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Rendez-vous Musical #44 | Fête de la Cité

The musicians in residence and Harriet Hale Woolley Scholars, Willian McClain Cravy and Léo Marillier, alongside musician guests Baptiste Tricot, Aki Tsai, Jack Stulz and Louis Siracusa invite you to rediscover Bach, Mozart and Anderson this coming Sunday at 5pm.


Johann Sebastian Bach
Grave and fugue from the A minor violin sonata BWV 1003
Léo Marillier, violin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 14 in G major “Spring” K. 387
Léo Marillier et Aki Tsai, violin, John Stulz, viola, Will Cravy, double bass

Johann Sebastian Bach
Courante, sarabande, and allemande from G major cello suite BWV 1007
Will Cravy, double bass

Dave Anderson
Seven Double Bass Duets
Will Cravy and Louis Siracusa, double bass

Musicians’ biographies

At the crossroads between Russian, French and American schools, 22-year-old violinist Léo Marillier, was first trained by the Belarusian violinist Larissa Kolos at the CRR in Paris, before entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris at the age of 15 in Alexis Galpérine’s studio, where he graduated with the highest distinctions in 2013. He then joined the New England Conservatory in Boston where, thanks to a full Merit award granted by the Florence Gould Foundation, he perfected his skills with Miriam Fried and graduated on the dean’s honours list with distinction, obtaining a Soloist Master and a Graduate Diploma. In 2016, he was granted an artistic residency at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris where he founded the chamber music Ensemble Aletheia, a collaborative group designed to promote the integration of musicians who, like him, come from abroad. Léo is currently preparing a contemporary DAI at CNSMDP with Hae Sun Kang and, in parallel, a second Research Masters at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in September 2017 in Philippe Graffin’s class.  « A creative, thinking musician, Marillier is surely destined to become a major artist of our time », according to the press during a tour in Lithuania. Léo was invited as a soloist at the age of 13 by the Wiener Concert Verein, Danish National Youth Orchestra, LOH Orchestra, Orchestre InterUniversitaire de Paris, Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, Eureka Orchestra, performing under conductors such as Thomas Rösner, in Germany, France, Denmark, Lithuania, USA. First Prize and Special Prize Mozart 8th Dvarionas Competition where he holds the record of being the youngest winner. He also received the Honorary Bellan Prize in 2013, First Prize at the 6th Marschner Competition, as well as the Special Tchaikovsky Prize (Junior) in Seoul.

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.

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