St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Isabelle Durin - violin, and Anne-Laure Lasseaux - piano

Tuesday, 23 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Isabelle Durin - violin, and Anne-Laure Lasseaux - pianoIsabelle Durin - violin, and Anne-Laure Lasseaux - piano

Camille Saint-Saëns

            Romance op. 48

Modest Moussorgsky

            Gopak

Ernest Bloch

            Nigun, from Baal Shem

Jerry Bock/John Williams

            The fiddler on the roof

Isaac Albeniz

             El puerto (from Iberia)

Gabriel Fauré

              Après un rêve

Piotr Illitch Tchaïkovsky

              Lensky's Aria

Vittorio Monti 

              Czardas

After studying violin for several years, Isabelle Durin entered the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Versailles in Alexandre Brussilovsky's class, where she won a first prize (gold medal) in violin, as well as a first prize in chamber music and honorary first prize for violin. In the same time she studied philosophy in the University La Sorbonne and obtained a post graduate diploma

(DE.A) in 1998.

She was accepted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique" in Lyon where she worked with Jean Estournet and Kazimierz Olechovski. She received her degree (DNESM) in 2001, after which she further perfected her knowledge and practice of chamber music alongside famous violinists like Patrice Fontanarosa and Jean-Pierre Sabouret, Boris Garlitsky, Roland Daugareil and Shmuel Ashkenazi (during the Shleswig Holstein Muzik Festival in Lübeck.) She also attended the chamber music class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris (Alain Meunier and Michel Strauss) and toured, notably with the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchestra. She has been a member of the Ile-de-France National Orchestra in 2003 when she received the bronze medal from the Society for the Encouragement of Progress.

In collaboration with French cultural centers, she gives concerts in France and abroad in prestigious venues, including the Opera and the French Space in Hanoi, and with the pianist Michael Ertzscheid, she played works of the their CD Hebrew melodies of the Romantic Era, in the Museum of Art and History of Judaism and the Holocaust Memorial in Paris, the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Galicia Jewish Museum in Cracow. She performed in United-States (Miami Beach, West Palm Beach, Puerto Rico), and in Colombia (Medelin, Bogota, Cali) in April 2011 during a tour organized by the French Delegation of the Alliances Françaises in USA.

Since 2002, she has been the artistic director of the Musical Festival of the Château of the Legion of Honor in Pouy sur-Vannes and now of the "Harmonies Estivales" of Villeneuve l'Archevêque.

French pianist Anne-Laure Lasseaux graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a Master of Arts in June 2009, where she was under the tutelage of Pascal Nemirovski. She previously studied with Pierre Reach at the Conservatoire National de Paris (CNR). Graduating in 2007, she was awarded the Premier Prix de Supérieur and the Premier Prix de Perfectionnement, and was a laureate prize-winner in the Paris Steinway Competition for young musicians.

She has also studied with Bruno Rigutto, Theodor Parskivesco, Gisele Magnan and Billy Eidi.

Through a series of masterclasses she had the privilege of working with Pascal Devoyon, Emmanuel Krasovsky, Sergio Perticaroli and Aldo Ciccolini. Alongside various recital engagements in the UK and France, Anne-Laure is a passionate piano teacher. She has always had particular interest in playing with different instruments and is an active chamber musician, collaborating with a variety of ensembles in London and Paris. Previous engagements have included an invitation to the Belfast Festival at Queen's in the Ulster Hall, and radio broadcasts for BBC Radio Ulster and French classical radio station France Musique.