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MuCH Music 13.12.18

Associated Artist

Chamber Music Concert

13.12.18 - 20:15


Elina Buksha, violin
Aurélien Pascal, cello
Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

J. P. Rameau
Pièces de clavecin en concerts, No. 5 in D minor, RCT. 11
La Forqueray in D minor
La Cupis in D minor
La Marais in D major

J. P. Rameau
Pièces de clavecin en concerts, No. 2 in G major, RCT. 8
Premier Menuet in G major
Deuxième Menuet in G minor

F. Schubert
Trio No. 2 in E-flat major for piano, violin & cello, D. 929
I. Allegro
II.Andante con moto
III.Scherzo: allegro moderato
IV.Allegro moderato

Elina Buksha et Pavel Kolesnikov sont deux artistes associés de la Chapelle Musicale et c’est au sein de nos murs que leur collaboration s’est épanouie. Aujourd’hui en trio avec Aurélien Pascal, violoncelliste lauréat du Concours Reine Elisabeth, ils vous proposent un programme autour du romantisme germanique et trois de ses figures majeures.

Elina Buksha en Pavel Kolesnikov zijn twee ‘Associated Artists’ van de Muziekkapel en het is binnen onze muren dat hun samenwerking gegroeid is. Zij brengen ons, in trio met Aurélien Pascal, laureaat-cellist van de Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd, een programma rond de Duitse romantiek en drie van haar belangrijkste figuren.

Trio Aventure

L’aventure a débuté dans l’après-midi du 5 juillet 2017 à Evian, quand – pour la première fois – nous avons joué ensemble. Ayant chacun travaillé dans différentes configurations de musique de chambre mais jamais en tant que trio, nous fûmes frappés par l’harmonie inattendue qui nous lia. C’est ceci – la surprise d’une mise en place providentielle – qui constitue le ciment de notre Aventure. Nous nous la figurons comme un colloque de libre pensée et d’exploration des modèles qui se dessinent quand un être s’intéresse à la musique – à l’art – sans trop s’embarrasser d’idées préconçues. L’idée de se laisser passivement animer de choses merveilleuses nous est très chère. Alberto Giacometti résume admirablement ce sentiment quand il écrit que : “la grande aventure c’est de voir surgir quelque chose d’inconnu chaque jour, dans le même visage. Ça vaut tous les voyages autour du monde”.

Sound recorded by Musiq3


Elina Buksha, violin

 Born in Latvia in 1990, Elina Buksha is considered one of Latvia’s foremost up and coming violinists. Elina has been playing violin since the age of 5, having been a student of Latvian violin professor Ojars Kalnins until 2009.Later she continues her studies with Boris Belkin in The Netherlands. Since 2011 Elina studies with Ana Chumachenko in masterclasses in France, Germany and Switzerland. She have performed both as soloist and chamber musician in Sweden,Russia, Finland, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Romania. Since her debut with Liepaja Symphony Orcherstra at age of 12, when she performed W.A.Mozart Violin Concerto Nr.5, Elina has important concert appearances in her native Latvia, which have included regular appearances with Latvian National Symphony orchestra ,Latvian National Opera Symphony orchestra,Collegium Musicum Riga and others. Having won her first violin competition at the age of six, Elina has since been a laureate of many national and international competitions, includ International Jaroslav Kocian Competition in the Czech Republic, „Remember Enescu competition in Romania, A.Postaccini Competition in Italy. Elina Buksha debut CD entitled Ave Maria, recorded in Riga’s Doma Cathedral, also featuring soprano Inese Galante and organist Aivars Kalejs was released in 2008. Since age of 14, Elina is artist of concert agency „Herman Braun Foundation in Latvia. She was artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, under the direction of A. Dumay, from 2011 to 2017 and becomes associated artist of the Music Chapel in 2018. Elina is playing Domenico Montagnana violin 1723, on loan to her by Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.


Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2012, Kolesnikov has performed around the world.  Significant recital and festival appearances include Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Louvre (Paris), Vancouver Recital Society, La Jolla Music Society, Spoleto Festival USA, Canada’s Ottawa ChamberFest and Banff Summer Festival, Plush Music Festival, and the BBC Proms.  Recent and upcoming orchestral appearances include London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Russia’s National Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Pavel is also a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists for 2014 to 2016 and RCM Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow for 2015 to 2016.

A live recording of Pavel’s prize-winning performances was released on the Honens label in March 2013, about which the BBC Music Magazine wrote “tremendous clarity, unfailing musicality and considerable beauty”.  His debut studio recording was released on the Hyperion label to critical acclaim, with The Sunday Times  described his playing on this all-Tchaikovsky disc as having “affection and élan”.  His current disc of the Chopin Mazurkas, released on the Hyperion label, has won worldwide critical acclaim, winning a Diapason D’Or Award in November 2016.

Pavel Kolesnikov lives in London and considers it a perfect place for himself. He is a passionate perfume collector, among rare contemporary and vintage specimens in his perfume library the oldest ones date back to the 1920s. Painting, photography and fashion are some of his main interests.

Pavel was artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, under the direction of M. J. Pires, from 2012 to 2014 and is now associated artist of the Music Chapel .



Aurélien Pascal, cello

 “In an extraordinary display of dazzling virtuosity and riveting music making, 19-year Aurélien Pascal confirmed that the future of music is in good hands.” – Laurence Vittes

At only 19 years old, French cellist Aurélien Pascal was awarded the Grand Prix, Audience Prize and Special Prize for the best performance of a concerto by Ernst Toch at the 2014 Emanuel Feuermann Competition under the patronage of Daniel Barenboim. Prior to that in 2013, he was 2nd Prize-winner at the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki, the prestigious jury led by Arto Noras praised the emergence of a new French talent gifted with both rare power and superb elegance. These qualities were highlighted in his interpretation of Dutilleux «Tout un monde lointain» during the final performed with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds. Already, at the age of 11, Aurélien was named winner of the 1st Rostropovitch Junior Competition and in 2011 was awarded the Guy Bonnemain Prize for the best new talent at the International André Navarra Competition in Toulouse. Born into a family of musicians, Aurélien Pascal studied at the CNSMDP with Philippe Müller and attended master classes given by the legendary János Starker in Paris, Basel and Bloomington, as well as studying with Frans Helmerson at the Prades Festival Academy and with Peter Wispelwey in Beauvais. He is currently a student of Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy in Germany. In 2013, Aurélien performed at the 7th edition of the Tons Voisins Festival in Albi, at the Orangerie de Sceaux Festival as well as at the Rencontres Musicales de Calenzana and La Folle journée de Nantes, after which he was immediately invited to give five concerts in several cities for La Folle Journée au Japon. In 2014, Aurélien was invited to La Folle Journée in Japan (5 concerts) after his success in La Folle Journée de Nantes. Summer 2014 saw him give four highly acclaimed concerts at the Festival de Radio – France in Montpellier before he performs chamber music at La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, at Les Journées Ravel in Montfort L’Amaury, again at the Orangerie de Sceaux Festival and at the Casals Festival in Prades. In 2015, Aurélien Pascal was accepted into the Sponsorship Programme of the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists. This featured a performance in the Zurich Tonhalle together with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev and, following this, and invitation to record the Danzi concerto with Howard Griffiths and the Munich Chamber Orchestra in May 2016. The same year saw his debut in Tokyo in May then in Osaka where he performed the Dvořák Concerto with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra under Augustin Dumay. Summer 2015 saw Aurélien perform at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Russian Chamber Music Festival in Hamburg, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where he was awarded the “Prix du public” and was re-invited, as well as many festivals in France such as those in Colmar, Reims, Prades, Albi. He has recently given concerts with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Christoph Poppen and a recital and concerto performance in the ARK NOVA mobile concert hall, Japan. At the beginning of 2016, Aurélien performed a series of concerts with the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire and Pascal Rophé, the Hiroshima Symphony and Clemens Schuldt (Saint-Saens). He went on to play with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (Dvorak), Nuremberg Symphony and Michael Helmrath (Rococo Variations). During the 2016-17 season, Aurélien gave performances of the Elgar concerto with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and l’Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and also gave his debut recital at the prestigious Berlin Konzerthaus. He recorded the Brahms Sextet with Augustin Dumay, Henri Demarquette, Miguel da Silva, Svetlin Roussev on Sony and the Danzi Cello Concerto with Howard Griffiths and the Munich Chamber Orchestra which was released in January 2018 on Sony.

He make his debuts with the Tapei Symphony Orchestra and Gilbert Varga, with the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Okko Kamu and with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in 2018. Aurélien Pascal plays a French cello made in 1850 by Charles-Adolphe Gand.



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