Pierre Hantaï is a French conductor and harpsichordist. The son of painter Simon Hantaï, he discovered the music of Johann Sebastian Bach when he was ten and first heard Gustav Leonhardt's recordings when he was eleven, he took up the harpsichord when he was 11 and was self-taught until meeting his first teacher, the American harpsichordist Arthur Haas. He studied for two years in Amsterdam with Gustav Leonhardt. In 1983 he won the second prize in the Bruges harpsichord competition, his first recordings focused on Bach. His most influential recordings are his two Goldberg Variations, released ten years apart, his ongoing series of Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas. Following a first CD for Astrée in 1993, he has recorded 6 more volumes of Scarlatti recitals for Mirare between 2002 and 2019. Other discographic contributions include the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, three recordings dedicated to Bach’s toccatas and suites, as well as recordings of Frescobaldi and Couperin, he performs internationally as a soloist across Europe, North America and Asia at festivals such as La Roque d'Anthéron, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, the Boston Early Music Festival, at Carnegie Hall, the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Hakuju Hall in Tokyo.
In 1991, he and his brother Jérôme recorded part of the soundtrack to the French film Tous les matins du monde. In 1985, he founded the ensemble, Le Concert Français, which he conducted from the harpsichord and which recorded both orchestral and chamber repertoire, he performs with his two brothers, Marc and Jérôme as part of the Trio Hantaï. He played for many years with La Petite Bande and continues to perform with Jordi Savall, Amandine Beyer, Hugo Reyne, Maude Gratton, he has collaborated including Philippe Herreweghe and Marc Minkowski. Pierre Hantaï has never held a permanent teaching post in a conservatory. During the 1990s, he taught privately, his students, including Bertrand Cuiller and Maude Gratton, continued their studies at the CNSM de Paris with Christophe Rousset and Olivier Baumont. In 2000, Hantaï replaced Rousset the harpsichord professor at the CNSM, during his sabbatical year. At the end of the year, Rousset quit and a job search was held as a formality, with the expectation that Hantaï would succeed Rousset and continue to work with his students at the CNSM.
In what one student called an unexpected twist that shook the harpsichord class, though, he lost the post to Baumont, the harpsichord professor at the CNSM since 2001. Since he has limited his teaching activities to master classes, with the notable exception of the harpsichordist Lillian Gordis, whom he mentored. 1990: Giles Farnaby: Farnaby's Dreame, Accord 1990: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerti per cembalo. S. Bach, Jordi Savall & La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Alia Vox 2014: Bach: Concertos for Two Harpsichords, with Aapo Häkkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Aeolus 2016: Scarlatti 4, Mirare 2017: Scarlatti 5, mention « Choc de Classica » 2019: Scarlatti 6, Mirare 1991: Christmas Concerto, Sonatas after Concerti Grossi op. VI / Le Concert Français, Opus 111 1992: Maskes & Fantazies / Le Concert Français. Naïve 1997: Marin Marais: Pièces de viole / Jérôme Hantaï. Virgin Veritas 1997: Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonates pour violon et basse continue, Livre IV / François Fernandez. Naïve 2002: Pavana: The Virgin Harpsichord / Skip Sempé.
Astrée 2003: Marais: Pièces à deux et à trois violes / Jérôme Hantaï. Warner Classics 2003: Georg Philipp Telemann: Essercizii Musici / Le Concert Français. Naïve 2005: Bach: Sonates pour flûte / Marc Hantaï, Jérôme Hantaï. Warner Classics 2005: Marais: Pièces de viole, vol. 2 / Jérôme Hantaï. Warner Classics 2006: Bach: Suites pour orchestre nos. 1 & 4, Sonate pour violon et clavecin no. 4 / Le Concert Français. Mirare 2018: Bach: Sonatas for flute and harpsichord / Marc Hantaï. Mirare Media related to Pierre Hantaï at Wikimedia Commons Bach-cantatas.com: Pierre Hantaï - biography and photos Goldberg Web: Pierre Hantaï - biography and discography
Veronica Mars is an American television series created by Rob Thomas. The series premiered on September 22, 2004, during UPN's last two years, ended on May 22, 2007, after a season on UPN's successor, The CW Television Network. Balancing murder mystery, high-school and college drama, the series features social commentary with sarcasm and off-beat humor in a style compared to film noir. Set in the fictional town of Neptune, the series starred Kristen Bell as the title character, a student who progressed from high school to college during the series while moonlighting as a private investigator under the wing of her detective father; the first season had seven regular characters. As Thomas had conceived the show as a one-year mystery, he decided to introduce and eliminate several characters in order to create an "equally fascinating mystery" for the series' second season. Thomas needed "new blood" since he felt unable to bring back the Kanes and the Echolls and "have them all involved in a new mystery".
The third season features a cast of ten actors who receive billing, an increase from the nine actors in the second. Three of the regulars in the second season are written out of the series, two new characters are introduced and two others are upgraded from recurring roles. Kristen Bell portrays the titular a high school junior and skilled private detective. Bell was chosen to play Veronica Mars from more than 500 women. Bell felt that it was "just luck" that Rob Thomas saw that "I have some sass to me, that's what he wanted". Bell thought that it was her cheerleader looks and outsider's attitude that set her apart from the other women who auditioned. Teddy Dunn portrayed Veronica's ex-boyfriend and Lilly's brother. Dunn auditioned for Logan, but ended up portraying Duncan Kane. Dunn left the series midway through the second season because Thomas felt that the Logan-Veronica-Duncan love triangle had run its course, he needed to put "other guys in her life" to keep the series fresh and attributed Dunn's removal to fan interest in the Logan-Veronica relationship, saying "it became clear that one suitor won out".
Jason Dohring played the "bad-boy" 09er son of an A-list actor. Dohring auditioned for the role of Duncan Kane. After his audition, the producers asked Dohring to audition for the character of Logan, who at the time was only going to be a guest role in the pilot. Dohring felt that his audition for Duncan "was a little dark", was told by the producers that it was "not right"; the producers asked Dohring to read for the role of Logan. Dohring acted one scene from the pilot. During the final auditions, Dohring read two times with Bell, met with the studio and the network; when reading with Bell, Dohring acted the whole scene as if he was the one who raped her, tried to give the character an evil feel. Percy Daggs III portrayed Wallace Fennel, Veronica's best friend and frequent partner in mystery solving. Daggs auditioned for the role of Wallace twice before being cast, had to go through three tests with the studio and network executives. During his first audition, Daggs read four scenes from the pilot.
Just before his studio test, Daggs read with Bell and had "a great conversation". He said that she "made me feel comfortable about auditioning", was a big reason why he became more comfortable playing Wallace as the season went on. Francis Capra portrayed Eli "Weevil" Navarro, the leader of the PCH Biker gang and Veronica's friend. Despite being in trouble with the law, Weevil helps Veronica solve many of her cases, he is arrested at graduation. He becomes a janitor at Hearst College. Enrico Colantoni played Veronica's father Keith Mars, a private investigator and former Balboa County Sheriff. Veronica helps him solve cases. Sydney Tamiia Poitier played Mallory Dent, Veronica's journalism teacher at Neptune High through the first half of the first season. Ms. Dent, as she was referred to, was the only teacher who took Veronica at face value, not based on prejudices. Together with Veronica, she was responsible for uncovering the voting scam that led to Duncan winning the school elections illegally.
Ms. Dent left her job after becoming pregnant. Although she was given series regular billing, Poitier appeared in only four episodes, but was given credit for seven. Poitier's removal from the series was rumored to be due to budget issues. Tessa Thompson portrayed Jackie Cook in the second season as a romantic interest of Wallace and the daughter of a famous baseball player. Fan reaction to the character was negative after Veronica witnessed Jackie talking to a guy while dating Wallace. Thomas blamed the character's reception on his error in judgment: he had hoped fans would question whether it was Jackie or Veronica in the wrong, however the audience automatically assumed that it was Jackie. Thomas decided not to change the story arc he had planned for Jackie, as he believed Thompson was "a fantastic actress and she's got more to play." He said that whether fans ended up liking Jackie was "up in the air", but he hoped that they did because "she's really good". Jackie was subsequently written out of the series at the end of the second season.
Ryan Hansen portrayed Dick Casablancas, an 09er friend of Logan, a womanizer and former high-school bully turned frat boy. Dick was a recurring character in the first season but was upgraded to series regular in the second season. Kyle Gallner acted as Dick's introverted younger brother. Cassidy was a recurring character in the first season, but was upgraded to series regular in the second season. Tina