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Music salon: Music of Schubert and Mozart.

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Alliance Française de San Francisco

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Come enjoy an evening of chamber music, wine and conversation at the theatre of the Alliance francaise de San Francisco.

Melanie Clapies will be performing with three outstanding musicians: Dimitri Murrath (viola), Jean-Michel Fonteneau (cello) and Yasmina Spiegelberg (clarinet).

Don't forget to take you ID. Please note that we won't be able to share wine with people under 21 years old or without ID.

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Venez profiter d'une soirée de musique de chambre et de conversation autour d'un verre de vin au théâtre de l'Alliance française de San Francisco.

Pour sa performance, Melanie Clapies sera accompagnee de Dimitri Murrath (violon), Jean-Michel Fonteneau (violoncelle) and Yasmina Spiegelberg (clarinette).

N'oubliez pas de venir avec votre piece d'identite. Nous ne serons pas en mesure de servir du vin aux personnes en dessous de 21 ans ou sans piece d'identite.

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Born in Paris, Mélanie Clapiès is a violinist who cultivates a unique solo and chamber music career worldwide and studied at the Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs de Musique in both Lyon and Paris. A passionate educator, she has been on faculty at the Conservatories in Toulon and Bordeaux as well as the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. In 2014 and 2015, after having moved to the United States, she received her M.M. and A.D. from the Yale School of Music where she studied with Syoko Aki. She is currently completing a Doctoral degree at the Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Mark Steinberg. A versatile and fluid artist, her collaborators have included musicians such as Anthony Marwood, Roger Tapping, and John Myerscough, Pavel Vernikov, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Victor Julien-Laferrière, Adam Laloum, Guillaume Vincent, and conductors Carolyn Kuan and Louis Lohraseb. She performs regularly in venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Carnegie Hall, and National Sawdust and has participated in festivals in the United States including Yellow Barn, in France at Colmar, Musique en roue libre in Arras, the Festival de Pâques and the Août Musical in Deauville, la Roque d’Anthéron a part of the Trio Siddhartha, in Italy at the Salon Romantique of the Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, “Suona Francese” in Naples, Portogruaro, in Spain at the festival “Fondation Monteleon” in Leon, and in Algeria, Malta, and Russia.

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The eminent French cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau has performed and taught around the world. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. He has served as a professor of cello and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory for the past two decades, in addition to performing and teaching annually at Yellow Barn.

Jean-Michel is a founding member of the Quatuor Ravel which received top prizes at the Evian International String Quartet Competition in 1989 and won the Victoire de la Musique Classique in 1994. The Quatuor Ravel performed annually at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as regularly at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salles Gaveau, and Suntory Hall. They also toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom, Germany, and North America. Jean-Michel created and led the first ever string quartet residency program in France.

Recent collaborations include performances with Leon Fleisher, Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, Nobuko Imai, Glibert Kalish, Kim Kashkashian, Anthony Marwood, Menahem Pressler, and Mark Steinberg. Jean-Michel has also performed alongside the Amadeus, Escher, Fine Arts, Pro Arte, and Tokyo Quartets. He has recorded extensively for Albany Records, MSR Classics, Centaur Records, and Musidisc-France.

A passionate and dedicated teacher, Jean-Michel previously served on the faculty of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, France before coming to San Francisco. His students have won international competitions — including the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition — and gone on to major solo, chamber, and orchestral careers. His students have appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Concertgebouw, the Wigmore Hall, the Verbier Festival, and on many more of the world’s premier stages. In addition to his annual residence at Yellow Barn, he previously taught at Domaine Forget, the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, and the Morges Summer Academy in Switzerland.

Jean-Michel is currently a member of the San Francisco Piano Trio together with violinist Axel Strauss and pianist Jeffrey Sykes. The Trio performs annually at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, along with regular performances throughout North America. He also performs regularly with the Houston-based Music in Context ensemble dedicated to historically informed performance on period instruments.

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Yasmina Spiegelberg, born in Switzerland, has expanded her activities by performing internationally as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral musician, appearing in Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and USA. She has performed in some of the finest halls, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

She has appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras such as the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Nomad Symphony Orchestra (France), the Orchestra of the Norwegian Academy of Music, the String Orchestra of Yverdon (Switzerland), the USC Thornton Edge Ensemble (USA) and the USC Symphony Orchestra (USA) and collaborated with conductors such as David Lockington, Jean-Philippe Navarre, Lior Shambadal, Etienne Siebens, Richard Egarr, Stefan Asbury and Franck Ollu.

She has also won several competitions, including the Soloist European Competition, the USC Thornton School of Music Concerto Competition (wind category) and the Frances Walton Seattle Competition. She is also the recipient of several awards, including the Bruce Zalkind Memorial Music Award (USA) and the Mitchell Lurie Award (USA), and of scholarships incl. the Dean Scholarship (USA), the USC Thornton Scholarship (USA) and the Ingar Dobloug Foundation full-ride Scholarship (Norway).

Yasmina has appeared in festivals all over Europe and also in the United States where she is a Yellow Barn musician. She participated in the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA, Austria), the Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy (NJO), the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), the Young Artists Festival Bayreuth (Germany), Mattheiser Sommer-Akademie Bad Sobernheim, Crusell Week Festival and the International Clarinet Seminar. She was accepted as the only clarinetist at Yellow Barn 2018 (VT) and is a faculty member at the Young Artists Program of Yellow Barn, teaching clarinet and chamber music.

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Born in Brussels, Belgian American viola player Dimitri Murrath has made his mark as a soloist on the international scene, performing regularly in venues including Kennedy Center (Washington), Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Kioi Hall (Tokyo) and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris).

A first prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition, Dimitri Murrath has won numerous awards, including second prize at the First Tokyo International Viola Competition and the special prize for the contemporary work at the ARD Munich Competition. In 2012, he was named laureate of the Juventus Festival, an award recognizing young European soloists. He is a recipient of a 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant. With this award, Dimitri Murrath recorded and released his first solo album recording music by Vieuxtemps, Clarke and Hindemith last year.

His musical education began at the Yehudi Menuhin School studying with Natalia Boyarsky, and went on to work in London with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He graduated from the New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. After 9 years teaching viola at New England Conservatory, he is now on the viola and chamber music faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

He participates in the Music for Food project, which raises awareness of the hunger problem faced by a large percent of the population, and gives the opportunity to experience the powerful role music can play as a catalyst for change.

“(...) the warm and noble tome of Mr. Murrath’s viola glowed fiercely” New York Times


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