Stéphane Tétreault

Stéphane Tétreault, 19 years old, is the First Prize winner in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life-OSM 2007 Competition as well as semi-finalist at both the 2008 Stulberg International String Competition and the 2009 Johansen International String Competition. He placed in the top 20 at the 2008 Geneva International Cello Competition in Switzerland and was selected to participate at the prestigious 2009 Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris. Stéphane was the youngest participant – personally selected by Michael Tilson Thomas – to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. Stéphane was also selected to participate in the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow last June.

In 2011, Stéphane was named Révélation Radio-Canada 2011-2012 in classical music and Personality of the week in La Presse.

Following a highly successful tour of Antonin Dvorak's Cello concerto with l'Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Stéphane has recently repeated the performance with acclaimed conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In 2010, he shared the stage with the violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov for I Musici de Montréal's Gala Concert - a performance Tchaïkovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme which garnered great critical acclaim from the Canadian press.

Stéphane began playing the cello at the age of 7 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree at the University of Montreal with Yuli Turovsky. He currently plays the 1707 "Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini " Stradivarius cello, on generous loan by Mme Jacqueline Desmarais.

« Stéphane is a great talent and we very much look forward to working with him. He plays with great heart and great skill.  He shows tremendous maturity in his playing and I was quite surprised when I found out his age »
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

...this came with an obbligato from Stéphane Tétrault, a young cellist included in the roster for no reason other than his talent. The Méditation from Massenet's Thaïs, pure in tone and direct in emotional appeal, earned Tétrault the first and longest standing ovation of the afternoon.
ARTHUR KAPTAINIS, The Montreal Gazette

«Extraordinary performance of my composition, Stephane captures the soul of my piece. I am delighted that someone as young as he successfully achieved technical excellence and found a profound and personal way of expressing the depth of the piece. Exceptional! »
ALEXINA LOUIE, canadian composer

Rachel Kolly d’Alba

Considered to be one of the most talented Swiss musicians, the violinist Rachel Kolly d'Alba, born in Lausanne, is recognized for her generous temperament, her intense passion for performance, her mature musicality, and most of all, her vibrato, which has been compared by many with the glorious violinists from the past.

In 2010, her CD "Passion Ysaÿe" presenting the 6 violin Sonatas by composer Eugène Ysaÿe was released on the Major WARNER CLASSICS and received unanimous praise in the international press. Ms. Kolly d'Alba became the first Swiss musician to record for the Warner Music Group. Her next CD, as soloist with the acclaimed conductors Jean-Jacques Kantorow and John Axelrod, is entitled, "French Impressions," featuring music for violin and orchestra by Saint-Saens, Chausson, Ravel and Ysaÿe, is released on the same label in October, 2011

In continuing this collaboration with John Axelrod, future recordings with orchestra include concerti by Szymanowski and Tchaikovsky, both composed in Lausanne and Montreux respectively, and American Music, featuring Waxman's Carmen Fantasy, Gershwin's Fantasy on Porgy and Bess, and Bernstein's Serenade, to be released for the 95th anniversary of the composer.

Ms. Kolly d'Alba has performed with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, the Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne, the Orchestra of the New Europe, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National of Lithuania, the Orchestre de chambre Fribourgeois and the Philharmonie of Jena. She has performed all over the world, having been invited to such festivals such as the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Festival internazionale da musica da camera in Este, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival , the Festival de Poitiers, the Encuentros Festival and Mozarteum at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Sigall in Chile or the International Festival of Flanders and Murten Classics.

Ms. Kolly d'Alba received her first violin and piano lessons at the age of five. She made her debut as a soloist with orchestra at the early age of 12. Ms. Kolly d'Alba studied at the Conservatory in Lausanne where she received at the exceptional age of 15 years old, the diploma for teaching the violin as well as the final diploma in violin and chamber music. She went on with her studies at the University for Music and Drama in Bern in the class of the renowned Slovenian violinist and pedagogue Igor Ozim, where she received her diploma as a soloist. She has also studied with Franco Gulli, Ivry Gitlis, Boris Kushnir, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Thomas Kakuska (Alban Berg Quartett).

Winston Choi

Kuang-Hao Huang

Julia Bentley

Winston Choi

George Lepauw and Friends

Recent seasons have been extremely exciting and busy for George Lepauw. In 2007 he founded The Journal of a Musician, his magazine on culture and music; in 2008 he founded the Beethoven Project Trio (BPT) with violinist Sang Mee Lee and cellist Wendy Warner; in 2009 he founded the International Beethoven Project, a non-profit organization, and performed the World Premiere of a rediscovered piano trio by Beethoven (with the BPT); in 2010 he gave his New York City debut with the BPT at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (“Mr. Lepauw played with sparkling clarity [...] in elegant partnership with Ms. Lee and Ms. Warner.” The New York Times), and concurrently released his first commercial recording of three rare Beethoven trios with the BPT on Cedille Records, which opened number 24 on the Classical Billboard Charts; and in 2011 he founded Beethoven Festival 2011: Man and Muse, which Time Out Chicago called the “smash of the season,” and the Chicago Tribune the “best new undertaking in classical music.” He is now Artistic Director of Beethoven Festival 2012: Revolution!, taking place in Chicago September 8th through the 16th.

George has been very committed to the Chicago concert scene and internationally (France, Finland, China). He has most recently performed concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Gershwin, and has collaborated regularly with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and of the Lyric Opera of Chicago in chamber music ranging from the most classical to the most modern works. Along with being part of the Beethoven Project Trio, George is also a member of the Beethoven Project Players, a larger collective of passionate chamber musicians, and has been a guest performer with Anaphora and the Avalon Quartet. He has also premiered solo works by such noted composers as Kirsten Broberg and Pulitzer-Prize winning Shulamit Ran. George’s playing is characterized by its “singing tone” (New York Times) and its “swashbuckling” and “full-blooded” nature (Chicago Tribune).

George began his studies at the Rachmaninov Conservatory in Paris, France at the age of three, and soon after was accepted by Madame Aïda Barenboim as her youngest-ever student, with the exception of her son, pianist and conductor, Daniel Barenboim. George went on to study with Russian virtuoso, Elena Varvarova who prepared him for his first public concert at the age of ten in Paris, performing Beethoven sonatas. He then pursued his studies with Vladimir Krainev and Rena Shereshevskaya, with additional guidance from Maria Curcio, Brigitte Engerer, Carlo-Maria Giulini, and in jazz from Bernard Maury and Christopher Culpo. Throughout his formative years, his father Didier, then a First Violin with the Orchestre de Paris, coached him regularly. George does indeed come from a musical family: his grandfather, Roger Lepauw, was Principal Viola of the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris and later of the Orchestre de Paris, and his sister Consuelo is a violinist based in Boston.

George obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a double major in English Literature and History and received his Masters of Music in Piano Performance from Northwestern University in Chicago, where he studied piano with Ursula Oppens and James Giles. George was the recipient of the first Earl Wild Foundation Prize, enabling him to study with the legendary pianist at his home in Columbus, Ohio.

George is a frequent guest on Chicago’s classical station 98.7 WFMT, and has appeared on local, national and international radio and television. His traditional concert attire is generously sponsored by Brooks Brothers and his modern concert attire is generously sponsored by HAJ Designs.

Rachel Kolly d’Alba

Considered to be one of the most talented Swiss musicians, the violinist Rachel Kolly d'Alba, born in Lausanne, is recognized for her generous temperament, her intense passion for performance, her mature musicality, and most of all, her vibrato, which has been compared by many with the glorious violinists from the past.

In 2010, her CD "Passion Ysaÿe" presenting the 6 violin Sonatas by composer Eugène Ysaÿe was released on the Major WARNER CLASSICS and received unanimous praise in the international press. Ms. Kolly d'Alba became the first Swiss musician to record for the Warner Music Group. Her next CD, as soloist with the acclaimed conductors Jean-Jacques Kantorow and John Axelrod, is entitled, "French Impressions," featuring music for violin and orchestra by Saint-Saens, Chausson, Ravel and Ysaÿe, is released on the same label in October, 2011

In continuing this collaboration with John Axelrod, future recordings with orchestra include concerti by Szymanowski and Tchaikovsky, both composed in Lausanne and Montreux respectively, and American Music, featuring Waxman's Carmen Fantasy, Gershwin's Fantasy on Porgy and Bess, and Bernstein's Serenade, to be released for the 95th anniversary of the composer.

Ms. Kolly d'Alba has performed with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, the Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne, the Orchestra of the New Europe, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National of Lithuania, the Orchestre de chambre Fribourgeois and the Philharmonie of Jena. She has performed all over the world, having been invited to such festivals such as the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Festival internazionale da musica da camera in Este, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival , the Festival de Poitiers, the Encuentros Festival and Mozarteum at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Sigall in Chile or the International Festival of Flanders and Murten Classics.

Ms. Kolly d'Alba received her first violin and piano lessons at the age of five. She made her debut as a soloist with orchestra at the early age of 12. Ms. Kolly d'Alba studied at the Conservatory in Lausanne where she received at the exceptional age of 15 years old, the diploma for teaching the violin as well as the final diploma in violin and chamber music. She went on with her studies at the University for Music and Drama in Bern in the class of the renowned Slovenian violinist and pedagogue Igor Ozim, where she received her diploma as a soloist. She has also studied with Franco Gulli, Ivry Gitlis, Boris Kushnir, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Thomas Kakuska (Alban Berg Quartett).

Stéphane Tétreault

Stéphane Tétreault, 19 years old, is the First Prize winner in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life-OSM 2007 Competition as well as semi-finalist at both the 2008 Stulberg International String Competition and the 2009 Johansen International String Competition. He placed in the top 20 at the 2008 Geneva International Cello Competition in Switzerland and was selected to participate at the prestigious 2009 Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris. Stéphane was the youngest participant – personally selected by Michael Tilson Thomas – to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. Stéphane was also selected to participate in the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow last June.

In 2011, Stéphane was named Révélation Radio-Canada 2011-2012 in classical music and Personality of the week in La Presse.

Following a highly successful tour of Antonin Dvorak's Cello concerto with l'Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Stéphane has recently repeated the performance with acclaimed conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In 2010, he shared the stage with the violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov for I Musici de Montréal's Gala Concert - a performance Tchaïkovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme which garnered great critical acclaim from the Canadian press.

Stéphane began playing the cello at the age of 7 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree at the University of Montreal with Yuli Turovsky. He currently plays the 1707 "Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini " Stradivarius cello, on generous loan by Mme Jacqueline Desmarais.

« Stéphane is a great talent and we very much look forward to working with him. He plays with great heart and great skill.  He shows tremendous maturity in his playing and I was quite surprised when I found out his age »
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

...this came with an obbligato from Stéphane Tétrault, a young cellist included in the roster for no reason other than his talent. The Méditation from Massenet's Thaïs, pure in tone and direct in emotional appeal, earned Tétrault the first and longest standing ovation of the afternoon.
ARTHUR KAPTAINIS, The Montreal Gazette

«Extraordinary performance of my composition, Stephane captures the soul of my piece. I am delighted that someone as young as he successfully achieved technical excellence and found a profound and personal way of expressing the depth of the piece. Exceptional! »
ALEXINA LOUIE, canadian composer

George Lepauw

$30.00 - $60.00

Tickets

3:00pm Stéphane Tétreault, cello (First U.S. appearance) Bach Suite G Major Soheil Nasseri Beethoven 11 Bagatelles, Op. 119 Rachel Kolly d’Alba, violin; Winston Choi, piano Lekeu Violin Sonata 4:30pm Cage & Nancarrow Hommages: Kuang-Hao Huang, piano; Julia Bentley, voice; Winston Choi, piano 6:00pm Charles Rosen Beethoven Sonata opus 90 Diabelli Variations 8:00pm Rachel Kolly d’Alba (First Chicago Appearance) Ysaye 6 Solo Sonatas 10:30pm Stéphane Tétreault, cello; George Lepauw, piano Dmitri Shostakovich - Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 Sergei Prokofiev - Adagio for cello & piano (from the Ballet "Cinderella"), Op. 97 bis

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