Lise de la Salle and Hermès Quartet

SUNDAY 24 September 2023
At 7.00pm 

Presenting Lise de la Salle (piano) and Hermes Quartet

Lise de la Salle has established herself as one of today’s exciting young artists and as a musician of real sensibility and maturity. Joining forces with the multi award-winning Hermes quartet this programme is full of romance and beauty. French composer, De Castillon was a contemporary of Camille Saint-Saëns and studied with César Franck and later Robert Schumann.


De Castillon Auswahl aus den Cinq pièces dans le style ancien pour piano, op. 9
De Castillon Klavierquintett Es-Dur, op. 1
Clara Schumann Three Romances for Piano Op. 11
Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44

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A career of already over 15 years, award-winning Naïve recordings, international concert appearances – Lise de la Salle has established herself as one of today’s exciting young artists and as a musician of real sensibility and maturity. Her playing inspired a Washington Post critic to write, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe… the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.”

Highlights of 2022/23 include her debut at Paris Philharmonie with the Orchestre de Paris and her New-Zealand debut with Auckland Philharmonia, as well as performances with such major orchestras as BBC, Singapore, Finnish Radio, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis and Atlanta symphony orchestras under Nathalie Stutzmann, Pierre Bleuse, Kazuki Yamada and Fabio Luisi.

She has played with many leading orchestras across the globe: from the USA (Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra), to the UK (London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), across Europe in Germany (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, RundfunkSinfonieorchester Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, Dresden Staatskapelle, WDR Sinfoniorchester Köln, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt), through her native France (Orchestre National de France and Lyon), also performing in Italy (Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della RAI di Torino), further afield with Rotterdam Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and in Asia (NHK and Singapore Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan) among many others, and collaborated with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Gianandrea Noseda Krzysztof Urbanski, Antonio Pappano, Rafael Payare, Karina Kanellakis, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Lioner Bringuier, Fabien Gabel, Marek Janowski, Robin Ticciati, Osmö Vanska, James Gaffigan, Semyon Bychkov, and Dennis Russell Davies.

She performs in the world’s most esteemed concert halls – Vienna Musikverein, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Herkulessaal in Munich, Berlin Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zurich, Lucerne KKL, Bozar in Brussels, Wigmore and Royal Festival Halls, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Hollywood Bowl, and festivals – Klavier Festival Ruhr and Bad Kissingen, Verbier, La Roque d’Anthéron, Bucharest Enescu Festival, San Francisco Performances, Chicago Symphony recital series, Aspen and Ravinia Festivals… In 2014 she becomes the first Artist-in-Residence of the Zurich Opera and performs in New York in the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center with Vienna Symphony. 

She also takes pleasure in educational outreach and conducts master classes in many of the cities in which she performs.

Among her critically acclaimed Naïve CDs features an all-Chopin disc with a live recording of the Piano Concerto No.2 with Fabio Luisi conducting Staatskapelle Dresden. In May 2011, Naïve issued her sixth recording, released in celebration of Liszt’s Bicentennial. The album received Diapason Magazine’s Diapason d’Or and Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, which stated “…the wonderfully gifted 23-year-old Lise de la Salle gives us a Liszt recital of astonishing strength, poetry, and, for one so young, musical maturity.” Her two latest recordings are released in 2018: Bach Unlimited for the first one – a Bach-focused album with Naïve including the Italian Concerto, Liszt’s Fantasy & Fugue on the Theme B.A.C.H. and the Bach/Busoni Chaconne, and Paris-Moscow for the second – recorded with French cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca, the album offers a celebration of the musical relationship between Paris and Moscow (Sony Classical). She records Chausson Concert with Daniel Hope and the Züchner Kammerorchester (Deutsche Grammophon) in 2020. Her last album (2021) When do we Dance? presents an odyssey of dances through a whole century. 

Lise de la Salle started the piano at age four and gave her first concert 5 years later in a live broadcast on Radio France. She studied at Paris Conservatoire and made her concerto debut at 13 with Beethoven Symphony No.2 in Avignon, her Paris recital debut at the Louvre before going on tour with Orchestre National d’Ile de France, playing Haydn’s Concerto in D Major. She has worked closely with Pascal Nemirovski and was long-term advisee of Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux.

In 2004, Lise de la Salle won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. Later that year, the organization presented both her New York and Washington, D.C. debuts. At the Ettlingen International Competition in Germany, Lise de la Salle won First Prize and the Bärenreiter Award. She has also won First Prize in many French piano competitions.


Omer Bouchez, Elise Liu, violins, Lou Yung-Hsin Chang, viola, Yan Levionnois, cello

The flourishing career of the Quatuor Hermès takes its members on tours worldwide. The quartet is a regular guest in the United States, where it performs at prestigious halls including the Kennedy Center inWashington and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in NewYork.

​Its trajectory has been punctuated by a number of decisive encounters, notably with the Ravel, Ysaÿe and Artemis quartets, with whom the four musicians trained and developed a shared musical philosophy, and with such outstanding personalities as Eberhard Feltz in Berlin, and later Alfred Brendel, an immense inspiration with whom they now work regularly.

The Quatuor Hermès has received numerous prestigious awards, among them ‘Révélation Musicale de l‘Année’ at the Prix de la Critique 2014-15 and the Nordmetall Ensemble Preis 2013 at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. It also won the First Prizes of the Geneva International Competition 2011, the FNAPEC Competition 2010, the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition 2009, and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.

The four musicians were Artists in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel from 2012 to 2016. Since 2015 they have received support from the Fondation d’Entreprise Banque Populaire and the Fondation Singer-Polignac in Paris.

​Their last rendition of Schubert two major works, was acclaimed by international critics, and has been awarded CHOC of the French magazine Classica, as well as CD of the week of the Bavarian Radio BR-Klassik. They also received similar accolades for their previous recordings of Debussy, Ravel, and Dutilleux quartets, as well as the complete Schumann string quartets.

​Elise Liu plays a violin by Carlo Tononi on loan from Talents & Violon’celles.

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