Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Paris Piano Trio live in Tulsa at the Williams Theater in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. “Les Musiciens,” the name by which these three great musicians are known in Europe, will perform Chopin, Schumann, and Shubert for Tulsa’s classical music lovers.
The Washington Post hails the Paris Piano Trio for their “polish, vigor, and an exemplary sense of style.” Each musician brings a solo career of almost legendary proportions to their unique performance together as one of the most famous piano trios in the world. Chamber Music Tulsa Board Chairman Rolf Blom states, “The Trio’s first major tour of the U.S. in 1988 won superlatives from critics and presenters around the country, and it has since been re-engaged in many major cities.”
Prize-winners individually, these three great French soloists have been connected by their love of chamber music since they were students at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris. In fact, they made their first tour together when violinist Régis Pasquier was just 13 years old. All three graduated with top honors from the Conservatory – where currently they are professors – and rapidly established major solo and chamber music careers.
The extraordinary talent of Régis Pasquier (violin) was recognized when he won first prize in both violin and chamber music at the Paris Conservatory at the age of 12. He went on to win many other awards, including the Prize of the Academy of French Recording, the Georges Enesco Prize, the Charles Cros Prize, 1991’s “best soloist” award from the Sixiémes Victoires de la Musique, and the Special Prize of the Nouvelle Academie du Disque.
A true Renaissance man, cellist Roland Pidoux has explored every avenue of classical music. Soon after completing his studies with André Navarra, Jean Hubeau and Joseph Calvet, he founded, with Jean-Pierre Wallez, l’Ensemble Instrumental de France. He has been a member of the Quatour Via Nova and the Trio Pasquier, and has performed with Isaac Stern, Pierre Fournier, Mistislav Rostropovitch, and Jean-Pierre Rampal, and is currently Professor of Cello at the Paris Conservatory.
From the time he began his piano studies at the age of three and a half, Jean-Claude Pennetier has distinguished himself, winning two first prizes at the Paris Conservatory and going on to win major international awards, including the Prix Gabriel Fauré and first prizes at the Concours Genéve and Concours International de Montréal. He has recently appearead with l?Orchestre de Paris, l’Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and the festivals of Prades, Naantali, Kuhmo, and Seattle.
Those interested in an affordable taste of what has to offer can purchase single tickets to the Sunday performance by calling the Tulsa Performing Arts Center at 918-596-7111 or at www.myticketoffice.com. The price is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 65+, and $5 for students. Special performance offer of $40 is available for a single Saturday Salon concert by calling
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010
Michel Merlet: Trio
Chopin: Trio in G minor, Op. 8
3:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, 2010
Schumann: Trio in D minor, Op. 63
Ravel: Trio in A minor
Schubert: Trio in B flat major, Op. 99 (D. 898)