Academy from October 31
to November 7, 2021

Dénes Várjon

Piano Master Class

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.

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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. Before his retirement, Alfred Brendel had a close cooperation with Dénes Várjon: their joint Liszt project was presented, among others, in the UK and Italy.
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 „” 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 was awarded with the Liszt, the Sándor Veress and the Bartók-Pásztory Prize. In 2020 he received Hungary’s supreme award in culture, the Kossuth Prize. Mr. Várjon works also for Henle’s Urtext Editions.

Academy from 24
to 31 October 2021

Michel Dalberto

Piano Master Class

Born in 1955, Michel Dalberto started playing the piano on a small toy at the age of 3 ½, made his first public appearance at 5 ½ and entered the class of Vlado Perlemuter at the Paris Conservatoire at 13. Today he is regarded as the heir of the great French Piano School founded by the late Alfred Cortot. He won in 1975 the most coveted Clara Haskil Prize as well as 1st Prize at the 1978 Leeds International Piano Competition.

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Born in 1955, Michel Dalberto started playing the piano on a small toy at the age of 3 ½, made his first public appearance at 5 ½ and entered the class of Vlado Perlemuter at the Paris Conservatoire at 13.Today he is regarded as the heir of the great French Piano School founded by the late Alfred Cortot. He won in 1975 the most coveted Clara Haskil Prize as well as 1st Prize at the 1978 Leeds International Piano Competition.

Conductors such as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Colin Davis, Erich Leinsdorf, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Daniele Gatti or Sir John Elliot Gardiner have invited him. He also appeared at the Florence, Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron, Vienna, Edinburgh and Schleswig-Holstein festivals among others.

Since the beginning, his repertoire was mostly focused on the Austrian-German music of the XVIIIth, XIXth and XXth century, particularly Schubert and Mozart. He is the only living pianist who has recorded the complete piano music by Franz Schubert. He has also conducted from the keyboard all Mozart Concertos.

He played the ten Violin & Piano Sonatas by Beethoven with the late Henryk Szeryng and has been since regarded as an outstanding chamber music partner sharing the stage with some of the most famous musicians on the planet.

Erato Warner has published at the fall of 2018 a box of 17 Cds. Titled “The making of a musician”, it included all Dalberto’s early Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Schubert and Schumann recordings from the early 80’s as well as the more recent releases of Fauré Chamber Music with Renaud Capuçon & the Ebène Quartet.

In 2015 he initiated with the French label Aparté four recordings devoted to the music of Debussy, Fauré, Franck and Ravel. These programs were all recorded live in four different locations including Mantova’s Bibiena Theater or the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. Four different piano brands (Fazioli, Bechstein, Bösendorfer & Steinway) were used to give a distinctive colour to each composer.

He is now recording for the French label La Dolce Volta which has released at the fall of 2019 a double CD featuring five of the most famous piano Sonatas. The album has immediately received rave reviews including the rare award of “Artist of the Year” given by the magazine Classica.

Next releases will include a program with clarinet legend Michel Portal and an all-Liszt program.

Since September 2011 he holds a piano class at the Paris Conservatory and is a regular guest at the Tianjin Conservatory.

The French government awarded him the Ordre National du Mérite in 1996. Fine cuisine & wine are among his favorite occupations. He is also an excellent skier, a graduated scuba-diver and a passionate of car racings.

Academy from 11 to
18 April 2021

Till Fellner

Piano Master Class

Till Fellner’s international career began in 1993 when he won first prize at the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. Since then, he has been regularly invited to play for prestigious orchestras, festivals and music centres of Europe, the United States and Japan. He collaborates with world-famous musicians. In addition, he has produced numerous recordings of the most important works in the piano repertoire.

He has been teaching at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste since 2013.

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Till Fellner’s international career began in 1993 with the 1st prize at the renowned Concours Clara Haskil in Vevey (Switzerland). Since then, he has been a sought-after guest at the major orchestras and the major music centres of Europe, the USA and Japan, as well as at numerous festivals.

As soloist he performs with orchestras like Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Till Fellner has collaborated with Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Manfred Honeck, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, Kirill Petrenko, Hans Zender among many others.

In the field of chamber music, Till Fellner regularly collaborates with British tenor Mark Padmore and with the Belcea Quartet. In autumn 2020 he will tour with violinist Viviane Hagner.

Over the past few years he has dedicated himself to two milestones of the piano repertoire: The Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach and the 32 piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. He performed the Beethoven cycle from 2008 to 2010 in New York, Washington, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Vienna. Till Fellner has premiered works by Kit Armstrong, Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Larcher, Alexander Stankovski and Hans Zender.

The ECM label, for whom Till Fellner is an exclusive recording artist, has released the First Book of the Well-Tempered Clavier and the Two & Three-Part Inventions of J. S. Bach, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano, chamber music by Harrison Birtwistle and in 2018 a CD “Till Fellner in concert” with live recordings of works by Liszt and Beethoven. In 2016 Alpha Classics released the recording of the piano quintet by J. Brahms with the Belcea Quartet, this recording received the “Diapason d’Or de l’Année”.

In his native Vienna, Till Fellner studied with Helene Sedo-Stadler before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster.

He has taught at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste since 2013.

In 2019 he was jury president at the 62nd Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano.

Academy from 7 to
14 February 2021

Jacques Rouvier

Piano Master Class

Pianist of international renown, Jacques Rouvier studied at the CNSMD (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse) in Paris where he won several prizes in both Piano and Chamber music. He also won prestigious competitions such as those of the Fondation de la Vocation, the European Broadcasting Union and Long-Thibaud. He is also a member and founder of the Rouvier-Kantorow-Muller trio and teaches today at the CNSMD in Paris and at the UDK in Berlin.

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Jacques Rouvier was born in Marseilles into a family of musicians. He attended the CNSMD in Paris (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse), where he was taught by Vlado Perlemuter, Pierre Sancan, and Jean Hubeau. He won first prizes in both piano and chamber music. Rouvier then decided to broaden his knowledge about wind section and leading orchestra at the CNSMD too. He owes much to Pierre Barbizet and Jean Fassina.

Rouvier won several competitions such as the “Giovan Battista Viotti” International Music Competition, Maria Canal International Music Competition, the European Broadcasting Union Competition, the Long-Thibaud Competition, and the Competition of the Fondation de la Vocation. In 1970, he founded the Rouvier-Kantorow-Muller trio with whom he still performs regularly. He took part in many festivals and academies (Prades, Spoleto, Kuhmo, Aix-en-Provence, Hamamatsu) and gave masterclasses all over the world. He was awarded Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of the complete piano works of Maurice Ravel as well as the sonatas of Ravel and Debussy with J.J. Kantorow. Rouvier also recorded the whole work of Debussy and some thirty other CDs. He was invited to be a jury member for international and prestigious competitions, like the Tchaïkovsky, Leeds, Santander, Rubinstein, and Marguerite Long Competition.

Since 1979, he has taught at the CNSMD in Paris and at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Academy from 1 to
8 November 2020

Jean-François Heisser

Piano Master Class

Jean-François Heisser is an “all-round artist”: pianist, conductor, teacher. He taught piano at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris from 1991 to 2016. Among his disciples are Bertrand Chamayou and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger.
His work is multi-faceted: a recitalist, chamber and concert music performer, musical director, guest conductor, artistic director. He collaborates with the greatest conductors around the world and champions the major repertoire and contemporary creation.

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Jean-François Heisser is a well-rounded artist, leading a versatile career as a pianist, conductor and teacher, fueled by a vast cultural knowledge and tireless intellectual curiosity. Born in Saint-Etienne, he is the disciple and heir of Vlado Perlemuter, Henriette Puig-Roget and Maria Curcio. He was profesor at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique from 1991 till 2016. Among his talented students are Bertrand Chamayou and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, with whom he has developed a relationship of close musical complicity. He now balances his career as a soloist with his activities as the musical director of the Nouvelle- Aquitaine Chamber Orchestra (since 2001), and as guest conductor and also artistic director of various institutions and major musical productions.

 His extensive discography boasts over 40 recordings: after his highly acclaimed recording of the piano works of Paul Dukas (awarded the Diapason d’or de l’année prize), he embarked on a collaboration with Erato Records (a 6-CD boxed set dedicated to the Spanish repertoire of Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, etc.), then with Naïve Records (Beethoven, Brahms) and Praga Records (Weber, Berg, Manoury, Bartok…). His recording activities are currently centered on recordings with the Nouvelle Aquitaine Chamber Orchestra for Mirare (de Falla, Wien 1925, Dubois, American Journey, Edtion of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos) and Musicales Actes Sud (Albéniz, Mompou) labels. Just issued : the recording with Marie-Josèphe Jude of his transcription for 2 pianos of the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (Harmonia Mundi). Erato/Warner also recently published a box of his famous spanish recordings.

 As a soloist, he has played under the baton of renowned conductors such as Janowski, TilsonThomas, Segerstam, Krivine, Mehta, Plasson, Roth etc., with, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Orchestre National de France or Les Siècles… He frequently performs in recitals, with a preference for Beethoven (Sonatas, Diabelli Variations etc.), Brahms, Chopin, the Spanish repertoire (Albéniz, de Falla, Granados, Mompou) and, naturally, the works of great French composers of the past and present. Alongside his performances of great concertos and major works of the piano repertoire, he is also an eager proponent: S. Poltronieri of 20thcentury works and contemporary creation: the Turangalilâ-Symphonie and Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Étoiles, under the direction of Mehta, Janowski or Segerstam; Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke, Mantra and Kontakte; or the world first performance, among others, of Gilbert Amy and Nguyen Thien Dao’s Piano Concertos, along with three major works by Philippe Manoury: La Ville, Veränderungen pour piano seul and Terra Ignota for piano and 22 musicians. His uncompromising approach to interpretation leads him to perform regularly on period pianos (Weber: The Four Sonatas – Praga Records -, Konzertstück – on Mirare-). Under the direction of François Xavier Roth and his orchestra “Les Siècles”, he also alternates between modern pianos (the three Bartok concertos) and period instruments (Saint-Saëns and Brahms).

 As a chamber musician, Jean-François Heisser has, needless to say, covered the entire repertoire with musical partners such as the Ysaye, Lindsay and Pražák Quartets, and his recording of the Bartok sonatas with Peter Csaba (on Praga) is now regarded as an essential work. He has also emerged as a leading advocate of the four-hands piano repertoire and of works for two pianos, notably with G. Pludermacher, M.J Jude and J.F Neuburger, and has also written daring and magnificent transcriptions for two pianos of works such as The Rite of Spring or the Symphonie Fantastique (recording with Marie-Josèphe Jude – Harmonia Mundi Jan 19). An event recording of Mantra by Stockhausen, produced with JH Neuburger, will be released in September 2020 for Mirare.

 As a musical director, he has been in charge of developing the Nouvelle Aquitaine Chamber Orchestra project since 2001, firmly establishing the orchestra as one of the finest French chamber ensembles, as reflected in its recordings on the Mirare label: the orchestra’s rendering of a primitive version of de Falla’s El Amor Brujo as well as of Berg’s Kammerkonzerte were both widely acclaimed by the musical press, and are now praised as reference recordings of these works. A recording of the Complete Beethoven Concertos conducted from the piano has been released in 2017.

 As an artistic director, his ongoing partnership with Editions Actes-Sud has led him to direct the musical program of the Soirées Musicales d’Arles. From 2015 onwards, he will also serve as the artistic advisor of the Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux. And finally, continuing the work and preserving the memory of his mentor Vlado Perlemuter, “historical” performer of the great French composers, Jean-François Heisser is also the President of the Maurice Ravel International Academy, a major educational center for the training of talented young artists. Jean-François Heisser is also the president and artitsice manager of the Ravel Festival in Nouvelle-Aquitaine since August 2017.

Academy from 14 to
21 February 2021

Marie-Josèphe Jude

Piano Master Class

Marie Josèphe Jude began her studies at the Conservatoire de Nice before entering the CNSMD of Lyon in harp and the CNSMD of Paris in piano at the age of 13. She then decided to devote herself to the piano.

Winner of the greatest international competitions, she collaborates with the greatest orchestras and plays in festivals all over the world. Since 2016, she has also been teaching at the CNSMD in Paris. In October 2017, she was appointed President and Artistic Director of the Nice International Summer Academy.

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Marie-Josèphe Jude was born in Nice in 1968 from a French father and a sino-Vietnamese mother.  She started to learn piano and harp in her home city before joining the Conservatoire de Paris encouraged by G. Cziffra. She worked with Aldo Ciccolini (piano) and Jean Hubeau (chamber music) and was awarded a first prize in Piano and a concert licence in harp at the Ecole Normale in Paris. She then entered the third cycle  in Jean-Claude Pennetier’s class.

At that time, she regularly attended Maria Curcio-Diamand’s lessons in London.  In 1986, she met the composer Maurice Ohana and became one of her favourite performers.  She was a finalist at the Clara Haskil Competition in 1989 and won the Victoire de la Musique  in the category « New Talent » in 1995.

This is when her carreer developped internationally ; she has appeared in halls and festivals all over the world : from Montpellier to bath, from the Roque d’Anthéron to Kuhmo, from Bagatelle to Locarno, from Colmar to Québec, from Nantes to Tokyo  (Folle Journée)….

She  has played as a soloist under the conducting of Frans Brüggen, Charles Dutoit,

Emmanuel Krivine, François-Xavier Roth,  Jean-Yves Ossonce, Arturo Tamayo, Klaus Weise…with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Bordeaux, the Orchestre National d’ïle de France,  les Siècles, the BBC Scottish Orchestra, Basel Symphonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg, the Brussels Philharmonic and the MDR in Leipzig.

Marie-Josèphe Jude is also a fine chamber musician who plays with Henri Demarquette and Xavier Phillips (cello), Philippe Graffin and Jean-Marc Phillips (violin), Pascal Moraguès and Michel Portal (clarinet).  In 1997 she founded a piano duo with Jean-François Heisser but she also plays with Michel Béroff or Claire Désert. Regularly she takes part into ballets with her brother Charles Jude, « danseur étoile » and director of the Bordeaux Ballet.

She has recorded many Cds for the label Lyrinx : Brahms, Mendelssohn, Jolivet (Diapason d’Or),  Clara Schumann, Dutilleux-Ohana, Beethoven, Chopin and Ravel-Debussy with Michel Béroff (2015).

After 4 years of teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Lyon (2012-2016),  she is now a teacher at the CNSM in Paris.

In October 2017, she is appointed President of the Nice International Summer Academy.

Academy from 1
to 8 Novembre 2020

Claire-Marie Le Guay

Piano Master Class

Claire-Marie Le Guay is a guest at numerous festivals. She performs all over the world at recitals, playing chamber music, in concerto with the greatest orchestras and under the baton of renowned conductors.
Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Escaich. She champions the creation and performance of modern-day pieces and regularly performs works by Mantovani or Dutilleux and Escaich, some of which were dedicated to her.
She has been teaching at the CNSMD in Paris since 2002, passionate about passing on knowledge.

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A regular presence on concert platforms around the world, a prizewinner at numerous international competitions, at the Victoires de la Musique and of the Banque Populaire Foundation, Claire-Marie Le Guay is also noted for her recordings of Liszt, Schumann, Haydn, Mozart and Dutilleux, which have all been acclaimed by the press (‘Maestro’ of Pianiste magazine, Choc de Classica, Diapason, Gramophone), as was her recent Bach disc released on Mirare in 2015.

She is a highly sought-after solo pianist and performs with the most prestigious conductors and orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the New Japan Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been invited to tour the United States by Daniel Barenboim and to play with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica, and also appears regularly under the direction of Louis Langrée.

Claire-Marie Le Guay gives recitals at many leading festivals, among them the Festival International de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron, the MDR Musiksommer and Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany and the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria, and regularly performs chamber music, notably with the cellist François Salque, forming an elegiac duo as in their Schubert recording released in 2018 on MIRARE.

In the course of a career that began at the age of fifteen, and thanks to her exceptionally open-minded attitude and her inexhaustible musical curiosity, Claire-Marie Le Guay has built up a vast repertoire ranging from Bach to Escaich and is the dedicatee of numerous works by composers of our time.

Claire-Marie Le Guay attaches great importance to musical transmission, a passion that has led her to participate in ‘Au coeur d’une oeuvre’ a concert series at the Salle Gaveau in Paris (2014-2017) and to devise ‘Concerts Guidés’, a series of concert-lectures, promoting various outreach projects for classical music. She has developed an educational project for families with the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, and since 2012 has presented a pedagogical project at the Opéra de Dijon.

As well as teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (since 2002), she is a professor at the Académie de Musique Française of the École Normale de Musique de Paris. She was appointed Eisenhower Fellow 2015 in recognition of her commitment to the popularisation and transmission of classical music.

With her talent and humanity combined with her experience gained with some of the world’s leading musicians, Claire-Marie Le Guay is one of the essential figures on today’s musical scene. In August 2018, Claire-Marie Le Guay has been appointed Artistic Director of the Festival international de musique de Dinard which will celebrate in 2019 its 30th anniversary.

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