In the Salon of Balzac – Interview with Gabriel Prynn


By Guillaume de Pauw

Which piece on the concert do you prefer? Why?

I must admit that I love playing Chopin’s trio. As a cellist, I’ve rarely had the opportunity to play his works, since 99.9% of his production was devoted to the piano…

The most demanding work?

Like all new music, the Marc Hyland’s trio presents us with unexpected challenges. Having said this, I really enjoy having the opportunity to experiment through this original writing. I also realize that there is still much to explore in the medium of the piano trio!

Which piece puts your instrument in the spotlight?

Probably Beethoven’s Ghost Trio. In his hands, the piano trio became an essential genre in the repertoire, precisely because the melodic interest is so beautifully shared between the three instruments.

What are you particularly looking forward to with this concert?

I look forward to getting together with my friends Julie-Anne and Steven to relive, for an hour or two, the very special atmosphere of the 19th-century Parisian salons.

What are you doing these days when you’re not playing music?

My students at Ohio University keep me busy! Otherwise, when I have time, I practice yoga to stay fit physically and mentally.

A recent favorite musical work / film / book or other?

I have to admit that I really like the series ‘The Crown‘ on Netflix. The actors are so good, and it’s really fun for me to learn about the untold history of my native country through the lives of those crazy aristocrats!

Gabriel Prynn



In the Salon of Balzac on March 18th, 2018 at 3 pm at Bourgie Hall

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