Violinist David Grimal’s latest news

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

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:


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.


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.



“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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