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ZACH & VIRGINIE Return to San Diego: “From Paris to You” in 2014!



The Paris-based piano and viola duo who gave stirring performances in 2012 as part of FanFaire Foundation’s FREE Family Concerts Series will play a program of music certain to move you yet again:

Franz Schubert / Piano Sonata in C minor, D.958

Robert Schumann / Marchenbilder for Viola and Piano op.113

Johannes Brahms / Intermezzo op.118 no.6

Rebecca Clarke / Sonata for Viola and Piano

Unlike their 2012 performances which spanned Western music from the Baroque to the 20th century, this time the duo has as thoughtfully assembled a program of works by the well-known composers of the Romantic era, interestingly juxtaposing these with music by the late 20th century English-American woman composer and violist, Rebecca Clarke.

Unfamiliar to many of us, Clarke is acclaimed in music circles for the lush textures and harmonies of her compositions for the viola, which have been compared with works by Ravel and Bloch, as well as for her songs and choral pieces. Her “Sonata for Viola and Piano”, which is the final number in the program, is today a standard of the viola repertoire. Zachary and Virginie also perform Schumann’s “Marchenbilder for Viola and Piano”. Schubert’s “Piano Sonata in C minor, D.958” and Chopin’s “Two Nocturnes op.48”, which showcase Zachary Deak’s exquisite piano artistry, complete the program.


Zach and Virginie’s public performances:

Sunday February 23 at 2:00 p.m.
La Jolla-Riford Public Library
7555 Draper Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037

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Monday February 24 at 7:00 p.m.
The Village Church Chapel
6225 Paseo Delicias
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

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Friday February 28 at 4:30 p.m.
A Special Presentation for Young Audiences: Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad
2730 Bressi Ranch Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009

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Sunday March 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Villa Musica
10373 Roselle St. (in Sorrento Valley)
San Diego, CA 92121

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The February 28 concert brings the duo of Zachary and Virginie to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad in celebration of FanFaire Foundation’s new partnership with the Club.

The celebration begins a week earlier with a “free-flow” performance at the Bressi Ranch Club lobby by team members of “KIDS Playing For KIDS”. They will play to their hearts’ content as the Club youngsters go about doing their thing. It’s an experiment in kids sharing their love of classical music with other kids and getting them primed for a performance by professional classical artists, one of whom – Zachary – is a San Diego home-grown boy who became a “young American in Paris” and is on the threshhold of an international career as a pianist. (See biography below.) Zachary will introduce each piece to be played; he and Virginie will answer questions about their love of music, their careers, the pieces performed and the composers.

The March 2 performance celebrates FanFaire Foundation’s new partnership with Villa Musica. Villa Musica is San Diego’s community music center. Founded by Dr. Fiona Chatwin whose love of music is obvious and irrepressible, it is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come to discover, explore and enhance their music skills. It is a haven for musicians, educators and lovers of music of all genres. We are happy and proud to partner with a dynamic and forward-looking educational organization and excited about exploring projects we can do together. “From Paris to You 2014″ is our first partnership initiative.

Join us for what promises to be a variety of enjoyable and memorable musical experiences!

The duo will also give a series of private by-invitation-only performances in La Jolla & Encinitas (for information, email or call 760-666-1810).


Born in 1986 in San Diego California to an American mother and a Slovak father, Zachary Deak began his musical studies at the age of five with the Russian teacher Anna Ianovsky and later with the American pianist Aleck Karis. In 2004, he went to Paris, France to pursue his studies with Marion Rybicki, Devy Erlih and Christian Ivaldi at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. In the same year, he received the Diplome d’Ensiegnement and the Diplome de Musique de Chambre, both with l’unanimite et avec les felicitations du jury.

In 2007, as a student of Guigla Katsarava, he received the Diplome Superieure d’Enseignement and in 2011, the Diplome Superieure d’Execution with l’unanimite.“ Zachary has performed extensively in France as a soloist and in chamber groups, participating in the premieres of contemporary works, most notably in Paris at the Salle Cortot, the Salle d’Orgue of the CNSM de Paris, l’Archipel, l’Espace Bernanos and the Salle Landowski. In addition, he has performed in Porto at the Casa de Musica and is on a CD of chamber music works composed by Jacques Boisgallois and produced by Harmonia Mundi. He also took part in the recording of the complete piano sonatas of Louis Noel Belaubre and the complete Grieg Violin Sonatas with Christophe Boulier.

In June 2012, Zachary received the Hodgkins silver medal at the prestigious Chappell Medal piano competition in London. In January 2013, Zachary had the privilege to participate in the “Maria Joao Pires Academy” in Paris, France and to be a participant in a concert in the auditorium at the Cite de la Musique. In July 2013, Zachary graduated from the Royal College of Music in London with a Masters degree in Performance with distinction. During his time at the RCM he studied with Leon McCawley and was an RCM scholar supported by a Lucy Ann Jones Award.

Zachary is also an avid snowboarder. His family has a home in June Lake where, while growing up, he spent extensive amounts of time there hiking, skiing and snowboarding. He has a deep love for the High Sierras.


French violist Virginie d’Avezac began her musical studies with piano lessons at age five. At age ten, she entered the Bordeaux National Conservatory. She found her true musical calling at the age of fourteen and began studying the viola, receiving first prizes from the Bordeaux Conservatory in viola, chamber music, harmony and counterpoint.

Virginie studied with two of France’s most respected violists, Tasso Adamopoulos and Serge Collot. She has played in many prominent orchestras across France and North Africa, including the National Orchestra of Bordeaux, the Youth Orchestra of the Mediterranean and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Morocco. From 2004-2010, Virginie was professor of viola at the Cognac Conservatory of Music and was the conductor of the school’s string orchestra.

Virginie currently lives in Paris, France where she performs regularly with the pianists Zachary Deak and Philippa Neuteboom, the cellist Gregoire Catelin. Since 2011, she has been performing with the Magnolia Quartet of which she is a founding member. In September 2012, the Magnolia quartet was admitted to study at the prestigious European center of chamber music, Proquartet, in Paris. They have participated in Master Classes and received encouragement from such musical figures as Guy Danel (Danel Quartet), Vaclav Remes (former first violin and founding member of the Prazak Quartet), Eric Robberecht (violin solo of La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra in Brussels)

Interested in many different styles of music, Virginie has performed with the pop singer Rivkah, and the Malagasy artist Erick Manana. She currently teaches at Octave et Arpège in Paris.

From Paris to You 2012

Watch a VIDEO CLIP of Virginie and Zachary playing Henri Vieuxtemps’: Elegie op.30 for Viola and Piano at the Schulman Auditorium in Carlsbad, CA (April 2012)



F anFaire Foundation presented “From Paris to You” with pianist Zachary Deak and violist Virginie d’Avezac de Castera in a series of performances on April 15, 24, 28 and 29 at four San Diego County venues. Part of the Foundation’s Free Family Concerts series and Community Outreach and Education programs, the Paris-based artists played a diverse concert program of thoughtfully-selected pieces ranging from the Baroque period to the 20th century.

The series opened at the Point Loma / Hervey Branch Library on Sunday April 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with a special solo piano performance by Zachary Deak who showcased his artistry with beautiful pieces by Scarlatti, Liszt, Scriabin, and Schumann, as shown in the program below.

April 15, 2012 / Point Loma Library
Zachary Deak, pianoD. Scarlatti
Sonata K. 450 G minor – Allegrissimo
Sonata K. 544 B flat major -Cantabile
Sonata K. 517 D minor – PrestissimoF. Liszt
La Vallee d’ObermannA. Scriabin
Etude op.8 no.2
Etude op. 42 no.4
Etude op.8 no.12


R. Schumann
Piano Sonata no.1 in F Sharp minor op.11
Introduzione Un poco adagio
Allegro vivace
Scherzo e intermezzo
Finale. Allegro un poco maestoso

Bordeaux-born violist Virginie d’Avezac de Castera joined Zachary Deak in the April 24, 28, and 29 performances. They played two duos–by Prokofiev and Vieuxtemps–replacing Scriabin’s Etudes in the solo piano program.

April 24 Tuesday 6:30 pm / Schulman Auditorium – Carlsbad City Library      MAP/Directions
April 28 Saturday 2:00 pm/ Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club       MAP/Directions
April 29 Sunday 2:00 pm / La Jolla /Riford Branch Library       MAP/DirectionsZachary Deak, piano / Virginie d’Avezac de Castera, violaD. Scarlatti
Sonata K. 450 G minor – Allegrissimo
Sonata K. 517 D minor – PrestissimoF. Liszt
La Vallee d’Obermann

S. Prokofieff
Suite from Romeo and Juliet for Viola and Piano (arr. Borisovsky)
-Juliet as a young girl
-Dance of the Knights

H. Vieuxtemps
Elegie op.30 for Viola and Piano


R. Schumann
Piano Sonata no.1 in F Sharp minor op.11
Introduzione Un poco adagio
Allegro vivace
Scherzo e intermezzo
Finale. Allegro un poco maestoso

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