Performing Cherney

Performance Practice of Brian Cherney’s Music: Interviews with Marina Thibeault, Julia Den Boer, and Paul Vaillancourt

  • Aiyun Huang

The French-American pianist Julia Den Boer is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Based in New York City, she performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician and has commissioned and premiered numerous works. She is committed to exploring and pushing her instrument’s boundaries through close collaboration with composers and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent composers of our time, such as Heinz Holliger, Philippe Leroux, Martin Matalon, and Kaija Saariaho.

Marina Thibeault. Celebrated for her deep rich sound, exceptional virtuosity, and enthusiasm, violist Marina Thibeault travels the world as a sought-after recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist. She is an ardent ambassador for new music and seeks to champion diversity and innovation in the classical world. She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently Révélations Radio-Canada 2016–17, the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award (2016), and First Prize in the string category of Prix d’Europe (2015) and the McGill Concerto Competition (2015).

Paul Vaillancourt, professor of percussion at Columbus State University, has been a featured soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and at the Banff and Aspen Music Festivals. Recent concerto performances have included Michael Daugherty’s Raise the Roof with the CSU Wind Ensemble, and Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto with the CSU Philharmonic, the Guanajuato Philharmonic Orchestra in Mexico and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a founding member of several innovative contemporary music groups including the Furious Band, the Fountain City Ensemble, and STRIKE with pianist Jeff Meyer. STRIKE’s tours of China, Russia, and Thailand included performances at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Central Conservatory, Tianjin Conservatory, SoundWays New Music Festival in St. Petersburg, at the Thailand International Composers Festival, and at universities in the Greater Bangkok area.

Couverture de Illuminations: Essays in Honour of Brian Cherney, Volume 37, numéro 1, 2017, p. 3-224, Intersections

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