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    Vasseur, Sylvain

    Violinist who began playing at fifteen years of age and co-founded the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  In 1983, he joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra and stayed with them for seven years.  He became a member of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1992.  Other groups with whom he has worked include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sinfonia Nova.


    On 13th June 2007, the LSO performed Claude Debussy’s “Three Preludes”, Sergei Prokofiev’s “Violin Concerto No. 1”, with soloist Vadim Repin, and Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka and “Symphony in Three Movements”.


    They teamed up with soloist Andrew Marriner for Debussy’s “First Rhapsody for Clarinet” on 14th June 2007.  It was sandwiched between Prokofiev’s October Cantata and Stravinsky’s Les Noces.


    On 8th May 2007, they shared the stage with soprano Angela Gheorghiu in an evening of opera highlights that featured “Lascia ch’io pianga” from George Frideric Handel’s Rinaldo, “Stridono lassu” from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and “Un bel di vedremo” from Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.


    Sylvain reunited with the LPO on 17th April 2010 at Royal Festival Hall for “Symphony No. 3” (“Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”) by Henryk Gorecki, the British premiere of “Texan Tenebrae” by Mark-Anthony Turnage, and the European premiere of “Violin Concerto No. 2” (“The American Four Seasons”) by Philip Glass.


    On 19th October 2011, the LSO offered up an all-Sibelius program that comprised the Finnish master’s “Violin Concerto in D minor”, with soloist Nikolaj Znaider, and “Symphony No. 2 in D major”.


    They joined forces with the London Symphony Chorus on 21st October 2011 for a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in D major (Missa Solemnis).


    On 13th November 2011, they performed the “Allegro assai” from Bela Bartok’s “Divertimento pour orchestre a cordes”, “Barococo” by Alexandros Markeas, “EGAD!” and “Strings on the Wing” by Gareth Glyn, “The Sea and the Sky” by Jeff Moore, and “Souvenir” by Ladislav Kupkovic.


    They interpreted Benjamin Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes”, Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Violin Concerto No. 1”, with soloist Sarah Chang, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6” (“Pathetique”) on 23rd February 2012.


    On 11th May 2012, they presented a wall-to-wall Stravinsky affair that included The Firebird, Mass, and “Violin Concerto in D major”, with soloist Leonidas Kavakos.


    They performed Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3”, with Yefim Bronfman at the keys, and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4” on 27th May 2012.


    On 31st May 2012, Yefim was back at the piano bench, and Gil Shaham joined the fray, as they interpreted Alban Berg’s “Chamber Concerto”, which was followed by Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1” (“Titan”).


    Gil was back with them on 3rd June 2012 for a concert that paired Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5” with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5” (“Turkish”).


    Recordings on which Sylvain appears include Classikhan, Epiphany, Holst:  The Planets and Music of Hope with the LSO, Fresh Aire 8 by Mannheim Steamroller, and Stabat Mater with Claire Seaton & Andrew Watts.



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    12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ClassiKhan
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    14. http://www.discogs.com/search?q=Sylvain+Vasseur&type=all
    15. http://www.stbrides.com/shop/index.php/recordings/album/pergolesi-stabat-mater.html











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