Born in Belgium in 1982, violist Dimitri (“Dima”) Murrath was the first violist to be accepted into the Artist Diploma program at New England Conservatory, where he studied with Kim Kashkashian. His recent performances include recitals at Jordan Hall, Palais des Beaux-Arts ( Brussels), Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and
Purcell Room ( London). A n advocate of contemporary music, Dimitri has recorded and given numerous first performances of new music by English and Belgian composers. Dima began his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Natalia Boyarsky, and went on to work with David Takeno at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama (London). He has won awards from the Hattori Foundation, Musicians Benevolent Fund and Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Belgian American Educational Foundation, the Belgian Foundation for Young Soloists, and NEC’s Presidential Scholar Award. Read a review of his Gardner Museum debut on Chamber Music Today, the blog of Chamber Music America.
Vincent Planès is a native of Annecy, France. An avid collaborative pianist, he came to the United States to study with Menahem Pressler, distinguished pianist of the Beaux-Arts Trio. Since then he has performed in venues such as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Neue Galerie in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, and as part of the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center both as a soloist and in collaboration with such distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman and Kim Kashkashian. His European performances have taken him to France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland. Mr. Planès is co-Artistic Director of the Festival de Musique de Chambre du Larzac (France) and was a founding member of the modern music ensemble Aïsthésis. He is currently an accompanist for the Perlman Music Program. While attending Indiana University, he served as the studio pianist for the class of János Starker. He is now a doctoral candidate in collaborative piano at New England Conservatory and has recently been granted the Presser Music Award. Click here to watch Planès’ Feburary 17, 2006 Kennedy Center performance online.
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