Previous Exhibit


Gabrielle Thierry paints on-site at the the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, where she translated eight of Monet’s landscapes into colored musical scores. 

Gabrielle Thierry: The Musicality of the Water Lilies / La Musicalité des Nymphéas

Colored Musical Scores inspired by Claude Monet Water Lilies Landscapes
August 30 - October 7, 2017 

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross will present the paintings of French artist Gabrielle Thierry in the exhibition “Gabrielle Thierry: The Musicality of the Water Lilies/La Musicalité des Nymphéas” from Aug. 30 through Oct. 7. An opening reception, with the artist in attendance, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 5–7 p.m.

Thierry’s series of eight large-scale paintings were inspired by her rediscovery of the “Water Lilies” landscapes by Claude Monet on view at the the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. With special permission from the museum, Thierry painted in front of Monet’s originals over a period of 18 months from 2010 to 2012, where she explored the inner musical qualities of Monet’s famous paintings and visually interpreted them in her own. Exploring the perceptual phenomenon known as “synesthesia,” Thierry experienced the musicality she felt embedded in Monet’s semi-abstract impressionist paintings, which she then transcribed in abstract form, translating paintings into colored musical scores.

Gabrielle Thierry was born in 1966 and resides outside of Paris in Andrésy, France. Before devoting her career to painting a little over 10 years ago, Thierry was an engineer specializing in cognitive sciences and knowledge management. She studied at the Atelier du Carrousel - Louvre and École des Beaux Arts in Paris and obtained a Cambridge, UK graduate degree from Christie’s Education. This will be the first exhibition of her work in the United States.

Roger Hankins, director of the Cantor Art Gallery, collaborated with Brit Smith, director of the Holy Cross study abroad program, and Maurice Géracht, the Stephen J. Prior Professor of Humanities, to bring Thierry’s work to Holy Cross. Géracht and Smith serve as coordinators for the International Word and Image Conference, which rotates between Holy Cross; Université Paris Diderot in Paris; and Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. They met Thierry in 2014 as she presented her work on synesthesia at the conference in Dijon. Géracht and Smith also co-edit the award-winning journal “Interfaces,” a scholarly publication which publishes selected papers presented at the conference.

The College commissioned a painting for its permanent collection by Thierry entitled “Last Reflexion of Ophelia” which will be displayed in the exhibition, as well as a new musical work sharing the same title and written by French composer Eric Lebrun in 2017. Op. 39, for cello and piano, will be performed by artists-in-residence Adam Golka, piano, and Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello, in the Cantor Art Gallery during musical presentations throughout the exhibition.

The College and the Cantor Art Gallery would like to acknowledge and thank the French Cultural Ministry, through the Boston Consulate, for providing support for the transportation of Thierry’s works to Holy Cross.


·       “Gabrielle Thierry: The Musicality of the Water Lilies/La Musicalité des Nymphéas,
Cantor Art Gallery, Sat., Aug. 30–Oct. 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

·       Opening Reception, Cantor Art Gallery
Tues., Sept. 12, 5–7 p.m.

  • Gallery Talk by Gabrielle Thierry, Cantor Art Gallery
    Wed., Sept 13, Noon
  • Lecture
    Thurs., Sept. 21, Levi Browsing Room, Dinand Library, 4 p.m.
    Professor Frederic Ogee, University Paris Diderot
    J.M.W. Turner, Landscape and History
  • Lecture
    Wed., Sept. 27, Levi Browsing Room, Dinand Library, 4 p.m.
    Professor Mark Freeman, College of the Holy Cross
    When the Senses Meet: Synesthesia and Artistic Imagining

    Music in the Gallery Series

    Friday, September 15 | 12:30 p.m. | Cantor Art Gallery

J.S.BachInvention no. 1 BWV 772

J.S. Bach arr. Busoni: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesus Christ, BWV 639 

Kevin Chen, ’21 piano   

J.S.Bach: Prelude of Suite no. 3, BWV 1009

Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello 

F. SchubertMoments Musicaux no. 3

Ana Dulskiy, ’19 piano


Friday, September 22 | 12:30 p.m.  | Cantor Art Gallery

F. SchubertMoments Musical D 780 no. 1 in C major and no. 3 in f minor

Ana Dulskiy, piano

F. Chopin:  Etude in E Major, op. 10 #3, Etude in c-sharp Minor, op. 10 #4, Etude in G-flat Major op. 10 #5 "Black Key”

Matthew Pinder, piano


Friday, September 29 | 12:30 p.m.  | Cantor Art Gallery

E. Lebrun: Last Reflexion of Ophelia, op. 39 (2017) pour violoncelle et piano

L.v. Beethoven: Sonata for piano and Cello no. 3 op. 69  I. Allegro ma non tango

Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello

Adam Golka, piano


Friday, October 6 | 12:30 p.m.  | Cantor Art Gallery

J.S. Bach arr. Busoni: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 

Kevin Chen, piano

D. Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 8, op.110: I. Largo

Christopher Goessling, violin

Elizabeth Mazzocco, violin

Matthew Pinder, viola

Brett Cotter, cello

J.S. Bach arr. Busoni: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesus Christ, BWV 639 

Kevin Chen, piano


Jan Müller-Szeraws, Artist-in-Residence, cello

Since September 2014, Jan Müller-Szeraws has been an Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross where he coordinates the Performance Program. He is also artistic director of the Chamber Music Institute at Holy Cross, an intensive chamber music summer immersion program for gifted high school and college students. Müller-Szeraws has been artist and teacher in residence at the "Jornadas Musicales Internacionales de Invierno" in Concepción, Chile and has taught Master Classes at the Garth Newel Music Center, Columbus State University and Academia de Música Antonio Vivaldi, Concepción. He was a guest lecturer at the Universidad Católica de Chile and currently also teaches at the Phillips Academy Andover.

Jan Müller-Szeraws studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany and holds a Bachelor and Master of Music Degree from Boston University. His teachers include Andrés Díaz, Christoph Henkel, Arnaldo Fuentes and Javier Santamaría.

Müller-Szeraws is a prize-winner at the Washington International Competition, as well as a grant recipient of the Saul and Naomi Cohen Foundation, which is generously lending him a cello by David Tecchler (1717).

Müller-Szeraws regularly performs recitals with pianists including Adam Golka, Ya-Fei Chuang, Victor Santiago Adunción and Sally Pinkas and is cellist of the contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva. Other recent projects include the release of "Anusvara", a disc with music by Shirish Korde for cello, tabla and carnatic soprano, the premiere of "Mutations" for solo cello and computer by Chris Arrell and the premiere and recording of Thomas Oboe Lee's "Suite for Solo Cello", both written for him, as well as a recording of sonatas for piano and cello by Brahms and Chopin with pianist Adam Golka for Hammond Performing Arts and a series of recitals for cello and harp with harpist Sivan Magen.

Adam GolkaArtist-in-Residence, piano

Polish-American pianist Adam Golka was recently selected by Sir András Schiff to perform recitals at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, Tonhalle Zürich, as well as in Berlin and New York (organized by the 92nd Street Y). Adam has been regularly on the concert stage since the age of sixteen, when he won first prize at the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He has also received the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association.

As a child, Adam studied with his mother, Anna Golka, as well as with Dariusz Pawlas. For most of his teenage years and as a young adult, Adam studied with the late José Feghali, whom he considers his most significant influence. Adam also spent four years at the Peabody Conservatory studying with Leon Fleisher. Since finishing his official studies, Adam has continued his work in inspiring lessons with great musicians such as András Schiff, Alfred Brendel, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Murray Perahia, Ferenc Rados, and Rita Wagner.

With his extensive concerto repertoire, Golka has appeared as a soloist with dozens of orchestras, among those the BBC Scottish, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Diego, Fort Worth, Vancouver, Seattle, and Jacksonville symphonies, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Adam made his Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium Debut in 2010, performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony, and also performed a cycle of all five Beethoven concerti in 2011 with the Lubbock Symphony, under the baton of his brother, Tomasz Golka.

Adam Golka is an Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Anastasia Dulskiy, Brooks Scholar ’19, piano

A music and biology double major from Windham, New Hampshire Anastasia Dulskiy is a member of the Class of 2019. Prior to coming to Holy Cross, she studied with Mila Filatova at her piano academy in Manchester, New Hampshire and received coaching from Tamara Poddubnaya for many years. She participated in a number of national and international piano competitions and festivals growing up, and often attends the Music Without Borders International Music Festival in Bethel, Maine during the summer.  Anastasia now studies piano with Artist in Residence Adam Golka and has received coaching from Artists in Residence Jan Müller-Szeraws and Saul Bitrán, and has had many opportunities to perform and connect with peers and faculty on campus as a Brooks Scholar.

Kevin Chen, Brooks Scholar ‘21, piano

Kevin Chen is a pianist from Andover, Massachusetts and is the Brooks Scholar of the Holy Cross Class of 2021. He has been studying piano since the age of six under the tutelage of Mila Filatova and has received extra guidance from professors such as Tamara Poddubnaya, Victor Rosenbaum, Max Levinson, Carleen Graff, and Arnaldo Cohen. Kevin currently studies piano with Artist in Residence Adam Golka and is a member of the Holy Cross Marching Band and Concert Band. Kevin has performed music in numerous venues internationally, such as Perugia, Italy and Vologda, Russia. He has also worked with his high school’s theater group in a performance of 33 Variations, by Moises Kaufman and has worked with many soloists who play instruments such as violin, clarinet, and flute.

Brett Cotter, ‘19

Brett Cotter began studying cello when he was four years old.  His first teacher was Dr. Emily Yang, who taught him from 2000 to 2004 in the Suzuki method.  He then became a student of Rae Nickel from 2004 to 2008.  From 2008 to 2015, Brett was a student of Timothy Terranella at the Joy of Music Program in Worcester, MA.  He is currently studying with Jan Müller-Szeraws here at Holy Cross.  From 2006 to 2015, Brett was heavily involved in the Joy of Music program in numerous string ensembles and as principal cello in their orchestra from 2012 to 2015.  Through the Central District Massachusetts Music Educators Association, he played in the Junior High School Central District Music Festival Orchestra from 2010 to 2011, being principal cello in 2011, in the Senior High School Central District Music Festival from 2011 to 2015, and in the Senior High School Massachusetts All-State Music Festival Orchestra in 2015.  For the past two years, Brett has also participated in the Holy Cross Chamber Music Institute. Brett is from Sterling, Massachusetts.  He is a double major in music and history, and a member of the class of 2019.  He is a member of the Holy Cross String Orchestra, and participates in numerous chamber music groups, both under the instruction of Saul Bitrán and Jan Müller-Szeraws. 

Christopher Goessling ’18, Brooks Scholar

Christopher Goessling is a Physics and Music double major and receives the Brooks Music Scholarship. He began studying violin in the Suzuki Program at The Community Music School of Webster University when he was four-and-a-half years old. While there, he participated in the Suzuki Ensemble and traveled with the group to Europe in 2006. Christopher was a chamber musician playing both violin and viola for the PREP program for five years. He has attended the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as a part of a quartet in the PREP program. Christopher was a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra for five years, holding many positions including Assistant Principal Viola and Concertmaster. Christopher has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School twice both times studying with Naoko Tanaka. While in Aspen, Christopher took part in six orchestra concerts during the eight-week festival. Additionally, Christopher attended The Innsbrook Institute for three summers. Christopher currently studies violin with Saul Bitrán; his past teachers include Joo Kim, Mike Chen and Joanne Keefe. At Holy Cross, Christopher participates in both chamber music and the Holy Cross Chamber Orchestra.

Elizabeth Mazzocco ‘21

Liz Mazzocco, a freshman, is enjoying playing in the Holy Cross Chamber Orchestra, two chamber groups, and a liturgical ensemble.  She was an Illinois Music Educators Association All-State selectee for the past three years and has performed with the Elgin Youth, York High School, and Wheaton Pops Symphony Orchestras.  She has studied with Rebecca Sandrok and is grateful for her patience and dedication. 

Matthew Pinder ’20, Brooks Scholar

Matthew Pinder began violin lessons at 7 (switching to viola at age 11) and piano lessons at 8. During high school Matthew studied piano with Rachel Antman Oliver and viola with Jessica Oudin, of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) as a violist for three years, and assistant principal viola with the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra for the 2015-16 season. He has earned numerous prizes at competitions at the Georgia Music Teachers Association. Matthew was a winner of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 Ruth Kern Concerto Competition, where he performed the 3rd movement of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Matthew was homeschooled until high school, when he took dual enrollment classes at Oglethorpe University and Georgia State University. Matthew is a sophomore at Holy Cross and is the Class of 2020 Brooks Scholar. He studies piano with Adam Golka and viola with Peter Sulski.

Last Reflection of Ophelia: A Colored Musical Score by Gabrielle Thierry
Last Reflection of Ophelia musical composition by Eric Lebrun
Jacques Boumendil, Director
Renaud Michel, Sound Engineer
Clara Michel-Mazzoleni, Cello
Théophile Thierry, Piano

This short film, directed by Jacques Boumendil, documents the creation of works commissioned by the College for the permanent collection in relation to the exhibition The Musicality of the Water Lilies / La Musicalité des Nymphéas. French painter Gabrielle Thierry and composer Eric Lebrun were inspired by Ophelia, a character from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Lebrun’s music “is imbued with the colors of the water, its reflections in spring time, and the depths of the pond that inexorably draws Ophelia.” This scene has inspired many painters, and Lebrun’s music, resonate with Shakespeare’s drama, was then the basis for Thierry’s transformation of the work into, as she describes, “a colored musical score” – an expression of the theory of synesthesia, a multi-sensory exploration of the arts.

Gabrielle Thierry