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Alhambra Performing Arts Center (APAC), under the direction of Artistic Director Bill Yee, will present the award-winning husband and wife concert duo Zachary and Virginie Deak in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra. Admission is free.
The couple has been a musical duo for almost six years. During their careers as professional pianist and violist, they performed in many European countries, as well as Morocco and California. They are committed to introducing the viola, this often misunderstood and little-known instrument, by exploring its rich and diverse repertory. As a 14-year-old piano student, The French violist Virginie d'Avezac pursued the viola because of its warm and melancholic sound. Those composers who chose to write music specifically for the viola were looking for a particular sound unique to this instrument. The duo has devoted itself to this same spirit of creative inquiry.
Zachary supports and highlights the viola while respecting as closely as possible the musical score. Born in San Diego, but spending many years studying in Paris and London, Zachary has returned to California to pursue a doctorate in piano performance at USC Thornton School of Music.
Virginie began her musical studies with the piano at the age of 5 and entered the Bordeaux National Conservatory at the age of 10. She received first prizes from the Bordeaux Conservatory in viola, chamber music, harmony, and counterpoint. Virginie studied with two of France’s most respected violists, Tasso Adamopoulos and Serge Collot. Since her arrival in Los Angeles in February, she has played with the conductorless Kaleidoscope Orchestra, String Mob, and in several chamber music groups.
Zachary has appeared in recitals and music festivals in the United States, France, Morocco, Portugal, Moldavia, and the United Kingdom. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Moldavian chamber orchestra conducted by Alexei Wassilenko. In June 2012, Zachary received the Hopkinson silver medal at the prestigious Chappell Medal Piano Competition in London. In January 2013, he worked with the eminent pianist Maria Joao Pires in Paris. He is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Southern California.
The Alhambra Performing Arts Center is a member of the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters and a member of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce.
Refreshments are by Le Cordon Bleu trained chef Mario Bolanos and crew.
Free-will donations will be accepted during intermission. Seating is limited and first come, first served.
For more information, contact Mr.Yee at 626-230-5435, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.