The Mariani Quartet on symphonic density in Brahms and lean clarity in Gernsheim. Together with Audax producer Johannes Pramsohler, they cast a glance behind the scenes of their work on the continuation of the award-winning series. A conversation about the wondrous world of intensively experienced chamber music. Johannes Pramsohler: Let’s talk about leadership in your ensemble. Is there someone who tends to “lead” more than the others, or do you divide it up among each other?
Rediscovering an award-winning French composer and why he has been forgotten How did you discover Robert Dussaut? Iñaki Encina Oyón: When I was twenty years old, I moved to Toulouse to pursue my studies as an accompanist and I joined the “classe de perfectionnement” of Thérèse Dussaut. The first time I heard about Robert Dussaut was when I read my teacher’s impressive biography that mentioned she was the daughter of a winner of the Grand Prix de Rome. However, busy with stude
Pianist Iñaki Encina Oyón about why Greek-born French composer Hélène Covatti deserves more attention Who was Hélène Covatti? Hélène Covatti was born in Greece (1910) and moved to Paris when she was 15 years old to pursue her musical studies in the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris, with teachers such as Noël Gallon or Jean Roger-Ducasse. Her mother was a talented painter and the whole family settled in Paris, where she married composer Robert Dussaut, and gave birth to Thérès