LILLIAN GORDIS & JÉRÔME HANTAÏ
harpsichord & Viola da gamba
- Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
- Timing: Doors open 7:30pm for a 7:30pm start. Concert ends ~9:00pm
- Venue: St. Thomas’ Parish Church, 1517 18th St. NW, Dupont Circle, Washington DC 20036
- Metro: Venue is 5 mins walk from Dupont Metro station using the Q Street exit.
- Parking: 11 Dupont Circle parking garage is 2 mins walk from the venue. Parking is $13 flat rate. Note: garage closes at 11:00pm
- Covid Protocols: Proof of full vaccination required. Other Covid Protocols to be updated 2 weeks before concert
Lillian Gordis (harpsichord) and Jérôme Hantaï (viola da gamba) offer a splendid Program of works for solo viola da gamba, solo harpsichord, and viola da gamba with harpsichord obligato. The mellow warmth of the viola da gamba, the sparkling vibrancy of the harpsichord, and these two spectacular artists performing works by J.S. Bach, François Couperin, Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray will make this an unforgettable concert!
Hailed as ‘a Martha Argerich of the harpsichord’ (ResMusica), Lillian Gordis is known across Europe and the United States for her innovative and audacious playing. She has been compared alongside Pierre Hantaï and Ivo Pogorelich (ConcertoNet.com, Hebdoscope) and praised for her ‘sculpting of time’ (Magnétique/RTS), ‘impressive virtuosity’ and ‘intensity of touch’ (Diapason), and talent for leading listeners on an ‘expedition through unimagined worlds of color and expression’ (Fono Forum).
Born in 1992 into a family of scholars and mathematicians in Berkeley, California, Lillian fell in love with the harpsichord at age 9 and never looked back. Five years later, Pierre Hantaï discovered her during a tour to the United States and, captivated by her touch, he encouraged her to move to France for further studies. She moved to Paris at 16, where she was mentored by him and Bertrand Cuiller.
Lillian’s début solo recording, Zones (Paraty Productions, 2019), dedicated to sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, has received a warm welcome from critics worldwide (Klassik-Highlights/Fono Forum, 4 diapasons/Diapason, ResMusica, Sélection du mois/Hebdoscope, ConcertoNet.com, Notulæ, ClassiqueHD…). She has been a featured artist on France Musique’s radio show, Génération Jeunes Interprètes, and RTS’s show Magnétique. In 2019, she made a guest appearance on PBS’s television series, Now Hear This!.
Lillian is a four-time laureate of the Fondation Royaumont (2013, 2015-2017) and is supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Safran. She performs regularly as a soloist in festivals across Europe and the United States and plays frequently with her duo partner Jérôme Hantaï.
Jérôme Hantaï studied the viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken at the Brussels Conservatory, where he obtained a Premier Prix in 1984. During the same period, he became interested in early keyboard instruments such as the harpsichord, the clavichord and, above all, the fortepiano. He began performing frequently on both the viol and the fortepiano during his studies and collaborated with numerous pioneers of the early music movement, including Sigiswald Kuijken, René Jacobs, and Jean-Claude Malgoire.
He forms part of the Trio Hantaï with his brothers, Marc and Pierre, an ensemble that has gained international recognition. Since 2003, he has directed the viol consort Spes Nostra. In 2018 Jérôme formed a duo with harpsichordist Lillian Gordis. Frequently invited as a soloist, he has performed across Europe and the United States and tours often in Asia (China, India, Philippines, Taiwan, Cambodia).
He has also devoted himself to pedagogy and frequently gives masterclasses in addition to teaching at the CRR de Cergy-Pontoise and CRD de Bourg-la-Reine/Sceaux. His numerous recordings include Beethoven’s songs (Sophie Daneman, Paul Agnew, and Peter Harvey), trios by Haydn (Naïve), three volumes of pièces à une et plusieurs violes by Marin Marais (Virgin Veritas), consort music by John Jenkins (Fantazia, Naïve/Ambronay), and Consort Music from the Time of Shakespeare (Musicales Actes-Sud). His recordings have consistently received awards from the press.
Lillian Gordis & Jérôme Hantaï duo
Canal Alpha: Their concert ‘… made the very floor tremble, thanks to the agile fingers of Lillian Gordis on harpsichord and Jerome Hantai on viola da gamba’
Scherzo, Eduardo Torrico: on Lillian Gordis’ Bach album – “…truly prodigious readings, deserving every kind of praise. […] The sound that Gordis achieves …is of an absolute purity. The precision of her attack impresses. Her discourse shows utterly overwhelming coherence.”
Gramophone: With Hantaï ‘..we hear solid music-making that sings or dances as the context requires, delivered with unimpeachable technique, all of it deliciously entertaining.’
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