Recital Laetitia Grimaldi and Ammiel Bushakevitz
Les mélodies de la Belle Époque
Henri Duparc (1848-1933) L'Invitation au voyage
La vie antérieure
Joseph Cantaloube (1879-1957) Baïlero
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este
La mort d’Isolde (d’après Richard Wagner)
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Nell
Clair de lune
Après un rêve
Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) Villanelle
L’été: Ah, chantez, chantez
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Soirée de Vienne VIII
Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947) À Chloris
Quand la nuit n’est pas étoilée
Quand je fus pris au pavillon
Léo Delibes (1836-1891) Les filles de Cadix
Since her debut in the Carnegie Hall of New York in 2013, Laetitia Grimaldi has sung in many renowned halls, opera stages and international festivals worldwide: Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Time Warner Theater (New York City), Shanghai & Forbidden City Concert Halls (China), Festival Pitic (Mexico), Festival Musica Classica (Canada), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France), Ravinia Festival (United States) and la Chapelle Royale de Versailles (Paris).
In 2017 she was awarded the first prize in three international competitions: 1st prize- Grand Prix at the Concours International de Melodies Françaises in Montreal, Canada, the 1st prize at the Concours International Robert Massard in Bordeaux, France as well as the 1st Prize at the Concours International Pro Musicis in Paris. During her studies at the Juilliard School, Ms Grimaldi was awarded 1st prize in the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship International Competition.
Born in France, Laetitia Grimaldi spent her childhood in Lisbon and London. After beginning her vocal studies with Teresa Berganza, she continued her studies with Lorraine Nubar in New York City first at the Manhattan School of Music, followed by a Masters degree from the Juilliard School.
She has received mentorship with some of the world's leading artists, including Sir Thomas Allen, Alfred Brendel, Dame Emma Kirkby, Ileana Cotrubas, Thomas Quasthoff, François le Roux, Dalton Baldwin, Malcolm Martineau, Markus Hinterhäuser. In 2016, Ms Grimaldi changed to soprano under the mentorship of the renowed german baritone Matthias Goerne.
Ms Grimaldi has been invited to festivals such as the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), the Aix-en-Provence Festival(France), the Ravinia Festival in Chicago (USA), the Festival Pitic (Mexico), the Festival Musica Classica of Montreal (Canada) and the Leipzig Music Festival (Germany).
Ms Grimaldi had the privilege to work with conductors and artists such as William Christie, Vlad Iftinka, Antoine Glatard, Jorge Parodi, David Jackson, Ryan Brown, Jayce Ogren, Anne Manson and Carlos Miguel Prieto, Pablo sainz Villegas and Malcom Martineau amongst others.
She has appeared in many opera productions internationally, performing the role of Nancy in Albert Herring in Tampa, Florida, Dorothée in Massenet’s Cendrillon in Belgium, Lucilla in La Scala di Seta in New York, the American premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen in New York. In 2012 she made her debut at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland with the role of Marcelina in Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2014 she sang the title role of Rameau’s Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour at the Kennedy Center of Washington DC. In 2015 she was once again invited to the Verbier Festival to perform the role of Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème.
Upcoming performances include an extensive solo recital tour in China (Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, Tianjin Grand Theatre, Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, Harbin, Shenzhen, Xiamen etc) Australia and New Zealand with pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz also presenting masterclasses at the universities of Queensland, Adelaide, Perth and Wellington in 2018. She will sing in Montreal as well as at the Chapelle Royale de Versaille in Mozart’s Coronation Mass under the direction of Jean-Claude Malgoire. She will also give her debut recital at the Salle Cortot in Paris.
Ammiel Bushakevitz performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing at notable venues across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. Festival performances include the Bayreuth Festival, the Festival d'automne à Paris, the Festival Pontino di Latina in Rome, the Casals Festival in Barcelona, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, the Jerusalem Schubertiade and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, France.
Born in Jerusalem, Israel and raised in South Africa, Ammiel drew international attention in May 2013 when he was announced as the first recipient of the newly inaugurated Richard Wagner Prize. Ammiel's other notable awards include the DAAD International Scholarship for Artists, the European Union Commission Award, the Oppenheimer Trust Award and the Bourse du forum franco-allemand des jeunes artistes. In 2012 he was awarded the première prix de l’académie de Musique de Lausanne and in 2011 he received the International Schubert Institute Award.
He is a laureate of nine international music competitions, including the International Schubert Competition, the International Johannes Brahms Competition and the Concours Léopold Bellan in Paris. He was awarded both the pianist prize and the Schubert prize at the 2013 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, London.
After studies in South Africa, Ammiel studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany under Phillip Moll. Thereafter he furthered his studies under Noël Lee, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France.
In 2013 Ammiel released his debut solo CD, an album of the late piano works of Franz Schubert recorded in the Salle Fleuret in Paris. The album was selected as “album of the month” by Cape Town's Fine Music Radio. He has since recorded another solo Schubert album (Lisbon 2016, Hänssler Classics), an album of Mozart sonatas for violin & piano with his sister Avigail Bushakevitz (Barcelona 2015, Solfa Records), and a CD of Liszt's songs with the US tenor Timothy Fallon (Jerusalem 2017, BIS Records), which received a 5-star rating from the Gramophone Magazine.
In addition to his activities as a soloist, Ammiel has a special affinity to the art song and has received mentorship from notable singers including the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling, Thomas Quasthoff, Thomas Hampson, Matthias Goerne, Barbara Bonney and Teresa Berganza. One of the last private students of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ammiel was invited in 2011 by Fischer-Dieskau to accompany his masterclasses at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade in Austria.
Ammiel regularly dedicates time to solo performances and the education of young musicians in developing countries, includingMorocco, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Mozambique and Ethiopia. He is an alumnus of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, a member of the International Hugo Wolf Academy, an honorary member of the Richard Wagner Society of South Africa and an Edison Fellow of the British Library, London.
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