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Featured Guest Artist Vincent David with pianist Inara Zandmane


The 2014 ISSAC features virtuoso performer and internationally acclaimed soloist Vincent David. Mr. David and celebrated pianist Inara Zandmane will perform a solo recital on Friday, October 24, 8:00pm in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts (this concert is open to the public with no charge for admission).

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Vincent David leads the generation of saxophonists who prioritize the development of musical and technical possibilities of the instrument. Having won three international awards during his student years, he is presently an accomplished and mature musician. He is involved in numerous cutting-edge projects such as performances of Dialogue double shadow by Pierre Boulez  and Third Round by Bruno Mantovani.

Since 1998 he has performed with the Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Jonathan Nott, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, Suzanna Mälkki, Peter Rundel, Pierre-André Valade, and Pascal Rophé. He has also performed with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra under the batons of Myung-Whun Chung and Vladimir Spivakov and the Paris Opera Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Tate. 

He has collaborated with countless composers including Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Gérard Grisey, Philippe Hurel, Michael Jarrell, Mauro Lanza, Philippe Leroux, Bruno Mantovani, Marin Matalon, Yann Maresz, Marc Monnet, Yann Robin, and Alberto Posadas. 

Mr. David is also active in improvised music (jazz and contemporary) through projects and recordings with musicians such as Pierrick Pedron, Monniot Christophe, and Jean-Charles Richard.

His discography includes Third Round by Bruno Mantovani, featuring Mr. David as soloist with the ensemble TM +, Boulez/Berio, and his latest CD release entitled Crossover.

In addition to performing, Vincent David is in high demand as as educator and he gives numerous masterclasses worldwide. He believes in artistic openness and promotes curiosity and musical diversity in his saxophone studio at the Conservatoire National de Région Versailles. 

He is the director of Billaudot's saxophone collection and has created many transcriptions and arrangements for saxophone by composers such as Prokofiev, Poulenc, Franck, Brahms, and Khachaturian.

His website is

Inara pic Born in the city of Riga, the capital of Latvia, Inara Zandmane started to play piano at the age of six.

Ms. Zandmane holds BM and MM from the Latvian Academy of Music, MM in piano performance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and DMA in piano performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

She has been the staff accompanist at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2003, performing up to fifty recitals per year.

Ms. Zandmane is frequently invited to serve as an official accompanist at national competitions and conferences, among them the North American Saxophone Alliance conference and the MTNA National competition since 2004.

Ms. Zandmane has presented solo recitals in St. Paul, Kansas City, Cleveland, St. Louis, and New York, as well as in many Republics of the former Soviet Union. In April 2000, she was invited to perform at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.

Inara Zandmane has appeared as a soloist with the Latvian National Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony, Latvian Academy of Music Student Orchestra, SIU Symphony, and UMKC Conservatory Symphony and Chamber orchestras. She has performed with various chamber ensembles at the International Chamber Music Festivals in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Helsinki (Finland), and Norrtelje (Sweden).

Ms. Zandmane has collaborated with such musicians as Martin Storey, Paul Coletti, Branford Marsalis, Michel Debost, Kelly Burke, Steven Stusek, and Susan Fancher.

For a few last years, Inara Zandmane has worked together with Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. She has given Latvian premieres of his two latest piano pieces, Landscapes of the Burnt-out Earth (recorded on Conifer Classics) and The Spring Music. Solo recordings include the piano works of Maurice Ravel, recorded together with her husband, Vincent van Gelder, and the complete Sonatas for piano by Alexander Scriabin. She also can be heard on various chamber music CDs.