Classical Encounters Foundation Inc

A California Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation
Presents a Program Featuring 

Tim Durkovic - Piano

Pierre Genisson - Clarinet

Cecilia Tsan - Cello

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Timothy Durkovic

Los Angeles based pianist, Timothy Durkovic, is an active soloist and chamber musician, collaborating regularly with some of world's finest instrumentalists and vocalists including Lynn Harrell, Martin Chalifour, Andrew Sords, Helen Callus, Movses Pogossian, John Walz, Timothy Landauer, Richard O'Neil, Jonathan Mack, the Calder Quartet, the Miró Quartet, and the Casal Quartet among others. He is the Grand Prize Winner of the 1996 Los Angels Liszt Competition as well as a winner of the Beverly Hills Auditions, the Carmel Music Society Competition, the 2001 San Diego Duo Piano Competition and the 2001 IBLA Grand Prize Duo Award (Sicily, Italy) with his duo partner Chie Nagatani, as well as the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Master's Graduate Award from the USC Thornton School of Music. He has served as the Director of Keyboard Studies at Long Beach City College as well as on the faculties of the Orange County High School of the Arts, the University of La Verne, and the USC Thornton School of Music. He also performs regularly as part of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. Tim makes regular appearances at Chamber Festivals both nationally and internationally, including the High Desert Chamber Music Festival in Bend, Oregon, the Festival BRAVISSIMO in Guatemala and ProMusica in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and has been featured as a headline entertainer on Crystal Cruises, Regent Cruises and Hapag Lloyd Cruises. His playing has been described as having great "sensitivity to colors" (Salt Lake City Tribune) and "effortless, with the music always in the forefront, and an overall effect...of music making that is too rarely heard." (Frederick Swann). His CD recording "Gargoyles," available on iTunes, received rave reviews as being "an incisive and exciting performance" from Lowell Lieberman, the title track's composer himself. He has also performed and arranged music for advertising campaigns for clients such as Christina Aguilera and Dignity Health. Born and raised in Guatemala, Mr. Durkovic studied at the National Conservatory of Guatemala, the Juilliard School, Salem College and the USC Thornton School of Music. Tim is also a Broker Associate and President of the Durkovic Group, a luxury real estate group with Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Please visit his website for more information at


Pierre Génisson

Born in 1986, Pierre Génisson is one of the leading French wind instrumentalists of his generation. He won the prestigious Carl Nielsen International Competition in 2014 and went on to record his first CD, "Made in France", with pianist David Bismuth ( Aparté label). Lauded by the press, he was awarded a Diapason d'Or and the 'FFFF' from the magazine Télérama. In 2015, he recorded Schumann's trio for clarinet, viola and piano.

Pierre Génisson began his musical education in Marseille, his hometown. He then studied under Michel Arrignon at the Paris Conservatory. He was awarded first prize in clarinet and chamber music. At the age of 21, Pierre Génisson was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne under Lionel Bringuier. He left the ensemble in 2012 and moved to Los Angeles. Under renowned tutor Yehuda Gilad at USC, he obtained his Artist Diploma.

At the same time, he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic performing Debussy's Rhapsodie and Bruch's Double Concerto. Since then he has regularly performed as a guest soloist with major European and international orchestras (including Deutsches Symphonie Orchester-Berlin, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, etc...) directed by Emmanuel Krivine, Krysztof Penderecki, Charles Dutoit, Lionel Bringuier, Yannick Nézet-Seguin and more...

He has also performed as a soloist in prestigious venues such as the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Radio France Auditorium, Odense Konzerthus, the Philharmonie, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Salle Gaveau, and the Yokosuka Art Center. In January 2018, he made his debut at Tonhalle Düsseldorf with the Dusseldörfer Symphoniker.

Pierre has a passion for chamber music and plays regularly in European and international festivals, splitting his time between France and the United States. He regularly performs as a soloist in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle. He is often invited to give masterclasses in Asia.

In May 2017, his new album 'How I Met Mozart', recorded with the Quartet 212, was released by the Aparté label. After his concert at Salle Gaveau, a tour of Europe and the United States, he performed the world premiere of Eric Tanguy's concerto, dedicated to him, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. He will also make his debut with the Düsseldorf Orchestra and tour Japan and China. He will be appearing at numerous European festivals and concerts in the US.
Pierre Génisson has been awarded prizes by the Banque Populaire and Safran musical foundations and won the Young Talent Award for Music and Wine at Clos Vougeot. He is an active representative of the Buffet Crampon brand and plays "Tradition" clarinet.


Cécilia Tsan

Born in Versailles (France) of Chinese musician parents, Cécilia Tsan began playing the cello at the age of five with the same teacher as her childhood friend Yo-Yo Ma, who was an inspiration for her. After being awarded her Baccalaureate Degree, she went on to study Philosophy and Chinese and was accepted as first in her class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she studied under the direction of André Navarra. In 1976, she graduated summa cum laude, with top honors in cello and in chamber music. She was then accepted for higher musical studies (3ème Cycle), which gave her the opportunity to study more chamber music with Jean Hubeau and to prepare international competitions. She also attended master-classes at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena (Italy) where she received the Diploma di Merito.

Cécilia has won prizes at the Barcelona International Competition and the Florence International Competition as well as the Debussy Prize at the Paris International Competition held by the Guilde Française des Artistes Solistes. She is also a winner of the Menuhin Foundation Award.

Cécilia has given many concerts, not only as a soloist, but also as a chamber musician. In Paris, she has performed at the Palais des Congrès, the Salle Pleyel, the Salle Gaveau, the Théâtre National de l'Opéra, the Centre Georges-Pompidou, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Summer Festival, among others. She has toured extensively in France and in Italy, Switzerland, England, Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, US, Japan and Taiwan.

Her numerous recitals concerts have led her to play with such renowned musicians as pianists Michel Dalberto, Rudolf Firkusny, Jean Hubeau, Alain Planès, Anne Queffélec, Bruno Rigutto, Pascal Rogé, Ann Schein and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; violonists Pierre Amoyal, Augustin Dumay, Jo Genualdi, and Daniel Phillips; violists Hatto Beyerle, Gérard Caussé, Paul Neubauer, Heiichiro Ohyama and Bruno Pasquier; harpist Marielle Nordmann; guitarist Alexandre Lagoya; and Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Alexis Galpérine with whom she founded a piano trio in 1988, based in Paris.

As a founding member of the Pantoum Trio, also including Tereza Stanislav, assistant-concertmaster of the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, and pianist Robert Edward Thies, she recently recorded Gernot Wolfgang Trio "Jazz and Cocktails". In addition to various chamber music concerts, Cécilia's next solo performances include two of her favorite works: the Lalo and Elgar cello concertos.

Cécilia is also active in the motion picture industry and the recording studios in Los Angeles, having recorded hundreds of movie soundtracks with composers such as John Williams, James Horner, David Newman, Randy Newman, Alan Silvestri, James Newton-Howard and Jerry Goldsmith, to name a few. In March 2000, she was invited to the Academy Awards ceremony to perform a solo on stage with composer Randy Newman and singer Sarah McLachlan. For two years, she has been heard as Principal Cello of the American Idols Orchestra.


Beethoven – Opus 11
Bruch 4 pieces
Brahms Clarinet Trio op. 114