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Angeles Concerts Artists and Le Salon de Musiques:
MASTERS REDISCOVERED
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Francois CHOUCHAN - Angeles Concerts Artists corp. (A.C.A.): CEO/Executive Manager
- Le Salon de Musiques: Founder and Artistic Director
www.francois-chouchan.com
Acclaimed French-American pianist François Chouchan is a very sensitive and generous artist. His beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation have been highly praised. The “neo-romantic melodist” likes to consider himself as “an emissary of love”. Since the beginning of his career, Chouchan is completely involved with his audience. “Playing music is a true act of love” says Chouchan. The intimate relationship with the public is essential. During my performances, I invite people to embark with me for a unique inner journey. Opening my heart, I share my deep feelings and emotions with them. I become transparent, almost vulnerable. I narrate a story. Each note becomes a word and each melody a sentence. It is very intense, sensual and fusional.”
Chouchan has appeared in recitals, with orchestras and chamber music ensembles on several continents. Instructed by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Germaine Mounier and Jean Hubeau at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, he was unanimously awarded first prize in Piano and Chamber Music. The third prize of the prestigious Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy was invited to perform for several Masters including Mstislav Rostropovich, Nikita Magaloff, Georgy Sebok and Magda Tagliaferro.

A Franz Schubert specialist, Chouchan exemplifies the beauty of the Austrian Master’s scores with his exquisite touch and richness of colors. “I always had a very strong connection with Franz Schubert. His spirit seems to be linked to my heart. His music transcends the time and centuries. It seems to me that Schubert used his music as a mirror, a therapy. Expressing his loneliness, pain and melancholy, his scores evoke his furtive hope, sadness, candor and disillusion. They talk about his contrition and resignation. His music is totally unique and divine.”
An active Chamber Music player, Chouchan likes to re-introduce and play forgotten scores written by wonderful Romantic and Neo-Romantic composers. “So many Gems have been kept inside the drawers forever. It is my goals and expectations to take them out. The world deserves to rediscover them.” A creative person, Chouchan is also a composer of melodic soundtracks for films. He has also collaborated with different contemporary ballet companies, performing Schubert Cycle “Winterreise” for Baritone and Piano with two dancers as a World Premiere.

Since 2007, Chouchan relocated in Los Angeles. Over the last few years, he has performed in many famous venues including the LACMA, Schoenberg Hall, California State University’s Long Beach and Northridge the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, L’Ermitage Foundation, the Music Academy of Santa Barbara, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the St Mary’s Church of New Orleans, the California Club of Los Angeles. He also performs regularly in France.

Since 2010, Chouchan is the founder and artistic director of “Le Salon de Musiques”, an intimate Chamber Music Concert Series taking place at the famous Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of Los Angeles. The unique concept is directly inspired by “le Salon de Musique” of Queen Marie-Antoinette in Versailles and the “Schubertiaden” of Franz Schubert in Vienna. “Le Salon de Musiques” is one of the most successful musical entities in Los Angeles.

The new Season begins on October 4, 2020 until June 13, 2021, with nine delightful programs, featuring BACH, HAENDEL, ROSSINI, MOZART, BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT, BRAHMS, SCHUMANN, CHOPIN, MENDELSSOHN, SCHARWENKA, BRUCH, RONTGEN, KAHN, SAINT-SAENS, ARENSKY, KORSAKOV and RACHMANINOFF. With several "US PREMIERES", the purpose of LE SALON DE MUSIQUES is also to re-introduce amazing works from the Romantic / Neo-Romantic and Impressionistic Repertoire, written by wonderful Composers who remain almost forgotten today. "LE SALON DE MUSIQUES" is a unique musical experience - one like no other in Los Angeles. By removing the stage and putting the Artists next to the audience, each performance is a very personal and intimate experience. An informal Q & A with the Artists follow the performance, followed by a Gourmet Buffet catered by PATINA with French Champagne.



.............................................................................................................................. Julius REDER CARLSON - Le Salon de Musiques: Musicologist

Julius Reder Carlson, Assistant Professor of Music at Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, holds degrees in music from UCLA, the Universidad de Chile and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
In addition to his scholarly pursuits, he has performed widely as a guitarist, working with art and folk music ensembles and contributing to the compilation album Tenemos las Mismas Manos, winner of a 2016 Chilean Pulsar award.

He is the co-founder of the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra, a non-profit organization that promotes socioeconomic and cultural diversity through music education.


.............................................................................................................................. Kristi BROWN-MONTESANO - Le Salon de Musiques: Musicologist

Chair of Music History faculty at the Colburn School (Conservatory of Music), Kristi Brown-Montesano received her Ph.D. in musicology from UC Berkeley, with a specialization in 18th-century western European music. Her book The Women of Mozart’s Operas (University of California Press, 2007) offers a detailed study of the female characters in the Da Ponte operas and The Magic Flute, re-evaluating common critical assumptions. Kristi has presented and published essays on opera and children, film music, Bach reception in postwar America, and music and Sherlock Holmes.

As a teacher and “public musicologist,” Brown-Montesano values every opportunity for connection and dialogue with students, educators, musicians and audience members. In 2014, she was honored to participate in the UCLA Musicology Department’s Distinguished Lecture Series; in 2017, she was a panelist and presenter at the first “Women in Music Festival” at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Kristi has lectured for the LA Phil, Los Angeles Opera, Opera League of Los Angeles, Mason House Concerts, Colburn Orchestra, and La Jolla Music Society. For more information, visit kristibrownmontesano.com.



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