Classical Music in Provence - a new festival in celebration of classical music, from 9th to 11th September

06/13/2022

To end the summer with style – and with music – Lou Calen, Maison Mirabeau and the Fanny Mendelssohn Artists have come together for a spectacular series of  classical music events. For three days the Lou Calen restaurant, bars and gardens will be transformed into open-air stages to welcome the four winners of the Fanny Mendelssohn Prize: Dorothea Schupelius on violin, Jelizaveta Vasiljeva on piano, Tamas Palfalvi on trumpet and Dominik Wagner on double bass. These extraordinary musicians will surely delight everyone with the most popular and cherished musical pieces. An ideal three day celebration for classical music lovers!

The Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis

Since 2015, the Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis annually awards young classical musicians for their innovative concepts. Financing a debut album entirely according to the award winner‘s ideas is only part of the support provided by the eponymous sponsorship association. The young musicians are supported in the long term with performance opportunities where they can also pursue their solo ambitions, such as at the annual “Festival of the Award Winners“ at the famous Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

This year the award winners decided to expand the concept of joint performances with an alternating cast and have joined forces with selected FMFP finalists under the name “Fanny Mendelssohn Artists“. Together they form a new ensemble of top-class classical soloists that is ready to delight audiences with creative programs and unlimited possibilities for ever new ensemble constellations.

The four young talents

Dorothea Schupelius (violin)

After graduating from Yehudi Menuhin School in England, she studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. Dorothea finished her studies in spring 2021 and is now a trainee in TV journalism at the Axel Springer Academy. 2022 she received as a duo with Jelizaveta Vasiljeva (piano) the “Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis”.

Dominik Wagner (double bass)

As a scholarship holder of the Anne-Sophie Mutter foundation, double bassist Dominik is presenting his instrument from a new perspective on an international basis. Beside his engagements as a soloist, he shows great passion for playing chamber music. Together with Vera Karner (clarinet) he was awarded with the “Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis” 2016.

Jelizaveta Vasiljeva (piano)

The talented Latvian pianist is scholarship holder of the "Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now” association. Jelizaveta received her bachelor degree in 2019 and is now pursuing her master degree at the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Professor Christian Ruvolo. 2022 she received as a duo with Dorothea Schupelius the “Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis”. The duo‘s debut CD “#Wunderkammer” will be released on 16th of September 2022.

Tamás Pálfalvi (trumpet)

The Hungarian exceptional talent stands out as one of the most innovative and creative trumpeters of his time. He is the first “Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis” winner and was also awarded as ECHO Rising Star 2017/18. Tamás performs in the most important concert halls and festivals in Europe and worldwide. In 2019 he was appointed the youngest professor for trumpet at the Franz Liszt Music Academy.

Three days of classical music

 The Fanny Mendelssohn Artists have prepared an innovative programme to fit the unique atmosphere of the hotel surrounded by nature and steeped in history. Be it during a musical breakfast at the Jardin Secret or a concert in the conservatrory – the four musicians will enchant you with their talent and musical ability.

Friday, September 9th

3pm : Tea time under the olive trees

○ Dorothea Schupelius (violin)

○ Tamás Pálfalvi (trumpet)

Trumpet Fanfare
J. S. Bach : Solo Partita movement
G. Scelsi : Quattro Pezz i: 1st movement
J. S. Bach : Solo Partita movement
M. Kagel : Morceau de concours
J. S. Bach : Solo Partita movement
break Hungarian Folksongs
N. Paganini : Caprice No. 5
G. Gershwin : Summertime
F. Kreisler : Liebesleid

Duration: 1 hour

6pm : Concert in the Glass hall 

○ Dorothea Schupelius (violin)

Jelizaveta Vasiljeva (piano)

Tamás Pálfalvi (trumpet)

A. Vivaldi : Concerto for Violin and Oboe in B flat, 3rd movement
W. A. Mozart : Violin Sonata No. 26 in B major
G. Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue
Kurt Weill : Tango-Habanera
F. Chopin : Minute Waltz Op. 64 No. 1
F. Schubert : Serenade
E. W. Korngold : Much Ado About Nothing Op.11
B. Bartók : Romanian Folk Dances

Duration: 1 hour

Saturday, September 10th

4pm : Concert at the wine bar

○ Dorothea Schupelius (violin)

○ Jelizaveta Vasiljeva (piano)

○ Dominik Wagner (double bass)

○ Tamás Pálfalvi (trumpet)

F. Chopin : Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante Op. 22
C. Debussy : Suite Bergamasque – I. Prelude
A. Piazzolla : Four Tangos

B. Bartók : Three Hungarian Folksongs from County Csík
F. Chopin : Valse brillante in F major Op. 34
G. Bottesini : Bolero
G. Gershwin : Prelude No. 2
F. Kreisler : selected pieces and transcriptions for violin and piano

Duration: 1 hour

7:30pm : Concert in the Glass hall 

○ Dorothea Schupelius (violin)

○ Jelizaveta Vasiljeva (piano)

○ Dominik Wagner (double bass)

 L. v. Beethoven : Romance No. 2 in F major
F. Chopin Waltz Op. 69 No. 2
G. Bottesini : Gran Duo Concertante
C. Debussy : Claire de lune
A. Piazzolla : Ave Maria
A. Piazzolla : Le Grand Tango
Roby Lakatos : Three Pieces for Violin and Piano

Duration: 1 hour

Sunday, September 11th

12:30pm – 2:30pm : Musical lunch at the Jardin Secret

○ Dorothea Schupelius (violin)

○ Jelizaveta Vasiljeva (piano)

○ Dominik Wagner (double bass)

○ Tamás Pálfalvi (trumpet)

A fun and delicate program during a gourmet lunch at the Jardin Secret restaurant.

Duration: 2 hours

3 course menu, price excluding drinks.

6pm : Closing at the Tailleur de Bière

○ Dorothea Schupelius (violin)

○ Jelizaveta Vasiljeva (piano)

○ Dominik Wagner (double bass)

○ Tamás Pálfalvi (trumpet)

A. Vivaldi : Concerto for Violin and Oboe in B flat, 3rd movement
G. Bottesini : Gran Duo Concertante – selections
A. Piazzolla : Tangos – selections
G. Gershwin : Prelude No. 2
A. Piazzolla : Le Grand Tango
G. Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue
Roby Lakatos : Three Pieces for violin and piano

Duration: 1 hour

An event in partnership with Maison Mirabeau

Stephen and Jeany Cronk left London with their children in 2009 to pursue their inspirational dream to move to Provence and make some of the region‘s most excellent Rosé Wines, followed by their glamorous pale pink Gin. Cotignac is the family‘s home, as well as the location for the gorgeous Maison Mirabeau Lifestyle boutique.

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