4th Annual Women Composers Concert
March 6 2005
Passagaglia for cello and piano
Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F # minor op.20
Romanze in G minor op.21 nr.3
Sonata for cello and piano
Mélodie B major
Mélodie in Eb major
Sonata for cello and piano (1919)
Un poco allegretto
Allegro molto e con fuoco
Arielle Vernède graduated at the Royal Academy of Music in The Hague. Her choice for the piano was purely based on her great love for the music. Being a talented musician, she was very much in demand as a pianist. The musical temperament and emotion was evident already in the early years. In addition to solo playing, she developed a keen interest in chamber music.
She followed the master classes in Paris of Claude Helffer and in Luzern by Mieczyslaw Horszowk. Arielle Vernède was awarded various prizes in the Arnold Schoenberg competition in Rotterdam, in the Robert Casadesus competition in Cleveland USA and the 'Silver Wreath' of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (The Netherlands). This inspired her to continue as a solo musician. Presently she gives regularly solo recitals in the Netherlands and abroad.
At the start of her career, she became acquainted with the music of Szymanowski (1882-1937) for which she developed great fondness and affinity. She is the first pianist in The Netherlands to have recorded a CD exclusively devoted to this composer. Recently she also made a CD with piano compositions of Robert Schumann. Both recordings received very positive press. Beside her classical repertoire, Arielle Vernède has a warm heart for piano compositions of the 20/21st century
She frequently appears with the 'Kociani' quartet of Czech. In 2002 they played in Prague the 'Trout-quintet' of Schubert with brilliant technical feats.
Iris van Eck, a native of Holland, studied
at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with Jean Decroos &
Rene van Ast before moving to the United States where she studied
with madame Raya Garbousova. She participated in master classes
with Paul and Maude Tortellier in Essen and in Luzern, with William
Pleeth, Lyn Harrell, Mischa Maiski and Jeffrey Solow at the Piattigorsky
Seminar, and with Joseph Gingold and the Guarneri Quartet at the
Cleveland Chamber music Seminar
Ms van Eck is principal cellist for the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra and the Florida Classical Orchestra and teaches at Florida International University. She has appeared as soloist with various orchestras in the United States & in Europe. She is scheduled to appear as soloist with the Florida Classical Orchestra in March 2006 playing the (Robert) Schumann cello concerto. She plays a beautiful French cello made by Bernardel Pere in 1831.
Ms van Eck is the founder of Chameleon Musicians inc.