The trio, which is associated with the L’Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, includes violinist Gaël Rassaert, cellist Valerie Dulac and pianist Ancuza Aprodu. The concert, presented in celebration of the Claude Debussy Centenary, will feature works by Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Gabriel Fauré.
French pianist born in Romania, Ancuza Aprodu began studying piano at the age of 4 and one year later won the Interpretation Competition of Suceava. She obtained her Piano Diploma at the National Academy “G.VERDI” of Turin and won prizes at several international competitions. In the realm of contemporary music, she contributed for several years as permanent member or as an invited soloist, to the activities of such ensembles as Antidogma Musica, I solisti della Camerata Casella, Neues Ensemble Linz and in particular L’Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain.
Trio Ancuza Aprodu is bringing its Claude Debussy Centenary program to the Morrison Artists Series, with a program featuring works by Debussy himself alongside the music of two composers with whom he is closely associated: Maurice Ravel and Gabriel Fauré.
Debussy’s Piano Trio in G (1880) is one of the composer’s earliest works, composed in Fiesole, Italy at the age of 18 while staying at the home of Nadezhda von Meck. Von Meck regularly hosted students from the Paris Conservatory during the summer months and Debussy was one of the students chosen for the summer of 1880. The Trio, which is cast in four movements, was considered lost until the manuscript was discovered in 1982 in the estate of Maurice Dumesnil, a pupil of Debussy’s.
Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello was composed between 1920 and 1922 and is dedicated to the memory of Debussy, who had died in 1918. The final work on the program, Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120, was composed 1922 – 1923, following his retirement as director of the Paris Conservatory.