IMF Varna Summer 2019 - Augustin Dumay – violin, Jonathan Fournel - piano

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19:00  -  City Art Gallery

Augustin Dumay violin
Jonatan Fournel piano

Brahms - Complete sonatas for violin and piano
 Augustin Dumay violin
International critics have compared Augustin Dumay to the great violinists of the 20th century, describing him as a ‘great classical stylist’, a reputation underscored by his outstanding recordings for Deutsche Grammophon: Beethoven’s complete sonatas with Maria João Pires, a set that ‘surely ranks with Grumiaux-Haskil, Menuhin-Kempff, or Perlman-Ashkenazy’ (International Piano), Brahms’ trios in which ‘the Milstein legacy in his playing is wonderfully apparent’ (Gramophone), and Mozart’s concertos with the Camerata Salzburg, ‘without exaggeration one of the finest Mozart violin concerto discs ever made’ (Classic CD), in which he ‘confirms that he is an exceptional interpreter of Mozart as were Stern or Grumiaux before him’ (Classica).
Also very active as a conductor, he is regularly invited to conduct orchestras around the world (China Philharmonic, English Chamber, New Japan Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, Prague Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Montpellier, etc.). Since 2011, he has been Musical Director of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan).
Since 2004, he has been a Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. Most of his students have seen success in the main international competitions.
His discography – some forty recordings of which most have received prestigious awards (Gramophone Awards, Audiophile Audition, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Grand Prix du Disque, The Record Academy Award) – is available under the EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and Onyx labels.
After two recordings conducting the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra and two CDs with the pianist Louis Lortie – Franck & Strauss violin sonatas by 'one of today’s great violinists' (The Strad) and Brahms Sonatas, 'a disc to treasure' (The Guardian) – Augustin Dumay returns to the concerto repertory: he has recently recorded Beethoven’s Concerto with the Sinfonia Varsovia and Bartók's Concerto no.2 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano. His next recording will be devoted to Mendelssohn's Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Jonatan Fournel piano

Born in Sarrebourg in 1993, Jonathan Fournel began the piano at 7, studying with Marianne Henry, at Conservatory of Sarreguemines, and with Stéphane Seban the following year at Conservatory of Strasbourg, while taking private lessons with Patricia Pagnyand Gisèle Magnan.
In 2006, he entered the Musikhochschule of Saarbrüken (Germany) in the studio of Robert Leonardy and Jean Micault.
In 2009, he continued his study with Bruno Rigutto, Brigitte Engerer, Claire DésertandMichel Dalberto at the Conservatory of Paris (CNSMDP), where he is also majoring in collaborative piano, in the studios of Jean-Frédérique Neuburger. 
In 2016, he has been accepted to the Queen Elisabeth Chapel in Brussels with Louis Lortie and Avo Kouyoumdjian.
He attended master-classes with great personalities such as Laurent Cabasso, Aldo Ciccolini, Gisèle MagnanandJean Micault. 
Jonathan Fournel has been participating and awarded prizes and laureate honors in competitions such as the Concours International d’Epinal, Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (2ndPrize), Thomas Kuti Competition (2ndPrize), and Gian Battista Viotti International Piano Competition (1stPrize), Scottish International Piano Competition (1stPrize).

Jonathan Fournel is regularly invited to produce in festivals such as “Les Concerts de Poche”, “Lille Piano Festival”,“ La Folle Journée “,“ La Roque d’Anthéron “,“Piano Campus”, “Festival International de Colmar”, in major halls such as Salle Cortot (Paris), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Gustav Mahler Auditorium (Milano),Sala Verdi (Milano),L’Arsenal (Metz), Carlo Felice Theater (Genova), Royal Glasgow Concert Hall, Usher Hall (Edinburgh), Caird Hall (Dundee).
In 2011, he world-premiered the Sonata n.3 for Piano from the composer Nicolas Bacri, during the festival Pianoscope in Beauvais. 
Often invited to perform as a soloist with orchestra, he played with Orchestra of Musikhochschule in Saarbrucken, Symphonistes Européens, Orchestre Universitaire de Strasbourg, Donna Musica Orchestra, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine,Zagreb Radio-Television Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonia Podkarpacka, Royal Wallonie Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National Orchestrawith conductors such asFranck Braley,Éric Darrigrand, Stéphane Denève,Tobias Deutchmann, Pierre-Yves Gronier, Nicola Guliani,Jonathon Heyward,Gergely Madaras, Jacques Mercier,Peter Oundjian,Simon Rigaudeau,Fan Tao, Mladen Tarbuk, Jean-François Verdier and Wojcieck Rajski.
He is also interested in playing the chamber music, he collaborated with musicians and ensembles, such as themusicians,Philippe Cassard, Augustin Dumay,Chi Li, Régis Pasquier, David Petrlik,Vassilena Serafimova, Varèse Quartet, Hermès Quartet, Akilone Quartet and Modigliani Quartet.
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