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Philippe Graffin & Annalien Ball Winter Matinee

10 June 2017 at 15:00 to 17:00

Violinist Philippe Graffin has established an indisputable reputation for his interpretations of the French repertoire, natural perhaps for one of the few pupils of Josef Gingold, himself a pupil of Ysaye for whom most of the violin repertoire of this era was written.

Philippe made his first recording with Yehudi Menuhin conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his many highly acclaimed recordings since then bear witness to a questing mind and include many world premieres. He has rediscovered original settings of Chausson’s Poème and Ravel’s Tzigane and has championed the forgotten violin concertos of Fauré and the English composer Coleridge-Taylor which he has recorded and performed at the BBC Proms.

As concerto soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as The Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken the Residentie Orkest, Gothenburg Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra di Padova et del Veneto, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Georges Enescu Philharmonic. Graffin performs works of many living composers and has had works written for him by Rodion Shchedrin, Vytautas Barkaukas, David Matthews, Philippe Hersant and Yves Prin.

Philippe is a highly sought after chamber musician and is founder and artistic director of the “Consonances”, a chamber music festival held in St Nazaire, France, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015. Philippe has also written a short children’s story for violin and narrator, La Fée Cachée (The Hidden Fairy), illustrated with musical excerpts by Mozart, Paganini, Kreisler and Ravel.

A highlight of last season was a three-concert event at Theatre Flagey in Brussels, curated by Philippe, around the iconic French actor, Gérard Depardieu, exploring the relationship between poetry and music. The event was recorded by Belgian television for broadcast in many European countries. A documentary on the project from conception to completion is also available. In France Philippe had chamber music concerts at Salle Adyar in Paris as well as concerts for the prestigious Concerts du Poche series. He also returned for a third consecutive year to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

His discography includes three contributions to Hyperion’s Romantic Violin series – the three Saint-Saëns concertos, world-premiere recordings of concertos by Cliffe and d’Erlanger and, the most recent release, the works of Joseph Jongen with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Martyn Brabbins. For Avie Records he made the world premiere recording of the Coleridge-Taylor violin concerto and recorded Elgar’s Violin concerto in the original manuscript version. Philippe has also recorded the concertos of David Matthews for Dutton Records and Philippe Gaubert’s Violin Concerto for Timpani Records. New releases include the world premiere of the violin concerto of Finnish composer Tauno Marttinen, with the Turku Philharmonic, and a new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, the first to include the cadenza by Ysaÿe, on a CD which also includes Prokofiev’s Five Melodies orchestrated by Rodion Shchedrin and Shchedrin’s Concerto Parlando, written for Philippe. Both these latest CDS are on the Dutch label, Cobra.He plays a Domenico Busano violin, made in Venice, 1730. In demand as a teacher, Philippe Graffin, is a professor at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) and at the Brussels Conservatoire Royal.


“Aus Der Heimat ” (From the Homeland)
Grieg – 1st Sonata in F Op8.
Sibelius -Berceuse Op 79, 6 Mazurka Op 81. No.1 (1917)
Janacek -Sonata for violin and piano ( 1914/17)
Enescu -Hora Unirii (1917) for violin and piano
Debussy -Clair de lune ” for solo violin ( transc. Graffin / Matthews )
Debussy -la plus que lente, (1910)
Debussy -“Minstrels” (transcript Debussy 1914 )
Smetana -“Aus der Heimat ” No.2 for violin and piano

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10 June 2017
15:00 to 17:00
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Cape Town Concert Series
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Rondebosch, Western Cape 7701 South Africa
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