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Auction for charity: music collections and bow of Roel Dieltiens

Roel Dieltiens, whose post I shared on this blog in 2014, has just contacted me about his generous donation of music, as well as a cello and bow, to a charity to help the many musicians whose careers are suffering from Covid. Mr. Dieltiens is an expert performer of Franchomme’s works, whose recordings very much inspired my own research and recordings. He is also famous for his gorgeous recordings and performances of many other composers.

Here is what he write about the upcoming online auction (live viewings in Antwerp):

I would like to draw your attention to a project called “Cello for Charity”. I got involved because many (young) musicians are suffering severely from the Covid crisis.
This project ends on February 18th with an online auction which is very interesting for young cellists / students.
– Because I decided to stop playing concerts (Arthritis), I donated my entire cello library to this charity. More than 640 scores which students could possibly buy for little money.

– Around 62 scores for cello quartet will also be auctioned.

– Then there is also a super-good and beautiful, newly built cello by J. Wouters and one of my Cornelissen bows, with which I played a lot. Both can be tried out in Antwerp during the week of February 8th. I’ll be there too.

I would really appreciate it if you would inform your students and / or colleagues about this auction.
You can find all information under Cello for Charity 2021 | Bernaertsand

Thank you very much.

Wishing you all the best, Roel Dieltiens

Concerts in South Carolina this week

I’m so looking forward to these upcoming South Carolina concerts with pianist Fabio Parrini…I hope to see you at one if you’re in the area!  We’re playing works by Bach, Poulenc, Debussy, Franchomme, Chopin and Saint-Saens.

7:30 PM Carolina Music Museum, 516 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC 29601 for tickets

CHARLESTON– Saturday, May 11, 2019

4:00 PM in the Chapel of Bishop Gadsden, Charleston, SC free concert, but please let me know you’re coming so I can put your name on the list.

Festival de Violoncelle de Beauvais, France, May 20, 2017

I’m a bit late with these, but here are some photos from the Festival de Violoncelle de Beauvais, where I had a great time performing with Helene Jeanney and Philippe Muller in the first concert (Franchomme and Chopin, with my stories for the audience in French!), and then performing the cello sonatas by Koechlin and Debussy in concerts that night.  The later concerts also featured lots of fascinating, rarely-played cello repertoire performed by cellists Emmanuelle Bertrand, Philippe Muller and Matthieu LeJeune and pianists Pascal Amoyel, Hélène Jeanney, and Emmanuelle Le Cann– including some particularly intriguing works by Saint-Saens, DuParc and Cras! It was a satisfying day (followed by well-earned wine and cheese in the kitchen), and a lovely trip.BeauvaisBows2BeauvaisBowsIMG_2300

Franchomme Birthday Week Video #4 Salle Gaveau, Paris

Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 9 arranged by Auguste Franchomme for 4 cellists, Transcribed from unpublished manuscript by Louise Dubin.  Performers: Louise Dubin, Raphael Pidoux, Gauthier Boutin, Philippe Muller, cellists
Salle Gaveau, December 2nd, 2016 “La Nuit du Violoncelle,” gala concert of VioloncellenSeine, biannual convention of the French Cello Society. World premiere studio recording on The Franchomme Project album:

New Franchomme Cello-Bration Week Concert Videos!

In celebration of Franchomme’s birthday on April 10, 1808, I’m posting one new video per day this week (as well as tweeting them @WeezeeDee). This post has videos #1, #2 and #3…

Video #1 Monday: Happy Birthday ! new Nocturne Op. 15, 1 L Dubin w Philippe Muller VioloncellenSeine 12/2016

Video #2 Tuesday: Franchomme Caprice No. 9 cellists Louise Dubin + Julia Bruskin

Video #3 Wednesday: Franchomme’s friend Mendelssohn wrote this piece before he came to Paris, for his cellist brother. Variations Concertante, Op. 17 Fabio Parrini pianist + Louise Dubin cellist from a November 2016 performance

Happy Birthday, Auguste Franchomme!

Happy Birthday Franchomme!  The Cello-Bration begins today and goes all week, with one new live video here each day, and giveaways!  Here is the first: Franchomme’s Nocturne Op. 15, 1 performed by cellists Louise Dubin and Philippe Muller, at the recent edition of VioloncellenSeine in Paris, on 12/4/2016. 

To hear this composition live, check out Steven Isserlis this weekend at London’s Wigmore Hall*

Or you can hear me perform it with Philippe Muller at our May concerts in NYC and at the Festival de Violoncelle de Beauvais in France:

7 pm, Thursday, May 11th  Rare French Cello Music at John Street Church 44 John Street, NY NY 212-269-0014

Concert with cellists Louise Dubin and Philippe Muller and pianist Hélène Jeanney.  Sonatas by Debussy, Pierre de Bréville, Charles Koechlin, and shorter works by Jean Cras, Chopin and Auguste Franchomme. Click for program

Saturday, May 20th Festival de Violoncelle de Beauvais  directed by Emmanuelle Bertrand

Maladrerie Saint-Lazare, Beauvais, France


4 PM: FRANCHOMME PROJECT CONCERT featuring music on the album + 2 premieres, performed by Louise Dubin, Philippe Muller and Hélène Jeanney

6:30 PM: PERLES RARES Pt 1: Koechlin Sonata for cello and piano Louise Dubin with Hélène Jeanney, + performances by cellists Emmanuelle Bertrand, Philippe Muller, and Mathieu Lejeune

9 PM: PERLES RARES Pt. 2: Debussy Sonata Louise Dubin with Hélène Jeanney, + performances by cellists Philippe Muller, Emmanuelle Bertrand, and Mathieu Lejeune

*I sent Steven his copy.  For your own copy: the Dover edition of this and other Franchomme works with piano, with my Preface, will appear in May.  You can pre-purchase it now here.

Franchomme-Chopin Concert à Paris le 4 Septembre. Violoncelle + Piano. Cathédrale Américaine de Paris

Le compositeur-violoncelliste oublié, Auguste Franchomme, fut un renommé musicien du 19ème siècle.  Il fut un contemporain et un cher ami de Chopin. Mes découvertes à la Bibliothèque Nationale de F…

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Franchomme-Chopin Concert de Paris le 4 Septembre. Violoncelle + Piano. Cathédrale Américaine de Paris

675px-Paris_(75)_Cathédrale_américaine_05Le compositeur-violoncelliste oublié, Auguste Franchomme, fut un renommé musicien du 19ème siècle.  Il fut un contemporain et un cher ami de Chopin. Mes découvertes à la Bibliothèque Nationale de France de quelques compositions épuisées aide à l’essor de ce grand compositeur parisien. Avec la pianiste française Hélène Jeanney, je jouerai les pièces rarement entendues à Paris depuis le 19ème siècle, et trois descendants directs de Franchomme seront present au concert!


The American Cathedral in Paris

23 avenue George V
75008 Paris
06 72 01 31 61


4 septembre 2016, 1600

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Cello + Piano in Paris 9/4: Auguste Franchomme + Chopin. American Cathedral


Dear Franchomme Fans:

I’ll be performing music from The Franchomme Project CD in Paris with Hélène Jeanney on September 4th. The most renowned French cellist of the 19th century, Auguste Franchomme was the dear friend and preferred musical partner of Chopin, and a fine composer himself. We’ll perform works found in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France that have been out of print and rarely (if ever) played in Paris since Franchomme’s death, including two works not on our album. Three direct descendants of Franchomme will be present at the concert. Admission by donation, pay what you wish.

Venue, Contact, Time:
The American Cathedral in Paris, 23 avenue George V, 75008 Paris (depicted in the painting above from 1890)
Phone: 06 72 01 31 61
September 4th, 2016, 4 pm- 450 pm, no intermission.
located in the 8th arrondissement in central Paris: closest metro stations are Alma-Marceau and George V.
Info en français below*
If you are in Paris on Sept. 4th, we hope to see you!
Louise Dubin

More info about Franchomme, as well as our recent reviews including those in Strings Magazine, American Record Guide (US), The Strad and Music Web International (England), and ClassiqueNews,, and an interview conducted by Philippe Muller for Le Violoncelle (France) here:

*Annoncant mon concert a Paris le 4 septembre, 1600, à la Cathédrale Américaine de Paris, avec la musique composée par Auguste Franchomme et son cher ami Chopin. La pianiste Hélène Jeanney qui joue avec moi à Paris joue aussi sur notre album, The Franchomme Project (Delos). Plus info:

Click to access Projet+%2B+Auguste+juillet+2016.pdf