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Homage to Debussy: Piano Recital

Claude Debussy (c) Fondation Paul Sacher, Bâle, Collection Igor Strawinsky

Prominent French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918) brought a seminal force to modern music of the 20th century. To celebrate his work, masterpieces and influence on major composers, painters and writers, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French-American Piano Society present a series of events from May 8-10, 2018.

with Mattieu Cognet and George Lepauw

Join us for a special recital celebrating Debussy's famous works and discover some of his pieces performed by talented pianists Matthieu Cognet and George Lepauw, in the intime Salon Rose of the Consulate General of France.

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Mattieu Cognet is the Artistic Director and Masterclass Director of the French-American Piano Society. He is an active soloist and chamber player who performs extensively in Europe and the United States. He has appeared in major venues and festivals in Europe and the United States, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, the Cultural Institute of Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Series), Hemptinne Festival (Belgium), Rushmore Music Festival, SD, Memphis in May Festival, and Prades Festival (France). He recently collaborated in concert with Juilliard and Stony Brook faculty and Grammy Award nominee Carol Wincenc.

George Lepauw obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a double major in English Literature and History, and received his Master of Music in Piano Performance from Northwestern University. He is a founding member of the Chicago Ideas Co-op, a leadership committee of the Chicago Ideas Festival. His creative projects include recordings, films, and multimedia explorations on Johann Sebastian Bach’s complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Debussy’s and Chopin’s Preludes, and Beethoven’s Sonatas.

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918) was a French composer who had an important influence on the modern music of the 20th century. He developed a highly original system of harmony and musical structure that expressed in many respects the ideals to which the Impressionist and Symbolist painters and writers of his time aspired. His major works include Clair de lune (“Moonlight,” in Suite bergamasque, 1890–1905), Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1894; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), the opera Pelléas et Mélisande (1902), and La Mer (1905; “The Sea”).