Violin MasterclasS Program:

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Week Programs

  • Week 1 - Philippe Graffin & Liana Gourdjia, 17.8 - 23.8, 750€

  • Week 2 - Philippe Graffin, Jonian Ilias Kadesha & Liana Gourdjia

    24.8 - 30.8, 750€

  • Week 1 & Week 2 - Philippe Graffin, Jonian Ilias Kadesha & Liana Gourdjia 24.8 - 30.8, 1,100€


Philippe Graffin

17-25 Aug 2019, 9 days

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Violinist Philippe Graffin has established an indisputable reputation for his interpretations of the French repertoire. Philippe made his first recording with Yehudi Menuhin conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his many highly acclaimed recordings since then bear witness to a questing mind and include many world premieres. He has rediscovered original settings of Chausson’s Poème and Ravel’s Tzigane and has championed the forgotten violin concertos of Fauré and the English composer Coleridge-Taylor which he has recorded and performed at the BBC Proms.

As concerto soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as The Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales among many others. Graffin performs works of many living composers and has had works written for him by Rodion Shchedrin, Vytautas Barkaukas, David Matthews, Philippe Hersant and Yves Prin.

Philippe is a highly sought after chamber musician and is founder and artistic director of the “Consonances”, a chamber music festival held in St Nazaire, France, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015. New releases include the world premiere of the violin concerto of Finnish composer Tauno Marttinen, with the Turku Philharmonic, and a new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, the first to include the cadenza by Ysaÿe, on a CD which also includes Prokofiev’s Five Melodies. He plays a Domenico Busano violin, made in Venice, 1730. In demand as a teacher, Philippe Graffin, is a professor at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) and at the Brussels Conservatoire Royal.



19 - 21 Aug 2019, 3 days

29 - 30 Aug 2019, 2 days

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.

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 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.

Winner of the Tibor Varga International Competition Sion-Valais, Liana has also won prizes at the Michael Hill, Corpus Christi, Hudson Valley and Kingsville International Competitions.

She has soloed with many orchestras and many conductors such as 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, Mrs 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 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.  She was awarded a three year fellowship at The Marlboro Music festival, where she had a chance to collaborate with Mitsuko Uchida, Leon Fleisher, Km Kashkashian...

Liana Gourdjia was awarded the 2009-2011 residency with the Montgomery Symphony in US.

Liana began her studies at the famous Central Music School at the Moscow State Conservatory 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 now lives in Paris, pursuing a career as a soloist and a chamber musician.

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Jonian Ilias Kadesha

26-28 Aug 2019, 3 days

Born in Athens, of Albanian and Greek heritage, Jonian is currently completing his Masters at the Kronberg Academy with Antje Weithaas.   

 As a soloist recent highlights include the Munich Radio Orchestra, Lübeck Philharmonic, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic, the Greek Radio and the Thessaloniki State Orchestras in repertoire from Bach to Stravinsky.   

 Jonian has performed widely in Europe appearing at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, the Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Progetto Martha Argerich, Heidelberger-Frühling, Lockenhaus, Musikdorf-Ernen and Hitzacker Festivals. In 2018 he returned as Artist-in-Residence to the Boswiler Sommer Festival performing concertos by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy, and to the Mantua Chamber Music Festival in Italy performing Vivaldi 4 Seasons with the Mantova Chamber Orchestra.

Engagements during 2018/19 include concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Novaya Rossiya State Orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet, the Nidum Ensemble, Albanian Radio, Milano Classica and Coburg Philharmonic Orchestras. He records his second CD in collaboration with Deutschland Radio, returns to Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove and gives recitals at the Handelsbeurs Concertzaal, Gent and for SWR2 at Villa Ludwigshöhe Edenkoben.  His first CD with pianist Nicholas Rimmer was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.

In 2010 Jonian co-founded the prize-winning Trio Gaspard who are Fellows at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Sought after as a chamber musician Jonian has taken part in festivals across Europe, collaborating with Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, Thomas Demenga, Ilya Gringolts and Pekka Kuusisto, among many others. He has taken part in Kronberg’s Chamber Music Connects the World and the Verbier Academy Festival.  Jonian was selected by YCAT in 2018.