Rencontres Musicales Champéry | The quintet and a piano quartet


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Throughout the concerts, discover the different facets of Brahms: virtuoso pianist, but also chamber musician and orchestrator of genius.

The height of his art
Brahms was first and foremost a virtuoso pianist. It is no surprise, then, that his chamber music makes the most of the piano. The two compositions of this evening are sublime examples of the mastery with which the composer was able to blend the timbre of his favorite instrument with those of string instruments.

And what can we say about these bewitching themes borrowed from gypsy folklore? A music that lifts the heart and evokes Brahms’ childhood in Hamburg, during which he joyfully mingled with the violins of Hungarian immigrants: a source of inspiration that would later be inexhaustible throughout his life, to our great delight.

Pražák Quartet
The new Pražák Quartet is the generational evolution of the Pražák Quartet, which has performed around the world with immense success for nearly 50 years. This evolution began in 2015 when Jana Vonášková joined the Quartet as first violin bringing in new blood. From the moment she joined, she won over the audience with her richly expressive interpretations. The pillar of the Quartet, violist and founding member Josef Klusoň and Jana Vonášková continue the tradition. The new members, second violinist Marie Fuxová and cellist Jonáš Krejčí have extensive chamber music and quartet experience, having previously played with the Pavel Haas, Škampa and Petersen Quartets. They bring their own experience and energy while remaining true to the tradition, character and quality of the Czech Quartet. In the upcoming season marked by important anniversaries of Czech composers, the quartet plans to record works by Josef Suk and Vitězslav Novák, both disciples of Dvořák.

Juliana Steinbach
Born in Brazil, Juliana Steinbach trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (CNSMDP) and then perfected her skills in Italy, Israel and Portugal before concluding with a degree at the Julliard School in New York. Since then, she has performed as a soloist with the main French orchestras and in a wide variety of venues and festivals.

Her numerous recordings also show her attachment to chamber music. Let’s mention a recording of the complete piano trios of Johannes Brahms with the Talweg Trio, released by Pavane in 2014. Or her collaborations with Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire for the four-hand piano repertoire. She keeps strong ties with Brazil as evidenced for example by the recording of the solo album Saudades do Brasil.
In 2021, she tours with the complete Bartók piano concertos, including her debut in the Sala São Paulo.

Juliana Steinbach is the founder and artistic director of two piano and chamber music festivals: “Musique en Charolais-Brionnais” in France, which has been attracting international audiences to the exquisite Romanesque churches of southern Burgundy every summer since 2005, and “Transylvania Chamber Music Festival” in Romania, a unique musical project following in the footsteps of Béla Bartók and exploring the folk roots of Central European classical music heritage.


Pražák Quartet
Juliana Steinbach, piano

Johannes Brahms
Quintet for piano and strings in F minor, Op. 34
Quartet for piano and strings No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Opening hours

Tuesday 8 August 2023 at 7 pm.
Doors open at 18:30.




Adult: 35 CHF.
Student : 15 CHF
Children -15 years old : Free entrance
Festival pass : 220 CHF (excluding children's concert).

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Église Saint-ThéoduleRue du Village 511874Champéry
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