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Artists · Ensembles · Trio Gourdjia, Coppey, Laul

Liana Gourdjia, violin
Marc Coppey, 'cello
Peter Laul, piano

Interviews and concert extracts, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, 2nd October 2012

"... Deeper issues were everywhere apparent in a performance of Beethoven’s Archduke Trio by Liana Gourdjia (violin), Marc Coppey (cello) and Peter Laul (piano), the music unfolding with time-stilling patience, almost tactile textural sensitivity and a probing expressivity... What appeared on the surface may have been undemonstrative, but what was underneath was unfailingly rich."
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times, 1st July 2015, concert in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival

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Photo Agneta Lansing

Liana Gourdjia

Violinist Liana Gourdjia has been acclaimed for her "astonishingly pure tone, artistry and bewitching lyricism." Liana was introduced to the violin by her grandmother, a violinist of a "Mosfilm" orchestra, at the age of four. Her first debut as a soloist with an orchestra was at the age of nine. At the age of six, Liana appeared on Moscow television as a rising star and has since performed concertos with orchestras and recitals with her mother, a collaborative pianist at the Moscow State Conservatory, in many prestigious venues throughout Russia including the Great Hall and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and the Philharmonic Hall in Saint-Petersburg.

As a laureate of the prestigious New Names foundation in Moscow and a fellow of the Spivakov foundation, she performed in the Vatican for Pope Jean Paul II, released a CD with the Melodia label for the performances at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and was invited as a young my talent to the International Colmar Festival. Liana Gourdjia became a laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Artists in Sendai in Japan at the age of fourteen and subsequently appeared numerous times on television and radio programs dedicated to presenting young stars in Russia and Europe.

Winner of the Sion-Valais International Competition, Liana has also won prizes at the Michael Hill, Corpus Christi, Hudson Valley and Kingsville International Competitions. She has soloed with orchestras of Lille, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Moscow Philharmonic, Zagreb Soloists, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Ashville Symphony, City Music Cleveland, the Cleveland Chamber, and the orchestras of Indiana University and the Cleveland Institute of Music under François- Xavier Roth, Andrew Grams, Daniel Hege, Paul Haas, James Gaffigan, Shlomo Mintz, Carl Topilow, Thomas Hinds, David Effron, Steven Smith, and Sergei Stadler.

As an active chamber musician, Ms. Gourdjia has collaborated with such artists as Jaime Laredo, Lawrence Power, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Marc Coppey, David Soyer, Antonio Meneses, Giovanni Belucci, François-Frederic Guy, Alexander Melnikov, Peter Laul, and members of Talich, Vogler, Juilliard, Guarneri and Tokyo String Quartets among many other musicians. Liana is a founding member of the Gourdjia- Coppey- Laul piano trio. The trio has been invited the perform in many prestigious venues including the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the West Cork festival, to name but a few. Liana has performed at festivals including the Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo, Musique de Chambre de Lyon, the 92/Y in New York, Les Musicales de Compesieres in Geneva, Les Musicales de Colmar, and is a laureate of Juventus festival in France. She was awarded a three year fellowship at The Marlboro Music festival, where she had a chance to collaborate with Mitsuko Uchida, Leon Fleisher, Kim Kashkashian...

A proponent of contemporary music, she has frequently premiered works, commissioned by her from prominent and upcoming composers. She is a member of the Paris based Ensemble Variances under direction of Thierry Pécou and served as a concertmaster of the New Music Ensemble at Indiana University under direction of David Dzubay.

Liana Gourdjia was awarded the 2009-2011 residency with the Montgomery Symphony in US, where she served as a soloist, concertmaster and recitalist. The Montgomery Symphony had proudly supported Liana's debut CD with pianist Efi Hackmey. 

Liana began her studies at the famous Central Music School at the Moscow State Conservatory with renowned professors Iryna Bochkova and Maya Glezarova. Upon graduating, she moved to the U.S. to continue her studies with David and Linda Cerone at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Liana received an Artist Diploma from the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington, studying with Jaime Laredo. At The Indiana University she was the first recipient of the prestigious Jacob’s scholarship, and was subsequently awarded the Performance Certificate in recognition for outstanding performances at her degree recitals. Liana benefited from master classes with Menahem Pressler, Janos Starker, Gil Shaham, Alex Kerr, Pamela Frank, Arnold Steinhardt, Gabor Takacs and the Orion String Quartet. An avid reader, she is fluent in Russian, French and English. Liana now lives in Paris, pursuing a career as a soloist and a chamber musician.

Liana’s forthcoming CD release on the Audite label features the Stravinsky violin concerto and works for violin and piano with the Deutsche Radio Philharmoniker of Saarbrucken and pianist Katia Skanavi.

Marc Coppey 

"Combining choreographic gesture with rhetoric, earthly robustness with spiritual uplift, Marc Coppey’s playing is overwhelming in its jubilant vitality.”  Gilles Macassar, Télérama

The French cellist Marc Coppey first came to the notice of Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the 1988 Leipzig Bach competition where he won the two most important prizes – first prize and special prize for the best Bach performance. He was 18 at the time. He soon after made his Moscow and Paris debuts performing the Tchaïkovsky Trio with Menuhin and Victoria Postnikova, a collaboration documented on film by the famous film director Bruno Monsaingeon. In 1989 Mstislav Rostropovitch invited Marc to the Evian Festival and from that moment on his solo career quickly developed in collaboration with numerous distinguished conductors - Eliahu Inbal, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Emmanuel Krivine, Alan Gilbert, Christian Arming, Lionel Bringuier, Alain Altinoglu, Michel Plasson, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Theodor Guschlbauer, John Nelson, Raymond Leppard, Erich Bergel, Philippe Entremont, Pascal Rophé, Philippe Bender, Paul McCreesh, Yutaka Sado, Kirill Karabits and Asher Fisch.

Marc Coppey is particularly noted for his eclectic career. A passionate chamber musician, he has considerably explored its repertoire with Maria-João Pires, Stephen Kovacevich, Nicholas Angelich, Aleksandar Madzar, Michel Beroff, Kun-Woo Paik, Michel Dalberto, Peter Laul, François-Frédéric Guy, Nelson Goerner, Augustin Dumay, Vadim Gluzman, Victoria Mullova, Liana Gourdjia, Valeriy Sokolov, Ilya Gringolts, Alina Pogostkina, Tedi Papavrami, Lawrence Power, Maxim Rysanov, Gérard Caussé, Janos Starker, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Michel Portal, Romain Guyot, Emmanuel Pahud as well as the Takacs, Tokyo, Prazak, Ebène and Talich Quartets. He was cellist of the Ysaÿe Quartet for five years.

He has performed in the post prestigious concert halls of London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Dublin, Prague, Budapest, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, New York, Mexico, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo, and has been invited by the Festivals of Radio-France Montpellier, Strasbourg, Besançon, La Roque d'Anthéron, Aix-en-Provence, Stuttgart, Midem, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Kuhmo, Korsholm, West Cork, Kapsovar, Campos do Jordao, Prades, and the « Folle Journée » in Nantes and Lisbon.

The breadth of Marc Coppey's repertoire is proof of his profound inquisitiveness: he frequently performs the Bach suites and main stream concerto repertoire, but is also dedicated to performing less well-known works. He has also given first performances of works by Auerbach, Bertrand, Christian, Durieux, Fedele, Fénelon, Hurel, Jarrell, Krawczyk, Lenot (concerto), Leroux, Mantovani, Monnet (concerto), Pauset, Pécou, Reverdy, Tanguy (1st concerto), Verrières as well as giving French premieres of concertos by Carter, Mantovani and Tüür.

In March 2015 at the Paris Philharmonie he gave first performances of ten works for solo cello by some of today's most prominent composers in homage to Pierre Boulez on his 90th birthday.

He has recorded works by Beethoven, Debussy, Emmanuel, Fauré, Grieg and Strauss, for Auvidis, Decca, Harmonia Mundi and K617. More recently he has recorded the Bach Suites which received a 'ffff' review in the French magazine Télérama, a Dohnanyi CD (10 in 'Répertoire'), an album of great Russian sonatas with the pianist Peter Laul for the Aeon label, the Schubert cello quintet with the Prazak Quartet for the Praga label, and Martin Matalon's concert for Accord/Universal. His most recently recordings are the Dutilleux and Caplet concertos with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège conducted by Pascal Rophé (Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde la Musique, Clef Resmusica, BBC Music Magazine*****), followed by the Brahms sonatas then Schubert's Arpeggione, both with Peter Laul for Aeon, and a world premier recording of Dubois concerts for Mirare.

In November 2009 Marc Coppey was chosen to perform Bach in the Place de La Concorde in Paris to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

Marc Coppey is also a deeply committed teacher. He is professor at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur and gives master-classes throughout the world.

He is artistic director of the 'Musicales de Colmar' chamber music festival and since 2011 musical director of the Zagrebacki solisti (Zagreb Soloists).

He was made Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French culture ministry in 2014.

Marc Coppey was born in Strasbourg where he studied at the Conseravtory before attending the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur and the University of Indiana in Bloomington. He performs on a rare cello made in Venice in 1711 by Matteo Goffriller.

Marc Coppey performs on a rare cello made in Venice in 1711 by Matteo Goffriller.

Peter Laul

Peter Laul was born into a musical family in St. Petersburg, Russia and received his education at the St. Petersburg Conservator where he studied with Prof. Alexander Sandler, and where he has since become a faculty member. 

He won the 3rd prize and special prize for the best Bach performance in the Bremen International Piano Competition in 1995 and again, in 1997, when he won the 1st prize and special prize, this time for the best Schubert sonata performance.  He also won 1st prize at the Scriabin International Piano Competition in Moscow in 2000, and in 2003 was awarded the honorary medal “For achievements in the Arts” by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Peter Laul has performed as a soloist with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Kapella Orchestra, as well as numerous other Russian orchestras, under the direction of conductors such as Maxim Shostakovich, Valery Gergiev, Vassily Sinaiski, Eri Klas, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Nikolai Znaider and Nikolai Alekseev. He has also performed with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Dessau, Bremerhaven and Oldenburg Theatre orchestras in Germany, the Brazilian National Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, as well as the French orchestra ‘Les Siècles’ under François-Xavier Roth.

Peter Laul’s recital performances have taken him to the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Halls, the Symphony Hall of the Mariinsky Theater, the Moscow Conservatory Halls, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall and the new Moscow International House of Music. Abroad he has performed in the Auditorium du Louvre, the Théâtre de la Ville, Théâtre du Châtelet and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Salle Molière and Opera Lyon, Lincoln Center in New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vredenburg in Utrecht, Casino Basel, Die Glocke in Bremen, the Montpellier Corum, the Opera City Hall in Tokyo, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Hall, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and in numerous venues and festivals throughout Russia, Europe, Japan and the USA. His most recent performances have been at the Serres d’Auteuil festival in Paris, the Schubertiade and Beethoven Festivals in Colmar, “The Stars of White Nights” in St.Petersburg, “Art November” in Moscow, the Kamchatka Spring Festival, the Saint-Riquier Festival, the Lancut Spring Festival in Poland, and the “Le Printemps des Arts” in Monaco.

Mr. Laul is a consummate chamber musician. His chamber music partners include Dmitry Kouzov, Marc Coppey, Ilya Gringolts, Graf Mourja, Sergey Levitin, Valery Sokolov, Alexander Ghindin, Diemut Poppen, Françoise Groben, Gary Hoffmann, David Grimal, Laurent Korcia and Tedi Papavrami. Peter Laul has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Aeon, Onyx, Naxos, Marquis Classics, Querstand, Integral Classics, King Records, Northern Flowers and numerous TV and Radio stations in Russia and abroad.


Lera Auerbach - Trio N°3 http://tv7.fr/VOD/7-en-live/Festival-Musique-Chambre-HCoP3wWGp7.html
- Trios Op 70 N°1 & N°2, Archduke...
Beethoven - Kakadu Variations Op 121a
Beethoven - Triple Concerto
Brahms - Trios
Chausson - Trio in G minor Op. 3
Fauré - Trio in D minor Op. 120
Dvorak - Trio N°4 "Dumky" Op 90, Trio in F minor Op 65
Haydn - Trio in G major Hob.XV:32
Liszt - Tristia
Mendelssohn - both trios
Mozart - Trio N°6 in C Major K.548
Rachmaninov - Elégiaque Trio N°1
Ravel - Trio in a minor
Shostakovich - Trios Op 8 & Op 67
Schubert - both trios
Schumann - 1st trio
Smetana - Trio in g minor Op 15
Tchaikovsky - Trio Op 50

Programme suggestions :

Schubert - Trio No 1 in B flat D. 898 op. 99
Ravel - Trio (1914)
Dvorak - Trio No 4 op. 90 "Dumky"

Haydn - Trio in E major Hob.XV:28
Schumann - Trio No 2 in F major, op. 80
Tchaikovsky - Trio in A minor op. 50

Beethoven - Trio Op. 1 No 2 in G major
Borodin - Trio in D major
Brahms - Trio No 1 in B major, op. 8

Haydn - Trio in G major Hob.XV:32
Brahms - Trio in E flat op. 40
Shostakovich - Trio No 2 in E minor, op. 67

Beethoven - Kakadu Variations, op. 21a
Dvorak - Trio No 2 in G minor, op. 26
Ravel - Trio (1914)

"Summer 1887 in Thun"
Violin sonata No 2 op. 100
Cello sonata No 2 op. 99
Trio No 3, op. 101

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