Not a note out of place

Budding Talent

Not a note out of place

The Majolly Music Trust has always been promoting and popularising young musicians in the City.

The trust, in association with Theme and Kawai pianos, presented the ‘Young Performer Concert Series’ in two separate performances recently. This featured Mathilde Legrand on the piano and Jasiel Peter on the violin, accompanied by Rebecca Thomas. The two young musicians attempted a few tough pieces and performed them to perfection without a note out of place.   

Mathilde has been learning the piano under Christian Erbsloh and then Christine Marchais at the Conservatoire Regional de Rouen. During her stint in India, she pursued nadhaswaram studies and performed with her teacher in a temple. She has learnt a bit of Carnatic music, which she integrated with ease into a few of the pieces that she performed. 

What strikes you instantly when Mathilde begins to play is her finesse. There’s no strain and her fingers seem to run very swiftly across the keys of the piano. She began with Felix Mendelssohn, a song without words. “I always like playing lively pieces and I attempt to play tough pieces which require a great deal of attention to detail.

 I am up for challenges at every step,” she explains. She went onto perform Jacques Charpentier that had Carnatic tunes and notes incorporated into it. This was followed by another piece titled Sergei Prokofiev and folk song called Erick Satie. “Coming from France, I was quite keen to learn Indian classical music and now I try to smuggle Carnatic beats into western classical music,” she adds.   

Next was a performance by 16-year-old Jasiel Peter, who started learning the violin at the age of six. His inspiration is his father. “I was drawn to the sound of the violin. J S Bach is one of my favourite composers and I never tire of performing his pieces. I hope to get a degree in music. Watching great performers and travelling around the country gives me a lot of confidence,” he says. 

Among the pieces Jasiel chose to perform were Hungarian Dance No 1 by Johannes Brahms, a set of 21 lively dance tunes based mostly on Hungarian themes. Then there was Salut d’Amour composed by Edward William Elgar for his wife Caroline Alice Roberts. Among the tougher pieces that Jasiel performed were Preludio and Gavotte en Rondeau by J S Bach. 

“This Preludio consists almost entirely of sixteenth notes in broken chords, using a technique of quick alternation between a static note and changing note, often mixing open strings with stopped notes,” he explains. Another notable piece was Sonata No 6, composed by Niccolo Paganini, through which Jasiel depicted contrasting moods of melancholy and bursts of joy. The Romanza Andaluza by Pablo Sarasate is a romantic piece that has folk-like melodies. 

   The sudden downpour didn’t deter music lovers from coming to the concert, complete with their rain gear. Prashanth, a member of the audience, says, “There’s so much talent and it’s only in places like this that you get to see them perform. I really liked Mathilde’s performance. She’s a fine musician.” 

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