Lesser known treasures by famous French composers are featured in this collection of works by Faure, Ravel, Messaien and Saint Saens. French music is impressive for its wide tapestry of color and sonorities, and the French Collection transports the listener through the decorative styles of French romanticism, to the fantasy-like impressionist movement, and the innovative and diverse musical influences of French contemporary composition.
Sebastien Koch - Piano, Robert Thies - Piano, David Allen Wehr - Piano
Linda Wang - Violin
Linda Wang is among the premier violinists of her generation, consistently praised for her artistry, warm, singing tone and charismatic performances. Since her debut with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic at the age of nine, Linda Wang has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, collaborating with such conductors as Sir Georg Solti and the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra. In recital Ms. Wang has appeared in over 40 US states and abroad, in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Schauspielhaus. Her concerts have also been televised nationally for programs on PBS, A&E, ZDF in Germany and NHK in Japan.
Linda Wang has selected exquisite repertory that features works of Asian composers. Her affinity and capacity to embrace each work affords the listener an opportunity to experience and explore an exciting new repertoire of different timbres, techniques and textures. Ms. Wang's interpretations and joy of collaboration is evident in the nuanced chamber music created with exceptional pianist, Alice Rybak, and two outstanding percussionists, John Kinzie and Tom Miller.
Robert Thies - Piano
A pianist of "unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power," Robert Thies is an artist renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament. He first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia,
and became the only American pianist to win a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn's triumph in Moscow in 1958. Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He has performed 40 different concerti with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Naples Philharmonic. Highly sought after as a recital partner and collaborator In both instrumental and vocal chamber music, he founded the Thies Consort, a unique ensemble presenting thematic programs of varying instrumentation and color.
David Allen Wehr - Piano
Pianist David Allen Wehr has established a reputation as one of the most thoughtful and powerful musicians on today's musical scene. He has been heard in over thirty countries in Europe, North and South America and the Far East, playing in the world musical capitals of London, New York, Paris, Vienna, Washington, Madrid, Warsaw and Buenos Aires.
His over 1300 concerts include 13 seasons of touring the US and Canada for Community Concerts, both as recitalist and as pianist with the Sartory Trio. He has amassed a large and critically acclaimed discography with Connoisseur Society, including the complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle.
Mr. Wehr holds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his current performance project is "Beethoven on the Bluff".
Sebastien Koch - Piano
French pianist Sebastien Koch performs regularly as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. He has performed in some of the world's great concert halls, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Beethovensaal in Bonn, and Crystal Cathedral, Los Angeles, and on television for France3 and RTL Luxemmbourg. The Saint Saens Violin Sonata was previously recorded 2001 in Newman Recital Hall by Carlos Marquez.