Institut français du Cambodge welcomes Ai Iwasaki, mezzosoprano, and Gabriele Faja, pianist, for a voice & piano recital in its restaurant!
A concert featuring all-women French composers crossing into the 20th century. From Augusta Holmes and Pauline Viardot, to Cecile Chaminade and both Boulanger sisters – Nadia and Lili. Lili Boulanger, the Parisian-born child prodigy, and little sister of Nadia Boulanger – lived only 24 years. Her stunning musical talent inspires this event in celebration of women composers from the heights of French Impressionism.
Tickets on sale from February 15th at the IFC reception desk.
Lili Boulanger : Reflets, Attente, others
Cécile Chaminade : Villanelle, Plaintes D’amour, Le Noël des Oiseaux
Pauline Viardot : Bonjour Mon Coeur, Hai Luli!
Augusta Holmes : A Trianon
Francis Poulenc : Priez Pour Paix, others
Born in Tokyo and obtained a Masters’ in Opera studies from Showa University of Music. She moved to Italy in 2010 to study at the Conservatorio Arrigo Boito in Parma and the Teatro Fortuna in Fano and performed in concerts throughout Italy. In 2012, she moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she founded SoundsKool Music, became a professor at the Royal University of Fine Arts and launched the Cambodia Opera Project with the first full-scale opera performance in the Kingdom of Cambodia, ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’. In 2019, she organized and performed a second Opera of the Cambodia Opera Project, ‘Pagliacci’, in which she played the role of Nedda with great success.
She has performed in numerous concerts, including the Phnom Penh International Music Festival. She sang the national anthems of various countries and the Cambodian national anthem at the National Day organized by the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia, the German Embassy and the French Embassy. This year she is the Executive Producer of Cambodian Opera Project’s Madame Butterfly’.
Gabriele Faja holds a Masters’ in piano from the Royal College of Music in London and has performed in Europe, the United States and Asia with the Miles Davis Project Band, the Amor Quintet and as a soloist. He has received numerous awards and honors, including 1st FIDAPA Prize (Italy) at age 11, RCM Scholarship Award (UK), 1st Prize (accompanist) Bromsgrove International Music Festival (UK), 1st Prize Helen-Marie Curtis Piano Competition (UK), John Lewis Award (UK), NOSWAD Award (UK), and Cosmina & Douglas Liversidge Award (UK). He was Musical Director of the Commonwealth Music Society in London and Managing Director of Biaerbeck and Holmes, producing in major London venues such as Southbank, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, The National Gallery and Tate Modern.
In Asia he founded and is currently Director of music schools operator Soundskool Music and Production Director of Madame Butterfly in Cambodia in 2023, with mezzosoprano Ai Iwasaki.