Join us on Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 pm to hear violist Daniel Orsen and pianist Pierre-Nicolas Colombat in a performance of “Wagner’s Nightmare”, a tongue-in-cheek send up consisting of music Richard Wagner wouldn’t like.

The premise is that in fact Wagner did not like the viola, so much so that he had a special kind of viola built for Bayreuth. A small body of work was written for the Ritter viola (Ritter was a luthier) and we’ll be reviving some of that, as well music by Mendelssohn (Jewish), Nietzsche (had a famous falling out with Wagner), and Wagner’s own music played on the viola.

In addition to a viola sonata by Brahms, the program will include works by Liszt, Wagner, and Nietzsche.


The program will be announced soon.

About the Artists

Daniel Orsen and Pierre-Nicolas Colombat
Daniel Orsen and Pierre-Nicolas Colombat

Daniel Orsen

During six years in Boston, Violist Daniel Orsen performed with A Far Cry, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Fermata Chamber Soloists, and the Phoenix Chamber Orchestra, and he ran Jamaica Plain Chamber Music from 2019-2022. Additionally, he was Guest Solo Violist with the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway during the 2018.19 season. Festival credits include Krzyzowa, Ravinia, Verbier, Prussia Cove, Oak Hill and the Perlman Music Program.

Daniel studied with and was mentored by members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Credo, and the Perlman Music Program before his studies at the Oberlin Conservatory with Peter Slowik and the New England Conservatory with Kim Kashkashian. He plays on a 2013 Philip Injeian viola and a 2014 Benoit Rolland bow, both specially made for him.

Daniel joined The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in their 2022-23 season. He began his tenure with the SPCO performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in September 2022.

Pierre-Nicolas Colombat

As a young musician, Pierre-Nicolas Colombat’s gateway to piano was through the music of Scott Joplin. Since then, his growing performance schedule has seen him present recitals from various genres in recital throughout Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, as well as United States. In the time he was based on the East Coast, audiences heard him in venues such as Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall (Weill/Zankel/Resnick Wing), Boston Athenaeum, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

His biggest musical influences include his teachers Pavel Nersessian, Joshua Rifkin, Gabriel Chodos, Stephen Drury, George Vatchnadze, Aglika Angelova, Emile Naoumoff, and Amy Killian.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University, a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, and a DMA from Boston University. Colombat maintains an active teaching schedule and has served as staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory and Boston University. He currently lives in Basel, Switzerland where he is conducting post-doctoral work in Lied accompaniment with Jan Schultsz.