Composer, Violinist, and Musicologist Viviane Waschbüsch (b. 1989) is internationally renowned for her compositions which integrate elements including quarter tones, jazz and flamenco. She actively promotes her own style of violin playing informed by the old tradition of great violinists and composers such as Eugène Ysaÿe and George Enescu. One of the most promising German musicians of her generation, Viviane Waschbüsch has played and interpreted her own works in concert halls in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, the United States, Spain and Russia.
At the age of 13, she began performing with German orchestras and working in different ensembles for contemporary music directed by major European composers including Tilo Medek, Hans-Jürgen von Bose and Wolfgang Rihm. Recently her pieces have been performed in Germany, France, Switzerland and Russia, and her most recent film music has been performed in Germany and Russia. Ms. Waschbüsch writes chamber music, orchestral music, solo pieces and film music. She has recorded multiple contemporary pieces for the German radio and television.
Winner of the 2008 National Prize for Young Composers in Germany and winner of the 2005 Alois Kottmann International Prize for Violin in Frankfurt, Ms. Waschbüsch is a graduate of the University Paris-Sorbonne and the University of Saarland, where she received both her Maîtrise and Master’s degrees in Music and Musicology. She received her Artist Diploma with distinction from the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, as a composition student of Wolfgang Rihm. She studied violin and chamber music with Larissa Kolos in Paris, Alois Kottmann in Frankfurt, and Annelie Groth at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe. She has performed in master classes for Raissa Musachadschajewa, Michèle Auclair, Kristof Barati, Eduard Wulfson, Roman Nodel and Salvatore Accardo.
From 2011-2013 Ms. Waschbüsch was a lecturer in the Department of Musicology at the University of Saarland where she taught history of composition, analysis of tonal music, and analysis of contemporary music.
Since the fall of 2013 she has been in a doctoral program at the Sorbonne University in Paris, where she also teaches hearing and analysis. Her dissertation thesis is on the history and development of the “New Simplicity” German composers from the 1970s to the 1990s.
A proponent of “soloistic” chamber music, Ms. Waschbüsch formed the “VivaChe Duo” (www.vivache-duo.com) with organist Chelsea Chen (www.chelseachen.com) in 2012. Together they have championed violin and organ music in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and France. Their repertoire spans over three centuries of music, and includes original works written by both Ms. Waschbüsch and Ms. Chen. The VivaChe Duo recently premiered “Enchantement Suite” by Ms. Waschbüsch to great applause at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ms. Waschbüsch plays an Antonio Guadagnini violin from 1852.
Organist, Pianist, and Composer Chelsea Chen (b. 1983) is internationally renowned for her concerts of “rare musicality” and “lovely lyrical grandeur,” and a compositional style that is “charming” and “irresistible” (Los Angeles Times).One of the most promising organists of her generation, Chelsea Chen has electrified audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia in venues such as Singapore’s Esplanade, Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre, Kishinev’s National Organ Hall, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. As a composer she is broadening the classical organ repertoire with her own works based on Asian folksongs.
Ms. Chen has soloed with orchestras throughout the world including the Wuhan Philharmonic in China, the Jakarta Simfonia in Indonesia, and the Juilliard Percussion Orchestra in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Committed to new music, she has premiered works by composers throughout the world including Teddy Niedermaier (USA) and Ola Gjeilo (Norway/USA), Jordan Kuspa (USA), Yui Kitamura (Japan/USA), Paul Desenne (Venezuela), Roderick Gorby (USA), and Andreas Kleinert (Germany).
Ms. Chen has received acclaim as a composer since she premiered her own “Taiwanese Suite” (2003) and “Taiwan Tableaux” (2007) at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Recently her solo organ pieces have been performed in Canada and Taiwan, and her most recent concerto, “Jasmine Fantasy” (for violin, organ, and strings), has been performed by orchestras in the United States, China, and Indonesia. Her solo organ works were featured at the 2011 Region I/II and IV Conventions of the American Guild of Organists.
The recipient of the 2009 Lili Boulanger Memorial Award and winner of the 2005 Augustana/Reuter National Organ Competition, Ms. Chen is a graduate of Juilliard, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She was also a full scholarship recipient at Yale University, where she earned an Artist Diploma. Her major organ teachers include Thomas Murray, John Weaver, Paul Jacobs, Monte Maxwell and Leslie Robb, and her primary piano teachers include Baruch Arnon, Jane Bastien and Lori Bastien Vickers.
Ms. Chen has recorded multiple CDs: Reveries (2011) at Bethel University, Live at Heinz Chapel at the 2005 Convention of the American Institute of Organbuilders, and Treasures from the East with violinist Lewis Wong in 2010. Her playing has been aired on CNN.com, “Pipedreams” from American Public Media, Hawaii Public Radio, and Taiwan’s Good News Radio. Her compositions are exclusively available from Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc.
Ms. Chen is Artist-in-Residence at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.