Playing in unconventional ways, Emmanuel Ceysson reminds us that the harp can be a rather powerful instrument. As part of the 72nd Season of Concerts at the National Gallery of Art, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France presents the concert by French harpist, Emmanuel Ceysson, on June 1st, as well as the musical performance by the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble on June 8th. Both performances feature music by 19th century French composers. 

Since 2005, Ceysson has regularly performed in leading international venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau, Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Berlin Philharmonie. His appearances in recital, concerto repertoire and chamber music win high praise from the press. In 2006 he joined the Orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris as Principal Harp, offering solo passages that are often singled out for mention by opera critics.

His unfailing commitment to the harp has earned him the highest international distinctions. Ceysson won the Gold Medal and a special performance prize at the USA International Harp Competition (Bloomington) in 2004, First Prize and six special prizes at the New York Young Concert Artist Auditions in 2006, and First Prize at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich in September 2009, thus becoming the first harpist to obtain awards at three major international events.

He was Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 2005 to 2009 and has taught at the International Summer Academy in Nice since 2010; he also offers regular masterclasses in France and abroad as part of his international music tours.

In 2010, Emmanuel Ceysson was nominated in the category ‘Solo Instrumental Discovery’ at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. A year later in November, he received a Prix d’Encouragement from the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France (Fondation Simone Del Duca) in recognition of his distinguished early career. 

For his concert in Washington, DC, Emmanuel Ceysson has chosen works by Gabriel Fauré, Gabriel Pierné, Henriette Reniém, and other composers contemporary with Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt. 

Now in its tenth season as a chamber choir under the leadership of its artistic director, Rosa Lamoreaux, the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble has presented special programs in honor of Gallery exhibitions, including music by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and other French composers in honor of the reopening of the Nineteenth-Century French Galleries (2011) and excerpts from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Patience in honor of Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design (2012).

For its concert in honor of Degas/Cassatt, the ensemble has selected part-songs by Gabriel Fauré and Reynaldo Hahn as well as excerpts from opera choruses by André Messager, Giacomo Meyerbeer, and Jacques Offenbach.

Both musical performances honor the Degas/Cassatt exhibition currently on view at the National Gallery of Art. Sunday concerts at the National Gallery begin at 6:30 p.m., and the audience is admitted free of charge, on a first-come, first-seated basis, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The concerts by Emmanuel Ceysson and the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble are made possible by a partnership between the National Gallery of Art and the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, through a grant from SAFRAN. 

National Gallery of Art 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC

Emmanuel Ceysson and the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble in Concert

When
June 1 and 8, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.
Where
National Gallery of Art
6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Playing in unconventional ways, Emmanuel Ceysson reminds us that the harp can be a rather powerful instrument. As part of the 72nd Season of Concerts at the National Gallery of Art, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France presents the concert by French harpist, Emmanuel Ceysson, on June 1st, as well as the musical performance by the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble on June 8th. Both performances feature music by 19th century French composers. 

Since 2005, Ceysson has regularly performed in leading international venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau, Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Berlin Philharmonie. His appearances in recital, concerto repertoire and chamber music win high praise from the press. In 2006 he joined the Orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris as Principal Harp, offering solo passages that are often singled out for mention by opera critics.

His unfailing commitment to the harp has earned him the highest international distinctions. Ceysson won the Gold Medal and a special performance prize at the USA International Harp Competition (Bloomington) in 2004, First Prize and six special prizes at the New York Young Concert Artist Auditions in 2006, and First Prize at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich in September 2009, thus becoming the first harpist to obtain awards at three major international events.

He was Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 2005 to 2009 and has taught at the International Summer Academy in Nice since 2010; he also offers regular masterclasses in France and abroad as part of his international music tours.

In 2010, Emmanuel Ceysson was nominated in the category ‘Solo Instrumental Discovery’ at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. A year later in November, he received a Prix d’Encouragement from the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France (Fondation Simone Del Duca) in recognition of his distinguished early career. 

For his concert in Washington, DC, Emmanuel Ceysson has chosen works by Gabriel Fauré, Gabriel Pierné, Henriette Reniém, and other composers contemporary with Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt. 

Now in its tenth season as a chamber choir under the leadership of its artistic director, Rosa Lamoreaux, the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble has presented special programs in honor of Gallery exhibitions, including music by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and other French composers in honor of the reopening of the Nineteenth-Century French Galleries (2011) and excerpts from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Patience in honor of Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design (2012).

For its concert in honor of Degas/Cassatt, the ensemble has selected part-songs by Gabriel Fauré and Reynaldo Hahn as well as excerpts from opera choruses by André Messager, Giacomo Meyerbeer, and Jacques Offenbach.

Both musical performances honor the Degas/Cassatt exhibition currently on view at the National Gallery of Art. Sunday concerts at the National Gallery begin at 6:30 p.m., and the audience is admitted free of charge, on a first-come, first-seated basis, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The concerts by Emmanuel Ceysson and the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble are made possible by a partnership between the National Gallery of Art and the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, through a grant from SAFRAN. 

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