Live Concert - Vivaldi, Merula, & Schumann, by Diluka, Bartal, Jupiter Ensemble, Desandre, Philippe & Dunford
04:06Antonio Vivaldi: Lute concerto in D major RV 93 (Thomas Dunford)
08:02Tarquinio Merula: Canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nanna (Jupiter Ensemble / Léa Desandre)
07:07Antonio Vivaldi: Cello concerto in g minor RV 416 (Philippe / Dunford)
18:04Robert Schumann: Images d'Orient op. 66 : I. Lebhaft (Diluka / Bartal)
03:38Antonio Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans, Deuxième Partie (Ensemble Jupiter / Léa Desandre)
France Musique Concert, with performances by Tristan Pfaff, Hélène Desaint, Josquin Otal, Shani Diluka, Suzana Bartal, Quatuor Zaïde, Ensemble Jupiter, Léa Desandre, Bruno Philippe, and Thomas Dunford. Concert recorded live on 30 March 2019 at the Théâtre de l'Alliance Française.
Born in 1988, Thomas Dunford began studying the lute at the age of 9. He was unanimously awarded in 2006 the 1st Prize with honours in the class of Charles-Edouard Fantin at the Conservatoire de Paris (CRR); he then continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Hopkinson Smith. Dubbed the “Eric Clapton of the lute” by the BBC, Dunford has made numerous solo or ensemble appearances throughout Europe, America, and Asia.
Founded by Dunford in 2018, the "Jupiter" ensemble is made up of a variety of France’s new generation of young musicians, including Léa Desandre, Jean Rondeau, and Bruno Phillippe: ““With Jupiter, I wanted to bring together a group of exceptional musicians from the new generation, encountered while working with a large number of ensembles”, explains Dunford.
Following in the footsteps of previous pioneers of early music, notably William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, and Jordi Savall, the Jupiter Ensemble seeks to renew the passion for early music, through listening, improvisation and energy: “It is now our responsibility, as a generation who grew up with this music, to continue bringing it alive, while making it more modern, showing just how accessible it can be, and how much it touches our hearts.”
Born in 1986 in Timişoara (Romania), Suzana Bartal gave her first solo piano recital at the age of 12, and performed her first concerto at the age of 13. In 2005, Bartal studied with Denis Pascal, Pierre Pontier and Florent Boffard in Paris and in Lyon at the CNSMD, and later at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Peter Frankl. Winner of the 2012 Woolsey Concerto Competition and the New York Concert Artists Concerto Competition in 2013, Bartal is an extremely active chamber musician and also a passionate advocate of contemporary music.
At the age of 6, Shani Diluka was invited to take part in a programme launched by Princess Grace of Monaco, allowing talented musicians to receive special music lessons. She was later awarded first prize by the Académie de Musique competition of the Prince Rainier III Foundation. A student at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1997, she studied under Georges Pludermacher, François-Frédéric Guy, Marie-Françoise Bucquet, Nicholas Angelich, and Bruno Rigutto, eventually graduating with a 1st Prize for piano, awarded unanimously. She has since collaborated with a variety of world-renowned orchestras and soloists, including Natalie Dessay, Karine Deshayes, and Michel Portal, and the composers Wolfgang Rhim, Karol Beffa and Bruno Montovani. She is also a passionate performer of chamber music.