Fondation des États-Unis | Tuesday, June 11 @7:30pm : Printempo – Sergio Herrera
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Tuesday, June 11 @7:30pm : Printempo – Sergio Herrera

For the last concert of the Printempo series, young composer Sergio Herrera will present a very special and personal program in collaboration with his musician friends.

This program reflects a very brief chronology of my musical influences from a compositional standpoint. The concert will begin with pieces by some of my favorite composers – Faure, Villa-Lobos, Piazolla, and Narcis Bonet. After the performance of said pieces, we will perform two of my own compositions. Narcis, whom I studied with before his passing, used to always stress the importance of acknowledging and studying those before us, thus the main goal of this concert is to pay homage to those composers who have influenced my own musical language.
~ Sergio Herrera

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Program

Gabriel Faure (1845-1924), Morceau de Concours

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), Café 1930

Narcis Bonet (1933-2019), selection of the 12 Cancons Populars Catalanes

Sergio Herrera (1995), Vers Chez Toi

Sergio Herrera (1995), Nos Fuimos pour flute, clarinet, violin, cello, classical guitar, and piano (premiere)

The Musicians

Sergio Herrera is a composer-guitarist currently based in Paris. He received his B.M. in Music composition and theory from Florida State University where he studied composition with Dr. Clifton Callender and jazz theory and arranging with Bill Peterson. During his time at Florida State, Sergio was a recipient of both the Presser Scholarship and the David Ward-Steinman undergraduate composition award. He has written for a wide variety of ensembles ranging from chamber to jazz big band. Distinguished by an ever evolving rhythmic vitality, Sergio’s music synthesizes elements of jazz and Latin-American music to create a uniquely personal compositional voice. Sergio has attended festivals such as the TALIS Music Festival in Switzerland and the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Academy in Paris where he worked with composers Miguel del Aguila and David Conte. Sergio was granted the Fondation des Etats-Unis Harriet Hale Woolley scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. He is currently studying harmony, composition, and musical interpretation with Narcis Bonet at the Schola Cantorum de Paris.

Originally from Colorado, Andrew Briggs completed a master’s degree in cello performance at the prestigious Juilliard School. Open to all genres, he performs Baroque to contemporary style, and has had the opportunity to practice his talents internationally. Andrew has been a featured soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, and the Holland Music Sessions; an Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; a member of Axiom Contemporary Ensemble, the Madison Bach Musicians, and the Colorado Symphony; and a guest artist at music series in Chicago, New York, and Paris. Andrew is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship.

Clarinetist Elias Rodriguez made his national solo debut at the age of 16, after performing on a live broadcast of NPR’s « From the Top. » He has since appeared in international music festivals throughout the Americas and Europe, from the Grafenegg Festival in Austria to teaching masterclasses in Cali, Colombia. He is an alumnus of the New York based ensemble, «The Orchestra Now,» with which he has performed as a soloist on New York public radio, recorded a CD on Hyperion Records, and played a concert series at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. Elias was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship and an artist residency at the Fondation Des États-Unis.

Thomaz Tavares has been praised by the Virginia Gazette as having a “pure, direct sound, never wavering from the mission at hand and embracing the work’s lyrical and virtuoso demands.” A native New Yorker with Brazilian heritage, Thomaz Tavares completed his Bachelor’s degree in flute performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Thomas Robertello and is currently pursuing his diploma of superior execution at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris under the tutelage of international soloist Jean Ferrandis. Thomaz is one of the 2019-2020 Harriet Hale Woolley scholar .

Guest musicians 

American violinist Dhyani Heath was born in 1994. At age three, she started her musical education on the piano. Inspired by the singing quality of the violin sound, she started playing the violin at age seven. She is equally passionate about solo, chamber, and orchestral music. At a young age, she was concertmaster of several youth orchestras, and has won first prizes in solo and chamber music competitions at various music festivals. Most recently she has performed as a soloist with the Orquestra de Cámara Galega at the Festival Groba 2016, and in several recitals in collaboration with pianist Pinchas Antal in Canada and USA. She has also performed in Austria and Germany. Dhyani Heath has studied with Pavel Feldman in Montreal, Canada, and with Prof. Igor Ozim and Wonji Kim-Ozim at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, where she has completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in June 2016. She has received her masters in music from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Prof. Hyo Kang in 2018, and is now continuing her studies at the CNSMDP with Prof. Michael Hentz.

Violinist Nicole León has performed in concert halls throughout the United States and France, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the United Nations, Salle Pleyel, Salle Cortot and the Philharmonie de Paris. She has also performed at prestigious music festivals such as the Perlman Music Program, the Aspen Music Festival, Music at Menlo, and the Fontainebleau Festival in France. Nicole holds degrees from the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Itzhak Perlman, and an Artist Diploma from the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP). During her studies, Nicole embarked on a three-year interdisciplinary project with the conservatory’s dance department to explore the link between music and dance. Nicole also recorded the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Paris Conservatory’s Laureate Orchestra. In 2016, Nicole won a tutti position with the Paris Chamber Orchestra.

Edward Liddall was born in London and began his musical training at the Royal College of Music in 2001. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music at King’s College, Cambridge in 2011 under the guidance of Thalia Myers. In 2014, he graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of Caroline Palmer. During his training, he took part in the Prussia Cove International Music Seminar where he followed the masterclasses of Thomas Adès and Malcolm Martineau. In 2015, he won first prize for accompanying pianist at the Maureen Lehane Awards and, in 2017, he was a finalist in the Young Classical Artists Trust at Wigmore Hall. He also accompanied the violinist Amarins Wierdsma on tour in the Netherlands and Slovakia as part of The New Masters project. He then played a musical and dramatic role in the Iain Burnside play Why Does The Queen Die? at the Oxford Lieder Festival. In 2014, he performed in the production of Jean-Luc Révol’s Où donc est tombée ma jeunesse? at the Comédie de Picardie with tenor Edmund Hastings and violinist Michael Foyle. He makes regular radio appearances on music programmes for the BBC (Radio 3) and for Dutch National Radio. In July 2018, he participated in The Art of Recital summer residency at the Aix Festival where he accompanied the soprano Louise Kemény under the direction of Stéphane Degout and Alain Planès. Edward joined the Paris Opera Academy in September 2018. Future plans include concerts across Europe and in Israel.