DAVID GRIMAL – NEW ALBUMS

TWO NEW ALBUMS : CHAUSSON RAVEL ENESCU & YSAŸE


ERNEST CHAUSSON
Poème pour violon et orchestre op.25

MAURICE RAVEL
Tzigane, Rhapsodie de concert pour violon et orchestre

GEORGE ENESCU 
Caprice roumain pour violon et orchestre

David Grimal violin
LES DISSONANCES

Label : La Dolce Volta – Réf : LDV97

YSAŸE


Six Sonates pour violon seul op.27(1855-1899)

David Grimal violin

Label : La Dolce Volta – Réf : LDV77

VIDEOS

BERG – “TO THE MEMORY OF AN ANGEL”

LALO –  SYMPHONIE ESPAGNOLE
BRAHMS – VIOLIN CONCERTO

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Les Dissonances

Artistic director and founder of Les Dissonances

The violinist David Grimal, equally committed to the solo and chamber repertories, appears in the world’s leading classical music venues. As an innovative artist, he aims to reinvent musical practice by leading several projects successfully developing the spirit of “working together”.

For the past ten years he has devoted part of his career to developing Les Dissonances, of which he is artistic director. In this laboratory of ideas, conceived as a collective of musicians, David Grimal and his friends experience music as a joy rediscovered and tackle the symphonic repertory in the spirit of chamber music. The only ensemble that explores the large-scale symphonic repertory without a conductor, Les Dissonances have established residencies in prestigious institutions that offer long-term collaborations, including the Philharmonie de Paris, the Opéra de Dijon and Le Volcan in Le Havre, and appear regularly all over Europe.

We work together in the sense of community of mind, a gathering of very strong positive energy and joy. This vertical aspiration is expressed in a horizontal space of liberty, equity and fraternity.


David Grimal, Founder and artistic director

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LET’S PLAY TOGETHER !

Inspired by his experience with Les Dissonances, David Grimal develops projects as artistic director with other orchestras and regular ensembles. 

As an artistic director, he develops the concept ‘Let’s play together!’ based on his experience with Les Dissonances. David Grimal rehearses the entire concert programme with the musicians in order to prepare them to play without a conductor at the concert. He shares the platform with them also by performing a concerto. He is invited by many orchestras to work with them and play the great violin concertos, notably Budapesti Vonosok, Anima Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orchestra Sinfonica de Murcia, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Lorraine, National Orchestra of Metz, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Taipei Symphony Orchestra…

“We have to be able to play as one man but this cohesion, this osmosis, must not reduce any individual”


David Grimal

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The violinist David Grimal’s latest news – May 2022

Les Rencontres Clés

“It was an unforgettable Schubertiade in the enchanting setting of the Royal Hainaut with Philippe Cassard, Anne Gastinel, Samuel Hasselhorn, Ionah Maiatsky and Maria Marica. I would like to invite you to join my musician friends Marie-Josèphe Jude, Yan Levionnois, Elise Bertrand, Charles Heisser and the Quatuor Hermès. On 13, 14 and 15 May, in the setting of the Château d’Augerville, we will be celebrating the music of the Paris of the Roaring Twenties by composers such as Debussy, Poulenc, Franck and Chausson…”

David Grimal

“Paris les années folles”

For this second edition, David Grimal has drawn up a programme honouring the music of Paris in the Roaring Twenties and its chamber music repertoire.

Over the course of a weekend, renowned artists and promising young talents from the European scene will join him in an exceptional venue for privileged encounters. He will be surrounded by the pianist Marie-Josèphe Jude, the cellist Yan Levionnois, the violinist Elise Bertrand, the pianist Charles Heisser and the Hermès Quartet. 

Programme

FRIDAY 13 MAY, 15:00 – concert for schools

FRIDAY 13 MAY, 7pm – Recital by David Grimal and Marie-Josèphe Jude

Debussy, Sonata for violin and piano in G minor

Poulenc, Sonata for violin and piano

Ravel, Posthumous Sonata No.1 for violin and piano in G major

Stravinsky, Duo for violin and piano

SATURDAY 14 MAY, 4 p.m. – Carte blanche to the young generation, Charles Heisser and Elise Bertrand

Bach, Sonata no.4 in C minor for violin and piano

Schubert, Sonatina no.2 in A minor D385 for violin and piano

Bertrand, Sonate-poème for violin and piano, op.11

Ravel, Tzigane for violin and piano

SATURDAY 14 MAY, 7pm – David Grimal, Yan Levionnois, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Charles Heisser, Quatuor Hermès

Ravel, Sonata for violin and cello

Debussy, Sonata in D minor for cello and piano

Franck, Quintet for piano and strings in F minor

SUNDAY 15 MAY, 11:30 am – Quatuor Hermès, David Grimal, Marie-Josèphe Jude

Ravel, String quartet in F major

Chausson, Concert in D major op.21 for piano, violin and string quartet

At the end of each concert, a cocktail will be offered. This time of sharing will allow exchanges between the musicians and the public.

Designed with inclusiveness in mind, the weekend will consist of four concerts open to the general public at affordable prices, and one concert reserved exclusively for school audiences in order to raise awareness of art and music among young people. Different times of exchange will then be proposed during the weekend between the artists and the audience.

INFORMATIONS AND BOOKING

Review of the first edition at the Royal Hainaut in Valenciennes

In the medias

La Voix du Nord – “Démarrage réussi des Rencontres Clés au Royal Hainaut” 1er avril 2022 READ

Classica – May 2022

The violinist David Grimal’s latest news – March 2022

LES RENCONTRES CLÉS

LES RENCONTRES CLÉS, A NEW ANNUAL FESTIVAL COMBINING ART OF LIVING AND PERFORMING ARTS

Driven by their joint desire to create unforgettable memories, the community of independent hotels and restaurants Les Collectionneurs and violinist, artistic and musical director David Grimal are inaugurating the first edition of Les Rencontres Clés in the spring of 2022, a festival open to the public that will put the living arts in the spotlight.
This meeting between the world of art and the world of living was born from an observation: in 2020, the health situation deprived the living arts and especially musicians of performances, while hotels
and restaurants were deprived of their customers. The Rencontres Clés, an association under the law of 1901, was born from a common reflection between Xavier Alberti President of the Collectors – and David Grimal – violinist and artistic Director of Dissonances. The aim of the Rencontres Clés is to combine the art of living and the performing arts in the region, by turning hotels and restaurants into cultural and artistic meeting places for all audiences, whether they are amateurs or neophytes.

After having selected three themes that were close to his heart, and having elaborated a tailor-made musical program for each one, David Grimal has invited renowned artists and promising young talents of the European scene to join him for three cultural weekends in three exceptional places, for privileged meetings. He will be surrounded by cellist Anne Gastinel, pianists Philippe Cassard, Itamar Golan and Ionah Maiatsky, baritone Samuel Hasselhorn, the Hermes Quartet and young musicians Elise Bertrand, Charles Heisser and Maria Marica.

More than just concerts, the Rencontres Clés are invitations to take the time to exchange with artists in a warm and peaceful environment, for an unforgettable experience.

MARCH 25-27, 2022
Schubertiade
A tribute to the composer Schubert
AT THE ROYAL HAINAUT SPA & RESORT HOTEL

MAY 13-15, 2022
Paris Les Années Folles
Works by Ravel, Chausson, Debussy, Poulenc and Stravinsky
AT THE CHÂTEAU D’AUGERVILLE

OCTOBER 21-23, 2022
In the heart of Europe
Works by Janacek, Bartók, Dvorak, Enescu, Kodaly
AT THE MAGDELEINE

Informations : https://www.lesrencontrescles.fr/

TO READ

Le Figaro “David Grimal, Un violon sur le toit du monde

“The atypical violinist takes his genius and his ensemble Les Dissonances around the world, cultivating a musketeer spirit: all for one, one for all.”

Find in the pages of the Figaro this portrait dedicated to David Grimal. The article paints a great picture of the violinist by evoking various topics: his childhood, the current events of the orchestra Les Dissonances which he created, his family, his violin… Thanks to Jacqueline Thuilleux for this beautiful portrait.

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The violinist David Grimal’s latest news – January 2022

WITH LES DISSONANCES

crédit photo : René Mayer Cohen

Prokofiev and Shostakovich

January 24th – Philharmonie de Paris 
January 25th – Le Volcan, Scène Nationale du Havre
January 26th – Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp (cancelled)
January 29th – Théâtre de Caen

Program :
Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 1 op. 19 – soloist David Grimal
Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 2 op. 63 – soloist David Grimal
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 9

“With the support of the teams of the Philharmonie de Paris, the Volcan, Scène Nationale du Havre and the Théâtre de Caen, we have decided to do everything possible to maintain this tour. The concert planned in Antwerp at the Queen Elisabeth Hall has unfortunately been cancelled. We have reshuffled the program in order to respect the sanitary distances on stage. It is with an immense joy that I will play the two concertos of Prokofiev and the ninth symphony of Shostakovich with my friends musicians of the Dissonances who come from all Europe to share their music with you! I thank them all as well as the team of Dissonances for their fidelity and the passion which animates them! “

David Grimal

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ResMusica, “Dissonances russes à la Philharmonie”

“With Prokofiev’s two violin concertos and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, David Grimal has written a new and brilliant page in the history of the Dissonances.”

A glowing review of the January 24 concert at the Philharmonie de Paris. Thanks to Patrice Imbaud.

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Violinist David Grimal’s latest news – November and December 2021

Dear friends, time is running out, life is getting busier than ever. December will be the month of friends: Itamar Golan, La Dolce Volta, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Anne Gastinel, Philippe Cassard, Gisèle Magnan and her incredible adventure of the Concerts de poche, and of course my friends of Dissonances.
What a joy and what a privilege to be able to share what we love the most with the people we love…” David Grimal

WITH LA DOLCE VOLTA

GENERATIONS FRANCE MUSIQUE, LIVE
Presented by Clément Rochefort

David Grimal, violin
Itamar Golan, piano

Saturday, November 27, 2021, 4pm
Théâtre de l’Alliance Française
Live broadcast on France Musique

FESTIVAL LA DOLCE VOLTA

David Grimal, violin
Itamar Golan, piano

Maurice Ravel, Tzigane
Ernest Chausson, Poem
Eugène Ysaÿe, Ballade
George Enescu, Sonata no. 3

Sunday, December 5, 11:30 am
Salle Gaveau, Paris

IN DECEMBER

TOUR WITH THE ORCHESTRA OF LES CONCERTS DE POCHE

David Grimal, violin
David Walter, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Overture to Don Giovanni
Othman Louati, Vestiges
Stéphane Delplace, Glas
Johannes Brahms, Violin Concerto – David Grimal

December 3, 8pm – GRANDPUITS-BAILLY-CARROIS (77)
December 4, 8pm – MONTARGIS (45)
December 7, 8pm – BANON (04)
December 8, 8pm – MOISSY-CRAMAYEL (77)
December 9, 8pm – RETHEL (08)

RECITAL AT THE THÉÂTRE DES BOUFFES DU NORD

David Grimal, violin
Marie-Josèphe Jude, piano

Claude Debussy, Sonata in G minor
Francis Poulenc, Sonata for violin and piano
Maurice Ravel, Posthumous Sonata
Igor Stravinsky, Divertimento

December 13, 8:30 pm

CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL SAINT-LOUIS DES INVALIDES

David Grimal, violin
The Dissonances

Antonio Vivaldi, Quattro Staggioni
Astor Piazzolla, Las Cuatro estaciones porteñas

December 16, 8pm
Saint-Louis des Invalides Cathedral

TRIO CONCERT WITH ANNE GASTINEL AND PHILIPPE CASSARD IN LYON

David Grimal, violin
Anne Gastinel, cello
Philippe Cassard, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio n°4 op. 11
Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio No. 5 op. 70 No. 1 “The Spirits
Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio No. 7 op. 97 ” à l’Archiduc

December 17, 8:30 pm
Molière Hall

TO LISTEN

France Musique – Les Grands Entretiens

In a series of five episodes on France Musique, find the portrait of David Grimal during this great interview. Each part comes back on the key moments of his life, his projects, but also on the birth of the Dissonances and the unique relationship he has with this ensemble. Listen

TO READ

Libération – “David Grimal, Instrument à concorde”

“Known for his fiery yet intimate concerts in major symphony halls and small charity events, the violinist and founder of Les Dissonances, a non-standard ensemble without a conductor, has multiplied landmark collaborations over the course of his 30-year career.”

A two-page portrait dedicated to David Grimal appeared in the pages of Libération on December 13. Thanks to Matthieu Conquet.

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Violinist David Grimal’s latest news

A rich start to 2021 for David Grimal, despite numerous cancellations and continuing uncertainty.


THE DISSONANCES CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
David Grimal, artistic director
Le Volcan – National Scene of Le Havre, January 2021

A few days after being informed of the cancellation of Les Dissonances’ tour planned for January, David Grimal decided, with the complicity of Jean-François Driant, director of Le Volcan – National Scene of Le Havre, to create a chamber music event. After Dijon in June 2020, this is the second edition of the Dissonances Chamber Music Series, conceived as an innovative festival where musicians of international stature, young musicians and students come together to share the values embodied by the ensemble Les Dissonances for more than fifteen years: artistic excellence, transmission and sharing. On this occasion, David Grimal chose to invite Marc Coppey, one of the great French cellists and an internationally renowned pedagogue, Victor Julien Laferrière, a magnificent cellist, Yann Levionnois, an exceptional musician and longtime companion of Les Dissonances; two young virtuoso and profound pianists, Jonas Vitaud and Selim Mazari; Lea Henino, Vladimir Percevic and Mathis Rochat, three heroes of the violists’ young generation, as well as the all too rare Solenne Païdassi, great French violinist and Thibaud competition’s laureate. They gave a warm welcome to two students from Saarbrücken – where David Grimal is a professor – Stefan Simonca-Oprita and Maria Marica, already two extremely talented musicians. To ward off January’s cold and mist, David Grimal has conceived this second edition around the warmth and profound humanity of Brahms’ chamber music masterpieces, echoing those of Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Arnold Schoenberg.

■ Broadcast of a selection of the works on France Musique – Le concert de 20h – Monday February 8th
■ Broadcast every Friday at 20:00 from February 12th to March 12th on Les Dissonances’ website: www.les-dissonances.eu


BACH IN ROYAUMONT

From February 11th to 18th, David Grimal will be recording the complete Bach sonatas and partitas for a double CD album to be released this autumn on the La Dolce Volta label.

The recording has been made possible with the support of the Fondation Royaumont, which hosted the project in the magnificent setting of Royaumont Abbey.

With his rich experience and knowledge of the repertoire, both in concert and on record, David Grimal will once again plunge us into a world he knows so well, and which he will reveal in a new light.


ARTISTIC DIRECTION IN MURCIA

While the context remains very uncertain, David Grimal is resolutely pursuing his projects in artistic and musical direction. He is set to travel to Spain from February 22nd to 25th to join the Orchestra Sinfonica de Murcia for a Mendelssohn and Beethoven programme.

www.sinfonicaregiondemurcia.com


AND ALSO

BEETHOVEN

“Ghost” & “Archduke” Trios

In October 2020, a recording of Beethoven’s trios with Philippe Cassard and Anne Gastinel was released on the La Dolce Volta label. The album received wide press acclaim and was awarded the Diapason d’Or, Classica’s Choc, and FFFF by Télérama.

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LES DISSONANCES CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES – Le Volcan – Scène Nationale du Havre

David Grimal, artistic director
Le Volcan – National Scene of Le Havre, January 2021

A few days after being informed of the cancellation of Les Dissonances’ tour planned for January, David Grimal decided, with the complicity of Jean-François Driant, director of Le Volcan – National Scene of Le Havre, to create a chamber music event. After Dijon in June 2020, this is the second edition of the Dissonances Chamber Music Series, conceived as an innovative festival where musicians of international stature, young musicians and students come together to share the values embodied by the ensemble Les Dissonances for more than fifteen years: artistic excellence, transmission and sharing. On this occasion, David Grimal chose to invite Marc Coppey, one of the great French cellists and an internationally renowned pedagogue, Victor Julien Laferrière, a magnificent cellist, Yann Levionnois, an exceptional musician and longtime companion of Les Dissonances; two young virtuoso and profound pianists, Jonas Vitaud and Selim Mazari; Lea Henino, Vladimir Percevic and Mathis Rochat, three heroes of the violists’ young generation, as well as the all too rare Solenne Païdassi, great French violinist and Thibaud competition’s laureate. They gave a warm welcome to two students from Saarbrücken – where David Grimal is a professor – Stefan Simonca-Oprita and Maria Marica, already two extremely talented musicians. To ward off January’s cold and mist, David Grimal has conceived this second edition around the warmth and profound humanity of Brahms’ chamber music masterpieces, echoing those of Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Arnold Schoenberg.

■ Broadcast of a selection of the works on France Musique – Le concert de 20h – Monday February 8th
■ Broadcast every Friday at 20:00 from February 12th to March 12th on Les Dissonances’ website: www.les-dissonances.eu

Season 20/21

The beginning of 2020 was very busy for David Grimal with concerts in Europe and Israel with Dissonances as well as with traditional orchestras as artistic director, and in trio with Philippe Cassard and Anne Gastinel In addition he gave master classes for young prodigies in Jerusalem.

This programme was then interrupted by the pandemic. Numerous concerts were cancelled: solos and duets with M.J Jude- the complete set of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano that were to be performed in Arles and Paris- and trios with Philippe Cassard and Anne Gastinel at Salle Bourgie in Montréal.

Projects as artistic director in Brazil as part of the Neojiba project for young Brazilian prodigies supported by the famous pianist Ricardo Castro, in Roumania with the radio orchestra and in France with Metz National Orchestra were also adjourned.

David Grimal was to end 2019-2020 season with Dissonances performing Bartok’s second violin concerto on tour.

However right after the end of the lockdown, this indefatigable creator and musical explorer together with his friend Philippe Cassard imagined and launched Dissonances Chamber Music Series in Dijon, recorded by France Musique.

Last but not least, whereas most festivals were cancelled, he set up a festival celebrating Beethoven in the exceptional setting of Port Royal-in-the-fields which took place at the end of August and made it possible for musicians to perform live after an interruption of more than six months.

Both initiatives were widely acclaimed by media.

At the same time last Summer David Grimal performed in La Roque d’Antheron international music festival.

Season 2020-2021 has begun in a still very uncertain context. David Grimal is determined to carry on his projects as musical and artistic director of Dissonances but in addition with Strasbourg, Nancy, Bilbao, Galicia, Murcia, Bucharest orchestras…

In October 2020 a recording dedicated to Beethoven’s trio with Philippe Cassard and Anne Gastinel was released under the label Dolce Volta and wildly acclaimed with a Diapason d’Or as well as a Choc by Classica.

In fall 2021 another three new CDs will be released: the complete set of Ysaye’s sonatas for solo violin and a double CD with the complete set of Bach’s sonatas and partitas as well as a CD dedicated to Georges Enescu with his string Octet and Caprice Roumain for violin and orchestra. This recording will launched during the 25th International Enescu Festival in Bucharest where David Grimal and les Dissonances will give two concerts around the Rite of Spring, Daphnis et Chloé, Petrouchka…

On the other hand. D.G as artistic director is setting up the International Music Festival of Port Royal-in-the-Fields which is to be launched next Summer… The festival will be dedicated to Schubert. 

There will be a lot of international guest artists while Dissonances will perform the complete set of Schubert’s symphonies.


PRESS

FRANCEINFO ■ L’ETOILE DU JOUR – Le violoniste David Grimal fondateur du collectif Les Dissonances

LE JDD ■ Musique classique : Les Dissonances, un orchestre symphonique mais sans chef

CONCERTCLASSIC ■ Les Dissonances font leur festival à Port-Royal des Champs – Retrouvailles beethovéniennes

CRESCENDO ■ David Grimal, magistral serviteur d’ Ysaÿe.

BACHTRACK ■ Le trio Cassard-Grimal-Gastinel dégraisse Beethoven à La Roque

Beckmesser’s Quill ■ Vive la résistance ! Dijon plays to audiences once more