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DIDiER CASTELL-JACOMIN, PIANO

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Daniel Gaisford & Jacques-Pierre Malan, Cello

  • Antonin Dvorak, String Serenade

  • Antonino Vivaldi, Two Cello Concerto

  • Joseph Haydn, D Major Piano Concerto

  • Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring

Join us as we welcome three world-class soloists to the stage. The program will open with Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, featuring international cello soloist Daniel Gaisford and the our very own Jacques-Pierre Malan. The first half of the concert will close with one of Antonin Dvorak’s most memorable works, Serenade for Strings in E Major

After intermission, we will feature French Pianist, Didier Castell-Jacomin, in one of Franz Joseph Haydn’s most Mozartian piano concertos, his Piano Concerto No. 11 in D Major. Castell-Jacomin is a Steinway Artist who specializes in the music of Mozart and Haydn. According to our Music Director, Julien Benichou, “Didier brings to Haydn not only the lightness and expression, but also the depth of color.”

We will finish with the concert’s title piece, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, performing the original 1944 chamber orchestra version. Copland wrote late in his life, “I have come to think that the original Instrumentation has a clarity and is closer to my original conception than the more opulent orchestrated version.”


Thursday, November 7 | 7:30PM

Easton Church Of God

Easton, MD

Saturday, November 9 | 3:00PM

Ocean View Church of Christ

Ocean View, DE

Sunday, November 10 | 3:00PM

Community Church

Ocean Pines, MD


About Our Soloist

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A student of Catherine Collard, Georgy Cziffra, Fausto Zadra, and Vincenzo Scaramuzza, Didier Castell-Jacomin is a renowned performer who has performed on many of the world’s most famous stages. His debut at the Berlin Philharmonie let to invitations to perform at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, in addition to numerous venues in London, Brussels and in Spain.

In Germany, Didier Castell-Jacomin has played with the Baden Baden Philharmonie, in Switzerland at the New Year Festival in Gstaadt, and in France at Salle Cortot and at Théâtre de l'Athénée. Norman Lebrecht called him: "A sparkling pianist", and Paul Badura-Skoda, after a performance together, called him "A true Mozartian". 

The extensive discography of Didier Castell-Jacomin includes works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann. His last recording was devoted to women composers (Chaminade, Bonis, Clara Schumann).

Didier Castell-Jacomin and the Wiener Kammer Symphony Quintet preformed on tour in the Netherlands at the end of 2018. A recording of the tour will be released in spring 2019 on Naxos.


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Daniel Gaisford has enjoyed a career that spans over 25 years. As soloist, he has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States and Canada; among them the major orchestras of Saint Louis, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal, under the direction of conductors such as Robert Spano, David Zinman and Hermann Michael.

Equally active as a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Gaisford has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad in cities ranging from New York, San Francisco and Berlin, to Boston and Rome. He has been a featured guest at major festivals throughout the world including New York City's Mostly Mozart Festival, the Chautauqua Festival, the Caramoor Festival, and the Davos Festival in Switzerland.

Other festival appearances include the RomaEuropa, New Jersey's Festival of the Atlantic, Michigan's Matrix Festival, the Prince Albert Festival in Kauai and the Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. Mr. Gaisford has been a frequent guest on radio programs around the country including NPR's Performance Today series. In 2001, Mr. Gaisford recorded composer Michael Hersch's Sonata No.1 for Unaccompanied Cello and gave the NY premiere at the 92nd St. Y - Tisch Center for the Performing Arts. In 2004, he recorded Hersch's Sonata No. 2 for Unaccompanied Cello, which was dedicated to Mr. Gaisford.

The performance was recorded on the Vanguard Classics label and selected by The Washington Post as one of the most important recordings of 2005 by chief critic Tim Page. The 2018-19 season includes performances of the Bach Suites for Solo Cello and the Sonatas for Unaccompanied Cello by Michael Hersch as well as concerto and recital performances in the US and abroad.


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South African cellist, Jacques-Pierre Malan is taking the classical music world by storm with his unparalleled performances, innovative projects, and uncompromising dedication to energizing and uplifting both audiences and musicians alike. His initiatives have landed him on stages across the world from Africa to Europe to the USA. He is currently based in Baltimore Maryland, allowing him access to America’s greatest musicians and performing opportunities. Serving as an ambassador for South African classical musicians within the USA, Malan works tirelessly as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, as well as a dedicated teacher and program coordinator.

As a performer, Malan’s career was launched through winning top competition prizes and scholarships including Yale Gordan String Competition, SAMRO Bursary Competition, Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival Competition, Getting To Carnegie Hall amongst several others. As a soloist, Jacques-Pierre has performed cello concertos with Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Capetown Philharmonic, Peabody Conductors Orchestra. His impeccable technique, endless energy, and unifying personality has allowed him to perform chamber music with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Carney as well as numerous faculties from Julliard School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute.

In 2016, after completing his Master degree at Peabody Conservatory with Israeli cellist Amit Peled, Malan was invited to continue his contributions to the music world in America on an O1 Visa for Extraordinary Ability in the Arts which was sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Encounters Inc. and Friends of Chamber Music Concert Series. In less than two years, he founded the Baltimore String Quartets and Trios, a business that pairs upscale event planners with elite musicians, and Creative Concert Group, which produces visionary concert programs never been done before, including the Dvorak Cello Concerto performed with String Quartet, which Mr. Malan premiered in Washington DC. Mr. Malan’s work performing at the South African Embassy has led him to working as Artistic Program Coordinator for the Embassy Series, which, through putting on performances at embassies from all over the world, aims to unite people through musical diplomacy.

Mr. Malan comes home to South Africa every midyear to perform and visit his family. This year’s performances include the Haydn C Major in his home town Bloemfontein with the Free State Symphony Orchestra followed by recitals in Capetown of works by Bach, Schubert and Brahms.