"Pires is brilliant in the fast movements, very lyrical and expressive in the slow ones. In interaction with the highly sensitive acting Akimoto, he manages to create very moving moments. His clarinet sound is beautiful, round and smooth."Pizzicato, 04-2-2022
LES SIX Merci et Adieu, Claude
„In the 19th and 20th centuries, French music achieved a unique profile and was widely acknowledged on the international scene. This success was due, last not least, to symbolic figures such as Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, and the “Groupe des Six,” in spite of their divergent aesthetic tendencies.…
After the French defeat against Germany in 1871, Saint-Saëns became one of the founders of the “Société Nationale de Musique”, with the goal of promoting the French music of his time. Forty years later, the “Groupe des Six” would pursue similar objectives, but with different aesthetic ideals; Saint-Saëns would vehemently reject them.
….. The work’s predominantly Romantic style hardly betrays the fact that Claude Debussy had passed away three years earlier, and that the young composers who made up the “Groupe des Six” were already embarking on completely new musical paths.
Still, Saint-Saëns agreed with his younger colleagues about the need of foregoing the monumental bombast and Wagnerian pathos of Late Romantic music. Debussy and the “Groupe des Six” were more decisive and resolute in venturing a step further back in time, past Romanticism, and orienting themselves toward Baroque and Classical models, which led to a flowering of Neo-Classical musical tendencies.
With his individual aesthetics, Claude Debussy occupies a special position: he can not be reckoned among any school or group, and he certainly did not like to be called an “Impressionist.” In a certain sense, he is like a monolith.………….“ (From the booklet notes by Pedro Obiera)
As soloist, Sérgio Pires has performed with renowned orchestras in Europe; since 2016 he is the
principal clarint player with the Winterthur MusikKollegium (CH). He participated in recordings for
BIS, Genuin, MDG and Orpheus.
As a highly requested chamber musician Sérgio Pires regularly performs with famous artists like Heinz Holliger, Michael Collins, Valentin Erben, Felix Renggli, Daniel Haefliger, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Emmanuel Abbuehl and many others. Sérgio Pires meanwhile took part in some of the most important and acclaimed classical music festivals in the world, such as European Music Campus (Austria), Kultursommer Nordhessen (Germany), BBC Proms (England), Schleswig-Holstein Festival (Germany), Isang-Yun Festival (South-Korea), East Neuk Festival (Scotland) and Festival Bozen (Italy).
As an orchestral player, Pires has had, since very young age, a very active activity, being accepted at the age of 18 in 3 of the most important young orchestras in the world, the European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. Later on, was invited to play with different orchestras in Europe and around the wolrd and has shared the stage with many prestigious soloists, such as Vilde Frang, Mischa Maisky, Fazil Say, Vladimir Ashkenazy and many more.
The young clarinetist, born in 1995, started his musical studies at the age of 8. In 2007 he went to the Academia de Música Valentim Moreira de Sá, in Guimarães, where he studied until 2013 with Vitor Matos. After that, Pires moved to Basel, where he studied with François Benda at the Hochschule für Musik der Stadt Basel, finishing his Master Performance-Solist with the highest distinction (6 point out of 6) in 2018.
Since 2016, he is a Henry Selmer Artist (Playing a Set of Recital Clarinets) and Silverstein Works Artist (Playing on Cryo 4 Ligature). Sérgio Pires is a scholar of the Mozartgesellschaft Dortmund (Germany).
Kosuke Akimoto was born in 1993 at Hyogo, Japan and graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts.
He is a member of the Aoi Trio, which won the first prize at the prestigious 67th ARD International music competition in Munich, 2018.
In addition, he won the second prize at the International Rosario Marciano piano competition in 2010, the Special prize at the International Paderewski piano competition in 2016. Akimoto has performed in many cities around the world including Tokyo, Munich, Bayreuth, Baden-Baden, Cologne, Vienna, Warsaw, Seoul, Singapore and more.
He has received musical inspirations and guidance from Hiroko Ogata, Masahi Katayama, Akira Aoi, Hiroshi Arimori and Dirk Mommertz. Since April 2019, he is based in Germany and Japan, and currently studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.
Claude Debussy was a French composer. He and Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with impressionist music, though Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed.
Debussy's music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of non-traditional tonalities. The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant Among his most famous works are his Clair de Lune, his Three Nocturnes and his orchestral piece La Mer.
Pires is brilliant in the fast movements, very lyrical and expressive in the slow ones. In interaction with the highly sensitive acting Akimoto, he manages to create very moving moments. His clarinet sound is beautiful, round and smooth.