Springtime Musicale at Cultural Foundation in Collaboration with Canadian Women’s Club
ARLINGTON, Mass. — On Sunday, April 23 2 p.m., the Armenian Cultural Foundation will be the site of the Springtime Musicale presented by the Canadian Women’s Club (Canadian Consulate of New England) and the Andreassian Music Fund (AMF). The concert will feature Canadian-Armenian violinist Eva Aronian and American-French pianist Pierre Nicolas Colombat. Both of the young musicians are students at the New England Conservatory (NEC) and will be graduating in May.
Aronian was born in Montreal and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. She is the recipient of the 2nd prize and Aspen Prize at the 2016 OSM (Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal) Manlife Competition. Other awards include first prize in the Canadian Music Competition, first prize in the Frank Simpson Concerto Competition, the Boromeo String Quartet’s 2015 Guest Artist Award, first prize in the 2015 “Citta di Barlassina” Competition in Italy. She has performed extensively in Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Germany and Norway. She has participated in festivals such as the Pablo Casals Festival, the International Mendelssohn Festival, the Kronberg Masterclasses, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Perlman Music Program.
Aronian is currently in her fourth year at NEC studying with Donald Weilerstein, receives regular chamber music coaching from Lucy Chapman, Vivian Weilerstein and Soovin Kim. She has participated in masterclasses and worked closely with Ida and Ani Kavafian, Ning Feng, Samuel Rhodes, Raphael Oleg, Regis Pasquier, Todd Phillips, the Miro Quartet, and the Shanghai Quartet among others.
Pierre-Nicolas Colombat currently studies at NEC as a master’s student in the studio of Gabriel Chodos. Colombat also maintains a studio of private students as a piano instructor. in 2014 he received his bachelor’s in music from DePaul University under George Vatchnadze. His final thesis in Competition of DePaul’s Honors College is titled “The Crisis facing the 21st century classical musician and the limits of musical performance.” While in Chicago, he won the Grand Prize of the Inaugural Kleinman Piano Competition.
Concert engagements to this year include performances throughout various American cities as well as in France. At the invitation of pianist Steve Drury, Colombat was invited to perform in the Boston Symphony’s Prelude Series concerts. These concerts allowed him to work directly with composers such as Tino Andres and Julia Anderson. Other concerts feature collaborations with guitarist Zaria Menes and soprano Sophie Boyer as well as full souls recitals.