Grieg / Medtner
Edvard Grieg - Nikolai Medtner

Grieg / Medtner

Svetlin Roussev | Frederic D'oria-Nicolas

Label: Fondamenta
Format: CD
Barcode: 3760179360028
Catalog number: FON 902002
Releasedate: 06-10-17
- The last works in this vein these composer's penned.
- Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas: First prize - Mravinsky
- Competition, Saint-Petersburg, 1997. Repertoire of 220 works.
- Svetlin Roussev: Concertmaster of the Radio France Philharmonic. Violin professor - Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et de Danse de Paris.
- Booklet notes in French, English and Japanese.
- ''Pioneering and innovative programme for interpreters in complete harmony.- Chris Humphrey, Classiquenews''
This fascinating recording brings two contrasting composers together, linked by their 3rd violin and piano sonatas. Grieg’s third and final violin sonata was finished in January 1887, dedicated to the German painter Franz Lenbach. Medtner’s 3rd sonata was also his last one and this was dedicated to his brother Emil, completed in 1938 and premiered the following year at the Aeolian Hall, London by the violinist Arthur Catterall and Medtner himself at the piano

The charismatic violin virtuoso Svetlin Roussev began his musical education at a very young age, studying under his mother, a professor at the music school in his home town of Ruse, Bulgaria. In 1991, he was accepted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he studied under Gérard Poulet, Devy Erlih and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. In 1994 the jury unanimously awarded him first prize summa cum laude for violin as well as first prize for chamber music. Roussev subsequently entered the postgraduate programme.

Roussev has won numerous prizes at many international competitions, including those of Indianapolis, Long-Thibaud and Melbourne. He was voted Revelation of the Year in 2000 by the ADAMI organisation at the Midem, the French music industry’s major annual event in Cannes, and was selected for sponsorship by the Natexis-Banques Populaires Corporate Foundation. In May 2001, he was widely acclaimed at the first Sendai International Competition in Japan, which garnered him not only the first prize, but also the audience prize and the special prize for the best Bach concerto performance.

With remarkable virtuosity and intensity, Roussev performs a broad repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. He is renowned for his renditions of Slavic compositions and keenly promotes Bulgarian music. Acclaimed Bulgarian Musician of the Year in 2006, his home country honoured him yet again in 2007 with the Cristal Lyra distinction awarded by the Ministry of Culture.

Roussev is a regular guest soloist with various orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Bulgarian National Radio and Symphony Orchestras, Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Ankara), and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In the USA, Latin America, Asia and Europe Roussev has performed under the baton of conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Yuzo Toyama, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, John Axelrod, François-Xavier Roth, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Denis Russel-Davies, Lionel Bringuier, Leo Hussain, Nicholas Milton and Emil Tabakov.

Roussev has played in many of the world’s major concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre, Suntory Hall, Sumida Triphony Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Salle Pleyel, UNESCO, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville, Arsenal de Metz, Halle aux Grains de Toulouse, Bulgaria Concert Hall, Budapest Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper and the Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles.

Roussev shares his love for music with an ever-widening public through his chamber music performances, playing with partners such as Myung-Whun Chung, Peter Frankl, Ralph Gothoni, Jean-Marc Luisada, Bertrand Chamayou, Jean-Philippe Collard, Antoine Tamestit, Lise Berthaud, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Maxim Rysanov, Gary Hoffman, Arto Noras, Sung-Won Yang, Young-Hoon Song, Jian Wang, Myung-Wha Chung, François Leleux, Paul Meyer, Nikolaj Znaider. He is a founding member of the Roussev-Salque-Rozanova Trio.

Following his successful CD recording of pieces by Pancho Vladigerov with the pianist Elena Rozanova, Roussev brought out his recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Concerto Funèbre with the Orchestre d’Auvergne conducted by Arie Van Beek,recordings for French labels Integral and Fondamenta dedicated to the Franco-Belgian school of violin with pianist Elena Rozanova, and sonatas by Grieg and Medtner with pianist Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas.

Roussev is the concertmaster of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and, since 2007, has been concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He is violin professor at his alma mater, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. 

Svetlin Roussev plays the Stradivarius 1710 Camposelice violin kindly loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation