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