29 june 2016, 8:30p.m.
Stéphane Tétreault (Canada) and Joona Pulkkinen (Finland) are both graduates of the second season of Gautier Capuçon's Cello Masterclass at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. With piano accompaniment provided by Samuel Parent, they have been invited to perform a recital at the Fondation's Auditorium, with a programme that features major works from the cello repertoire by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Shostakovich.
Stéphane Tétreault, 23, was named Révélation Radio-Canada 2011-2012 in classical music. He is now the first ever soloist in residence of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Joona Pulkkinen, a 26-year old Finn, won the Turku National Cello Competition. Since 2014 he has been the cello soloist with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.
Samuel Parent, in addition to the many international prizes he has won and an international chamber music career, is the official pianist for Gautier Capuçon's Cello Masterclass.
Duration: 1 hr 15 min
- Stéphane Tétreault
Piotr Illitch Tchaïkovsky - Pezzo Capriccioso op. 62
- Joona Pulkkinen
Johannes Brahms - Sonata No.1 in E minor for Cello and Piano
Allegro non troppo
Allegretto quasi minuetto
---- 5-10 min interval -----
- Joona Pulkkinen
Jean Sibelius - Malinconia, Op.20 for Cello and Piano
- Stéphane Tétrault
Dmitri Shostakovich - Sonata Op.40 in D minor
Allegro non troppo
Cello prodigy Stéphane Tétreault plays the 1707 "Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini" Stradivarius, on generous loan to him by Mrs Jacqueline Desmarais.
In addition to countless prizes and accolades, Stéphane was the very first recipient of the Fernand-Lindsay Career Award and the Choquette-Symcox Award laureate in 2013. First Prize winner at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life-OSM competition in 2007, he was named Révélation Radio-Canada 2011-2012 in classical music. For the last three years, he has been one of CBC Radio's 30 hot classical musicians under 30.
Stéphane has been invited to take part in many prestigious competitions, including the 63rd Geneva International Music Competition, the Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris and the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, and has twice shared the stage with the famous violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov. Chosen as the first ever soloist in residence of the Orchestre Métropolitain for the 2014-2015 season, he performed with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and others, and made his début at the Auditorium of the Louvre in Paris in March 2015.
His first album, recorded with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and conductor Fabien Gabel, was nominated as the Best Classical Album of the Year at the 2013 ADISQ Gala. A second album, recorded with pianist Marie-Ève Scarfone, was released in September 2015.
Stéphane, 22, studied for more than 10 years under the late cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky. He holds a Master's Degree in Music Performance from Université de Montréal.
Samuel Parent was born in the Vaucluse department of France in 1982. After studying with Michel Bourdoncle in Aix-en-Provence, and then Olivier Gardon in Paris, in 2000 he was admitted to the class of Brigitte Engerer at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, graduating with an advanced studies diploma (with distinction) four years later.
In 1998, he founded the Trio con Fuoco, an ensemble that has won many international competitions and with which he performs regularly at festivals (Aix-en-Provence, la Roque d'Anthéron, Flâneries musicales de Reims) and on the world stage, including concerts at the Auditorium of the Louvre, BOZAR in Brussels, the Auditorium in Dijon, and in Morocco, Spain, the Netherlands, India and Central America.
In 2008 he won second prize at the Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition in Monza, Italy. In that same year, he joined the chamber music class of the Artemis Quartet at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.
A highly sought-after chamber musician, he has performed with many artists such as the Quatuor
Ébène, Hugues Borsarello, Henri Demarquette, Olivier Patey, Erik Berchot, Ami Flammer, Emmanuel Christien. He plays regularly with violinist Mathilde Borsarello-Herrmann, a prize-winner at the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition. The two musicians have given recitals together at several festivals including Pianoscope in Beauvais, the Colmar Festival, Musique en Côte Basque, Les Musicales de Caillebotte, and at the Salle Gaveau and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Samuel Parent is also an outstanding accompanist: since January 2014 he has been the pianist for Yanowski, who he accompanies on his "La Passe Interdit" concert tour. He is regularly invited to various summer academies to provide support for numerous students. Since 2015 he has been the official accompanist for Gautier Capuçon's prestigious Cello Masterclass at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.
Born in 1990, Finnish cellist Joona Pulkkinen started studying cello at the age of five. After studies in Junior Department of Sibelius-Academy with Marko Ylönen and Royal Northern College of Music with Hannah Roberts, he was accepted at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, in the cello section under the direction of Gary Hoffman.
He has appeared as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sibelius Academy’s Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2010 he won third prize at the National Turku Cello Competition and was the youngest participant in the final. Joona has been a competitor in the International Paulo Cello Competition in 2013 and International ARD Competition in 2014.
Joona has featured at a number of highly regarded festivals in Scandinavia and performed across many countries of Europe. He has played together with some of the world’s leading artists such as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Midori, Peter Frankl, Viktoria Mullova, Vilde Frang, Hagai Shaham, Pavel Vernikov, Gary Hoffman and Augustin Dumay In September 2014 he began his new job as first principal cellist with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, youngest ever in the orchestra’s history.
Joona plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1698, kindly loaned to him by the Pohjola Bank Art Foundation.
The most relaxing thing Joona knows is listening birds singing and watching silent lake after nice, hot sauna in the summertime of Finland!