Sonia Wieder Atherton
A MAJOR ARTIST / NINA SIMONE
Nina Simone (1933–2003) needs little introduction. One of the greatest singers of the 20th century, her career traversed musical styles from jazz to gospel, blues, R’n’B and pop, with disconcerting ease. What is perhaps less well known is that the Afro-American was initially destined to be a classical pianist, a dream that was destroyed by America’s then policy of racial segregation…
A BIG NAME IN CLASSICAL MUSIC / SONIA WIEDER-ATHERTON
Several decades later, a career in classical music is what cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton threw herself into. Winner of the Rostropovitch Competition, an international competition for cellists, Wieder-Atherton isa name to be reckoned with. She has even inspired the most respected contemporary composers, including the late Henri Dutilleux (who will be celebrated on 15 November with a Philippe Cassard concert at Fontevraud).
BEYOND CLASSICAL / THE MEETING OF THE GREATS
You couldn’t call this French cellist entirely classical. She likes to disconcert, to take risks, for example with her concert–lectures, where she is joined by well-known figures reading, such as Fanny Ardent or Charlotte Rampling. Accompanied by Bruno Fontaine on piano, it seems quite logical that Sonia Wieder-Atherton should decide to tackle Nina Simone’s rich repertoire. “To dive into Nina’s repertoire, her arrangements, her harmonic universe, her history as well,” this is the cellist’s ambition for this unmissable concert.