Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ensemble du Monde: 'Tangos and Transfiguration,' Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:00 PM

Marlon Daniel

Derek Louie

Marlon Daniel writes:

Attached is the Press release for the upcoming Ensemble du Monde concert Saturday December 13, 2014 7PM at Merkin Concert Hall. Please list/post.

Thank you very much,

Ensemble du Monde
212 866 2958

Ensemble du Monde: Tangos and Transfiguration


129 West 67th Street, New York, NY

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:00 PM

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:00 PM, Ensemble du Monde and Music Director Marlon Daniel present a program that will transform their audience's musical ideas with favorite tangos by Piazzolla, Edward Elgar’s Serenade, Arnold Schönberg, Verklärte Nacht and Tchaikovsky’s virtuoso Rococo Variations with soloist, cellist Derek Louie, fifteen year old winner of the Ensemble du Monde 2013 Young Artists Concerto Competition.


Marlon Daniel, Music Director & Conductor
Derek Louie, cello

PIAZZOLLA - Libertango
ELGAR - Serenade in E Minor, Op. 20
TCHAIKOVSKY - Variations on a Rococo Theme, OP. 33
SCHÖNBERG - Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4
PIAZZOLLA - Fuga y misterio

Tickets available NOW on and $45 PRIME, $35 GENERAL, $20 STUDENT



Described as “ … the future of classical music” by Time OUT Ensemble du Monde is one of the most dynamic and innovative chamber orchestras on the classical music scene today. Founded in New York City in 2000 and named to reflect the diversity of its members who hail from over fifteen countries, cultures and backgrounds.

In 2000 the ensemble was selected by Daimler Chrysler and Mercedes Benz to perform at the world première inauguration of their new MAYBACH Car, an event that received worldwide multimedia press coverage. A Lincoln Center début followed in 2002 and in 2004 the ensemble made its Carnegie Hall début, which included renowned soprano, Deborah Voigt. Frequent radio broadcasts have included Radio Free Europe where selections from the ensemble's popular 'Baroquen Promises' Series at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York were broadcast internationally. In 2007 the ensemble performed the music for the live world premiere performance of the “Save the Goldfish” episode of the Nickelodeon television channel’s EMMY Award winning ‘Wonder Pets’ show at New York’s Javits Center.

The orchestra appears in concert throughout New York City performing a series of innovative concerts at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music, Carnegie Hall and serves as Ensemble-in-Residence for the International Festival Saint-Georges in Guadeloupe and most recently in the Bahamas, this past February 2013 for Nassau Music Society’s Festival of Afro-Caribbean Composers sponsored by Atlantis Resort, Alliance française, Société Générale and the United States Embassy. Ensemble du Monde is currently preparing for a China tour and a debut CD release in 2015.


Music Director of Ensemble du Monde in New York and Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta in Bulgaria, Marlon Daniel is one of the most dynamic conductors of his generation. He has been described as "a natural and enormous talent" (Chicago Sun-Times) and his artistry has been hailed as “fabulous and exceptional” (Pravda - Moscow). He has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Europe and the United States, ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Rudolfinum in Prague.

The winner of the 2009 John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting Award, he was educated at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world including Manhattan School of Music, Le Conservatoire Américain (Fontainebleau), Centro de Estudios Musicales Isaac Albéniz and the Prague Academy, where he received his formative training in conducting whilst serving as Associate Conductor of the Praga Sinfonietta. He has also spent time with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic as winner of the James and Lola Faust Fellowship.

Mr. Daniel is a champion of works by living composers and is one of the foremost exponents of music by composers of African descent in the world, performing works from Saint-Georges to George Walker. Recently he was appointed to Music Director of the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, SC.


Derek Louie is 15 years old and is in his sixth year at the Juilliard School pre-college where he studies with Minhye Clara Kim. In July of 2014 Derek appeared as part of the Rising Stars Concert Series at the Great Mountains Music Festival and soloed at the Alpensia Concert Hall in South Korea. He was a semifinalist in the 8th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow. He won first prize in the Ensemble Du Monde Concerto competition and will be soloist with their orchestra in the 2014-2015 season. He won grand prize in the 2013 International Virtuoso Competition. He also won the New York Chamber Players 3rd Music Competition and soloed with their orchestra in October of 2013. Derek was a finalist in the 2013 Mondavi Young Artist Competition and a semi-finalist in the 7th International Tchaikovsky Music Competition for Young Musicians in Montreux, Switzerland. He soloed with the American Symphonia Orchestra in 2011. He was awarded 1st prize in the 2012 and 2010 YWCA New York Music Competitions, 1st prize in the 8th Annual Long Island Conservatory International Music Competition in 2011. He won first prize in the 2010 AFAF Golden Strings of America Competition. In 2013 Derek attended the Heifetz Institute on a merit scholarship. He has studied with Myuang-Wha Chung, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum and Jian Wang and has performed with Joan Kwuon. He has participated in several festivals including the Great Mountains International Music Festival in South Korea and the MusicAlp festival in France. He has been a member of several chamber groups and has performed for the Dvorak American Heritage Association at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City. Derek has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and several times at Paul Hall, Lincoln Center.

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