Concert in the Gallery: Gilles Apap and Armen Guzelimian
Longtime friends Armen Guzelimian and Gilles Apap are performing together for the first time ever at Studio Channel Islands.
Yehudi Menuhin described Gilles as “the exemplary Violinist of the twenty-first century.” Gilles was born in Béjaïa, Algeria, and raised in Nice, France. A virtuosic classical violinist, He is also known for his interpretations of traditional music from Eastern Europe to America, such as gypsy, Irish, swing or bluegrass. He served as concertmaster with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, but has since focused on his career as a soloist with orchestras around the world.
Gilles Apap’s solo engagements include concerts around the world, he plays as a soloist with well-known orchestras such as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden, Hamburg, Nürnberg Philharmonics, just to name a few.
Aside his work as a soloist, Apap is increasingly sought-after as musical leader of international Chamber orchestras, he appeared, among many others, at the Lille Mozart Festival, the festival de l’Ile de France, the Settembre Musica Torino/Milano, the Deutsche Mozartfestival, Germany’s Rheingau Music Festival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Int. Ludwigsburger Schloßfestspiele, Tokyo Festival, the legendary Paleo festival in Switzerland.
With his trio, “Colors of Invention”, composed by well-known French soloists, such as the accordionist Myriam Lafargue, cymbalum player Ludovit Kovac and the double bass Philip Noharet, Apap is regularly performing concerts throughout Western and Eastern Europe, the U.S., Japan, Russia and South America.
Armen is celebrated for his versatility as a top-notch collaborative artist, a brilliant soloist and first-rate chamber musician not only in Southern California, but all over the world. He has received national and international critical acclaim for his appearances in many of the major concert halls in the U.S.A and Europe.
He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, California Chamber Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony/Pops Orchestra among others, with such conductors as Neville Marriner, Stuart Challenger, Mehli Mehta, Bruce Ferden and Michael Feinstein.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Guzelimian has appeared with the Rossetti String Quartet, the Los Angeles String Quartet, Camerata Pacifica, the Dilijan Chamber Music Series, Chamber Music in Historic Sites, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Aspen Festival. He made his Disney Hall debut in March of 2014 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society and returned to the delight of audiences in November 2016.