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Accordion Virtuoso Richard Galliano & Geneva Camerata

PROGRAM

HAYDN | Symphony No.27 in G Major

BACH | Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.1 in A minor (Accordion version)

PIAZZOLLA | Primavera Portena for Accordion and Orchestra, from the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

J. GIGGER | “Passion” for Orchestra

BOCCHERINI | Symphony No.6 in d minor

GALLIANO | New York Tango for Accordion and Orchestra

Program is subject to change


ACCORDION | Richard Galliano

French accordionist Richard Galliano was born in Cannes in 1950. Inspired by the admiration he felt for Astor Piazzolla, creator of the Tango Nuevo, Galliano succeeded not just in doing this, but with his "new musette" style managed to breathe new life into a thoroughly French tradition. Son of the Italian-born accordion teacher, Richard Galliano started playing the instrument at the age of four. It was the discovery of the music of trumpet player Clifford Brown that introduced him to jazz, at the age of fourteen. In 1973 Galliano moved up to Paris where he spent three years as arranger, conductor and composer with real jazz musicians. Following the advice of Astor Piazzolla, whom he met in 1983, Galliano went back to his roots, and the traditional repertoire of Valses-Musette, Javas, Complaintes and Tangos. His assurance, mastery of phrasing, and ability to get a vast range of tone-colours from the accordion made him break down musical barriers and cut across all genres.


CONDUCTOR | David Greilsammer

Born in Jerusalem in 1977, conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognised as one of today’s most audacious classical artists. He studied at The Juilliard School, made his New York Lincoln Center debut and went on to becoming “Young Musician of the Year” at the 2008 French Music Awards. Known as a unique interpreter of both baroque and contemporary music, David Greilsammer is also celebrated for his Mozart performances. In 2008, he performed in Paris all of Mozart’s piano Sonatas in a one-day “marathon”. In the 2012-2013 season, he played and conducted the complete cycle of Mozart’s twenty-seven piano concertos in Geneva. Since 2013, David Greilsammer is Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata (GECA). With this innovative orchestra, he gives more than thirty concerts each season. David Greilsammer and GECA regularly work with choreographers, visual artists, as well as jazz, world, and rock musicians.

GENEVA CAMERATA

Audacious and innovative, the Geneva Camerata is composed of brilliant and virtuoso soloists of the young generation. Praised by the press as one of today’s most adventurous ensembles, GECA performs music of all periods and styles, from early baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire to electronic, world, and jazz music. Presenting thirty-five concerts per season in Switzerland and on international tours, the Geneva Camerata also creates projects featuring dance, theatre, video, and visual arts. Led by conductor David Greilsammer, GECA collaborates with the most prestigious international soloists, such as Emmanuel Pahud, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Steven Isserlis, Richard Galliano and so on.

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