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The Zagreb Soloists - direction Marc Coppey
Founded in 1953, as an ensemble of Radio Zagreb and under the artistic leadership of the renowned cellist and conductor Antonio Janigro, the Zagreb Soloists have gained recognition as one of the world’s most prominent chamber orchestras.
In addition to their outstanding and long-lasting relationship with Maestro Janigro, the Zagreb Soloists have worked closely with artistic directors Tonko Ninic, Dragutin Hrdjok, Andelko Krpan and Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, usually without a conductor. Since autumn of 2011 they are playing under the artistic leadership of Marc Coppey, one of the world’s leading cellists, with Borivoj Martinic-Jercic as their concertmaster. The Ensemble's virtuosity and remarkable discipline create an enthusiasm and love for ensemble playing on the highest level.
The Ensemble has performed over 3500 concerts worldwide, receiving public recognition and critical acclaim at the world’s most prestigious venues - Vienna Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebow, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Teatro Real Madrid to name but a few. The ensemble regularly appears at internationally recognized music festivals - Salzburg, Prague, Edinburgh, Berlin... The Zagreb Soloists have also collaborated with many great artists, including Henryk Szeryng, Alfred Brendel, Pierre Fournier, James Galway, Katia Ricciarelli, Christian Ferras, Ivo Pogorelic and many others.
The ensemble’s extensive repertoire includes baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary works, with special attention given to the works of Croatian composers. Their vast discography can be heard on over 70 albums for the EMI, RCA, Vanguard, ASV, Eurodisc, Melodia, Hispa-vox, Pickwick, Croatia and EDI Records labels. Their latest CD, released in December on the Naxos label, is a recording of works of Ernesto Cordero, recorded with the world renowned guitar player, Pepe Romero.
The Ensemble has won several prestigious awards, including First Prize in Mar de Plata, Pablo Casals Medal, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Medal for best performance of contemporary music, and the Vladimir Nazor and Milka Trnina awards, as well as Orlando Awards for best performance of a Croatian work and for a special contribution to the program of Dubrovnik Summer Festival. The Zagreb Soloists have twice been honored with the City of Zagreb Award and have received special recognition from UNESCO. In addition to receiving a silver CD from Croatia Records, the ensemble has been awarded the Order of National Merit and the Silver Plaque of the Jeunesses Musicales.
During the Croatian War of Independence the Zagreb Soloists performed over 70 benefit concerts for the rebuilding of the National Theatre in Osijek, the Children’s Hospital in Zagreb, and many music schools, churches and monuments, devastated during the war. They also performed a series of concerts to celebrate the independence of their home country. They play a major role in bringing vibrant performances of widely varied chamber repertoire to audiences worldwide.
Recent appeareances of the Zagreb Soloists in France include the Théâtre de la Ville and Bouffes du Nord in Paris, the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix en Provence, Théâtre de Caen, La Coursive in La Rochelle, le Cratère in Alès, Théâtre de Narbonne, Chapelle Méjan in Arles, Maison de la Culture de Bourges, Théâtre Anne de Bretagne in Vannes, La Comète in Châlons en Champagne, Angers and Strasbourg, as well at the Heures Musicales de l'Abbaye de Lessay festival and the festivals de Bergerac, ArtenetrA, Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice...
New recording to be released in early 2016
“Combining choreographic gesture with rhetoric, earthly robustness with spiritual uplift, Marc Coppey’s playing is overwhelming in its jubilant vitality.” Gilles Macassar, Télérama
Marc Coppey is considered to be one of today's leading cellists. He 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. He performs regularly as a soloist with leading orchestras 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 appears regularly in Europe, North and South America and Asia in some of the most prestigious concert halls - the Wigmore Hall in London, the Schauspielhaus in Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel, the Théâtre de la Ville, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Philharmonie in Paris, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Liszt Conservatory Hall in Budapest, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, the Philharmonie in Saint-Petersburg, the Casals Hall in Tokyo or the Metropolitan Museum in New York. He is a regular guest of the festivals of Radio-France Montpellier, Strasbourg, Besançon, La Roque d’Anthéron, Monte-Carlo, the Nantes and Lisbon “Folle Journée”, Bach Fest in Leipzig, Stuttgart, Midem, Kuhmo, Korsholm, West Cork and Prades.
A passionate chamber musician, he has extensively explored the cello's repertoire with such renonwed artists as Maria-João Pires, Stephen Kovacevich, Nicholas Angelich, Aleksandar Madzar, Michel Beroff, Kun-Woo Paik, Finghin Collins, 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, David Grimal, Lawrence Power, Maxim Rysanov, Gérard Caussé, Janos Starker, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Michel Portal, Romain Guyot, Emmanuel Pahud as well as the Takacs, Tokyo, Prazak, Modigliani, Ebène and Talich Quartets. From 1995 to 2000 he was cellist of the Ysaÿe Quartet, performing in many of the world's most prestigious concert venues.
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. Performing and promoting contemporary music is very important to him and many composers have dedicated works to him, including Auerbach, Bertrand, Christian, Dufourt, Durieux, Fedele, Fénelon, Hurel, Jarrell, Jolas, Krawczyk, Lenot, Leroux, Mantovani, Meïmoun, Monnet, Pauset, Poppe, Pécou, Reverdy, Staud, Tanguy, Verrières. He gave world premières of concertos by Lenot, Tanguy and Monnet, as well as giving French premieres of concertos by Carter, Mantovani and Tüür.
In March 2015 he premièred ten works for solo cello by some of today's most prominent composers as a tribute to Pierre Boulez at the Paris Philharmonie.
The Arte tv channel recently filmed him live performing the complete Bach Suites in one evening in Lyon.
Marc Coppey’s recordings have received critical acclaim worldwide. They include works by Beethoven, Debussy, Emmanuel, Fauré, Grieg and Strauss, for the Naïve, Decca, Harmonia Mundi and K617 labels. Among his most recent recordings are world premières of the concertante works of Théodore Dubois on the Mirare label. His release of the complete Bach Suites (awarded Télérama’s ffff) and a CD dedicated to Dohnanyi (awarded “10 de Répertoire”), were both recorded for the Aeon/Outhere label. Together with the Prazak Quartet, Marc Coppey recorded the Schubert Quintet for the Praga label. His discography also includes the great Russian cello sonatas, accompanied by pianist Peter Laul (Aeon), a performance of Martin Matalon’s concerto (Accord/ Universal), a CD of the Brahms Sonatas with pianist Peter Laul and a Schubert album. His recording of the Dutilleux Cello Concerto and the Caplet Epiphanie with the Liège Orchestra under Pascal Rophé’s direction received a BBC Music Magazine *****, a Diapason d’Or and a “Choc” du Monde de la Musique.
In 2016, his recording of the Haydn and CPE Bach cello concertos with the Zagreb Soloists was released by Audite. Forthcoming recordings include the Dvorak Concerto with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and a Beethoven Sonatas cycle recorded live in the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall.
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. In addition to his solo concert career and his chamber music activities, Marc Coppey is also a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and gives master-classes all over 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 performs on a rare cello by Matteo Goffriller (Venice 1711), the Van Wilgenburg and resides in Paris.
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.
The cellist Marc Coppey has embraced both Baroque and Contemporary music, along with mainstream Romantic repertoire, from the very begining of his career. When winning First Prize in the 1988 Leipzig Bach competition, he also won the special prize for the best Bach performance. He is one of the world's foremost cellists in the field of contemporary music, giving numerous first performances including the French premieres of concertos by Carter, Mantovani and Tüür. Eclecticism is the guiding principle of Marc's programming with the Zagreb Soloists. He draws on Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century and contemporary repertoire. And of course the cello concerto, from Vivaldi to Tchaikovsky's Andante cantabile, via C. P. E. Bach, Boccherini, Haydn and Schumann.
As well as much of the popular, well known chamber orchestra repertoire, the Zagreb Soloists will present:
Rameau - Suites from the opera ballets
C. P. E. Bach - Sinfonias
Amando Ivancic - Sinfonias
Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 95 arranged by Gustav Mahler
Mendelssohn - String Symphonies
Bruckner - String Quintet in F Major orchestral version (1879)
Schönberg - Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 (1899)
and a number of 20th Century and contemporary works including:
Bartok - Divertimento for Strings (1939)
Hindemith - 'Trauermusik' for cello and strings (1936)
Takemitsu - 'Death and Resurrection' (1996)
Malec - 'Lumina' for strings and tape (1968)
Rihm - 'Nachtordnung', 7 Fragments for 15 strings (1976)
Stravinsky - Concerto in D (1946)
Some specific programme proposals:
Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle as Beethoven performed them
Thanks to research by the American musicologist Howard Chandler Robbins Landon, we now have clear evidence that Beethoven performed his piano concertos with 11 string players seated in a semi-circle with the piano to the left, outside the semi-circle, and the wind opposite the piano, behind the cellos on the right-hand side of the stage. This set up creates a completely different sound relationship between the players and fascinating chamber music perspective of these works for audiences.
J. Ph. Rameau - Suite from the opera-ballet 'Les Indes Galantes'
J. S. Bach - Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
B. Bartok - Romanian Dances
B. Bartok - Divertimento for Strings, BB 118
C. Ph. E. Bach
- Sinfonia in E minor H.652, Wq 177
A. Vivaldi - Stabat Mater, with Max Emanuel Cencic
Baroque work tbc with Max Emanuel Cencic
A. Vivaldi - Concerto pour violoncelle en ut mineur RV401
G. F. Händel - Concerto grosso in G minor, op 6 N°6
A. Dvorak - Nocturno Op. 40
Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 95 arranged by Gustav Mahler
J. Haydn - Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIIb/2
P. Hindemith - Trauermusik
P. I. Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings
J. Haydn - The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On the Cross
C. Ph. E. Bach - Sinfonia in E minor H.652, Wq 177 / I. Malec - Baroque Study for strings
J. Haydn - Cello Concerto in C Major, no. 1, Hob. VIIb/1
A. Bruckner - String Quintet in F Major, WAB 112
W. A. Mozart - Divertimento in D major
W. A. Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major, KV 364
T. Takemitsu - Death and Resurrection
F. Mendelssohn - String Symphony No. 8 in D major
J. S. Bach - St John's Passion, in a chamber setting
A. Ivancic - Sinfonia N°9 in G major
J. Haydn - Cello Concerto N°1 in C majeur, Hob.VIIb/1
Lars Erik Larsson - Concertino for doublebass and strings (soliste Mario Ivelja)
P. I. Tchaikovsky - Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48
W. A. Mozart - Serenade N°13 in G major « Eine kleine Nachtmusik », K. 525
L. Boccherini - Cello Concerto in G
A. Schönberg - Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 (1899)