A second Do-It-Yourself Messiah performance has just been added at 5 pm on Dec. 18! The 2 pm performance is full.

Guilherme Andreas, flute and Matthieu Cognet, piano

This concert is generously sponsored by Debra Fishman Yates in loving memory of The Honorable Stephen R. Yates.

Gifts from friends like you allow us to continue bringing the finest in classical music to our community.

Program

  • Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) – Sonata for Flute and Piano (1957) (13’)
  • I. Allegretto malincolico
  • II. Cantilena: Assez lent
  • III. Presto giocoso
  • Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) arr. G. Andreas – Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major Op. 13 (1876) (24’)
  • I. Allegro molto
  • II. Andante
  • III. Scherzo: Allegro vivo
  • IV. Finale: Allegro quasi presto

Brazilian flutist Guilherme Andreas received First Place in the 2020 International Music Competition “Paris and London” Grand Prize Virtuoso and the 2019 Concert Artists International Virtuoso Competition’s professional division. Andreas has appeared in recitals, concerts, and presentations throughout the US, including the Global Brazil Conference at Duke University, Symposium on Brazil at Johns Hopkins University, and recent concerts in Nashville, Washington, New York City, Rochester, Boston and Seattle, among other cities. After being invited to perform as Principal Flute with the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in NYC, Andreas gave a solo performance in 2019 together with fellow CAI Virtuoso Competition winners.

As a soloist of the Brazilian Marines Wind Symphony, Andreas performed in major concert halls throughout Brazil and other countries of South America. As a chamber musician, his concerts with Trio Gaubert (cello, flute and piano), took place in theaters and museums throughout Rio de Janeiro. Andreas received numerous prizes at competitions in Brazil including Young Soloists of the Eleazar de Carvalho Festival and the Sargent Borges Medal, granted to the leader of the Sergeant Musicians Course of the Brazilian Marine Corps. He also received a full scholarship to pursue his Masters studies in flute in the USA, awarded in Brazil by the Young Musicians in the Museum Competition in partnership with James Madison University in Virginia.

Andreas was appointed as a Trevor James Alto Flutes Artist, selected to be a member of the 2019 Global Leaders Program, awarded the SphinxConnect 2019 and 2020 Fellowship and a 2020 Sphinx Orchestral Partners Auditions Fellowship. Andreas is also an Artist in Residence with Sugar Hill Chamber Music series.

Andreas received his Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music and received a Graduate Diploma in Chamber Music at the same institution. Andreas received his Graduate Performance Diploma and the Peabody Career Award from the Peabody Institute at the John Hopkins University.

French pianist Matthieu Cognet is an active soloist and sought-after chamber player who 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, Hemptinne Festival (Belgium), the Rushmore Music Festival, SD, the Festival Memphis in May, the Saint Georges Music Festival in Guadeloupe, and the Prades and Pianissimes Festivals (France). He recently collaborated in concert with internationally acclaimed Flutist Carol Wincenc and Grammy Award winner Bandoneonist Hector Del Curto.

He has been a soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Stony Brook University Orchestra, Indiana University Student Orchestra, and the Paris Sorbonne Orchestra. His recital and chamber music performances have been featured on Radio France and Chicago WFMT Radio broadcasts. Matthieu Cognet is a laureate of the Concours Musical de France, the Bloomington Travel Grant and Stony Brook Concerto Competitions. He won 1st Prize in the Entraide Française Competition in New York in May 2017, which earned him a recital at the French Consulate in New York City.

Dr. Cognet received degrees from the Paris and Brussels Conservatories, the University of La Sorbonne. He completed his Performer Diploma at Indiana University, while working extensively as the studio pianist of Janos Starker. In 2017, he graduated with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University.

In addition to his performing activities, Mr. Cognet released his own arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s La Valse for piano solo under the label Lauren Keiser Publications/Hal Leonard. He is also the Artistic Director and Masterclass Director of the French-American Piano Society. He has recorded three albums: “Debut Recital”, “Mit Humor”(Odradek Records), to stellar reviews (Gramophone Magazine), and “Global Saxophone.” He is currently a collaborative pianist and French Diction Instructor at the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute and Manhattan School of Music.

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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