Since 2013, the Giez Festival brings together exceptional musicians in the sumptuous setting of the Château de Giez sur Grandson. Small in size but remarkable in quality, the Giez Festival has established itself as an event not to be missed for lovers of chamber music.
We are delighted to welcome you for the sixth edition, which as in the past will offer an original program with internationally renowned soloists.
The Friday concert will be dedicated to French composers: M. Ravel, C. Franck and J. Mouquet, with among others an original arrangement for flute and piano of the Sonata in A major of C. Franck as well as the Sonata "The Flute of Pan" by J. Mouquet.
On Saturday evening, Denis Severin will perform a piece by a contemporary Swiss composer, T. Demenga, entitled "Efeu" for solo cello and, with Tatiana Korsunskaya, various pieces for cello and piano, including by F. Poulenc and M. de Falla.
I want to thank very warmly our sponsors, supporters and friends, without whom this event would not be possible. On behalf of the entire festival team, I wish you very nice musical moments.
With my kindest regards,
Sofia de Salis Arttistic director
A flutist of Russian origin, Sofia de Salis won various international competitions and performed as a soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras; whilst also giving recitals with renowned pianists and chamber musicians. Her musicality and the quality of her sound are the distinctive elements of her talent.
Born in Moscow to a father who is well known as an artist-painter and to a singer mother, Sofia de Salis started learning music at the age of four. After studies at the Moscow Conservatory, crowned with a concert diploma with distinction, she continued her training at the Conservatory of Basel in the class of Felix Renggli, where she obtained a concert diploma and an education diploma. She also studied in master classes or workshops with Renata Greis-Armin, Aurèle Nicolet, Ransom Wilson, Bartold Kuijken, Rachel Braun, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Andras Adorjan and Jacques Zoon.
To enrich her musical experience in the field of Baroque, she followed the traverso course given by Oskar Peter at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Her interest also extends to modern music and Sofia de Salis performed works by contemporary composers such as Pierre Boulez, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jost Meier, Jürg Wittenbach and Samuel Ducommun, some of whom she had the opportunity to collaborate with.
With her broad repertoire, she performed as a soloist and in orchestras in internationally renowned venues such as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Theater Basel, Casino Basel, Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Centre Washington and Tonhalle Zurich under the direction, among others, of Gennady Rojdestvinski, Krysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Spivakov and Valery Polyansky. She collaborated with various orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic, the Neues Orchester Basel and the Orchestre Symphonique Bienne-Soleure.
Iryna Krasnovska started piano lessons at age 6. In 1989 she attended the Music College for talented students in Charkov (Ukraine) where she was awarded the Goldmedal for her outstanding in 2001. She participated in Masterclasses with Klaus Hellwig (Berlin), Adrian Oetiker (Basel), A. Jasinski (Polen) and Lew Naumow (Moskow). At the young age she obtained first prizes in international competitions both as a soloist and a chamber musician.
From 2001 untill 2007 she studied at the Musik-Akademie in Basel (Switzerland) with Professor Adrian Oetiker. In 2007 she finished her Master with graduation. She has performed with international acclaim in solo and chamber recitals in Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Switzerland. She played with renowned orchestras like Charkow Philarmonie, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Musikkollegium Winterthur and in notable concert houses like Tonhalle Zurich, KKL Luzern, Casino Basel etc. with conductors Bernard Labadie, Giampaolo Bisanti, Marc Kissoczy, Thomas Füri, Giuliano Betta etc.
She also appears regularly as a chamber musician and accompanist. She devotes herself intensively to the song accompaniment, which she cherishes in a special bond with Vesselina Kasarova. Further she received many artistic stimulation in collaboration with Gerard Wyss, Bjorn Waag and Werner Güra . As a member of the musical team at the Theater Basel she performed in numerous recitals and solo recitals. At the big tour of Basel's Opera house in Japan in 2012 her interpretation of the recitatives in " Le Nozze di Figaro " and the solo and song recitals in Tokyo and Nagoya were highly praised by the Japanese press.
Amongst her numerous awards she has received the RAHN Music Prize for piano in Zurich in 2004, the First Prize at the Concours d’Interprétation Musicale de Lausanne 2005. She is winner of the Rotary Prize for Piano in 2005, as well as the Migros-Studentprize for music in 2006 and 2007. Iryna Krasnovska has recorded for MDG (Dabringhaus & Grimm), Radio Swiss Romande and DRS2. She obtained the “Supersonic Award” (Pizzicato-Luxemburg) for her chamber music CD with works by Gustav Jenner.
Denis Severin is a professor of cello at the Geneva University of Music and the Bern University of Arts (Switzerland), where he teaches cello as a major, baroque cello as a minor and chamber music. A coveted guest professor, he also teaches master classes and leads orchestra projects at the Centro superior de musical Katarina Gurska (Madrid, Spain), the Jāzeps Vītols Academy of Music (Riga, Latvia), the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China), Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary) and the National University of Arts (Kharkov, Ukraine). Regularly gives summer master-classes in Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Georgia and Brazil. Denis Severin is Prize Winner of ECHO KLASSIK (2015) and GRAMMY AWARDS (2007), laureate of several international competitions in Greece, Italy and Spain.
Tatiana Korsunskaya (Piano) is teaching chamber music, Lied interpretation and collaborative piano at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and Bern University of Arts. She gives masterclasses in piano, chamber music and Lied interpretation in Germany, France, Georgia and Ukraine.
Tatiana Korsunskaya is a winner of ECHO KLASSIK Prize 2015. She won first prize at the international competition «Franz Schubert and the music of the modern age» in Graz, Austria and she also emerged the winner of the Thessaloniki International Chamber Music Competition in Greece. CD recordings by SONY (works of Sergei Rachmaninoff, 2009) and MDG Musikproduktion Dabringhaus & Grimm (works of Luise Adolpha Le Beau, 2014). Tatiana Korsunskaya studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, at the Academy of Music in Basel as well as at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Besides her pedagogic activities, she is active as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. She has participated in many festivals and performed at many famous concert halls across Europe.