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Sophia Bacelar and Dan Tepfer Duo

Aug 13th 2017 @ (le) poisson rouge

New York, NY
I Was There
Sunday, August 13th, 2017
4:00 AM
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Sophia Bacelar and Dan Tepfer Duo at (le) poisson rouge
6:00 pm doors | 7:00 pm show | All Ages
Table Seating: $20 advance, $25 day of show | Standing Room: $15 advance, $20 day of show

Cellist Sophia Bacelar and pianist/composer Dan Tepfer met in a jazz club in Paris in 2012. Five years later, they’ve joined for the first time as duo in a merge of classical, jazz, and improvisational music. The program will feature a reimagined version of the classic 1st Bach Cello Suite with improvised responses by Tepfer on the piano, followed by original compositions by Tepfer and tangos by Astor Piazzolla.
About Sophia Bacelar:
Cuban-Chinese-American cellist Sophia Bacelar is quickly establishing herself as one of classical music’s most exciting rising stars. Her 2016/2017 season has been highlighted by performances in the Berliner Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Zürich, and the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Sophia has performed throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Asia in various prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Zürich, Victoria Hall, Le Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Cité de la Musique, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, and Alice Tully Hall. She regularly appears in several renowned festivals, including The Kronberg Academy Cello Festival, The Seiji Ozawa International Academy, and The Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. In recent years, she was awarded 2nd Prize at the Berliner International Competition, 2nd Prize at the Janigro International Competition, and the Mondavi Center’s Career Development Award.
Sophia began studying at The Juilliard School at the age of ten. After graduating high school at age 15, she moved to Paris, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree two years later from Le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. During 2016/2017, she worked under the mentorship of Gautier Capuçon as a laureate of his “Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle” at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. She is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin in the class of Nicolas Altstaedt.
Sophia lives in Berlin, where she spends her spare time doing yoga, reading, and experimenting with new recipes. She plays on a 1914 Giulio Degani cello restored by her father, Luthier Alejandro Bacelar.
About Dan Tepfer:
Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions. His 2011 Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations saw the prize-winning pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” (Wall Street Journal) in “an impressive feat that keeps coming back to a hearty and abiding respect” (New York Times). As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, premiered in the Prague Castle with himself on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, premiered at Carnegie Hall. Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, he is currently working on integrating computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational approach. Awards include first prize and audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association.

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