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Pamela VLIEK Martchev - Flute

Valentin MARTCHEV - Bassoon

Joshua RANZ - Clarinet


Rosalind Marmel


The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Fifth Floor, November 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

By Rosalind Marmel, Los Angeles Correspondent,October 31, 2012

Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Le Salon de Musiques Francois Chouchan is a French born Jew living in Los Angeles.

Le Salon de Musiques Co-Artistic Director – John Walz

The second concert of Le Salon de Musiques’ 3rd season on November 11 will feature CHARLES MARIE WIDOR’S Suite for Flute and Piano op 34 and ANDRE CAPLET’S Quintet for Piano and Winds, which is a US PREMIERE. The concert will be introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson and performed by Steven Vanhauwaert on piano, Pamela Vliek Martchev on flute, Valentin Martchev on bassoon, Joshua Ranz on clarinet and Joseph Stone on oboe. The performance will be followed by a one-hour informal conversation between the musicians and the audience where they can share ideas, concepts and impressions about the music performed while sipping French Champagne and enjoying a gourmet buffet prepared by Patina. 

With five United States premieres and a retinue of newly rediscovered composers, “Le Salon de Musiques”, an ensemble of some of Los Angeles most renowned chamber music performers, returns for its third season and reexamines the Romantic and Neo-Romantic movements and their lesser known gems.

This distinctive series is being performed on the 5th floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on the second Sunday of every month beginning October 2012 through May 19, 2013, between 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

Inspired by Marie Antoinette artistic spirit in Versailles, the one-hour concerts celebrating the five United States premieres and rediscovered composers are introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson and are followed by La Conversation, one-hour informal Q and A between the musicians and the audience in which they share ideas, concepts and impressions about the music performed. French Champagne will be provided alongside a gourmet buffet prepared by Patina.

Le Salon de Musiques Founder and Co-Artistic Director- Francois Chouchan:
Regarding the inspiration behind the selection of the 2012-2013 season, French pianist and artistic director Francois Chouchan explains: “So many beautiful, melodic, lyrical and romantic pieces are still rarely performed; my idea was first to find and choose some of the most inspired lesser known and great German, Russian, Polish, and French composers and bring them out to combine an expressive, touching and moving program, which makes this season unique.” Chouchan has invited some of the most prestigious international artists to join in this series, many of whom have performed with the LA Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to mention a few. The compositions being played include those by Brahms, Caplet, Chopin, Ravel, Zarebsky, Widor, Lyapunov, Bach, Debussy, Robert Schumann but also Camillo Schumann, Scharwenka, Glinka, Delius and Bridge among others.

By removing the stage, and surrounding the artists by the audience, Le Salon de Musiques offers a more personal and intimate touch to listeners eager to familiarize themselves with Chamber Music and to feel it differently. “ Chamber Music was written for intimate and small venues,” Chouchan says. The goal is also to bring together an audience of disparate lovers who believe that this form of melodic artistry brings out the best in humanity.

In an article written by Rick Shultz of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal Chouchan is quoted as saying, “Growing up in France, a country predominantly Catholic was not easy.  I love my country but if I have to go back to France, I would be sad.  As with most European countries, we have anti-Semitic problems.  Being Jewish in Los Angeles is a dream compared with being Jewish in some parts of France.”

Chouchan’s performances include performing for the American Israel Cultural Foundation at Brandeis University and at the University Synagogue in Los Angeles.

In 2013, some of his concerts with the Music Guild with the Lafayette String Quartet will be at The University Synagogue, at the Daniel Recital Hall at Cal State Long Beach and at the Plaza del Performance Hall at Cal State Northridge.

As I am writing, I am listening to extracts from his classical recordings at: .

Le Salon de Musiques Co-Artistic Director- John Walz: 
A celebrated soloist and chamber music artist, known for his dazzling virtuosity and elegant musicianship. A student of the legendary French cellist, Pierre Fournier, he has appeared as soloist with more than 150 symphony orchestras on four continents.

His performances of 25 different concertos include both standard showcases and rarities like Martinu’s Concerto #1 and William Schuman’s Song of Orfeus. In 1979, John, along with pianist Edith Orloff, founded the Pacific Trio. Now performing with violinist Roger Wilkie, this renowned ensemble has played more than 900 concerts throughout North America and Europe. In addition to his solo and chamber music duties, he is currently the principal cellist with the Los Angeles Opera, a position he previously held for 20 years with the Long Beach Symphony. John is on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program and Academy.

November 2012 Artists:

Steven VANHAUWAERT - Piano:
Praised by the Los Angeles Times for his "impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique", Steven Vanhauwaert studied piano in Brussels at the Royal Conservatory, and continued his musical development in Los Angeles at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Over the years, Steven has garnered a wide array of accolades and has toured throughout Europe and the US, both solo as in chamber music groups. He has appeared in major venues with orchestras such as the Pacific Symphony, the Flemish Symphony, the Concord Jazz Ensemble, the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra and Prima la Musica, amongst others. In 2010 he is scheduled to make his China solo debut. As a member of the Felici Piano Trio, Steven has given recitals and master classes all over the US, has been a frequent guest in festivals around the world, and has appeared in all the major concert halls of Europe.

Pamela VLIEK Martchev - Flute:
Pamela Vliek Martchev was born in Merrick, NY, and received her initial musical education in the public school system of Long Island. From age 13 on she went to Manhattan School of Music for the Pre-College Division and then her Bachelor of Music Degree. Her teachers included Harold Jones, Kathleen Nester, and Linda Chesis

During her time in NY she won prizes in many competitions, was a featured artist on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase, and played at many venues such as Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, and the White House for President Clinton. After her schooling she went on to perform extensively in Europe as 2nd flute of Philharmonie der Nationen under conductor Justus Frantz.

Since moving to CA in 2000, Ms. Martchev has played with the Riverside, Redlands, Pasadena, San Diego Chamber, San Diego Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has played under such conductors as Esa-Pe

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