Pianists

BACH / BUSONI

  • Choral

BEETHOVEN

  • Sonata op.31 No. 1

BRAHMS

  • Fantaisies op.116

PROKOFIEV

  • Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, op.84
Friday 29 September • 08:00pm

Nicholas ANGELICH

Jacobins Cloister

Born in the United States in 1970, Nicholas Angelich began studying the piano at five with his mother. At the age of seven, he gave his first concert with Mozart’s Concerto K. 467. He entered at 13 the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where he studied with Aldo Ciccolini, Yvonne Loriod, Michel Beroff and Marie Françoise Bucquet. He won the First Prize for piano and chamber music.

Nicholas Angelich followed master-classes with Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Maria Joao Pires. In 1989 he won the Second Prize of the International Piano Competition R. Casadesus in Cleveland and in 1994 the First Prize of the International Piano Competition Gina Bachauer. In 1996 he was invited as a resident of the International Piano Foundation of Cadennabia (Italy). In 2002 he received the “International Klavierfestival Ruhr – Young Talent Award” (Germany) from Leon Fleischer where he performed in June 2003. At the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2013, he received the Victoire of the “Instrumental Soloist of the Year”.

He made his debuts in May 2003 with the New-York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur at the Lincoln Center in New-York. Valdimir Jurowski invited him to open with him the 2007/08 season of the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow.

He also performed with the Orchestre National de France under Marc Minkowski, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Paavo Järvi and Krzysztof Urbanski, Orchestre National de Lyon and David Robertson, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under Jesus Lopez-Cobos and Kenneth Montgomery, Saint-Petersbourg Symphony under Alexandre Dimitriev, Strasbourg and Montpellier orchestras, Toulouse Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden in Amsterdam and Yannick Nezet-Sequin in San Sebastian, the Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne and Christian Zacharias, the SWR Baden-Baden orchestra, the Dresdner Philharmoniker under Michael Sanderling, the Francfort Radio orchestra under Hugh Wolff and Paavo Jarvi, the Swiss-Italian Radio Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, the Tonkünstler Orchester and K. Järvi, the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra and Roger Norrington, the Montreal Symphony, Atlanta Symphony under E. Krivine, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Seoul Philharmonic under M.-W. Chung, the London Philharmonic under Kazuchi Ono and Vladimir Jurowski, the London Symphony and David Afkham, the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Daniel Harding, the Los Angeles Symphony with Stephane Denève, the Pittsburgh Symphony with Gianandrea Noseda, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Tugan Sokhiev, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Y. Nezet-Seguin, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Valery Gergiev; as well as recitals in London, Munich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Rome, Lisbon, Brescia, Tokyo, Paris. He is a regular guest of the Verbier Festival and Martha Argerich’s festival in Lugano. He made his debuts at the BBC Proms in July 2009 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Y. Nezet-Seguin. Great interpreter of classic and romantic repertoire, Nicholas Angelich played all Beethoven Sonatas and Liszt’s Années de Pélerinage in different countries. He is also very interested in 20th century music such as Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovitsh, Bartok, Ravel, as well as Messiaen, Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Eric Tanguy, Bruno Mantovani, Baptiste Trotignon (Different Spaces/ Naïve CD), and Pierre Henry, who dedicated to him the «Concerto for piano without orchestra».

Always enthusiastic about playing chamber music, his partners are Martha Argerich, Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Maxim Vengerov, Akiko Suwanai, Dimitri Sitkovetsky, Joshua Bell, Gérard Caussé, Daniel Müller-Schott, Jian Wang, Paul Meyer, the Ysaye, Prazak, Pavel Haas, Modigliani, and Ebène Quartets.

Discography : for Harmonia Mundi a Rachmaninov recital, for Lyrinx a Ravel recital, for Mirare the Années de Pélerinage by Liszt (“Choc” in the Monde de la Musique, Recommandé by Classica/Répertoire) and Beethoven recital (opus 26, Waldstein, opus 111). For Erato, Brahms cycle: Trios with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Sonatas for violin and piano with Renaud Capuçon (Diapason d’Or, “Choc” in the Monde de la Musique, Editor Choice/Gramophone, Scherzo/Exceptional) and two Brahms recitals (“Choc” in the Monde de la Musique/BBC Music Choice), a Beethoven recital with Akiko Suwanai (Decca) and Brahms Piano Concertos nr. 1 and 2 with Paavo Jarvi and Frankfort Radio Orchestra (Erato), Chamber Music by Gabriel Fauré & Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Last release: a Chopin, Schumann, Liszt recital.

Carte blanche

Thursday 28 September • 08:00pm

Chilly GONZALES

Halle aux Grains

Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music.

The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg’s Kaiser Quartett, the album re-imagines Romantic-era chamber music as today’s addictive pop. Gestures from rap, ambient, easy listening and the avant-garde coexist as always in Chilly Gonzales’ musical universe - this time with strings attached.

Known equally for his intimate piano touch as for his showmanship, "Gonzo" aims to be a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper.

Chilly Gonzales holds the Guinness world record for the longest solo concert at over 27 hours. He performs and writes songs with Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake, among others. In 2014 he won a Grammy for his collaboration on Daft Punk’s Best Album of the Year. With "Never Stop", Chilly Gonzales composed a global hit for the inaugural Apple iPad campaign.

SCHUMANN

  • Forest Scenes op.82

BRAHMS

  • Klavierstücke op.119

CHOPIN

  • Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op.58
Tuesday 26 September • 08:00pm

Danae DÖRKEN

Jacobins Cloister

German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is among the very few artists capable of spell-binding any audience with the very first bars of their music. Her breathtaking technical skills and deeply reflected interpretations come with an outstanding communicative connection with her audience and great natural charm. Having electrified listeners at leading festivals and concert halls throughout the world, she is today regarded as one of the most sought-after pianists of her generation.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include her debut solo recital at Konzerthaus Berlin, followed by recitals in Münster and Bielefeld performances with the highly esteemed Schoneberg concert cycle. Following an invitation by Artur Pizzaro she will also play recitals in Madeira, as well as in Koblenz, Neuenhagen and Dresden. Danae will perform as a soloist together with Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. American violinist Caroline Goulding is on a tour with Danae Dörken that will have them appear at Vienna Konzerthaus, the Salzburg Mozarteum, KKL Lucerne, Lugano Musica, in Sweden, at Wigmore Hall and in Gauting. She will also continue her collaboration with her pianist sister Kiveli, presenting with her a four-hand piano repertoire, and with cellist Benedict Klöckner. One of Danae’s latest collaboration projects brought her together with oboist Philippe Tondre, with whom she will also present a SWR Southwest Radio produced new CD. Highlights of the 2015/16 season included debuts with the Münchner Symphoniker, Dortmund Philharmonic, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, as well as at the Dresden Music Festival, the Sondershausen Liszt Concertos and Gstaad Menuhin Festival. Her groundbreaking recording of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 and Mendelssohn’s Second Piano Concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia was released in May 2016. Two years earlier she had produced her second CD with fantasies by Schumann, Schubert and C.P.E. Bach (ARS Produktion). Her debut CD with piano works by Leoš Janáček, released in 2012, received highest critical acclaim.

Despite being only 25 years old, Danae Dörken has already played in major concert halls such as the Cologne Philharmonie, Essen Philharmonie, Gasteig Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, and Beethoven Haus Bonn. She is a regular guest at festivals such as Kissinger Sommer, Schwetzingen Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Chamber Music Festival "Spannungen" in Heimbach. Furthermore she has recorded live broadcasts for German radio networks WDR3, SWR2, and NDR Kultur, and has appeared on television channels Arte, 3sat, and BR. Ms. Dörken has performed with artists such as Lars Vogt, Gustav Rivinius, Sharon Kam, Artur Pizarro, Christiane Oelze, Carolin Widmann, and Katia and Marielle Labèque. Danae Dörken is driven by her deep desire to bring people of different age and origin together by the means of music. In 2015 Danae and Kiveli Dörken founded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF), presenting highest level chamber music concerts on the Greek island of Lesbos. Amidst the Greek debt crisis and the dramatic situation of refugess in the Aegean Sea, Lesbos sees not only the tradition of classical music brought to its shores, but also a bridge between Greece and Germany being built by Danae’s festival. Throughout the year, the festival is surrounded by benefit and other events across cities in Germany presenting with leading artists including Lars Vogt, Maximillian Hornung, Sebastian Manz, Danjulo Ishizaka, Philippe Tondre, and Linus Roth.

Born in Wuppertal in August 1991, Danae Dörken grew up in a German-Greek family. She received her first piano lessons at the age of five with Marina Kheifets and won her first competition just six months later. She has since received numerous awards in national and international competitions. Due to her outstanding performance as the youngest participant in the "International Competition for Young Musicians" in Enschede, Netherlands, the "Prix Unique" prize was specifically created for Danae Dörken and is now being awarded annually ever since.

In March 1999 she met violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, attended an orchestra rehearsal with him and was invited to play for him. Menuhin was so impressed by the young pianist that he offered to support her personally. Unfortunately, he passed away shortly after this meeting. At the end of 2002 Danae Dörken attended a master class of the renowned piano teacher Karl-Heinz Kammerling, who immediately invited her to join his class and continued teaching her until his death in 2012. Subsequently, Dörken continued her studies with Lars Vogt in Hannover.

World creation (dance)

Monday 25 September • 08:00pm

Pierre RIGAL / Disklavier

Saint-Pierre des Cuisines

Born in 1973 in Moissac, France.

Top athlete, specialist in 400m and 400m steeple races, Pierre Rigal obtained a degree in mathematical economics at the university of social sciences of Toulouse, then a bachelor’s degree in cinema at the superior school of audiovisual in Toulouse. While he was training as a dancer, he met choreographers such as Heddy Maalem, Bernardo Montet, Wim Vandekeybus, Nacera Belaza, Philippe Découflé and stage directors such as Mladen Materic and Guy Alloucherie.

In 2002 he was part of the company Gilles Jobin for the creation of the piece Under Construction and the revival of The Moebius Strip (2003-2006). At the same time, he worked as a director for video clips and documentary films, such as Balade à Hué that he directed in 2001 for the french broadcasting channel France 3.

In November 2003, Pierre Rigal founded the company dernière minute, conceived and performed his first play erection co-directed with Aurélien Bory at the Théatre National of Toulouse.

In June 2005, he performed for the choreographer Ariry Andriamoratsiresy in the solo Dans la peau d’un autre for the program ‘Vif du sujet’ produced by the SACD / Montpellier Danse.

In October 2006 he created the play arrêts de jeu with Aurélien Bory at the Théatre National of Toulouse.

In May 2007 he took part in the event ‘comme un été’ at the Théatre National of Toulouse by presenting La mort est vivante a photo-photographic installation.

In February 2008, he was commissioned by the London Gate Theatre to create and perform a new solo : press and at the end of 2008 he created the solo que serai-je serai-je for the dancer Mélanie Chartreux who won the national competition of ‘Talents Danse Adami’.

In 2009, he created asphalte a hip-hop theatre play for the Festival Suresnes Cités Danse and for the Maison de la Danse of Lyon.

During the 2010 Avignon festival, he presented micro which was then hosted at the Théatre Vidy-Lausane in January 2011 for development and creation of the final version.

In July 2011 he directed the video clip Give me a light taken from the show micro.

In February 2012, he created standards, a piece for 8 hip-hop dancers for the 20 year anniversary of the Festival Suresnes Cités Danse, the longer version was developed for the Marseille Festival in June 2012. That same year, he created théâtre des opérations a piece for 9 Korean dancers at the LG Arts Center in Seoul. The play then came to Europe at the Festival d’Automne in Normandy and at the Théatre du Rond-Point in Paris.

In 2013, Pierre collaborated with Jean-Michel Ribes for the revival of Théatre sans animaux and Emmanuel Daumas for the play Anna, by specifically working on the comedians’ movement.

In July 2013 he created bataille for the Avignon Festival, a piece for Hassan Razak and Pierre Cartonnet for the program Sujets à Vif. The full version of this duo was created on the 2nd of December 2013 at the Douai Hippodrome for the festival Les Multipistes.

Concurrently to this Pierre Rigal regularly gives workshops in different institutions, particularly at the Korean National Dance Company of Seoul or at the Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg.

BACH

  • Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo, BWV 992
  • English suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808

BACH / BUSONI

  • Chacone for the left hand in B minor BWV 1004

BACH / LISZT

  • Prelude and fugue in A minor, BWV543

BACH

  • Prelude and fugue en E-flat minor, BWV853
Monday 25 September • 08:00pm

François DUMONT

Jacobins Cloister

French pianist François Dumont’s international career has been launched by his success in major international piano competitions winning prizes in the Chopin Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Clara Haskil Competition, the Montecarlo Piano Masters. He has been nominated for the “Victoires de la musique”, a major French classical music event. He has received the Prix de la Révélation from the Syndicate of Music Critics in France.

François Dumont has been chosen by Leonard Slatkin to play and record both Ravel concerti with the Orchestre National de Lyon. The CD will be issued for Naxos during the 2017 season.

He appears as a soloist with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Montecarlo Philharmonic, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Tokyo Symphony with conductors such as Jesùs Lopez-Cobos, Antoni Wit, Arie van Beek, Philippe Bender, Stefan Sanderling.

François Dumont was fourteen years old when he entered the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Bruno Rigutto’s class. He later studied at the prestigious Lake Como International Piano Academy with artists such as Murray Perahia, Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts’ong.

François Dumont is invited to perform recitals in major Venus such as the Festival International de la Roque d’Anthéron, the ‘Piano aux Jacobins’ Festival à Toulouse, Chopin Festival in Nohant, Radio-France Montpellier Festival, Chopin à Bagatelle Festival, “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw, Journées Ravel in Montfort l’Amaury, Ljubljana Festival, Kennedy Center in Washington. He regularly tours Japan and China.

His first solo recordings, the Complete Mozart Sonatas (Anima Records) and a Chopin album (Artalinna) both received the “Maestro” award of the “Pianiste” magazine. Other solo recordings include a Wagner/Liszt programme (Piano Classics) as well as a double CD “live” that includes all his performances at the Chopin Competition, published by the National Chopin Institute in Warsaw. His recent recording of the complete piano music of Maurice Ravel (Piano Classics) has received both critic (FFF Telerama, 5 Diapason) and public acclaim.

The first volume of the B.A.C.H. project has been released by Artalinna. The second one is released in February 2017.

His recent recording of Mozart Concerti K.271 and K.466 with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne have been praised for their “clarity of elocution”, their “ideal sense of equilibrium” and “delightful classicism”.

His collaboration with the OSB continues with Mozart Concerti K.453 and K.488 which he has recorded live, conducting from the keyboard on tour between February and March 2016.

2017 highlights include concerto performances with the Orchestre National de Lille, Orquestra Nacional de Colombia, Orchestre de Bretagne, recitals in La Folle Journée in Nantes, Auditorium in Lyon, Salle Gaveau in Paris, as well as a recital Tour in China.

BACH

  • Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A minor, BWV 889 (ext. The Well-Tempered Clavier, II)

MOZART

  • Sonata No. 2 in F major, K.280

CHOPIN

  • Étude in C minor, op.25 No. 12

RACHMANINOFF

  • Étude in E-flat major, op.33 No. 7

SCHUMANN

  • Novelletten No. 8 in F-sharp minor, op.21

PROKOFIEV

  • Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, op.83
Sunday 24 September • 04:00pm

Kamilė ZAVECKAITĖ

Altigone

Kamile Zaveckaite is a young pianist, who is born in Lithuania in 1996. Her musical life started as a singer and when she was just three years old, she won one of the biggest competition for singers ,,Dainų Dainelė’’ in Lithuania. In year 2003 she started learning piano in St. Cecilia gymnasium with teacher A. Radzeviciene. From 2008 she continued her piano studies in National M.K. Ciurlionis school of arts under E. Jurkeviciute-Navickiene.

Kamile has won prices in many republic and international piano and chamber music competitions. She also had concerts in Lithuania, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and Estonia.

Achievements:

- Diploma in international competition ,,Gradus ad Parnassum” (Lithuania, 2007);
- Name of laureate and special prize for the best performance of Romantic era piece in republic Balys Dvarionas piano and strings competition (2008);
- Name of laureate in republic J. S. Bach piano competition (2009);
- 1st prize and special prize for the best performance of P.Eben composition in republic piano competition ,,Czech music. XX century” (2011);
- 1st prize in international chamber music competition ,,Musical Aquarelle’’ (partner oboist Monika Boreikaite) (Lithuania, 2012)
- 1st prize in international B.Smetana piano competition (Czech Republic, 2012);
- 1st prize in international festival - competition ,,Le strade d’Europa” (Lithuania, 2012).
- For her achievements in year 2012 she was awarded by President of Lithuania D.Grybauskaite
- 2nd prize in international S.Rachmaninoff piano competition (Germany, 2013)
- Grand Prix in international competition ,,Kaunas Sonorum’’ (Lithuania, 2013)
- For her achievements in 2013 she was awarded by President of Lithuania D.Grybauskaite
- Diploma in international competition of chamber music ,,Spring Sonata’’ (Partner oboist Monika Boreikaite) (Lithuania, 2014)
- 2nd prize in international festival - competition ,,Le strade d’Europa” (Lithuania, 2014)
- Solo concerts in Festival ,,Piano aux Jacobins’’ (France, 2014 and 2015)
- Performances in ‘Jugend musiziert’ festival (Partner clarinetist Clarissa Schmitt) (Germany, 2016)
- ,,Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der Hochschule für Musik F.Liszt‘‘ 2017

Kamile has attended masterclasses with pianists and professors such as Kasparas Uinskas, Gabrielius Alekna, Golda Wainberg - Tatz, Muza Rubackyte, Andrea Coen, Andrius Zlabys, Jerome Lowenthal, Leonid Dorfman, Julian Martin, Nina Seriogina, Balasz Szokolay, Robertas Bekionis, Miroslav Kultyshev, Igor Lazko, Andrei Gavrilov, Petras Geniušas, Natalia Throull, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Armin Fuchs.

Kamile graduated National M.K.Čiurlionis school of arts in 2015 and at the same year successfully joined F.Liszt‘s Academy of Music in Weimar, Germany, where she studies under Prof. Grigory Gruzman.

Now Kamile is extensively performing in Germany, Lithuania and other countries. And by this time she prepares for different international festivals, scholarships and competitions.

BARTOK

  • Allegro barbaro, Sz.49

BRAHMS

  • Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp minor, op.2
  • Rhapsody in B minor No. 1, op.79

BARTOK

  • Rhapsody op.1

LISZT

  • Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 in A minor
Saturday 23 September • 08:00pm

Alexandre KANTOROW

Jacobins Cloister

The young pianist gave his first professional concerts at a very early age. At just 16 years old he was invited by the Sinfonia Varsovia to play at «Les folles journées» de Nantes and Warsaw. Since then he has played with many orchestras, such as the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra with Augustin Dumay, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the ONPL, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liege, and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.

In 2015 Alexandre appeared in the opening season at the new Philharmonic Hall in Paris with the Pasdeloup Orchestra, who have invited him back to play with them again at the Salle Gaveau.

In April 2016 Alexandre gave a very successful recital of Russian music at the Vuitton Foundation, where he will be returning in 2017.

This summer he had the opportunity to indulge his love of chamber music, when he was invited to play with the Talich quartet and with Roland Pidoux.

Forthcoming projects include a recording of Saint-Saens concertos for the BIS label.

Alexandre also has numerous concerts lined up in Finland, South America, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

Soon to be released is a CD of Russian music, also recorded for BIS.

Since 2015 Alexandre has been a laureate of the Safran Foundation.

CHOPIN

  • Fantaisie in F minor, op.49
  • Mazurka No. 1 in C-sharp minor, op.41
  • Mazurka No. 1 in C minor, op.30
  • Mazurka No. 2 in C major, op.24
  • Mazurka No. 2 in C-sharp minor, op.6
  • Andante Spianato e Grande Polonaise Brilliante, op.22

LISZT

  • Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude (ext. Harmonies poétiques et religieuses)
  • Grand solo de concert
Saturday 23 September • 08:00pm

Jean-Baptiste FONLUPT

L’Escale

Born in 1976, Jean-Baptiste Fonlupt began studying the piano at the age of 6 with Jeanine Collet and Christian Bernard at the Conservatoire in Grenoble. At the age of 13, he wins the "Royaume de la Musique" competition and plays the first Mendelssohn piano concerto with the "Colonne" orchestra at the Maison de la Radio in Paris. A year later, he wins the 1st prize at the Steinway for Young Talents competition, through which he appears as soloist at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

In 1991, he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris in the class of Bruno Rigutto. He also took lessons with Georges Pludermacher, with the Russian-Georgian pianist Eliso Virssaladze, and with the German pianist Michael Endres in Berlin.

Interested by all kind of repertoire, from JS Bach to the contemporary music, his discography also reflects a special attention to the lesser known repertoire: he has recorded rare pieces by Franz Liszt (3 Apparitions Klavierstück, Impromptu..) and piano sonatas by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. In 2014, he records a CD devoted to Chopin for which he is acclaimed "Revelation 2014" Chopin at Nohant Festival. He releases in 2016 a new recording dedicated to Robert Schumann (Variations Abegg, Arabesque, Novelletten no.2, 7 & 8, the Songs of the Dawn, Geistervariationnen).

He performs in festivals in France and abroad, most recently in Liszt in Provence, the Cloître des Jacobins, the series "Soliste à Bagatelle", Piano en Valois, the Lisztomanias in Châteauroux, the "Esprit du Piano" in Bordeaux, the Chopin Festival in Nohant, the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto (Italy) and the Contemporary Piano Faces Festival at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg (Russia). He played in prestigious venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin (Germany) and the Konzerthaus in Vienna (Austria). He has been invited to Caracas, Venezuela, as soloist for the world premiere of "Anamorphoses" for piano and orchestra by french composer Joseph-François Kremer, with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra conducted by Christian Vasquez. This concert is regularly broadcast on the TV music channel Mezzo. He played in Decembre 2016 as soloist with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in Saint-Petersburg the Jolivet piano concerto.

His recordings are broadcast on Radio Classique, France Musique, CBC Radio Canada..

SCHUMANN

  • Papillons op.2

BRAHMS

  • Klavierstücke op.76

SCHUBERT

  • Sonate en la majeur, D 959
Friday 22 September • 08:00pm

Arcadi VOLODOS

Jacobins Cloister

Not only did he succeed in maintaining tension in between the movements, but this deeply considered performance, delivered with the keenest sense of the work’s expansive structure, comprises a masterly overview in which even the tiniest detail assumed its rightful place”. - THE GUARDIAN – Barbican – 2015

« Ampleur du son, moyens phénoménaux, mais une simplicité de l’expression qui va droit au cœur dans l’ultime Sonate D 60 de Schubert, ainsi que dans les Klavierstucke op 76 de Brahms à la mélancolie douce-amère. Un art […] aussi finement pensé qu’impeccablement réalisé ». - DIAPASON - La Roque d’Anthéron 2015

Born in St. Petersburg in 1972, Volodos first studied voice and conducting and did not begin serious training at the piano until 1987 at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and further in Moscow, in Paris and Madrid.

Following his New York debuts in 1996, Arcadi Volodos has been invited to perform throughout the world with many of the most eminent orchestras and conductors and regularly appears at the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and the Salzburg Festival where he has been invited to return every year since 2002.

After being Artist-in-residence in 2014/2015 at the Berlin Konzerthaus, he continued his collaborations with major orchestras and was invited twice in Salzbourg in 2015, during the Easter Festival with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Daniele Gatti then at the summer Festival for a recital.

The 2016/2017 season sees many recitals in prestigious European venues in Berlin, Zürich, Lugano, München Frankfurt, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Leipzig… He will play Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 with the SWR Symphonieorchester/ David Zinman, the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona /Josep Pons, or the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen/Paavo Järvi. He will appear at the Philharmonie de Paris with Orchestre de Paris/ James Gaffigan for Brahms’ Concerto No. 2.

Since the release of his Live at Carnegie Hall debut album in 1998, Arcadi Volodos has recorded a series of much praised CD’s which were honored with numerous prizes. His solo album devoted to the Catalonian composer Federico Mompou won a Gramophone Award and the Echo-Preis and his new CD (Brahms solo pieces) is released in April 2017.

SCHUBERT

  • Sonata in A major, op. posth. D 664

JANÁČEK

  • Sonata 1.X.1905

PETROSSIAN

  • La lutte ardente du vert et de l’or

CHOPIN

  • Nocturne No. 2 in E major, op.62
  • Mazurka in C-sharp minor No. 3, op.50
  • Étude in E minor, op.25 No. 5

LISZT

  • Spanish Rhapsody
Thursday 21 September • 08:00pm

Andrew TYSON

Jacobins Cloister

Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice. In summer 2015, he was awarded First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zürich, as well as the Mozart and Audience Prizes. These victories result in numerous performances throughout Europe under the auspices of the Géza Anda Foundation.

Andrew is a laureate of the Leeds International Piano Competition where he won the new Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize, awarded by the orchestra and conductor Sir Mark Elder. He joins the Hallé Orchestra again this season to perform concerti by Chopin and Grieg. With concerto performances taking him across North America and Europe, Andrew has performed with orchestras from the North Carolina Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, to the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the National Orchestra of Belgium under Marin Alsop. Further afield he has appeared in Russia including performances with the Moscow Virtuosi and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. This season he performs with Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Musikkollegium Winterthur.

Regularly appearing in recital, Andrew performs across the US, in Boston, Chicago, Miami and New York, and in Europe at venues such as the Zürich Tonhalle, Muziekcentrum de Bijloke Gent and the Brussels Palais des Beaux-Arts. Appearances this season include the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall and the NDR Hannover amongst others. No stranger to the festival scene, Andrew’s previous performances include the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. This season he performs at the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Lucerne Piano Festival and returns once again to the Dubrovnik Festival. As a chamber musician, Andrew appears in Europe with violinist Benjamin Beilman in venues including the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris and London’s Wigmore Hall. This season sees them embark upon a major recital tour of Australia with repertoire from Saint-Saëns and Janáček to a world premiere for violin and piano by Jane Stanley.

Andrew is represented on disc by the complete Chopin Preludes which was released in October 2014 on the Alpha Classics label with a further disc featuring works by Scriabin and Ravel due for release this season.

As winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011, Tyson was awarded YCA’s Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize and the John Browning Memorial Prize. In 2013 he was the Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient. He is a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and won the Eastern Music Festival Competition at the age of 15. After early studies with Dr. Thomas Otten of the University of North Carolina, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Claude Frank. He later earned his Master’s degree and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano.

Carte blanche jazz

Wednesday 20 September • 08:00pm

Murat ÖZTÜRK

Jacobins Cloister

"His pianistic back-ground and technique demonstrate familiarity with several musical worlds which his specific sensibilities succeed in combining seamlessly. "-Jazz Magazine.

Born in France with a Turkish father and an Italian mother, Murat Öztürk started as a self-taught pianist. His eclectic tastes led him to rock bands, a salsa orchestra and composing jingles for radio advertisements.At 19, he discovered jazz with records by Bill Evans, Oscar Peter-son, Keith Jarrett, etc.This was his first encounter with the great jazz standards. A first record followed with saxophonist Laurent Gianez (Back Home), together with his first concerts in jazz clubs.Feeling the need to study jazz in depth, he then took a one-year course at the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris where he had many fruitful encounters, in particular with Bernard Maury, Michel Petrucciani and Clare Fisher.

During that same period, he continued to appear on stage with several bands –Dalia Negra, Orchestre Régional de Lorraine, Pao Quintet... and was a house musician for the jam sessions at the C aveau des Trinitaires in Metz, where he had the opportunity to play with Bruno Toccane, Eric Barret, Emmanuel Codjia, Olivier Ker Ourio, etc.

Inspired by those encounters, he then recorded a second album with Laurent Gianez (Brindille) and a third with the German double bass player Herbert Stengele (Funf). He also played on albums by PAO Quintet (Crépuscule) and guitarist Jean-Pascal Boffo (Parfum d’étoiles).In January 2001, he won the first prize in the "solo jazz piano" category of the Concours Musical de France competition, and in February of the same year he was a finalist in the Lunéville competition for young film music composers, out of more than 45 competitors.

BORTKIEWICZ

  • 7 preludes op.40

CHOPIN

  • Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, op.35

SCHUMANN

  • Carnaval op.9
Tuesday 19 September • 08:00pm

Julien BROCAL

Jacobins Cloister

Born in 1987 in Arles, France, Julien began learning the piano at the age of 5. He was taught by Erik Berchot and Rena Shereshevskaya at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot and in 2013 began working with Maria João Pires at the Cité de la Musique in Paris. She subsequently invited him to continue his studies at the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel in Belgium and to be one of the founding members of the Partitura Project.

Maria and Julien have performed together all over the world, with performances at the Chopin Festival (Warsaw), Auditorium Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze (Florence), Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford), Severance Hall (Cleveland) and Tippet Rise Art Centre (Montana).

In addition, they have also given many workshops together and launched educational and social programs for children (including Equinox). Julien is now resident in Belgais, at the Center for Arts created by Maria, and his first solo recording (of works by Chopin) will be released in January 2017 by Rubicon Classics.

Gravity Zerø

Monday 18 September • 08:00pm

Laurent COULONDRE with Martin WANGERMEE

Le Connexion

The touching thing about Laurent Coulondre is that this (young) man is true to himself. His music is driven by nothing but his desires. He is a brilliant boy, if a tad hyperactive. On his keyboards, everything works simultaneously - his two hands, his two feet, his whole body is dedicated to music and to the inextricable grooves he creates with his partners. His music is all about constant rhythmical illusions and trompe l’oeils (should you believe your ears?). His work is never mathematical. It’s simply the wholesome pleasure of someone who is having fun and sharing his happiness.

For Coulondre, music (life?) is a great playground of experimentation. He brings about joyful encounters and collaborates with the best artists France has to offer. You will not be disappointed by his cymbals and the array of his other percussion instruments. Coulondre works with Martin Wangermée, who is the pianist-electronics-engineer’s brilliant and loyal partner in crime, but also with André Ceccarelli, who is one of the greatest poets of rhythm. Yoann Serra provides a unique touch, and is a virtuoso of sound, suppleness and ideas, and Cyril Atef is the troublemaker, who never lacks those ideas that create sharp musical turns.

Facing them, Coulondre proposes, propels, throbs, and is always eager to make light of time and beats. His work sometimes resembles Escher’s inextricable musical labyrinth. Just when you think that you have found the way out, you realise that you are somewhere else – lost in an ocean of pleasure, a crisscross of sounds as so many landscapes to explore.

Coulondre does not theorise what he does. How could his music be described? Jazz? Yes. Rock? That too. Jazz-rock? Why not (he is a little bit scared of that word because he was recently subjected to a witch-hunt, but since then electricity has made its way back into jazz again). Is he groovy? Certainly, but he is more than just that... Ultimately, he is a man of his time who can be classified as one pleases, somewhere between Chick Corea, Eddy Louis, D’Angelo, Snarky Puppy and many more. As Alfred de Musset once said, ’’What matters the flask, if drunkenness be within?’’

It is fortunate that today, we are being offered thrilling music that cares about sound (here, textures and colours are remarkable). This is the music of space and crossroads.

Coulondre affirms his strong character with ease. He arouses admiration and will undoubtedly have a fast-growing, long-lasting career!

CHOPIN

  • Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat major, op.29
  • Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat major, op.51

AUBERT

  • Sillages

RAVEL

  • Sonatine

RACHMANINOFF

  • Variations on a theme of Chopin op.22
Monday 18 September • 08:00pm

Florian NOACK

Saint-Pierre des Cuisines

For his CD recording of his own piano transcriptions and paraphrases of orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninov, the young Belgian pianist Florian Noack was named “Nachwuchskünstler des Jahres 2015, Klavier” (Emerging Artist of the Year, piano”) by ECHO Klassik, a prestigious award which confirms the unique talent of this exceptional musician.

Florian Noack has won numerous prizes at national and international competitions, including the Rachmaninov International Competition, the International Robert Schumann Competition and the Piano Competition in Cologne. He also won the “Grandpiano” Prize from the Belgian Vocational Foundation, and has received grants and scholarships from Spes, the Fondation Banque Populaire and from the Mozart Gesellschaft. He performs regularly at many festivals in China, South Korea, the United States, France, Germany and Belgium, and gives recitals in among others the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Beijing Concert Hall, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, the Konzerthaus in Detmold and the Comédie des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

In France, he is a regular guest of many festivals including the Chopin Festival, the Festival of Annecy, Piano en Valois, l’Esprit du Piano, and Pianissimes.

Florian distinguishes himself by his passion for rare works from the romantic and post-romantic repertoire, and for his concert programs which often include composers such as Lyapunov, Alkan, Medtner and Dohnanyi. He has also authored transcriptions based on orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov, and which have been attracting the attention of musicians such as Boris Berezovsky and Cyprien Katsaris. As soloist he has performed with orchestras including the WDR Rundfunkorchester, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Charlemagne Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Aquitaine and the Philharmonisches Orchester Zwickau.

Florian has recently started recording the complete works for solo piano by Sergei Lyapunov for the German label Ars Produktion. For his recording of his own transcriptions and paraphrases for the same label he received an ECHO Klassik as well as a nomination for an International Classical Music Award. Florian Noack was born in 1990 in Brussels. He began playing the piano at the age of 4, and aged 12, entered the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel in the program for Exceptional Young Talent, where he studied under Yuka Izutsu. He pursued his studies at the Musikhochschule in Cologne with the Russian pianist and composer, Vassily Lobanov, and at the Musikhochschule Basel with Claudio Martinez- Mehner.

GLASS

  • Metamorphosis One

SCHUBERT

  • Impromptu No. 1 in C minor, op.90 D 899

GLASS

  • Étude No. 6

SCHUBERT

  • Impromptu No. 2 in E-flat major, op90 D 899

GLASS

  • Étude No. 16

SCHUBERT

  • Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat major, op.90 D 899
  • Impromptu No. 4 in A-flat major, op.90 D 899

GLASS

  • Étude No. 2

SCHUBERT

  • Sonata in B-flat major, D 960
Friday 15 September • 08:00pm

Simone DINNERSTEIN

Jacobins Cloister

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The New York-based pianist gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she independently raised the funds to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many "Best of 2007" lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.

Dinnerstein’s performance schedule has taken her around the world since her acclaimed New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2005, to venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Sydney Opera House, Seoul Arts Center, and London’s Wigmore Hall; festivals that include the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals; and performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra a Sinfonica Brasileira, and the Tokyo Symphony.

Dinnerstein has played concerts throughout the U.S. for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. She gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system at the Avoyelles Correctional Center, and performed at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in a concert organized by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Dedicated to her community, in 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series open to the public hosted by New York public schools which raises funds for their music education programs.

Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio. She is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music and is a Sony Classical artist.

VILLA-LOBOS

  • Impressoes Seresteiras (ext. Ciclo Brasileiro)

SCHUMANN

  • Kreisleriana op.16

CHOPIN

  • 24 Preludes op.28
Thursday 14 September • 08:00pm

Cristian BUDU

Jacobins Cloister

Young Brazilian of Romanian origin, Cristian Budu is an outstanding pianist of his generation. A passionate communicator owner of remarkable artistry, his colorful playing and sensitive pianism have achieved international recognition. At early age he was awarded first prizes in multiple national contests like the Nelson Freire Competition or the Preludio Competition at Cultura TV. In September 2013 he won the prestigious Clara Haskil Piano Competition in Switzerland. Amongst laureates of previous editions are names like Richard Goode, Christoph Eschenbach, Till Fellner, Martin Helmchen and Evgeny Korolyov. Besides the Grand Prize, he was also awarded the Children’s Corner prize and the Audience Prize.

Cristian already appeared as a soloist with the Suisse Romande Orchestra, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Minas Gerais Philarmonic Orchestra. In the United States, he had solo appearances in Jordan Hall, at the Rockport Music Festival, also taught a masterclass at the Massachusetts University and gave recitals of solo and chamber music in Boston, New York, and several other states. Recently he played at the Fränkische Musiktage, Delft Festival in the Netherlands, Clara Haskil International Festival in Sibiu and Zermatt Festival.

Future engagements include among others recitals in Toulouse (Piano aux Jacobins), Lugano, Wetzikon, la Chaux-de-Fonds, Biel and duo concerts with In Mo Yang in Gstaad (Sommets Musicaux) and Geneva.

Acknowledged also by his chamber music sensitivity, Cristian has collaborated with Antonio Meneses, Christian Poltera, Esther Hoppe, Jennifer Stumm, Alexandra Soumm, Giovanni Gnochhi, Joseph Conyers and Semion Gavrikov. Cristian graduated from the University of Sao Paulo, where he had as professor the pianist Eduardo Monteiro. In the United States he became Master in Pianistic Performance with Wha´Kyung Byun, being granted a special scholarship from the New England Conservatory in Boston.

His first CD with Chopin’s Preludes and Beethoven’s Bagatelles op. 33 was released in May 2016 under the Swiss label Claves Records. It received great critical acclaim (5 Diapason from the French magazine Diapason and Editor’s Choice from the magazine Gramophone).

Carte blanche jazz

Wednesday 13 September • 08:00pm

Fred NARDIN

Le Rex

Born in the French town of Saint-Rémy in 1987, Fred Nardin was drawn to music early on and started playing piano at age five. At the age of ten years, he began his studies at the Chalon-sur- Saône Conservatory where he first studied classical piano, starting to play jazz three years later. He earned a master’s degree in the 2011 at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM), having studied with Hervé Sellin and François Théberge among others. He won the Django Reinhardt prize (french Jazz musician of the year from Académie du Jazz) in 2017.

In 2010, Fred and his longtime musical partners Jon Boutellier, Bastien Ballaz and David Enhco created the Amazing Keystone Big Band, a band consisting of 18 of the most promising young jazz musicians from the french scene. Their first album Pierre et le Loup... et le Jazz, an arrangement for big band of Prokofiev’s famous work “Peter and the Wolf", won the prize for Best French Jazz Album of 2013. Their latest two projects, Le Carnaval Jazz Des Animaux ( a re-working of Saint- Saëns’ famous suite) and their Djangovision program alongside James Carter and Stochelo Rosenberg were also extremely well received. The Amazing Keystone Big Band has collaborated with many of today’s most internationally renowned artists: Quincy Jones, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, James Carter, Nikki Yanofsky, Liz Mc Comb, Zaz, Charles Aznavour...

He performes in trio with Leon Parker and Or Bareket and also with the co-led Switch Trio, the Fred Nardin/Jon Boutellier 4tet, Gaël Horellou’s Organ Trio, Jean Philippe Scali Quintet, Natalia M.King, The Amazing Keystone Big Band... He has also worked and collaborated with Cécile McLorin Salvant, Didier Lockwood, Darryl Hall, Charnett Moffett, Nancy Harms, Scott Hamilton, Joel Frahm, Ricky Ford, Fabien Mary, Baptiste Herbin, Benjamin Henocq. Fred Nardin has performed, among others, at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazz in Marciac, Jazz à Vienne, l’Olympia, Antibes Jazz Festival, Jazz à La Villette, the Cité de La Musique, Théâtre du Chatelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Les Victoires du Jazz and the Django Reinhardt Festival.

DEBUSSY

  • The Complete Preludes (Book 1 and Book 2)
Tuesday 12 September • 08:00pm

Juliana STEINBACH

Jacobins Cloister

Praised by the critics for her fiery temperament, exceptional charisma and great command of her instrument in the romantic and modern repertoires, as well as for the elegance, subtlety and intelligence of her classical interpretations, Brazilian-born pianist Juliana Steinbach is one of the most gifted artists of the young generation. In the past few years, Juliana Steinbach has performed extensively throughout Europe, Americas and Asia; she has appeared as a soloist with Israel-Rishon Le Zion Symphony Orchestra, Paraíba Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, Budapest Mav Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk Blasorchester Leipzig, Fribourg Youth Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre Symphonique de Toulon, Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire de Paris, collaborating with conductors such as Mendi Rodan, João Linhares, Jan Cober, László Kovács, Théophanis Kapsopoulos, Michael Cousteau, Benjamin Pionnier, Alexandre Myrat and François-Xavier Roth. Her performances have taken her from Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Salle Cortot, Auditorium du Louvre, Cité de la Musique, Opéra Bastille, Opéra Garnier, Théâtre Mogador, Théâtre Marigny) to several major European venues (Brussels La Monnaie and Bozar, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Hamburg Laiezshalle, München Gasteig, Budapest Liszt Academy, Prague Rudolfinum, Firenze Teatro della Pergola and Teatro Comunale, Lisbon Teatro São Luis, to name but a few), as well as many distinguished festivals (such as Périgord Noir in France, Salzburg in Austria, Bologna Festival and Lago Maggiore in Italy, Santander in Spain, Farsund in Norway). She has performed at the Tel-Aviv Museum in Israel, Lincoln Center in New York, Calgary’s Rozsa Center in Canada, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 2005 she made her first four-week long tour in Asia, with performances in major venues of Seoul, Manila, Bangkok, Hong-Kong, Yokohama and Tokyo, alongside with a series of master classes given at different universities. Her performances have been broadcasted on various international radio and television channels. Laureate of Cziffra (1996), Natexis (2001), Umberto Micheli (2001) and Meyer (2002, 2003) foundations, Juliana Steinbach has been awarded top prizes in several international piano competitions, such as the Artlivre International Piano Competition in São Paulo (Brazil, 2001), the Tel-Hai Performance Prizes (Israel, 2000 and 2001) and the International Young Pianists Competition in Meknès (Morocco, 1996). In France, she has been awarded the FLAME Prize of the UNESCO, the Zonta International Music Grant and the Great Prize of the Forum Musical de Normandie. An avid chamber music player, she collaborates with highly gifted musicians of her generation. She was awarded in 2002 the First Prize at the ‘Premio Vittorio Gui’ International Chamber Music Competition in Firenze (Italy) and in 2005 the Beethoven Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition ‘Trio di Trieste’ (Italy) in duo with French cellist Guillaume Martigné. She is also regularly involved in contemporary music projects; she had a chance to collaborate with composers Jean-Louis Agobet, Yves Chauris, Marcel Cominotto, Guillaume Connesson, Thierry Escaich, Balázs Horváth, Fabio Nieder, Matan Porat, François Sarhan and Mikel Urquiza.

Her first solo album, “Tableaux”, released by Paraty in 2010, featured works by Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition) and Debussy (Estampes, Isle Joyeuse). She continued exploring this repertoire in her second solo recording, “Hommage à Debussy” (Pour le Piano, Suite Bergamasque, Images I & II and several shorter works), released by Genuin in March 2012. This album was awarded the “Maestro” recognition from “Pianiste” magazine in May 2012. Juliana Steinbach’s discography also includes five chamber music recordings (works by Brahms, Franck, Messiaen, Ravel, Schumann and Shostakovich) produced between 2001 and 2009 in France and Germany. In 2014 was released a recording of all piano trios by Johannes Brahms, her first discographic contribution to the Talweg Trio. Her upcoming CD projects for 2015 include a live recital recording (Liszt, Debussy, Mussorgsky) and a Brazilian solo album.

In 2005, Juliana Steinbach founded the ‘Musique en Brionnais’ piano and chamber music festival in France, which brings every summer an international audience to the exquisite Romanesque churches of Southern Burgundy. A full week of performances and workshops, the festival allows the young pianist to build original programs and to present new projects, in recital and with some of her finest music partners. In 2014, Juliana Steinbach created and directed the ’Transylvania Chamber Music Festival’, to be held every early summer in central Romania.

Juliana Steinbach began her piano studies in France, having left Brazil when she was nearly three years old. Following her first piano lessons with Paule Delorme and in the classes of Nicole Poncet, André Chometon and Roger Germser at Lyon Conservatory (CNR), she became a student of Greek-American pianist Christine Paraschos in Paris. After earning her Baccalaureate, she studied with Bruno Rigutto and Pierre-Laurent Aimard at Paris Conservatory (CNSM), where she graduated with First Prize in piano (2000) and chamber music (2003). In 2002 she was admitted by unanimity into the post-graduate program (Troisième Cycle) as a student of Jacques Rouvier. At this occasion, the Alfred Reinhold Foundation awarded her a Blüthner grand piano. Following her studies in France, she worked under the guidance of Franco Scala at the Accademia Internazionale del Pianoforte of Imola (Italy), Maria João Pires at her home in Belgais (Portugal), and Pnina Salzman in Tel-Aviv (Israel), besides attending master classes with musicians such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Alicia De Larrocha, Christoph Eschenbach, Péter Frankl and Emanuel Krasovsky. In May 2007 she graduated from The Juilliard School in New York, where she had been a student of Joseph Kalichstein, also receiving regular chamber music coaching from members of the Juilliard String Quartet. She currently resides in Paris.

BARTOK

  • For children (ext.)

BONIS

  • Legendary Women (ext.)

JANÁČEK

  • In the Mists

LISZT

  • Sonata in B minor
Monday 11 September • 08:00pm

Benedek HORVÁTH

Saint-Pierre des Cuisines

Benedek Horváth was born in 1989 into a family of musicians in Budapest. He began playing the violin at the age of five, but soon decided to dedicate himself primarily to the piano. Nevertheless, he still enjoys picking up his violin from time to time.

As a student of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, he studied with Andràs Kemenes, Rita Wagner, Márta Gulyás, György Nádor and Balázs Réti. He received his Masters Degree in Specialized Performance from the Basel Musik Akademie in 2015, and completed his Advancd Studies Diploma with Prof. Claudio Martínez Mehner, also in Basel. Numerous renowned artists have further contributed to his artistic development, such as András Schiff, Dimitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Rados, and Zoltán Kocsis.

Benedek is a laureate of the highly regarded Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition (Santander, Spain 2012) and was a finalist in the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition (Vevey, Switzerland 2015). He is also the recent winner of the Rahn Musikpreis Competition (Zürich, Swizerland 2016). His artistic talent has also been recognized through various prizes and awards in competitions abroad, such as in Hungary (1st Prize Kiefer Hablitzel Competition, 1st Prize Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition, 3rd Prize Béla Bartók International Piano Competition, "Grand Prize" György Ferenczy Chopin Piano Competition) among many others.

His Trio Eclipse (clarinet, Lionel Andrey; cello, Sebastian Braun), was awarded 2nd Prize in the Orpheus Competition (Bern, Switzerland 2015) and was invited to the upcoming Adelboden Festival for a recital.

Last year he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto K459 in Zürich’s prestigious Tonhalle, under the baton of Theodor Guschlbauer and the Musikkollegium Winterthur Orchestra, as well as Liszt’s "Totentanz" in the Stadtcasino Basel with the Basel Symphony Orchestra. In April he returned to the Tonhalle to perform Bartók’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Neues Orchester Basel.

As a soloist, Benedek has performed with the Montenegro Symphony Orchestra, the Real Filharmonía of Galicia, the Szeged Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de Chambre de Lausanne and many more. His recitals have led him to various European cities, such as Vienna (Live broadcast on ORF Radio), Paris, Milan, Rome, Basel, Zürich, Gstaad, Krakow, the National Opera House in Tirana (Albania) or the National Theatre in Pogdorica (Montenegro).

As a passionate chamber music player, he has performed at the Cully Classique Festival, Davos Festival, the Santander Festival. Further chamber music highlights include playing with the internationally renowned Casals String Quartet and the legendary Zakhar Bron.

At the age of 13, Benedek recorded his first CD with the MATAV Symphony Orchestra, performing two piano concertos by the Armenian-American composer Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, who later dedicated several pieces to him. Recently, he recorded a solo program for the French label Artalinna, with works by Franz Liszt and Béla Bartók. The CD was released in April 2016.

MARCELLO / BACH

  • Concerto in D minor, BWV 974

BACH / BUSONI

  • Chacone (ext. Partita No. 2 en D minor)

CHOPIN

  • Andante Spianato e Grande Polonaise Brilliante op.22

BONIS

  • Berceuse op.23
  • Le Moustique op.66
  • La Cathédrale blessée
  • Il pleut op.102
  • Romance sans paroles
  • Près du Ruisseau op.9

LISZT

  • After a Reading of Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata
Saturday 9 September • 08:00pm

Mariam BATSASHVILI

Saint-Pierre des Cuisines

"A thousand great moments: Batsashvili creates a dark poetry, which always feels natural yet accurate. (…) Magical moments are always paired with consistency, matching her virtuosity with soul. (…) Her performance displays an objective wisdom.” (SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, Egbert Tholl, 08.06.2015) At only 23 years old, Mariam Batsashvili already ranks among the most promising young pianists of her generation. She first received international recognition at the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht 2014, where she won First Prize as well as the Junior Jury Award and the Press Prize. “Winner Batsashvili turns every phrase into something special”, headlined Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, and the international Jury called her a “complete artist” with a “tremendous touch” and “sincere emotion”.

Following this success, she gained her first experiences with leading ymphony orchestras, including the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of James Gaffigan in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1), the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Rafael Payare (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1) and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra (Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2). Mariam has also given recitals in more than 30 countries – among these China (including the NCPA in Beijing and the Shanghai Concert Hall), South Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, the United States, South Africa, France, Spain, Norway, the Baltic countries, Benelux and Germany. She has been the guest of many international festivals, such as the Beethovenfest Bonn, Pianofortissimo Festival Bologna and the Delft Chamber Music Festival.

Mariam Batiashvili has been nominated by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) as ‘Rising Star’ for the 2016/17 season, and will perform in the most significant concert halls throughout Europe, including the Philharmonies of Paris, Cologne and Luxembourg, the Vienna Musikverein, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Müpa Budapest, L’Auditori in Barcelona, the Stockholm Concert Hall, the Southbank Centre in London, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and will return to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She will also give her recital debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, appear with the Staatskapelle Weimar under the baton of Kirill Karabits, with the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne under Gábor Takács-Nagy and perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra Reutlingen under Norichika Iimori in Munich’s Herkulessaal.

Born 1993 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Mariam Batsashvili first studied with Natalia Natsvlishvili at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School in her hometown, before continuing at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Professor Grigory Gruzman. In 2011 she won First Prize at the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar, and received the prestigious Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Award in 2015. Mariam Batsashvili is a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

BACH / BUSONI

  • Toccata, adagio and fugue in C major, BWV 564

BEETHOVEN

  • Sonata No. 8, « Pathétique » op.13
  • Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, « Moonlight » op.27 No. 2
  • Sonata No. 23 in F minor, « Appassionata » op.57
Friday 8 September • 08:00pm

Sunwook KIM

Jacobins Cloister

London-based Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, aged just 18, becoming the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner. His performance of Brahms’s Concerto No.1 with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder in the competition’s finals attracted unanimous praise from the press. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra (Gardiner, Harding), Concertgebouw Orchestra (Chung), Berlin Radio Symphony (Janowski), NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Finnish Radio Symphony (Oramo, Manze, Sokhiev), Philharmonia Orchestra (Ashkenazy, Valcuha, Gardner), London Philharmonic (Sinaisky), Radio-France Philharmonic (Chung), NHK Symphony (Steffens), Hallé Orchestra (Elder), and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for his BBC Proms debut in Summer 2014.

This season Sunwook has made his debut with the RTSI Orchestra in Lugano (Beethoven 3 with Vladimir Ashkenazy), the Guerzenich Orchestra in Cologne (Britten with Michael Sanderling) and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse for a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.

In 14/15 he completed a highly acclaimed residency with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and returns there this season for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1st Concerto. Since their Leeds finals together in 2006, Sunwook Kim has also enjoyed an ongoing relationship with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder. At the start of last season they gave a 6-concert tour together with Rachmaninov’s Concerto No.3 and recorded Brahms’s Piano Concertos No.1 & 2 for release later this year on the Hallé’s own label. Other recital concerto highlights include a performance of Unsuk Chin’s Piano Concerto with the Radio-France Philharmonic at the prestigious Festival d’Automne in Paris, and debut projects with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Schumann with Paavo Järvi), Hamburger Symphoniker (Rachmaninov 3), Opera di Roma (Beethoven 4) and Hong Kong Sinfonietta (Brahms 1).

Recitals highlights to date include regular appearances in the “Piano 4 Etoiles” series at Salle Pleyel in Paris, as well as debuts at the Wigmore Hall, the London International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Stockholm Konserthuset, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, La Roque d’Antheron International Piano Festival in France, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Symphony Hall Osaka, Brussels Klara Festival, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele. In 12/13, he presented a complete cycle of the Beethoven Sonatas at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul. Future recital plans include returns to the “Piano 4 Etoiles” series at the Philharmonie in Paris and Wigmore Hall in London.

Sunwook Kim’s debut recital disc was released on the Accentus label in October 2015, featuring Beethoven’s Waldstein and Hammerklavier sonatas and was followed in January 2016 by a second Accentus recital release with Cesar Franck’s Prelude, choral et fugue and Brahms’s Sonata No.3. His discography to date includes two concerto recordings, both on Deutsche Grammophon and with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung: a CD featuring Unsuk Chin’s Piano Concerto (2014) which attracted outstanding reviews and awards from BBC Music Magazine and International Classical Music Awards, and a CD featuring Beethoven’s Concerto No.5 (2013).

Born in Seoul in 1988, Sunwook Kim began the piano at the age of 3. He gave his debut recital aged just 10, and this was followed by his concerto debut two years later. He graduated from the Korean National University of Arts in February 2008, and then completed an MA in conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. Besides Leeds, international awards include the first prize at the 2004 Ettlingen Competition (Germany) and the 2005 Clara Haskil Competition (Switzerland). In 2013, Sunwook was selected by the Beethoven-Haus Bonn to become the first beneficiary of its new Mentoring Programme, a status which grants him exclusive access to the house’s unique collections and resources.

BEETHOVEN

  • Bagatelles op.126

BARTÓK

  • Elegie No. 2 op.8b Sz.41
  • Hungarian Folksongs from Csik Sz.35a
  • Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs op.20 Sz.74

LISZT

  • Sonata in B minor
Thursday 7 September • 08:00pm

Dénes VARJON

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His sensational technique, deep musicality, wide range of interest have made Dénes Várjon one of the most exciting and highly regarded participants of international musical life. He is a universal musician: excellent soloist, first-class chamber musician, artistic leader of festivals, highly sought– after piano pedagogue.

Widely considered as one of the greatest chamber musicians, he works regularly with pre-eminent partners such as Steven Isserlis, Tabea Zimmermann, Kim Kashkashian, Jörg Widmann, Leonidas Kavakos, András Schiff , Heinz Holliger, Miklós Perényi, Joshua Bell. As a soloist he is a welcome guest at major concert series, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Vienna’s Konzerthaus and London’s Wigmore Hall. He is frequently invited to work with many of the world’s leading symphony orchestras (Budapest Festival Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Russian National Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields). Among the conductors he has worked with we find Sir Georg Solti, Sándor Végh, Iván Fischer, Ádám Fischer, Heinz Holliger, Horst Stein, Leopold Hager, Zoltán Kocsis. He appears regularly at leading international festivals from Marlboro to Salzburg and Edinburgh.

He also performs frequently with his wife Izabella Simon playing four hands and two pianos recitals together. In the past decade they organized and led several chamber music festivals, the most recent one being „kamara.hu” at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest.

He has recorded for the Naxos, Capriccio and Hungaroton labels with critical acclaim. Teldec released his CD with Sándor Veress’s “Hommage à Paul Klee” (performed with András Schiff, Heinz Holliger and the Budapest Festival Orchestra). His recording “Hommage à Géza Anda”, (PAN-Classics Switzerland) has received very important international echoes. His solo CD with pieces of Berg, Janáček and Liszt was released in 2012 by ECM. In 2015 he recorded the Schumann piano concerto with the WDR Symphonieorchester and Heinz Holliger, and all five Beethoven piano concertos with Concerto Budapest and András Keller.

Dénes Várjon graduated from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in 1991, where his professors included Sándor Falvai, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. Parallel to his studies he was regular participant at international master classes with András Schiff. Dénes Várjon won first prize at the Piano Competition of Hungarian Radio, at the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition in Budapest and at the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich. He is professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest and was awarded with the Liszt, with the Sándor Veress and with the Bartók-Pásztory Prize.

SCHUBERT

  • Sonata in F minor, D625 / D505
  • Wanderer-Fantaisie in C minor, D760, op.15
  • Sonata in A minor, op.42 D845
Wednesday 6 September • 08:00pm

Elisabeth LEONSKAJA

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For decades now, Elisabeth Leonskaja has been among the most celebrated pianists of our time. In a world dominated by the media, Elisabeth Leonskaja has remained true to herself and to her music, and in doing so, is following in the footsteps of the great Russian musicians of the Soviet era, such as David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels, who never wavered in their focus on the quintessence of music despite working in a very difficult political environment. Her almost legendary modesty still makes her somewhat media-shy today. Yet as soon as she walks out on the stage, audiences can sense the force behind the fact that music is and always has been her life’s work.

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, to a Russian family, she was regarded as a child prodigy and gave her first concerts as early as age 11. While still a student at the Conservatory, she won prizes in the prestigious Enescu, Marguerite Long and Queen Elizabeth international piano competitions.
Elisabeth Leonskaja’s musical development was shaped or influenced to a decisive degree by her collaboration with Svjatoslav Richter. The master recognized her exceptional talent and fostered her development not only through teaching and giving her advice, but also by inviting her to play numerous duets with him. A memorable musical event! The musical partnership and personal friendship between Svjatoslav Richter and Elisabeth Leonskaja endured until Richter’s death in the year 1997. In 1978 Elisabeth Leonskaja left the Soviet Union and made her new home in Vienna, where she had already performed several times.

Elisabeth Leonskaja has appeared as a soloist with virtually all the leading orchestras in the world, such as the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the radio orchestras of Hamburg, Cologne and Munich, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and many others, under the baton of such leading conductors as: Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Kurt Sanderling, Maris Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov, Tugan Sokhiev, Jiří Bělohlávek, Ivan Fischer and many others.

Elisabeth Leonskaja is a frequent and welcomed guest at prestigious summer music festivals, such as the Wiener Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Schubertiade in Hohenems and Schwarzenberg, and she also gives recitals in the Piano Series in the world’s major musical centers, such as Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Vienna, Bukarest and Tokyo.
Despite her busy schedule as a soloist, chamber music has always played a prominent role in her creative work, and she frequently appears with the Artemis, Borodins and Emerson Quartets.

Numerous recordings bear testimony to the outstanding artistic achievements of this pianist and she has been awarded many prizes during her career. Significant recordings include the Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Kurt Masur, the Chopin Piano Concertos with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, and the Shostakovich Piano Concertos with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Her recording ’PARIS’ with works by Ravel, Debussy and Enescu released by the Berlin-based Label eaSonus (www.easonus.com) was elected Solo Recording of the Year 2014 by the ICMA Jury (International Classical Music Awards). A first volume of the complete-recording of the Schubert Sonatas was released in February of 2016, the second will follow during the the fall of 2017.

In her adopted home, the Republic of Austria, Elisabeth Leonskaja’s outstanding achievements have also gained her great recognition. She has been made an Honorary Member of the Konzerthaus of Vienna. In 2006, she was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for her services to the cultural life of the country – the highest award of its kind in Austria. In Tbilissi, Georgia she received the award The Priestess of Art in 2015. A quote from the music magazine “Diapason” by André Boucourechliev (Paris):

„Elisabeth Leonskaja’s journey leads from one pinnacle to another. By constantly excelling herself, driven by her own personal demands, by her passion and her intelligence she has scaled the heights achieved only by the greatest, not just of today, but of an entire epoch: those of a Clara Haskil, a Lipatti, and of modernity to boot “.