Accompanied by the award-winning early music ensemble Voices of Music, the American violinist Alana Youssefian performs Csárdás by the Italian composer Vittorio Monti. Written around 1904, Monti’s piece is based on a traditional Hungarian form of folk music and became very popular, played by almost every gypsy orchestra. Recorded during Voice of Music’s 2018 December concert in San Francisco.
Vittorio Monti’s Csárdás
Written in 1904, the folkloric piece is based on a Hungarian csárdás, a traditional Hungarian folk dance, the name derived from csárda (old Hungarian term for roadside tavern and restaurant).
Vittorio Monti (6 January 1868 – 20 June 1922) was born in Naples, where he studied violin and composition at the Conservatorio di San Pietro a Majella. Around 1900 he received an assignment as the conductor for the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris, where he wrote several ballets and operettas, for example, Noël de Pierrot.
He also wrote a method for mandolin Petite Méthode pour Mandoline, 98049, in which he included some of his own works, Perle Brillante, Dans Una Gondola, and Au Petit Jour.
A native of New Jersey, baroque and modern violinist Alana Youssefian has forged a reputation as an engaging and spirited soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. Hailed for her “incredible poise,” “sensitive dynamics,” and “plangent emotional involvement” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), as well as performances that are “utterly convincing” (Early Music America), Youssefian has performed internationally as a concertmaster and soloist and in engagements at such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Mann Center, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.
Youssefian studied with Marilyn McDonald at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and earned a master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Kenneth Goldsmith. She will complete her master’s degree in Historical Performance at the Juilliard School in the spring of 2018.
A winner of the 2017 Juilliard Historical Performance concerto competition, she performed Vivaldi’s Il Grosso Mogul concerto with Juilliard415 and Nicholas McGegan.
She has appeared with Juilliard415 (New York City-based Juilliard School’s primary period-instrument ensemble) as concertmaster and soloist on several occasions, including the ensemble’s recent tours of India and New Zealand. She has also performed with Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Mercury Houston, New York’s Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The Sebastians, New York Baroque Incorporated, and Les Arts Florissants at Dans les Jardins de William Christie, Thiré, France.
She is a founding member of the baroque ensemble les soûls d’amour and enjoys its residency at Seabury Academy of Music and the Arts at St. Paul’s on the Green, Norwalk, Connecticut.
Related: Sándor Lakatos plays Csárdás (Monti)
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