Augustin Dumay in recital & Violin Master Class

From 16 to 18 April 2015

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Augustin Dumay in recital & Violin Master Class

Violin Master Class


The Fondation Louis Vuitton opens its doors to the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Belgium.

From 15th to 18th April, 2015, Augustin Dumay, professor emeritus at the Chapelle Musicale, will relocate his violin class for a series of lessons and master classes to be held in public in the Auditorium. Five young virtuosos have been selected for the master class.

Aged from 12 to 25, three are graduates from the violin class in the Chapelle Musicale, while two are international guests specially invited to take part.

 Recital: Augustin Dumay, violin - Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

On 17th April 2015 at 8.30 p.m., to coincide with his master class with pupils from the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Augustin Dumay will give a unique recital.

Accompanied at the piano by Pavel Kolesnikov, the programme features Beethoven, his 10th and last sonata, Debussy, and Ravel. The concert will conclude with a colourful finale of violin duets and trios played with the young violinists from the master class.

the artists

Augustin Dumay

Augustin Dumay is one of the most striking exponents of the great European classical tradition. International critics have compared him with the great violinists of the 20th century, and his distinctive status as a "grand classical stylist" has been established by his outstanding recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. These include Beethoven's complete sonatas with Maria João Pires, which "are surely to be ranked alongside Grumiaux and Haskil, Menuhin and Kempff, or Perlman and Ashkenazy" (Piano International), Brahms' trios, "where the Milstein legacy in Dumay’s playing is wonderfully apparent" (Gramophone), and Mozart’s concertos with the Camerata Salzburg, "without exaggeration one of the finest Mozart violin concerto recordings ever made" (Classic CD), in which he "confirms that he is an exceptional interpreter of Mozart, as Stern and Grumiaux were" (Classica).

Augustin Dumay first rose to prominence with his collaboration with Herbert von Karajan, his concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic and his recordings for EMI (concertos by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, and Lalo). Since then, he has performed regularly with the world's best orchestras, under the direction of the greatest contemporary conductors.

In parallel to his career as a violinist, over the last ten years he has also been a prolific conductor. In addition to his work as Musical Director of the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, a post he has occupied since 2003, in 2011 he was named Musical Director of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Osaka, Japan). He is regularly invited to conduct orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Varsovia. Since 2004, he has been Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Belgium), where he coaches a select group of highly talented young violinists, most of them winners of major international competitions.

Film director Gérard Corbiau (Le Maître de Musique, Farinelli) made a documentary about him entitled "Augustin Dumay, Llaisser une Trace Dans le Cœur". His discography – some forty recordings, most of which have received prestigious awards (Gramophone Awards, Audiophile Aaudition, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Grand Prix du Disque, The Record Academy Award) – is available on the EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and Onyx Classics labels. For Onyx he made a CD of Saint-Saëns recordings in which he conducts the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) and, with pianist Louis Lortie, the album Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, by "one of today's great violinists" (The Strad). His latest CD, as soloist and conductor with the KPO (Brahms' Serenade No. 1 and Beethoven's Romances), was released in autumn 2013.

His next recordings will be devoted to concertos by Bartók, Brahms, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn, with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Pavel Kolesnikov

Winner of the 2012 Honens Prize


When Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov first performed at the Wigmore Hall in January 2014, the Daily Telegraph awarded his recital a rare five stars and described it as "one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while". Since he won the Honens Prize in 2012, the world has been won over by Kolesnikov. A live recording of his performances at the competition was released on the Honens label in March 2013, BBC Music Magazine hailed its "tremendous clarity, unfailing musicality and considerable beauty". Since then, he has recorded a first studio album on the Hypérion label; this record, released in June 2014, is entirely devoted to Tchaikovsky. Warmly received by the critics, the Sunday Times stressed "the affection and élan" of the young artist's playing.

Winning the Honens Prize has enabled Pavel Kolesnikov to give recitals and play at major festivals, at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Louvre in Paris, the Vancouver Recital Society, La Jolla Music Society, the Spoleto Festival in the United States, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Canada, and at the Plush Festival in the UK. Invitations soon arrived to play with orchestras, including the National Philharmonic of Russia, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Pavel Kolesnikov, who now lives in London, was born in Siberia into a family of scientists. He studied the piano and violin for ten years, before devoting his energies exclusively to the piano. He studied at the Moscow State Conservatory under Sergeï Dorensky, at the Royal College of Music in London under Norma Fisher, and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels under Maria João Pires, thanks to the support of Christopher D. Budden, the RCM Scholarship Foundation and the Hattori Foundation.

In October 2014, Kolesnikov was named one of the "New Generation Artists" by BBC Radio 3 for 2014 to 2016, This programme comprises tours and recordings, as well as broadcasts of concerts with the BBC orchestras.

Please note

Pavel Kolesnikov will be in recital on 30 April 2015 at 12.30 pm in the Louvre's Auditorium

He will be at the Fondation Louis Vuitton again on 10 July 2015 for a recital of works by Beethoven and Schumann.

Woo-Hyung Kim

24, Korean

Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1991, Woo-Hyung Kim began learning the violin at age three, winning a prize at a regional contest at just five. Moving to Moscow, he entered the Central School of Music under the patronage of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where for six years he studied in classes held by Galina Turchaninova. Aged eleven, he played with the Moscow State Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Chernivtsi City, in the Ukraine, as well as appearing with two recitalists. He then began playing with many Russian regional orchestras. Awarded First Prize at the Moscow International Violin Competition in 2005 and at the Russian string competition, in Kazan, in 2008, he also received Third Prize at the International Vaclav Huml Violin Competition, Croatia, in 2013.

Studying for six years in the class of Professor Irina Bochkoba at the Central School of Music and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, he subsequently joined the Antwerp Royal Conservatory in 2012. He has been offered a grant for the academic year 2014-15 by Mrs and Mr Leopold Van Hool.

He now studies at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Belgium, under Augustin Dumay.


Elina Buksha

25, Latvian

Born in Latvia in 1990, Elina Buksha is regarded as one of the most promising violinists of her generation. Elina has been playing the violin since she was five, and studied under Latvian teacher Ojars Kalnins until 1990. Since 2011, she has studied under Ana Chumachenko in master classes in France, Germany and Switzerland.

Since her début with the Liepajas Amber Sound Symphony Orchestra in Latvia at the age of twelve, Elina has played with numerous other orchestras, including the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Liège Royal Philharmonic, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, and Musica Viva in Moscow. In 2013, Elina won the prestigious Début of the Year award, the highest prize given by the Latvian state in the field of music.

The highlights of this 2014/2015 season will be her débuts with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev, and the Kansai Symphony Orchestra in Japan, with Augustin Dumay. She has a scholarship from Mr and Mrs Michael Guttman. Elina plays a Domenico Montagnana 1723 violin, on loan to her from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Since September 2011, she has been studying at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, under the direction of Augustin Dumay.

Alexandra Cooreman

12, Belgian-Polish    

Alexandra Cooreman, a dual citizen of Belgium and Poland, was born in Brussels in 2003 to non-musician parents. She began studying the violin at the age of five at the Berchem-Sainte-Agathe Academy of Music, under Marie-Paule Devlamincq. She took her end-of-year exam in June 2012, achieving a grade of 100/100. She then joined the Ensemble des Jeunes Solistes de Belgique, conducted by Ulysse Waterlot and Igor Tkatchouk, in September 2012.  In March 2013, she took part in the Bravo! international competition, winning the top prize awarded by the A. Grumiaux Foundation.

In May 2013 Alexandra won the Bärenreiter Award and became Absolute Laureate of the Kocian Violin Competition in the Czech Republic, the first Belgian to do so in the 55 years of the competition. In May 2014, she played in the Czech Republic with the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice, at the Kocian’s Usti Music Festival.

For the academic year 2014-15 she is the recipient of a scholarship from Mr and Mrs Ludo Van Thillo.

Since September 2013, Alexandra has been training at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the direction of Augustin Dumay and Tatiana Samouil.

Scholarship offered by Mr and Mrs Ludo Van Thillo.

Kerson Leong

18, Canadian

In 2010, at the age of 13, Kerson won the Junior First Prize at the Menuhin Competition in Oslo, Norway.  He won the 2015 Radios Francophones Publiques Young Soloist Prize, first prize in the 2014 Stepping Stone competition, and the Grand Prize at the Canadian Music Competition five years in a row (2005-2009).  In 2013, he won the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition, as well as first prize at the 2013 OSM Standard Life Competition.   Kerson was named Revelation Radio-Canada 2014-2015 for classical music.

He has appeared as a soloist around the world with such ensembles as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, I Solisti Veneti, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.   Highlights of his young career include a special Christmas performance of Mozart's concerto No. 4 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome for the Italian President, a special appearance at the prestigious Kavli Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway, his solo début with an orchestra at the NCPA Concert Hall in Beijing, China, and his performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with his cellist brother Stanley, and orchestra, in Los Angeles.   A very active chamber musician, he has also performed at many international music festivals, including the Bergen Music Festival in Norway, the Menuhin Gstaad Festival in Switzerland, the Trasimeno and Assisi festivals in Italy, and the Rheingau Musik, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Fraenkische Musiktage festivals in Germany. Last year, as a laureate of Concertino Praga, he represented Radio Canada on a performance tour at the South Bohemian Festival in the Czech Republic.  He has been featured on CBC Television, CBC/Radio Canada, BBC Radio 3, American Public Media’s SymphonyCast, NRK, RAI, Deutschlandradio Kultur, and Czech Radio.  In the 2014/2015 season, he will be making his début at Wigmore Hall in London and at the Louvre Auditorium concert series in Paris.

He plays the Stradivarius ‘ex Auer’ 1691, with a François Peccatte bow and a modern François Malo bow kindly lent by Canimex Inc., a company from Drummondville, Quebec.

Hyeon Jin Cho

18, Korean

Jane (Hyeonjin) Cho began playing the violin at the age of six and has won prizes in a number of competitions in Korea. In 2006, she took up a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK where she studied under Professor Liutsia Ibragimova. She has since performed in a number of festivals and solo recitals such as the Shipley Festival and the Thaxted Festival in the UK. In 2012, Jane took up a place at the University of Music Performing Arts in Graz under Professor Boris Kuschnir.

In Korea, Jane has performed numerous repertoires such as the Bruch concerto, Mendelssohn concerto, Carmen Fantasy and Vivaldi's Four Seasons with orchestras, and recently played in concerts with the Salzburger Orchester Solisten. She was also chosen as one of the most promising musicians by the Kumho Asiana group in Korea in 2011.

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

Under the Honorary Chairmanship of Her Majesty Queen Paola

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, a public interest foundation since 2008, was founded in 1939. This project, devised by Eugène Isaÿe and Queen Elisabeth, was completely redesigned in 2004 to focus on two main areas:

1. High-level training in six disciplines (singing, violin, piano, cello, viola and chamber music) with the Masters in Residence. Six leading figures from the world of classical music are supervising the Music Chapel and its young musicians in 2014-15: José van Dam, Augustin Dumay, Maria João Pires, Gary Hoffman, Miguel Da Silva and the Artemis Quartet.

2. Professional experience via a network of cultural partners in Belgium and around the world. More than 200 concerts were produced, co-produced or organised by the Music Chapel during the 2013-14 season. Every year, the Music Chapel welcomes some sixty talented young musicians in residence, from both Belgium and overseas, with 22 nationalities in 2014-15.
The foundation receives 80% of its operating budget from the private sector and 20% in public grants. The opening of the Music Chapel's new wing in January 2015, 75 years after it was created, brought to an end an intense ten-year redesign and gives it a resource to help it fully accomplish its mission of passing on music to future generations.

The essential

From 16 to 18 April 2015



Public master classes:

Thursday 16th April from 12.30 to 2.30 p.m.

Saturday 18th April from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Recital: Augustin Dumay, violin, and Pavel Kolesnikov, piano:
Friday 17 April at 8.30 p.m. 


Beethoven, Sonata for violin and piano no. 10 in G major

Debussy, Sonata for violin and piano in g minor  

Ravel, Tzigane, concert rhapsody for violin and piano

Surprise Finale: violin duets and trios

with Augustin Dumay and pupils from the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth

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