In Memoriam Françoise Groben
“One of the most important advantages that the Luxembourg citizen has when abroad is that linguistically and culturally we embrace both the German and the French cultures...This gives a Luxemburger, particularly one active in the arts or the cultural environment, a different outlook and approach,” suggested Luxembourg composer Alexander Müllenbach in an interview. Perhaps it is this different perspective, the quite individual, open approach, that Françoise Groben herself had, a quality that she brought to her performance of German and French compositions for the cello. And it is for that reason that Banque Générale de Luxembourg placed at her disposal an exquisite instrument built by Matteo Goffriller in 1695.
Françoise Groben was born in Luxembourg on December 4, 1965. She received her first lessons in the cello at the age of five at the city’s Conservatoire, studying there with Francine Weber-Deprelle, Jean Join und Georges Mallach. She eventually completed her studies with Boris Pergamenschikov at the Cologne Musikhochschule, graduating in her concert examination, while continuing to attend master classes given by such artists as Daniil Shafran in Moscow or William Pleeth in London, or by the Amadeus Quartet. From 1974 onwards she was a member of the ensemble Les Musiciens founded by her father, Joseph Groben, and was only 15 when she first played in the Youth Orchestra of the European Union, going on to perform under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Herbert von Karajan and Georg Solti. The recordings collected here illustrate the entire spectrum of Françoise Groben’s artistic interests, demonstrating that she was not only a leading soloist but also a gifted and coveted chamber musician who regularly included pieces by Luxembourg composers in her programs and was strongly committed to contemporary female composers.
Release Date: July 01, 2022
Catalog Number: HC22021
Label: Haenssler Classic
Number of Discs: 6
Composer: Luigi Boccherini, Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch, Ferruccio Busoni, Franz Danzi, Antonin Leopold Dvorak, Edward Elgar, Elisenda Fabregas, Edvard Grieg, Joseph Haydn, Bohuslav Martinu, Alexander Mullenbach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Camille Saint-Saens, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Dmitri Shostakovich, Hilary Tann, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Leopold Hager, Nicolas Brochot, David Shallon, Hubert Heitz, Pierre Cao, Jack Martin Haendler, Alexander Mullenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble: RTL Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestre de chambre du Luxembourg, Philharmonisches Orchester Lusemburg, Collegium Musicum der Universitat Karlsruhe, Les Solistes Europeens, Blaseroktett Prisma, Berliner Philharmonische Virtuosen
Performer: Francoise Groben, Ivan Gajan, Alfredo Perl, Ira Maria Witoschynskyi, Mourja Gras, Peter Laul, Thomas Zehetmair, Matthias Metzger, Ruth Kilius, Christiane Meininger, Rainer Gepp