Philippe Graffin

Contemporary Music

Philippe Graffin has had a number of works written especially for him:
NEW!: Rodion SHCHEDRIN Concerto Parlando for violin, trumpet & string orchestra 2004

Vytautas BARKAUSKAS Jeux for Violin and Orchestra 2003. The composer was awarded Lithuania's National Prize for the Arts 2004 for this composition. It is now available on CD (AVIE AV2073) with BARKAUSKAS Duo Concertante for violin and viola 2004, written for Philippe Graffin & Nobuko Imai.
Vassily LOBANOV Pelage de fer for solo violin and narrator 1999
David MATTHEWS Violin Concerto No 2 1998
Philippe HERSANT Chants du Sud for solo violin
Yves PRIN Ephémères for Violin and Orchestra 1993 (available on CD)



Vytautas BARKAUSKAS Jeux, Two Monologues, Duo Concertante
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra
Vilnius Festival Orchestra
Robertas Servenikas, conductor
AVIE AV 2073


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Yves PRIN Ephémères Capriccio for violin and chamber orchestra
NAXOS 21st Century Classics 8.555347

"It has a highly improvisatory nature, and Philippe Graffin’s spectacularly imaginative performance endorses Prin’s description of the piece as something of a homage to Ravel, particularly his Tzigane." www.ClassicsToday.com

"The composer is finely served by the wonderful Philippe Graffin, who makes the most of his many lyrical moments in Ephémères" Gramophone

"Philippe Graffin est un violiniste de premier plan." Répertoire




Recent performances of contemporary works

KAIJA SAARIAHO Graal Theatre.
Graffin performed Finnish composer Saariaho's Graal Theatre with the festival orchestra at Cincinnati's Music 04, a unique and intensive new music festival.



Philippe Graffin in rehearsal with Barkauskas and conductor Robertas Servenikas - January 2003


BARKAUSKAS - Jeux

The composer has been awarded Lithuania's National Prize for the Arts 2004 for this composition

"Smuikininkui tiko Zaidimu elegancija" (The elegance of Jeux suited the violinist)
Lietuvos rytas, Vilnius 4 February 2003

Philippe Graffin and the Consonances Festival of St Nazaire co-commissioned a violin concerto from the renowned and popular Lithuanian composer, Vytatuas Barkauskas. The concerto was written first for a chamber group and performed by Graffin in St Nazaire in September 2002. On 31st January and 1st February 2003 he gave the World Première of the full orchestra version in Kaunas (birthplace of Barkauskas) and Vilnius with the Lithuanian National Philharmonic.
Graffin also performed the Partita written by Barkauskas with which Gidon Kremer became closely associated.

BARKAUSKAS - Duo Concertante

Following the success of 'Jeux' Barkauskas wrote a concerto for violin and viola , Duo Concertante, for Philippe Graffin and Nobuko Imai and they gave the world premiere at the 2004 Vilnius Festival. At Graffin's suggestion, Barkauskas dedicated the work to Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who in 1940 risked his life to save thousands of Jews from the Holocaust by issuing transit visas from his consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania.


Mstislav Rostropovich & Philippe Graffin performing Shchedrin's Concerto Cantabile / November 2001


SHCHEDRIN - Concerto Cantabile

In November 2001 Philippe Graffin was invited by the Lithuanian National Philharmonic to perform the Concerto Cantabile for violin and orchestra by Rodion Shchedrin.

The performance was attended by Shchedrin and conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich. Following the success of this performance Graffin was invited to perform the same piece in Moscow on 16th December 2002, the 70th birthday of Shchedrin. The concert was streamed on the internet with live tele-bridge to New York.

Philippe also performed the work with the St Petersburg Philharmonic in December 2005.

SHCHEDRIN - Concerto Parlando

Philippe Graffin and the Consonances Festival gave their 2004 festival the theme: "Hommage à Rodion Shchedrin", invited Shchedrin to be composer-in-residence and commissioned a new concerto for violin, trumpet and string orchestra. Concerto parlando was premiered by Graffin & Martin Hurrel (trumpet) and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin during the festival.
Graffin will perform the Concerto Parlando in Vilnius, Lithuania in November 2006 as part of a Shchedrin Festival.



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