Rendez-Vous Musical #88

Join the FEU musicians in welcoming the spring season Sunday April 2nd!

For this edition of Rendez-vous Musical the artists will pay tribute to modern composers such as Felix Mendelssohn and contemporary composers such as Henri Dutilleux, Brad Mehldau without forgetting the great classical composers like Beethoven and Bach.

These concerts, which are an opportunity for the musicians to present the works they are perfecting or creating, are known for their friendly and warm atmosphere. The audience, delighted by the (re)discovery of classical and contemporary works and new compositions, often stays to chat with the musicians, who take great pleasure in these exchanges, always talking about music and their discipline with great passion.

The concert will be followed by a visit of the exhibition Multi-plicities, following the concert audience.

Practical Information

Date: Sunday, April 2 | Time: 5pm | Facebook Event

Free reservation

Covid: Wearing a mask is not mandatory, however it is strongly recommended.


Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013)
Sonate for flute and piano
No. 1, Allegretto
No. 2, Andante
No. 3, Animé

Isabelle Pazar, flute, Ian Tomaz, piano

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Piano sonata op.26 no.12 in A flat major

No. 1, Andante con variation in
No. 2, Scherzo, allegro molto
No. 3, Maestoso andane, marcia funebra.
No. 4, Allegro

Lusi Xie, Piano

Félix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Soirées de Vienne S.427, Valse-Caprice no. 6 from Franz Schubert

No. 1, Adagio non lento
No. 2, Presto

Igor Ferlan, violin, Jonathan Mutel, violin,
Natan Gorog, alto, Kyo Kawasaki, violoncelle

Jean-Sebastien Bach (1685-1750)
No. 1, Prelude in C-sharp major, BWV 848

Brad Mehldau (1970 -)
No. 2, After Bach: Rondo

Samuel Gaskin, piano

The Resident Musicians

Jonathan Mutel

Jonathan Mutel is a prominent violinist on the international stage, and open to many musical repertoires. His passion for chamber music and the symphonic repertoire has led him to perform in France (Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Gaveau) but also in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and China. At the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music he perfected his playing and expanded his repertoire with his teacher Peter Brunt. Within this context he has been exploring new musical horizons, including the baroque repertoire on periodic instruments as well as the modern repertoire and musical improvisation. Jonathan Mutel studies jazz violin at the conservatory and teache violin at the Fontenay-le-Fleury music school.

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.

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.

Lusi Xie is a classical pianist based in Paris. She studies piano with Pierre Etcheverry at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. She also studies chamber music with Nina Patarcec. She is a resident pianist at the Fondation des États-Unis and regularly performs in the monthly Rendez-Vous Musical concert series. She participated in piano master classes given by Francois Buffet and Ramic Ienissei and receives advice from Henri Barda.
She is from Shenzhen and has won many piano awards in China, as well as several scholarships. She is also a good composer and has arranged piano pieces for the University of Jinan in China, which she also performed.

As a keyboardist and improviser, Samuel Gaskin is interested in exploring music of all kinds. Collaborating with the Aruna Quartet for a premiere recording of William Albright’s Valley of Fire for saxophone quartet and organ, he has also played harpsichord with the San Antonio Symphony and piano in several jazz and folk bands. Winner of the 2016 University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition, Samuel explores the sometimes-contradictory relationship between improvisation and composition.  As a composer, recent premieres include Domenican Nights, for flute and piano, and In memoriam: Chick Corea, written for the Unheard-of Ensemble. He holds a Master’s degree in organ performance from the University of North Texas. As a recipient of a 2022-23 Fulbright grant, Samuel is pursuing an Artist’s Diploma in organ at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Versailles as well as independent lessons with improviser/composer Thierry Escaich.

Guest Musicians

Natan Gorog is both an artist and an actor, staging himself in comedies such as Deconcerto, at the Théâtre du Tremplin in July 2022.

Igor Ferland is an alumnus of the prestigious Royal College of Music in London. He also held lectures to promote violin practice throughout France.

Kyo Kawasaki is a laureate of the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris. His admission to the Jaroussky Academy in 2018 launched his career as a young soloist and propelled him to the forefront of the national and international scene.

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