Pianists

Carte blanche Jazz

Thomas Enhco

Thomas Enhco, born in Paris, France, on September 29th 1988, starts playing the violin at 3 and the piano at 6, and studies classical music and jazz in both instruments. He starts composing at 6, and gives his first concerts with a band made up of children. At the age of 9 he is invited by Didier Lockwood to play with him in the Antibes Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival. At 10 years old he plays small roles in films. At 12, Thomas enters the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood, in both piano and violin classes. He studies classical piano with Gisèle Magnan, and enters the Paris CNSMDP in Jazz and Improvised Music at 16.

Aged fourteen, he forms his own group, "Thomas Enhco & Co", then he composes and records his first album, "Esquisse" (sponsored by drummer Peter Erskine), which is released in 2006 (Ames/Harmonia Mundi). That same year, he is chosen as a Talent of the Fonds d’Action SACEM.

Since then, he has been playing in numerous concerts in France and Internationally (China, Japan, Cambodia, Philippines, USA, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Burkina-Faso…), on both piano and violin. He is regularly the guest of French radio and TV channels. He has played with some of the greatest musicians (Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Billy Cobham, Martin Taylor, André Ceccarelli, Toots Thielemans, Biréli Lagrène, Étienne Mbappé, Sylvain Luc, Johnny Griffin, Hein Van de Geyn, or even Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Jane Birkin...). In 2008-2009, he creates the musical show "Le Jazz et la Diva Opus II" at the Gaîté-Montparnasse Theater in Paris, directed by Alain Sachs. He also joins the new group "Didier Lockwood and The Jazz Angels". In 2010, he composes the music score for the film "Aux Arts Citoyens !".

In 2008, during a Japan tour, he is spotted by Itoh "88" Yasohachi, one of the most important Japanese jazz producers, who decides to produce Thomas’ second album as a leader : "Someday My Prince Will Come", released in July 2009 in Japan (Blue in Green/Universal) and in March 2010 in France (Ames/Harmonia Mundi).

With his trio of young musicians (Nicolas Charlier on drums and Chris Jennings on bass), Thomas Enhco explores and mixes elements, part of his musical culture (jazz, classical music, pop/rock), with intelligence and fantastic energy.

He also forms an explosive duo (piano and marimba) with the young classical percussionist Vassilena Serafimova.

In October 2010, Thomas Enhco wins the 3rd Prize at the "Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition". In November 2010, he wins the "New Talent" award at the "Django d’Or Awards".

PROKOFIEV

  • Sonata No. 6 in A major, op.82

CHOPIN

  • 24 Preludes op.28

Alexia Mouza

Alexia Mouza, born in Athens, is a Greek-Venezuelan pianist. She has been enrolled at the International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola, Italy under the guidance of Professor Leonid Margarius and Anna Kravtchenko. After studying for two years at the College of Fine Arts, Boston University for the Artist Diploma (Professor Boaz Sharon). She was enrolled from 2013 to 2015 in the International Program of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv, under the guidance of Professor Arie Vardi with whom she currently continues her studies.

She is the winner of the Cittá di Cantú Competition 2005 where she was also awarded the Press Prize. She was awarded First Prize at the “Giorgos Thymis” Piano Competition in 2008, Second Prize at the Competition “Val Tidone ” in 2009, First Prize at the International Piano Competition Delia Steinberg, Madrid (2015), Third Prize at the 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2015) and the Prize of the Academy of Athens (2015).

Alexia has given concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, China, Japan, Venezuela, Hong¬ Kong, and USA. She appeared with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico in Mexico, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Caracas, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the State Symphony Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki.

She recorded two DVD/CDs, both released by Domovideo, Multigram, Italy.

SCHUMANN

  • Kreisleriana op.16
  • Carnaval op.9

RAVEL

  • Le Tombeau de Couperin

Dana Ciocarlie

The first source of Dana Ciocarlie’s piano-playing was the Romanian piano school wherefrom also have emerged Clara Haskil and Dinu Lipatti. After a first degree in Bucarest, she then later studied in Paris with Victoria Melki at the Ecole Normale de Musique and attended Dominique Merlet’s and Georges Pludermacher’s classes at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique. Her meeting with the German pianist Christian Zacharias was a decisive factor for her career, stimulating her to delve deeply into Franz Schubert’s piano music.

Endowed with a quick-witted and mercurial temperament, combined with generosity and commitment, Dana Ciocarlie has a vast repertoire ranging from Johann-Sebastian Bach to contemporary composers. Some of these, including Karol Beffa, Frédéric Verrières, Nicolas Bacri and Helena Winkelman have written specially for her. She is also recognised as one of the major interpreters of Horatiu Radulescu. Her experience and her talent were rewarded with numerous prizes in prestigious competitions: a second prize at the Robert Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, the Sandor Vegh Special Prize at the Geza Anda Competition in Zurich, the Pro Musicis International Prize, the Young Concert Artist European Auditions Award in Leipzig, and a prize at the Ferruccio Busoni Competition in Italy. This January 2017, she had been endorsed Yamaha Official Artist.

Dana Ciocarlie currently teaches at the faculty of the Lyon’s Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (National Academy of Music in Lyon) and at Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris.

Her numerous recitals and concerts with orchestras throughout the world have taken her to the United States, Canada, Russia, Indonesia, Philippines and China. She has performed in most European countries and in France - her country of residence—, concerts have taken her to the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Cité de la Musique, the Orsay Museum, the Auditorium du Louvre, in La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, La Folle Journée in Nantes. Among her favorite musical partners figure the conductors Lawrence Foster, Yoav Talmi, Frédéric Chaslin, pianists Christian Zacharias, Anne Quéffelec, Philippe Bianconi, violonists Ayako Tanaka, Gilles Apap, Nicolas Dautricourt, Laurent Korcia, the violoncellists Alexandre Kniazev and Marc Coppey, french horn player David Guerrier and the string quartets Parisii and Talich. She is a much appreciated guest of France Musique radio channel, where she had a regular emission going with musicologist Jean Pierre Derrien between 2001 and 2015: it was on the piano works of Schumann. Her numerous recordings were highly acclaimed by the specialised musical press who recognised in her the humility of the great and compared her musicality even to that of Wilhelm Kempff and Clara Haskil. In 2017, her « live recording » of all Schumann piano works (15 CD’s) will released in 2017.

In June 2017, she is the artist invited in Japan for the first edition of the « Piano aux Jacobins » Festival which will be held both in Tokyo and Gifu.

CHOPIN

  • Nocturne in C-sharp minor
  • Ballade No. 1 in G minor, op.23
  • Nocturne in E-flat major, op.9 No. 2
  • Ballade No. 4 in F minor, op.52
  • Berceuse in D-flat major, op.57
  • Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, op.39
  • Nocturnes op.48 No. 1 and No. 2
  • Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op.58
  • Polonaise op.53 « Héroïque »

MOZART

  • Sonata in C major K.330

RAVEL

  • La Valse
  • Gaspard de la nuit

BEETHOVEN

  • Sonata No. 2 op.31 « The Tempest »

MOUSSORGSKY

  • Pictures at an Exhibition

François Dumont

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.

LISZT

  • Ballade No. 2 in B minor
  • Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude (ext. Harmonies poétiques et religieuses)
  • Après une lecture de Dante (ext. Deuxième année de pèlerinage)
  • Spanish Rhapsody

SCBUBERT / LISZT

  • Frühlingsglaube
  • Der Müller und der Bach
  • Auf dem Wasser zu singen

WAGNER / LISZT

  • Tannhäuser Overture

Jean-Baptiste Fonlupt

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..