Per Due - À Deux

Per Due - À Deux

October 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Convocation Hall

Violinists Laura Andriani and Guillaume Tardif lead listeners on a tour of violin history. Rarely heard duets by French and Italian Baroque and Classical masters will delight the ear with delicate melodic counterpoint, while a new work by Howard Bashaw forecasts the sounds of the future.
  • 1. Program

    L'arte dell'Arco (excerpt) - Variations on Corelli's celebrated Gavotte
    Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)

    The pupils of Corelli (1653-1713)

    Duetto II in G
    Giovanni Battista Somis (1686-1763)
    Allegro - Largo - Vivace grazioso

    Duo in B flat
    Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762)
    Allegretto - Adagio cantabile - Allegretto con brio

    The pupils of Somis (1686-1763)

    Duetto IV in A
    Gaetano Pugnani (1731-1798)
    Andante - Allegro Graciozo

    Sonata VI in D
    Jean-Marie Leclair the older (1697-1764)
    Andante piano - Allegro - Largo - Allegro ma non tropo

    Les Sauvages - arr. from Rameau's Les Indes Galantes (1735)
    Jean-Pierre Guignon (1702-1774)


    Toccata for 2 violins (2019, premiere)
    Howard Bashaw (b. 1957)

    Sonate II in D minor
    Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705-1770)
    Allegro - Largo - Allegro

    The pupils of Leclair (1697-1764)

    Sonata in E flat
    Pierre Gaviniès (1728-1800)

    The pupils of Tartini (1692-1770)

    Sonata V in D
    Domenico Ferrari (1722-1780)

    Duetto IV in B flat
    Antonio Campioni (1720-1788)
    Adagio - Allegretto

    Duetto IV in E
    Maddalena Sirmen (1745-1818)
    Allegro - Minuetto

    Duetto IV in F
    Pietro Nardini (1722-1793)
    Larghetto - La Caccia

  • 2. Bios

    Violinist Guillaume Tardif is often featured as a violin soloist and artist-teacher in Canada and abroad. Each year, he leads several research projects in performance, including premieres, recitals, chamber music and solos with orchestra. He has produced recordings, authored scholarly articles and introduced original violin arrangements and cadenzas to various concertos.

    Tardif graduated with the First Prize in Violin at the Conservatoire in Quebec, earned distinctions at the Canadian Music Competition, and received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

    He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Music, University of Alberta.

    Laura Andriani excels in répertoire from classic to contemporary eras - both as a soloist and chamber musician - as well as having experience with baroque music.

    She studied with the members of the Amadeus Quartet, the Smetana Quartet, the Quartetto Italiano and she graduated at the Music-Akademie der Stadt Basel with Adelina Oprean. Her mentors have been Franco Gulli, Salvatore Accardo and Sigiswald Kuijken.

    As first violin of the Alcan Quartet, she performed in Europe, Canada, the United States, China and Korea and recorded many albums including the complete Beethoven Quartets Cycle. She has also been a part of ensembles specializing in the interpretation of contemporary music and orchestras such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala (Milan). She won the Special Jury Prize for her performance of the Sequenza VIII by Berio at the 44th International Competition Premio Paganini in Genoa.