Ryan Peplinski is a classical music composer, arranger, producer and educator who has been making music for over 30 years. He holds a Honours Bachelor of Music degree, with Distinction from McMaster University and an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Applied Music from Mohawk College.
His original classical symphonies have been performed publicly by the Oakville Symphony Orchestra and Mohawk College students in his home of Ontario, and he has worked extensively in other disciplines. He has studied jazz piano, classical piano, contemporary vocal and classical singing technique. In addition to his educational and compositional work, the multifaceted creator owns and operates his own recording studio.
Recently Ryan teamed up with award-winning German violinist Katerina Chatzinikolau for a series of solo violin arrangements of the classic. Katerina holds a Master’s graduate of the HfMT Koln, where she studied “Violin Solo ” with Ariadne Daskalakis and Musicology with a focus on “Artistic Development and Reflection”. Later she enrolled in international master classes, studying with legends at the Kronberg Academy, the Darmstadt Summer Courses for Contemporary Music and many others.
“Clair de lune for solo violin” is the brand new release from Ryan Peplinski and Katerina Chatzinikolau. Produced, recorded and arranged by Peplinski and performed by Chatzinikolau, the ambitious project interprets Claude Debussy’s classic, originally written and arranged for piano. Released worldwide via all major streaming services on on June 8, 2022, the track is the first look at the talented duo’s forthcoming new album, due in July.
In both performance and production, the recording is hauntingly beautiful. Katerina executes the many complex melodic runs and multipart harmonies with a remarkably smooth and easy tone that belies the complexity inherent to Ryan’s arrangement. The difficulty of the task for both arranger and performer can be expressed in simple math. The piece was originally composed by a master, using ten fingers and 88 keys. Ryan and Katerina have beautifully reinterpreted the masterpiece with just 4 fingers, a bow and a 5-inches of string.
It’s been wonderful working alongside Katerina. She has exceeded my expectations and breathed new life into these old works of the mastersRyan Peplinski
Check out “Clair de lune for solo violin” below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Chill playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. Follow the links below to connect with Ryan Peplinski and Katerina Chatzinikolau. Get on their profiles and get ready for their debut collaborative album, due in July 2022.