Friday September 30th – Sunday 9th October 2011

Musical Autumn in the Vallespir – Carrefour des Arts 2011

In memory of Jordi Barre

Jordi BarreThis crossroad of arts is again presented and hosted by Frédéric Lodeon, well known for his TV and radio appearances.
The festival ‘Automne musical en Vallespir’, under the artistic direction of Francois Ragot, cellist from Céret, offers a series of concerts in 6 different villages of the Vallespir ranging from a classical accordion recital with Ksenija Sidorova, to “La Noche Flamenca” with the “La Chamela” group, the Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach, presented by the ensemble “Mare Nostrum Musicae, an evening around Schubert with the ensemble “Giacomo” from Paris, a percussion event with the “Ensemble de percussions de Barcelone”  and ending  in a great symphonic concert, ” in memory of Jordi Barre with the musicians of the Conservatory “Albéniz” from Barcelona, “Mare Nostrum Musicae” and the quartet “Giacomo”.

The Programme:

Friday September 30th
Chapelle Saint Valentin – Taillet – 20h30
Classical accordion with Ksenija Sidorova

Saturday October 1st
Salle des Fêtes – Maureillas las Illas – 20h30
Flamenco with ensemble “La Chamela”

Sunday October 2nd
Église St. Vincent – Reynes – 17h30
Brandenburg Concertos with the ensemble “Mare Nostrum Musicae”

Friday October 7th
Église St. Jean Baptiste – Saint Jean Pla de Corts – 20h30
Around Schubert with the quartet ‘Giacomo’

Saturday October 8th
Les Echard – Le Boulou – 20h30
Evening with the percussion ensemble ‘Percussions de Barcelone’

Sunday 9th October
Église St. Pierre – Céret – 17h30
Symphonic concert
in memory of Jordi Barre
with ‘Mare Nostrum Musicae’, the quartet Giacomo and the musicians from the conservatory ‘Albéniz’ from Girona


Francois RagotFrançois Ragot, cellist – child of the Vallespir – began his musical studies at the Conservatory of Perpignan to continue them in  Paris where he works with great cello masters such as: Etienne Péclard, Jean Huchot (Opera, Paris), Philippe Muller and Roland Pidoux (Professors at the Paris Conservatory)
After 5 years in the capital, he was accepted  at the Royal College of Music in London where he perfected his abilities in the class of Christopher Bunting (student of  Pau Casals) and where, after a “Post Graduate Diploma, he won the  “Ivor James Prize”.
He settled in the Vallespir, while working with various chamber music formations in France, Spain (for 7 years he was the 1st (principal) cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of the Emporda), Switzerland, Germany, England … including a duet with Ezter Mikes Liu, the former cellist of the Sydney Opera House, as the “Duo di Celli.”
In 1995 he founded the string ensemble “Mare Nostrum Musicae”. In Spring 2007 he became the Artistic director of the cultural association “Formations de Chambre de Pays Catalans” created under his aegis.
Francois Ragot also teaches cello at the music school of St. Cyprien and is Professor at the Conservatory of Girona.


Ksenija SidorovaKsenija Sidorova – Biography 

“she has the ability to steal a musical heart” Classical Source 

Born in Latvia in 1988 Ksenija Sidorova was encouraged to take up the accordion by her grandmother. Ksenija started to play the instrument aged eight in her home town of Riga, under the guidance of Marija Gasele. Wanting more exposure to both classical and contemporary repertoire and also more concert opportunities, her studies took her to London where she was a prize-winning undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, and where she continues to study with Professor Owen Murray.  Outside the RAM her awards included a Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award and Philharmonia Orchestra Friends Award.
In February 2009 Ksenija was a joint winner of “Friends of the Royal Academy of Music Wigmore Award”, which led to her Wigmore Hall debut on May 18, 2009.  The same year she was also made a Recommended Artist under Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award scheme.  She was also selected to appear in Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series, 2009, and was described by The Times as “one of the real finds of the series”.  She is also a recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians` Silver Medal, Maisie Lewis Award and was the first accordionist to win the prestigious WCoM Prince`s Prize. 

Ksenija is also a winner of international competitions including a national talent competition in Latvia, the International Accordion Competition in Novosibirsk (Russia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Citta di Montese (Italy) and Siauliai (Lithuania). She has also worked with such composers as Stefano Gervasoni, Nirmali Fenn, Samantha Fernando, Carlos Duque, Elspeth Brooke and Patrick Nunn.  

Ksenija has collaborated with the Brooks String quartet, reaching the final of the 2008 Royal Academy of Music Club Prize and the Royal Overseas League in March 2009, where they were awarded the Elias Fawcett Award for outstanding ensemble. 

Recent engagements have included performances with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, a recital in Colston Hall (Bristol), a performance at Spitalfields Festival and DMCE symposium (Dramaturgie Musicale Contemporaine en Europe, Paris), performance of Prokofiev`s Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution op 74 with Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and CBSO under Valery Gergiev. In June 2009 Ksenija was invited by Dame Felicity Lott to appear in her  programme Un Mardi idéal on Radio France Musique. 

More highlights include a collaboration with the Belcea quartet, recording with the Sacconi quartet, tour of Switzerland with Milos Karadaglic (guitar), solo recital at the Purcell Room on the 20 June, debut recital at the Lucerne Festival on the 25 August and concerts in the UK at North Norfolk Festival on 8 September and Two Moors Festival on the 17 October. 

Ksenija is supported by Mr and Mrs David Bowerman and Musicians Benevolent Fund.

Dancers : La Chamela and Costi el Chato
Singers : Miriam Vallejo and Antonio Andujar
Guitar :  JoséAndrès Cortès

ISABEL RUIZ DE VILLA « La Chamela » – Flamenco dancer is born in Barcelona where she begins to danc the Flamenco with Flora Albaicin and then, later on with « La Singla » and « La Chana ». She completes her skills in the classes of  – Mario Maya, Matilde Coral, Eva « La Yerbabuena », « Farruqito », « La Faraona », « La Farruca », Belèn Maya, Ana Maria Lopez and Manuela Carpio.

From the very beginning of her career she participates in traditional flamenco shows – first in the group of Flora Albaicin and then she dances with her own dance company in Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Hong-Kong. …

In 1993 she starts her collaboration with the cellist Josep Bassal, and she interprets a number of different works from the Spanish cello repertoire, which turns out to be a hugh success at the  Orchestra Hall in Detroit/USA.

In 1996 she starts working with the cello octet « ConjuntoIbérico » for the « Falla-Lorca » show which has been presented in the ‘Concertgebouw’ of Amsterdam as well as in other dutch  theatres. The Conservatory of Utrecht invites her to teach in a flamenco-master-class.

Since the 2000s, she is also part of the ensemble « Cello&Piano&Flamenco » presenting a programme of spanish music and Flamenco as well in Germany as in Switzerland, Syria, Libanon and Colombia.

In October and November 2001, she tours  Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France with her « Faszination Flamenco » show ,  this tournée becomes a remarkable success and is acclaimed not only by the public but also by the critics Another remarkable point in her career was the particularly succesful spectacle of “Malaga Repompa” at the International Festival of Music et Begur Calonge, in 2008. A success she could repeat at the festival “Classic meets Industry” in Nauen (Berlin).  In 2011 its participation in the show “In a los cuatro cuartito” received the warmest welcome in the “Brossa EspaiEscénic” of Barcelona. Moreover she will collaborate with the group “SaccaisRomi” at the Music Festival of Girona Religiosas.

The Quartet Giacomo 

Vincent Minazolli and France Devillers, violin
Fanny Kobus – alto
Emmanuelle Locastro – Cello

Together under this name since 2001, the members of the quartet Giacomo, who are  from the Paris Conservatory, the CNR of Lyon and the Paris region, occur since more than a decade as  well in classical concerts as in other domains, such as music theatres or  contemporary dance….

They were given the opportunity to perform on the stages of Paris (Centre Georges Pompidou, Théâtre Molière / House of Poetry, Theatre Ivy), as well as on national stages (The Pollen St Quentin en Yvelines, The Passageway at La Rochelle, La Filature in Mulhouse, Maison de la Culture in Bourges, the Corum in Montpellier …) and abroad.  The quartet “Giacomo” aims to introduce an instrumental ensemble unfamiliar to the general public, by playing little known works of their vast repertoire, which always has been chosen in order to  reflect the  thematic unity of the program, extending the educational mission of each of its members, all of them conservatory professors, in connection to the musical life in which they all take actively part.

The “Percussions de Barcelone”
are a group of chamber music, which is dedicated to the interpretation and promotion of contemporary chamber music for percussion instruments. Founded in 1978 by Xavier Joaquin, it is the oldest  percussion formation of Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. Since its creation, this group has been working with composers from its own country, offering, as a result of its  ongoing work, the “premiere” of many works, which were ordered by them for training purposes, or works that have been dedicated to them. The “Percussions de Barcelona” interpret the major  compositions for percussion ensembles of an international repertoire. This group regularly participates in the most important festivals and concert series of their country. They usually work with different bands, orchestras and famous soloists. The “Percussions de Barcelona” have recorded the most important works from their repertoire and have published them on several discs.

Mare Nostrum Musicae
Founded in 1995 by professional musicians from different countries, this ensemble presents a mixture of various cultures which unites the skills to approach the most difficult repertoires. All these artists have graduated in the major capitals of Europe, Hungary, England, Austria, Spain, France or even on the American continent (Mexico, Canada and USA). 

Established in Céret in the Pyrenees Orientales, “Mare NostrumMusicae” provides, under the baton of François Ragot, cellist and founder of the ensemble, a program of 40 concerts each year both in Catalonia and the rest of France and Spain while doing various tours that have already taken the ensemble to Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and Great Britain as well as Egypt, China, Japan and Argentina. 

“Mare Nostrum Musicae” since 2007 surrounded by the cultural association “Les Formations de Chambre des Pays Catalans”, comes in various types of formation: Trio, Quartet, Quintet, Sextet or Octet like the “Tutti Bassi” uniting 6 cellos and 2 basses, which can of course also be configured to a chamber orchestra with or without soloists.  

A prestigious host – Frédéric Lodéon
Cellist, Conductor and radio host. He is the only French to win the international  competition Mstislav Rostropovich, he conducted many orchestras including the philharmonic orchestra of Radio France. Famous for his broadcasts on France Inter “Carrefour Lodéon” and the “Grands Concerts de Radio France”, he co- presents the “Victoires de la Musique Classique” on FR3. He is Chevalier (Knight) of the “Legion d’Honneur” and “Officier des Arts et des Lettres”.  

In memory of Jordi Barre
Early trained in classical music, including the violin and later on the cello, in turn, dancer or singer, Georges Barre becomes “Jordi” at his discography baptism in 1963 in Barcelona where he shifts to the Catalan language. Since 1990, the artist occupies a unique role as a cultural reference for a large majority of people living in the Pyrenees Orientales.

During the Festival “Automne Musical en Vallespir Carrefour des Arts 2010” – organized by the “Formations de Chambre des Pays Catalans”, under the artistic direction of François Ragot – Jordi Barre honoured the concert of “Mare Nostrum Musicae,”, which has taken place at Oct. 10 2010 at the Chapel of St Paul in Reynès by his presence and excited the public with a song he performed at the end of  this concert. 

In memory of this day of 10 October 2010, the second edition of the Festival “Musical Autumn in Vallespir Crossroads Arts 2011” will be under the honour and memory of  Jordi Barre.

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