Wissembourg 2019 – Boutellis-Taft and Gryaznov

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Date(s) - Thursday, August 22, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

La Nef Wissembourg


Virgil Boutellis-Taft, violinist
Vyacheslav Gryaznov, pianist


J. Brahms : Scherzo from FAE Sonata for violin and piano
L. Janacek : Sonata for violin and piano
C. Franck : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major

Virgil Boutellis-Taft: Qualified by the criticism of ”an exceptional violinist ”, ” with a fiery temperament ”, Virgil Boutellis-Taft regularly performs in Europe and the United States. He has played in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Benaroya Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House, Wigmore Hall, and notably with the Dayton Philharmonic, the Springfield Symphony, the Israel Chamber Orchestra Emeritus, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the Sinfonia Varsovia. He has also performed in major international festivals including Bowdoin (USA), Eilat and Red Sea-Valery Gergiev (Israel), Valdres (Norway), Prussia Cove (England), The Violins of Legend, The Music Moments of La Baule, La Roque d’Anthéron, the Mad Day (France). Virgil performs with harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, pianists JuYoung Park, Guillaume Vincent, Vanessa Wagner, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, guitarist Thibaut Garcia, cellists Anne Gastinel, Camille Thomas … He also shared the stage in New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco with composers and pianists Paul Cantelon and Tara Kamangar or Drew Heminger, all of whom have dedicated works to him. In 2015, Virgil trained with the violinist Irène Duval duo La Rose and Réséda. His album “Between East and West”, recorded in 2016 for Evidence Classics / Harmonia Mundi, has been hailed by the critics, especially for its “incandescent intensity”. First Prize of the Conservatoire de Paris at 16 and winner of the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation, Virgil decided to pursue his musical training abroad, at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, then at the Royal College of Music in London where he obtained his Master and his Artist Diploma. He then spent two years in Israel, invited by Tel Aviv University for a postdoc, as part of his International Music Program. Throughout his studies, he has worked with soloists and pedagogues such as Michele Auclair, Zakhar Bron, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Schlomo Mintz, Igor Oistrakh, Haim Taub, Hagai Shaham, Almita Vamos. In 2010, he won the first prize of the ISA international competition in Austria. In 2012, he became a Laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation. Parallel to the study of the violin, Virgil began the piano at age 7, with pianist Fanny Raust, classmate and chamber music partner of Ginette Neveu. Virgil plays the Domenico Montagnana “ex Régis Pasquier” Venice 1742, thanks to the generosity of a private patron.

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