© Hermann Wendler

Rendez-vous Musical #49

Join the musicians in residence and Harriet Hale Woolley scholars in the Grand Salon on Sunday, December 16th for the last Rendez-vous Musical of the year, including a few festive tunes. This informal concert series is an opportunity for them to present the pieces they are working on, and for the audience to (re)discover classical, contemporary and sometimes even new compositions in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

The Program

Jean Pierre Duport (1741-1818)
Sonata Op. 4 No. 5 in A Major
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
Andrew Briggs, cello & Will Cravy, double bass

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
II. Lebhaft, leicht
III. Rasch und mit Feuer
Elias Rodriguez, clarinet & Audric de Oliveira, piano

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Andanta un poco adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso IV. Vivace
Elias Rodriguez, clarinet & Aaron Joseph Faux, piano

Christmas Music Variety
5th Floor Ensemble

About the Musicians

William McClain Cravy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California where he was a student of David Allen Moore. Will is a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and has performed concertos with the Colorado and Culver City Symphonies. He was awarded 2nd place in both the 2015 Aspen Music Festival Low Strings Competition, and the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, and 3rd place in 2016 the Jefferson International Young Artists Competition. Will has appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada), the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic (UK), the New World Symphony (Miami), and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has spent the last four summers on fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. Will completed the NAC Institute for Orchestral Studies in 2015, and returned to USC for a master’s degree on full scholarship. Will is currently a recipient of the Harriet Halle Woolley Artist’s Fellowship from the Fondation des Etats-Unis to study in Paris with double bass virtuoso François Rabbath and will spend Spring 2019 as Contrebasse solo at the Toulon orchestra.

Originally from Colorado, Andrew Briggs completed a master’s degree in cello performance at the prestigious Juilliard School. Open to all genres, he performs Baroque to contemporary style, and has had the opportunity to practice his talents internationally. Andrew has been a featured soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, and the Holland Music Sessions; an Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; a member of Axiom Contemporary Ensemble, the Madison Bach Musicians, and the Colorado Symphony; and a guest artist at music series in Chicago, New York, and Paris. Andrew is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship.

Clarinetist Elias Rodriguez made his national solo debut at the age of 16, after performing on a live broadcast of NPR’s « From the Top. » He has since appeared in international music festivals throughout the Americas and Europe, from the Grafenegg Festival in Austria to teaching masterclasses in Cali, Colombia. He is an alumnus of the New York based ensemble, «The Orchestra Now,» with which he has performed as a soloist on New York public radio, recorded a CD on Hyperion Records, and played a concert series at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. Elias was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship and an artist residency at the Fondation Des États-Unis.

Joseph Faux began his piano studies in his native city of Pittsburgh under the direction of Durdica Martinovic. Joseph earned his bachelors degree at the Academy of music in Krakow, Poland, studying with the head of the piano department, Andrzej Pikul. He performed in several festivals in Poland, most notably a festival dedicated to the complete sonatas of Beethoven, portraits of romantic composers and music from Latin America. Joseph is currently studying with Professor Marian Rybicki at the Ecole normale de Musique.

Audric De Oliveira began his piano studies at the age of 12. He entered the Conservatory of Besançon at age 15 after which he performed in concert at the Besançon Theater, at “La Nuit du Piano Festival,” and at “La Nuit de la Musique de Chambre.” He graduated with a diploma in Music Education at age 18 and then entered under unanimous vote into the University of Music in Geneva. He followed the courses and masterclasses of great masters such as Dominique Merlet and Sylviane Deferne as well as performed concerts in Switzerland. In 2015, he graduated from Geneva with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, then moved to Berlin to work with a great pianist . This year he is settled in Paris and works regularly with pianist Edna Golandsky in New York and the famous pianist Jean-Marc Luisada at the prestigious Ecole Supérieure de Musique in Paris Alfred Cortot. Audric is a regular solo and chamber music musician.

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