Dear friends of music and art,

Sheila Arnold, with her virtuosity and emotional performance on the piano, is always a very welcome guest in the Musikstudio. As a proven expert on historical keyboard instruments, especially fortepianos of different eras, she inspires with her historically informed performance practice, bringing the music to new life.

It is our special honor to introduce to you for the first time the violinist Sandrine Cantoreggi, who can be heard both as a soloist and in a wide variety of formations up to and including the orchestra with other musicians, such as Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Georges Octors, Jan Stulen and others.

Both musicians have performed on major stages around the world and can be admired on various CD recordings. More about the musicians can be found below.

Today’s concert, entitled “Mel Bonis – A Life in Contradiction“, is entirely dedicated to this special composer, whose life has been marked by a perpetual struggle for recognition for her gifted musical talent. Stylistically, Bonis can be classified as a post-Romantic composer, although her compositions are also influenced by elements of Impressionism and Orientalism.

Saturday, 13 May 2023

17:00 h

Musikstudio & Galerie: Gabriele Paqué
Blücherstraße 14
53115 Bonn


Admission: 30,- €

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Mel Bonis – A Life in Contradiction

Works for violin and piano

Sandrine Cantoreggi, violin
Sheila Arnold, piano


Mel Bonis (1858 – 1937)

Sérénade pour violon et piano

Moderato – Presto – Lento – Finale con moto

Lili Boulanger (1893 – 1918)
D´un matin de printemps



Mel Bonis

Trois piéces pour violon et piano (1910)
Andante religioso – Allegretto – Largo

Suite pour violon et piano op. 114 (1926)
Jour de fête – Sous la ramée – Cortège champêtre

With the kind support of the Banque Internationale à Luxembourg, which makes available to Mrs. Cantoreggi a violin by Giovanni Battista GUADAGNINI, built in 1754.

Sheila Arnold

Foto von Sheila Arnold

Photo: Marion Koell

“Miracles of sound magic and colorfulness paired with a sovereign playing culture.” SWR2 Klassikmarkt

“Her interpretation of these emotional compositions by Schubert is unlikely to leave anyone untouched.” Deutschlandfunk

Sheila Arnold’s artistic self-image as a pianist results from a constant curiosity about the possibilities of her instrument, as can be heard in her penultimate CD “Ecoutez!” with the Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano by J. Cage as well as works by Debussy and Takemitsu. This January saw the release of her latest CD, featuring works for fortepiano and romantic guitar by L. v. Beethoven, L. Boccherini, F. Carulli, J. N. Hummel, and G. Rossini with guitarist Alexander-Sergei Ramirez.

Her decades-long involvement with fortepianos of different eras has a symbiotic relationship with her experience on the modern concert grand piano. Thanks to outstanding successes at international competitions such as the Mozart Competition in Salzburg or the Concours Clara Haskil, as well as numerous scholarships (such as the German National Academic Foundation or the German Music Council) and awards (such as the Mozart Prize of the Mozart Society Wiesbaden in 1995), she has been able to establish an international career as a pianist. This has led her to perform with renowned orchestras such as the Beethovenhalle Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and conductors such as Marc Soustrot, Michael Hofstetter, Jesus Lopez- Cobos and others in major concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Leiszhalle Hamburg, Palao de la Musica Valencia, NCPA Mumbai to name but a few. Her stylistic diversity manifests itself in her radio and CD recordings. Her recordings on CAvi-Records have received the highest acclaim from the international press. For example, her CD with works by Brahms (Handel Variations) and Schumann (Kinderszenen) was awarded the French “Choc” prize, and her last two CDs “Ecoutez!” and “Guitar and Fortepiano” were longlisted for the German Record Prize.

Sheila Arnold is a professor at the Cologne University of Music and Dance, serves as a juror and regularly gives international master classes. Her students are prize winners of national and international piano competitions. She is also co-editor of the new edition of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano pieces published by Wiener Urtext 2020.

Sandrine Cantoreggi

Porträtfoto von Sandrine Cantoreggi

Photo: Edouard Olszewski

Sandrine Cantoreggi was born in Bordeaux and began playing the violin at the Luxembourg Conservatoire of Music. Her amazingly rapid progress allowed her to be accepted into the prestigious Paris Conservatoire CNSMDP at the age of 14. Following in the tradition of violinists Eugène Ysaye and Georges Enescu, Sandrine embodies the Franco-Belgian violin school and expands her sound and range of expression through an interest in the Russian violin school.

Sandrine is a complete artist who has always loved the dialogue with other artistic expressions, whether musical, literary or plastic. Sandrine performs as a soloist with orchestra, in solo violin recital and in various chamber music groups such as the Luxembourg ensemble Kammerata or the string trio OPUS3. She has performed on prestigious European stages with personalities such as Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Georges Octors, Jan Stulen, Stéphane Denève, Pierre Cao, Bruno Canino, Daniel Blumenthal, Dana Ciocarlie, Gustav Rivinius, Valérie Aimard, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau, Connie Shih….

International tours have taken her to Russia, the USA, Georgia and Japan. CD recordings testify to her musical authenticity. Sandrine Cantoreggi has recorded chamber music works and concertos by Haydn, Mozart, Locatelli, Onslow, Respighi, Lalo, Ravel, Enescu, Ropartz and Ysaye for the Turtle Records, Pavane, Ligia and Kalidisc labels.

With dedication she passes on her knowledge to the younger generations. She has taught at the Brussels Conservatory and is currently a professor at the Luxembourg City Conservatory. She is the founder and president of the Journées Musicales Mondorf a.s.b.l.. In the field of science and the arts, His Highness, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, awarded her the Order of Adolf of Nassau for civil and military merit. The Banque Internationale à Luxembourg is proud to support Sandrine Cantoreggi with a magnificent violin by Giovanni Battista GUADAGNINI from 1754.

We are looking forward to your visit!

Gabriele Paqué


17.06.2023 – CONCERT: Tatjana Vorobjova (harpsichord) plays works by J. Krieger, E. C. Jaquet de la Guerre, D. Scarlatti and J. S. Bach

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