Véronique Mathieu and Jasmin Arakawa [Rebroadcast]

July 1, 2020, 12:15 pm

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This is a rebroadcast from December 18, 2019.

Canadian born violinist Véronique Mathieu and collaborative pianist Jasmin Arakawa present a program of French music by Lili Boulanger, Claude Debussy, and Francis Poulenc.

Described as a violinist with ‘chops to burn, and rock solid musicianship’ (The Whole Note, TORONTO), Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu enjoys an exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and music educator. Her CD ARGOT was recently featured on a BBC series dedicated to the music of Lutoslawski, and receives frequent airplay in the US. Highlights from this season include the premiere of Adam Scime’s violin concerto with Esprit Orchestra, concerto appearances in Brazil, Canada, China, and the USA, as well as the release of a third solo CD with pianist Jasmin Arakawa for Parma Records.

An avid contemporary music performer, Ms. Mathieu has commissioned and premiered many works by American and Canadian composers, and recorded for the CD series New Music at Indiana University, as well as the labels of Radio-Canada, Parma, Centrediscs, and Pheromone. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Shenyang Symphony Orchestra (China), Saskatoon Symphony, Kokomo Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Montreal Contemporary Ensemble, and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Indaiatuba (Brazil).

Ms. Mathieu holds the David L. Kaplan Chair in Music at the University of Saskatchewan where she serves as an Associate Professor of Violin. She previously served on the faculty at State University of New York in Buffalo and the University of Kansas. Ms. Mathieu is a graduate of the Québec Conservatory, McGill University, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. www.veroniquemathieu.net

Hailed by Gramophone for her ‘characterful sparkle’, Jasmin Arakawa has performed widely in North America, Central and South America, Europe, China and Japan. A prizewinner of the Jean Françaix International Music Competition, she has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau in Paris and Victoria Hall in Geneva, as well as in broadcasts of the BBC and Radio France. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Philips Symfonie Orkest in Amsterdam, Orquestra Sinfonica de Piracicaba in Brazil, and numerous orchestras in the United States and her native Japan. Arakawa released her debut solo album Klavierabend on MSR Classics to critical acclaim, praised by American Record Guidefor her ‘rich lyricism’ and ‘supreme clarity’.

Jasmin Arakawa is a graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts. She holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Emile Naoumoff, the last protégé of Nadia Boulanger.

A recipient of the 2016 Steinway Top Teacher Award, she has given master classes at China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Peru, Instituto Baccarelli in Brazil, and numerous universities in the United States and Canada. Arakawa is Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Area Coordinator at the University of Florida, as well as Director of the UF International Piano Festival. www.jasminarakawa.com

Biographies courtesy of IMF Chicago.

  • 2 Pieces for Violin and Piano, by Lili Boulanger

  • Violin Sonata, L. 140, by Claude Debussy
    Allegro vivo
    Intermède: fantasque et léger
    Finale: très animé

  • Violin Sonata, FP 119, by Francis Poulenc
    Allegro con fuoco
    Presto tragico