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David Zobel, piano

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    French pianist David Zobel is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence. He earned degrees in accompanying from The Juilliard School and in singers’ coaching from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris.

    Mr. Zobel enjoys a successful career as collaborative pianist and opera accompanist in France and abroad. He regularly accompanies singers at distinguished competitions, including the Plácido Domingo International Voice Competition, Le concours de la ville de Paris, Concours international d’opéra in Marseille, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna.

    As an opera coach, he is associated with Théí¢tre du Chí¢telet in Paris, the Vienna State Opera, Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, Opéra National de Montpellier, Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Festival d’Aix en Provence, and the Stanislawski Theatre. He has worked with many distinguished conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Lawrence Foster, Alain Altinoglu, Antonino Fogliani, and Marc Minkowski. With Mr. Minkowski, Mr. Zobel collaborated in the Olivier Py production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in Moscow, which received the Russian Golden Mask National Theatre Award for Best Opera of the Year and Best Conductor, and on which Philippe Béziat based his film Le chant des aveugles.

    With Ms. DiDonato, Mr. Zobel has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages, including at Teatro alla Scala, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, La Monnaie in Brussels, Théí¢tre des Champs-í‰lysées, and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pessaro. Mr. Zobel accompanies Ms. DiDonato on her first highly acclaimed solo album The Deepest Desire, which was awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’Année.

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    Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano and David Zobel, piano

    Date: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Haydn: Berenice, che fai, Hob. XXIVa:10
    Rossini: L’invito (Bolero); La Partenza (Canzonetta); Le Dodo des enfants; La Chanson de Zora
    Chaminade: Viens, mon bien-aimé!; Villanelle; Aubade; L’été
    Rossini: Assisa appiè d’un salice from Otello
    Hahn: Venezia; Selection of Italian Love Songs

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    Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano and David Zobel, piano

    Date: Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Vivaldi: Col piacer della mia fede, from Arsilda Regina di Ponto, RV 700
    Chausson: Hébé; Sérénade; Le Colibri; Les Papillons
    Turina: Poema en forma de canciones
    Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson [Selection]
    Gershwin: By Strauss; The Man I Love; I've Got (fascinating) Rhythm [Arr. by J. Lowe]

    New York Times

    “Zobel added his own strength in delicacy, purity of sound and refinement.”

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