iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Each summer, award-winning young musicians from around the world gather in Los Angeles to form the iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates, a renowned ensemble that has furthered the careers of many emerging artists. This week on the Young Artists Showcase, we feature recordings from the 2015 festival in a diverse program called “Dances and Romances,” featuring an American premiere along with established favorites.

iPalpiti Artists International was founded in 1997 by its current conductor, Eduard Schmieder, as Young Artists International. Over the years, it has enjoyed the support of great musicians like Yehudi Menuhin and Ida Haendel. Renamed in 2008 (in Italian, i palpiti means “heartbeats”), the program also provides scholarships and career guidance to young musicians. The summer festival has produced 22 CDs, and the Orchestral Ensemble has toured around the world to perform in venues like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and New York’s own Carnegie Hall.

The performances featured this week were recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The program showcases short pieces of classical music influenced by folk and jazz, including a US premiere by the French composer/pianist Jacques Loussier, known for his jazz-inflected performances of Bach. Loussier’s Concerto #2 for Violin with Tabla features guest artist Christopher Garcia on traditional Indian drums. Also featured as soloists are violinists Alexandru Tomescu from Hungary, and Davide De Ascaniis from Italy. Founding conductor Eduard Schmieder leads the orchestra.

iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates
Eduard Schmieder, conductor

Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances
--iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble

Boccherini: Menuet from Quartet 275, No. 5
--iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble

Grieg: Riguadon from Holberg Suite
--iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble

Loussier: Concerto #2 for Violin with Tabla
--Alexandru Tomescu, violin; Christopher Garcia, tabla

Gade: Tango Jalousie (arr. Grapelli-Menuhin)
--Alexandru Tomescu, violin; Davide De Ascaniis, violin

Khachaturian: Sabre Dance from Gayane Ballet
--iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble

Schnittke: Mischievous Polka
--iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (arr. Peter Wolf)
--iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble