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Gaston d'Orléans room, Château de Blois


Ransom WILSON, flute & François DUMONT, piano in recital in Blois After a first recording "Ravel in his time", Ransom Wilson & François Dumont offer "Debussy in his time", two Masters of their instruments for two odes to the musical modernity of the composers.

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22 Apr 2022, 18:30

Gaston d'Orléans room, Château de Blois, 6 Pl. du Château, 41000 Blois, France

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After "In the time of Ravel", their first joint recording in 2015, Ransom WILSON & François DUMONT continue their journey as chamber musicians hand in hand and have just recorded 'In the time of Debussy". They reserve the first of their game for the Loir-et-Chérien public. 

This recital, exceptional in every way, will also be an opportunity to baptize the concert grand piano recently acquired by Accords Center - Val de Loire for the needs of the EO41 and its members.

On the program:   

Lili Boulanger

From a Spring Morning 

Maurice Ravel

Sonata in one Movement

Claude Debussy

3 Songs of Bilitis

Henri Dutilleux


Maurice Ravel

Sonatina (solo piano)

3 pieces for solo flute, in sonata form: 

Jean RivierTender birds

Claude DebussySyrinx

André JolivetAsceticism I 

Gabriel Fauré

Sonata in A Major

Ransom WILSON, Flute

International soloist, conductor

Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 

Professor of Flute at  Yale University, 

Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, 

Artistic director of Le Train bleu ensemble

Artist W.S. Haynes, Mr. Wilson plays a custom 10K rose gold flute

(borrowed from the bores of the 14K model, unique mouthpiece, specific mechanics, B and C legs, C# trill key)

Ransom Wilson has long been internationally recognized as one of the most brilliant flautists of his generation. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1973, he studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal in Paris for a year. In 1976 he began his official career in New York and then invited his French master to participate. He has an exclusive contract with EMI/Angel for his recordings all over the world.

As a soloist, he has appeared in concert with some of the greatest orchestras and artists of our time, including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony, and with Frederica von Stade, Jessye Norman, Thomas Hampson, Susan Graham, Dolora Zajick, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Hilary Hahn, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sir James Galway, Barry Douglas, Peter Frankl, Robin Sutherland, among many others.

Ransom Wilson is increasingly moving towards a career in orchestral and opera conducting. He founded the New York Solisti orchestra in 1981, with which he appeared as conductor in several hundred concerts and recordings. Most recently he directed two productions at the New York Opera. Since 2006 he has been a full member of the Metropolitan. Additionally, he is the Artistic Director and conductor of the ensemble LE TRAIN BLEU, which recently received rave reviews for its debut concert appearances at New York City’s innovative Galapagos Art Space.

Ransom Wilson is also the guest conductor of England's London Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Hermitage State Orchestra in Russia, the Cracow Philharmonic (Poland), the KBS Symphony (South Korea), the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Denver Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (with Sir James Galway), San Francisco Chamber Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, New Jersey Symphony, Budapest Strings, Hartford Symphony, and the Berkeley Symphony.

In addition to his position at the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, Ransom Wilson has directed numerous productions of the Glimmerglass, Minnesota, and Portland operas. In 2004 he directed the American premiere of Gounod's comic opera "Le Médecin spite lui" (with recitatives by Erik Satie) at Yale University. Worldwide he has conducted operas at the La Quincena Festival in Spain, and at the International Opera Center in Amsterdam.

Ransom Wilson is an artist with the Chamber  Music Society of Lincoln Center, he is also Professor of Flute at Yale University, Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, and Artistic Director of the ensemble LE TRAIN BLEU.

François DUMONT, Piano

International soloist

Winner of: Chopin Competition, Queen Elisabeth Competition, Clara Haskil Competition, Piano Masters of Monte-Carlo

Respectful of style, endowed with a fertile imagination, this deep, subtle performer, architect of sounds, delivers a vision where intelligence competes with spontaneity » 

Michel Le Naour – Cadences

Francois Dumontis a laureate of the biggest international competitions: the Chopin Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Clara Haskil Competition, the Monte-Carlo Piano Masters. He is nominated for the Victoires de la Musique in the categoryinstrumental soloist and received the French Music Critics’ Revelation Prize.

François Dumont was chosen by Leonard Slatkin to play and record the two Ravel concertos with the Orchester National de Lyon, as part of their complete Ravel on disc with Naxos. He also performs with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchester National d'Île de France, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the Orchester de Poitou-Charentes, the Lille National Orchestra, the Cannes Orchestra, the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Colombia, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Jesùs Lopez-Cobos, Antoni Wit , Julien Masmondet, Arie van Beek, Gilbert Varga, Philippe Benfer, Stefan Sanderling, Mykola Diadura, Olivier Grangean, David Reiland…

Born in Lyon, he works with Pascale Imbert, Chrystel Saussac and Hervé Billaut. At the age of 14, he entered the C.N.S.M.D in Paris in Bruno Rigutto's class. He perfected his skills at the International Academy of Como with Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler and Andreas Staier. François Dumont performs in recital at the Piano aux Jacobins festival in Toulouse, at the Roque d'Anthéron festival, at the Chopin Festival in Paris, Chopin Festival in Nohant, at the Radio-France Montpellier Festival, Festival l'Esprit du Piano in Bordeaux, Besançon Festival, Chopin Festival in Bagatelle, Nuits du Suquet in Cannes, “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw, Folles Cadeaux de Nantes, Ravel Days in Montfort l'Amaury, Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia, Kennedy Center in Washington. He is regularly invited to China, Japan and South Korea. With Philippe Aïche and Virginie Constant, he is part of the Trio Elégiaque.

His discography as a soloist includes the complete Mozart Sonatas on Anima Records, a Chopin disc and two Bach albums on Artalinna, a Wagner/Liszt album on Piano Classics, a double albumlive of the Chopin Competition, published by the National Chopin Institute in Warsaw and the complete piano works of Maurice Ravel by Piano Classics. He recorded a series of Mozart concertos with the OSB, conducted from the piano. The project took them notably to the Gaveau room in Paris.

His disc dedicated to Chopin's Nocturnes (2018), is praised by the BBC Magazine for its “singing sound”; International Piano Magazine considers it an “extraordinary new version, which stands out” and the American magazine Fanfare writes that “few recent recordings can compare to this one”.

He recently performed in concerto in California, at the Seoul International Music Festival, with the Orchester Symphonique de Bretagne, the Orchester Symphonique de Nancy, the Orchester National de Lorraine, the Grands Concerts à Lyon. He performs in recital in Paris, Salle Gaveau and is a guest at the Chopin Festival in Nohant, Festival de l’Epau, the Festival Radio-France Montpellier, and the Festival de la Vézère.

During the 2018-2019 season, he performed in particular with the orchestra “Les Siècles” directed by François-Xavier Roth (concertos by Ravel and Franck) and played in Taiwan, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg and Russia. He will be on tour with the Orchester des Pays de Savoie and Mozart’s “Jeunehomme” concerto and will make his debut at the Philharmonie de Paris with the Orchester Pasdeloup in the Schumann Concerto.

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