now continues his studies with Pierre Lene at the École normale de musique de Paris.

Emmanuel Acurero, born in Venezuela, has studied at the CNSMDP since 2013 with P. Muller and R. Pidoux. He is currently in his second year of his masters. He toured with Gustavo Dudamel with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra and was invited to participate in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Academy.

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