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By the end of January 2022, Les Dissonances were touring to share Prokofiev and Shostakovitch music at la Philharmonie de Paris, at the Volcan – scène Nationale du Havre and at CaenTheatre.



Presentation of the program:

Russian program with two Prokofiev’s violin concertos and Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony, written at the end of the "Great Patriotic War".
"Most of my symphonies are funeral monuments," Shostakovich observed in his Memoirs. Only the Ninth Symphony seems to escape the rule: the tone is joyful and relaxed, the orchestration light, the fabric never overloaded, the pathos deliberately absent. Its restricted, if not "classical" proportions make it the musician's shortest symphony. Its genesis was quick and easy. "Everyone was singing the praises of Stalin. Now it was my turn to join this detestable affair. One could say that the pretext was good. The war had ended victoriously. It did not matter at what price. The important thing was the victory," Shostakovich still confides.

S. Prokofiev, violin concertos n°1 and n°2
Soloist David Grimal
D. Shostakovitch, Symphony n°9

Mon. January 24th, Philharmonie de Paris, Grande salle P. Boulez
Tue. January 25th, Le Volcan – Scène Nationale du Havre
Sat. January 29th, Théâtre de Caen



January 24th, 2022, Grande Salle P. Boulez, Philharmonie de Paris

On January 24th 2022, at la Philharmonie, the public was waiting for the musicians with great enthusiasm! Live recorded by France Musique, the concert received beautiful reviews from the magazine ResMusica “Dissonances Russes à la Philharmonie de Paris” to be found here :

David Grimal proposed as an encore an excerpt from the Sonata for two violins op.56 by S. Prokofiev that he performed with his student Maria Marica. Brilliant!


January 25th 2022, Le Volcan – Scène Nationale du Havre

On January 25th 2022, at Le Volcan, the room was crowded. Beautiful concert whose end was played on the rhythm of the applause of 800 spectators. What a warm audience in le Havre !

As an encore, David Grimal invited his student Stefan Simonca-Oprita, a musician of the orchestra, to perform the Sonata for two violins op.56  by S. Prokofiev.

N.B : A young musician from Le Havre, 10 years old, was able to meet his idol Julien Hardy, bassoonist in the orchestra. The meeting between the musicians and the public is always a strong moment!


January 29th, 2022, Théâtre de Caen

This Russian program was expected by the Caen Theatre, the room was full!
As a soloist, David Grimal gave a vibrant and virtuoso encore, a cadenza from the 3rd movement of Shostakovich's 1st Violin Concerto, which was very well received. 

Once again, the last movement of the concert was played with the applause of the audience.

The end of the concert, marking the end of the tour, was filled with emotions that the musicians and the audience will share again in March!


- 73 musicians
- 3 concerts maintained
- 3 400 spectators