|Philippe ENTREMONT||Jerome LOWENTHAL||Nelson DELLE-VIGNE FABBRI|
|Robert ROUX||Stéphane LEMELIN||François-René DUCHABLE|
|Michel BEROFF||Jean-Philippe COLLARD||France CLIDAT|
|David LIVELY||Marina SCALAFIOTTI||Susan Shu-Cheng LIN||THE LAZAR BERMAN FUND|
Philippe Entremont is one of the world's leading pianists and a well-known conductor. He is particularly well known as a pianist for his performances in the early twentieth century repertory and music of the Classical era.
His father was a conductor, who when Philippe was a boy, was conductor at the Strasbourg Opera. Philippe's mother was a pianist, who gave him his first lessons. He studied with Marguerite Long, who was a favored interpreter of the music of Maurice Ravel. In 1944 he went to study at the Paris Conservatory with Jean Doyen. At the age of 12 Entremont won the Harriet Cohen Piano Medal. At the Paris Conservatory he won the first prizes in solfège when he was 12, in chamber music when he was 15, and in piano when he was 16. He made his professional debut in 1951 in Barcelona. He began touring in Europe.
Philippe Entremont made his American debut on January 5, 1953, with the National Orchestral Association, with Jacques Barzun conducting. He became particularly well-known for his performances and recordings of music by such composers as Milhaud, Stravinsky, Jolivet, and Leonard Bernstein.
He has appeared as a pianist on five continents in practically every major musical center and with the great orchestras for the world, and at many major summer festivals.
He also appears frequently in chamber music presentations, including appearances with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal.
In 1967 Philippe Entremont also took up conducting. In 1976 he was appointed principal conductor and lifetime musical director of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Philippe Entremont and Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri
In 1980 he became music director of the New Orleans (Louisiana) Symphony Orchestra, remaining in that position until 1986. In 1985 he was appointed music director of the Denver (Colorado) Symphony Orchestra. From 1988 to 1990 he was conductor of the Orchestre des Concerts Colonnes in Paris, and in 1993 became principal conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Netherlands.
He also is active as a teacher, in addition to maintaining a very busy concert schedule.
He has been the president of the Ravel Academy in Paris and is director of the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau. His recordings have won the Grand Prix du Disque and the Netherlands Edison Award.
Philippe Entremont is the President of The International Certificate for Piano Artists.
Jerome Lowenthal American classical pianist,teaches the Juilliard School in New York, where he was also chair of the piano department.
He made his debut at 13 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Returning to the United States from Jerusalem in 1963, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, playing Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2.
Since then, he has performed with famous conductors such Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yuri Temirkanov, Leonard Slatkin, Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux, and Leopold Stokowski.
He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir, his late wife and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark Quartet, Avalon Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet.
His studies included lessons with Olga Samaroff in Philadelphia, William Kapell and Eduard Steuermann at the Juilliard School in New York, and Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris in Paris, France.
A prizewinner at Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels (1960) and Busoni Competition, he is a frequent judge in international piano competitions.
He is recognized as a specialist of Franz Liszt, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók, and more generally of virtuoso and late romantic music. His recordings include piano concertos by Liszt with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the complete Tchaikovsky concerto cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra.
He has an extensive repertoire, including 59 performed piano concerti, and is the dedicatee of many new works and has unearthed some rare romantic piano works, such as the Liszt Third Piano Concerto edited by his former student Jay Rosenblatt.
He's the vice-president of the ICPA-program.
The Italian virtuoso Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri was born in Argentina, and was instructed by Magda Tagliaferro, Claudio Arrau and Gyorgy Cziffra
. In addition to his performing and recording career that took him to several continents, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri is also a famed international piano pedagogue.
He is a professor of piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique "Alfred Cortot" in Paris, and has also been appointed professor extraordinaire at the Chapelle Musicale "Reine Elisabeth" in Belgium.
He gives frequent master classes in France, USA, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, South Korea, Taiwan, etc.
What did I play? Dio mio!
He also collaborated to the festivities of the European Union Day in Seoul, South Korea, by special invitation of the European amabassador.
Cultural and pedagogical broadening is an important goal of his duties as general director of the Bell'Arte Foundation.
Mr. Delle-Vigne Fabbri is also the artistic director of MUSIC-a Braine l'Alleud, the Paris International Summer Sessions and of the EMS Music Group, a record company and record studio.
Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri is the founder and artistic director of The International Certificate for Piano Artists, a pedagogical programme in collaboration with the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris "Alfred Cortot", the University of Ottawa and the Palm Beach Atlantic University. This programme is placed under the presidency of Philippe Entremont. Jerome Lowenthal is its vice-president.
Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri participates on the jury of many international competitions as panel member or president of the jury.
He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris, and at the age of 13 won the institution's first prize in piano.
Three years later, he was among the finalists at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, and in 1973 he won the Prix de la Fondation Sacha Schneider.
At that time, Duchâble caught the attention of Artur Rubinstein, who encouraged him to pursue a solo career and helped him secure his first important engagements.
Since then, Duchâble toured internationally throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, and Japan.
Duchâble has in his repetoire the concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Robert Schumann, Bartók and Ravel, and solo piano works of Liszt, Chopin, and Poulenc.
He has appeared at many prestigious music festivals, including those of Salzburg, Lucerne, Berlin, the London Proms, Lockenhaus, and the Flanders Festival, and has presented concerts at London's Royal Festival Hall, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and the Musikverein in Vienna.
As an orchestral soloist, Duchâble has performed with the London Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Montreal Symphony, under directors such as Lord Yehudo Menuhin, Michel Plasson, ...
In 1996, 1997 and 1998, François-René Duchâble was awarded the honour of Instrumental Soloist of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique.
In 1997, he received an award for the Best French Recording of Classical Music.
After graduating from the Paris Conservatoire in 1966, he won the following year the first prize at the first international Olivier Messiaen piano competition.
He has been since considered one of the most outstanding interpreter of Messiaen's music.
During the next years he played with the most prestigious orchestras around the world under the direction of such conductors as Abbado, Barenboim, Bernstein, Boulez, Dohnanyi, Dorati, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Gielen, Inbal, Jochum, Leinsdorf, Masur, Ozawa, Previn, Rostropovitch, Sinopoli, Solti, Tennsted, Tilson-Thomas, Zinman . As a chamber music partner, he has been very active playing with Martha Argerich, Barabara Hendricks, Jean-Philippe Collard, Augustin Dumay, Pierre Amoyal, Lynn Harrell.
During the past years, Michel Beroff has been developing a conducting career. He is currently teaching at the Paris Conservatoire.
Exclusive EMI artist for over 20 years, Michel Beroff has published more than 50 recordings; among them, the complete works for piano and orchestra from Liszt, Prokofieff and Stravinsky, conducted by Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur. For Deutsche Grammophon, he has recorded Ravel's left hand concerto with the LSO and Claudio Abbado.
His latest recordings includes the complete piano music from Debussy for the Japanese label Denon.
Michel Beroff has been awarded five times the "Grand Prix du disque".
As a publisher, he participated, for Wiener Urtext, to a new edition of Debussy piano music.
For the japanese network NHK, he realized, in 2006, a serie of fifteen master-classes on french music.
During the last seasons, Michel Beroff played with the LSO under Pierre Boulez, the New-York philharmonic and Kurt Masur, as well as the London Philarmonic for an extensive tour of England and Spain .
He undertook three japanese tours , uncluding one with the Philarmonia with Esa-Peka Salonen, played in concert in Paris the complete works for piano from Debussy and Janacek, and two Prokofieff concerti with the Orchestre de Paris and Christophe Eschenbach.
He also toured extensively in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Brasil, Korea and China.
Although pianist Jean-Philippe Collard's name is as French as his birthplace, Mareuil-sur-Ay, Champagne, his repertoire knows no geographical boundaries.
In addition to his complete mastery of French concerto literature, his interpretations of works by Bartok, Brahms, Gershwin, Haydn, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky have met with great acclaim.
Born into a musical family, Mr. Collard was admitted to the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris at an exceptionally young age.
At sixteen he was unanimously awarded the Conservatory’s First Prize, and subsequently he has won many others, including the Grand Prix du Concours National des Artistes Soloistes, Prix Albert Roussel, Prix Gabriel Faure, Prix du Concours International Marguerite Long/Jacques Thibaud, and Grand Prix du Concours International Cziffra.
Mr. Collard was named Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur in January, 2003.
In addition to recitals throughout Europe, North and South America, Russia and the Far East, Mr. Collard has appeared as soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Zurich Tonhalle, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras; the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon; London’s Philharmonia Orchestra; the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; the New York, BBC, Royal, Los Angeles and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; and the BBC, San Francisco, London, Vienna, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Boston, and Japan’s NHK Symphony Orchestras.
He has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Marek Janowski, Eugen Jochum, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Simon Rattle and Charles Dutoit.
He has also performed at the London Proms Concerts, and the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Bad Kissingen, Salzburg, Bath, Caramoor, Newport, and Saratoga Festivals.
A prolific recording artist with more than thirty titles to his credit, Mr. Collard’s discography includes the Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux and Brahms Hungarian Dances (with pianist Michel Beroff), both named Stereo Review’s Record of the Year in their respective years; the Ravel Concerti with Lorin Maazel and the Orchestre National de France, cited by Gramophone Magazine as Best Concerto Recording; and the Chausson Concert, Op. 21 (with Augustin Dumay and the Muir String Quartet) which won the Grand Prix du Disque.
He has recorded all five Saint-Saens Piano Concerti with Andre Previn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the first recordings of Mozart’s arrangements of the six French melodies with baritone Jose van Dam.
Other recordings include a disc of Chopin Ballades and the Sonata No. 3, and a Liszt recital disc including the B minor Sonata.
Robert ROUX began his career at age 10 with a performance on the nationally televised Lawrence Welk Show.
Since that time, he has been a winner of several piano competitions in the United States, including the United States Information Agency's Artistic Ambassador Competition and the International Piano Recording Competition.
A Steinway Artist, Roux's performances include appearances at the White House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Stude Concert Hall in Houston on the Horowitz Steinway, St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, and Villa Pignatelli in Naples.
He has toured as recitalist and concerto soloist in sixteen countries; Nuremberg Nachrichten, Germany's third largest daily newspaper, deemed him "...a smart interpreter of Viennese classicism whom we should bear in mind..." Clavier magazine, referring to a three-day American Liszt Society festival held in 2002, deemed Roux's performance of the Liszt Sonata "...the most stunning playing during the festival...for which the audience offered a well-deserved standing ovation."
Dr. Roux's students have been frequent prize winners and award recipients at the national and international level. He has been featured as a master teacher at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and also has taught on the faculty of the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, where he took over John Perry's class in 1995.
He has been Associate Director of the Prague International Piano Masterclasses since 1997, and has served on the faculty of the prestigious Van Cliburn Institute, the Moscow International Piano Masterclasses, the Paris International Piano Sessions, and the Association of German Music Schools.
His list of teachers and coaches include Lili Kraus, Adele Marcus, William Race, and Leonard Shure. He is listed in Who's Who in America and is also interviewed as one of the top teachers in Benjamin Saver's publication, The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA.
Born in Nantes, France CLIDAT, started her career as an artist very early, obtaining her different First Prizes at the National Conservatory of Paris while still a young adolescent.
It was however the Liszt Award at the qame competition in Budapest, in 1956 who launched definitively her international artist life.
Giving over 2700 concerts, performing with the most important orchestras and conductors, she travels around the world with an exceptional temperament.
Her numerous recordings, among which the complete works by Liszt in 26 CD’s have been awarded in France and abroad. Bernard Gavoty, famous music critic of the Figaro, was the first to call her "Madame Liszt". Since then her privileged relationship with the composer never ended.
Besides her international career, she’s also a fine piano teacher. France Clidat teaches at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris “Alfred Cortot” and gives regularly master classes all around the world.
A pianist with a broad and eclectic repertoire that ranges from the Classical period to the twentieth century and from art song literature to the Romantic concerto, Canadian pianist Stéphane Lemelin has received particular praise for his interpretations of Schubert, Schumann, Fauré and Ravel. He tours regularly in Canada and has given numerous performances in the United States, Europe and Asia.
A frequent participant in summer festivals including the Lanaudière International Festival, Parry Sound, Domaine Forget, Ottawa, and Vancouver Chamber Music Festivals, he has collaborated with artists such as Donna Brown, Boris Berman, James Campbell, Jacques Israelievitch, Peter Schreier, Marc Grauwels, Martin Ostertag, Wolfgang Meier, and the St Lawrence and Muir String Quartets.
He has appeared as soloist with most of Canada's major orchestras including the Montreal Symphony under Charles Dutoit. Recital engagements have included London's Wigmore Hall, the Phillips Collection in Washington, the Ladies Morning Musical Club in Montreal and the Vancouver Recital Society.
Since the fall of 2003, he is a member of Trio Hochelaga, with violinist Anne Robert and cellist Benoit Loiselle.
He is also the artistic director of the Prince Edward County Music Festival, a yearly chamber music festival.
Stéphane Lemelin has made several compact disk recordings as a soloist and chamber musician. Stéphane Lemelin was born in Mont-Joli, Quebec, in 1960.
After studying with Yvonne Hubert in Montreal, he worked with Karl-Ulrich Schnabel in New York, Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory, and Boris Berman and Claude Frank at Yale University where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
A laureate of the Casadesus International Competition in Cleveland, he is the recipient of several national and international awards, including grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Austrian Government.
From 1990 to 2001, Mr. Lemelin taught at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.
In 2001, he became Professor of Music at the University of Ottawa, where he is currently Chair of the Department of Music.
The American-born concert pianist, David Lively, began his career at fourteen when he performed Khatchaturian's virtuoso Piano Concerto with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Lorin Maazel subsequently invited him to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra which resulted in engagements with ensembles such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of France in collaboration with such prestigious conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Erich Leinsdorf, Lovro von Matacic, Kurt Sanderling, ....
A gifted artist at home in a breadth of styles, David Lively has a repertoire of over sixty works, more than ten of which he has recorded on CD.
Particularly interested in the American 20th century musical heritage, David Lively focused on the masterpieces of Elliott Carter and Aaron Copland, with whom he both studied and recorded their works.
He's known for his enthusiasm for neglected masterpieces and devotion to contemporary works, giving the European premiere of "Riverrun" by Takemitsu with conductor Kent Nagano, the French premiere of "90+" for piano solo by Elliott Carter as well as "Cendres" by Kaija Saariaho.
The Saint Lizier Festival in the French Pyrenees, which David Lively directs every summer, reveals his devotion to the organisation and performance of numerous chamber music concerts.y others.
David Lively studied in the United States and in France at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris where he now resides, in addition acquiring French citizenship. Prize-winner in numerous international competitions, including the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud where he met Claudio Arrau, to become one of his rare pupils, the Queen Elisabeth and the Tchaikowsky where he won the special prize for contemporary music, David Lively has also been awarded the Dino Ciani Prize of the Scala of Milan in 1977.
Having taught at the National Superior Music Conservatoire of Paris, David Lively has also given master classes at the Hochschule in Vienna, the Royal Scottish Academy of Glasgow and the Chapelle Royale in Belgium. From 1998 to 2001, he instructed one of the concert pianists' classes at the University of Music in Vienna. He is also regularly invited on juries for international piano competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud.
The pianist Marina Scalafiotti was born in Settimo Torinese(Turin).
After brilliant studies at the "G.Verdi" Conservatory of Turin, she starts an international career of concert performer.
At the age of 16, she wins the Stresa International Competition for Contemporary Music. The following years, she will win 23 important piano contests.
Along her pianistic career she plays as soloist at the piano and harpsichord and in Musical Ensembles for chamber music with famous artists as Erwin Schiffer, Kati Sebestyen, Jacques Dupriez and Brigitte Autret.
She performed in the most prestigious concert halls of Italy, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Netherlands, Germany and the USA, with orchestras with directors as Ovidiu Balan, Gian Andrea Noseda, Piero Bellugi, Herbert Soudant and Pierangelo Gelmini.
After her first prize for the prestigious Treviso Piano Competition in 1992, Alexis Weissenberg encourages Marina Scalafiotti to go to Paris to perfect her art of interpretation with Nelson Fabbri Delle-Vigne Fabbri, a former pupil of Claudio Arrau.
Later Marina Scalafiotti will become Nelson Delle-Vigne's assistant. She is member of the jury of several international contests of piano and of "The International Certificate for Piano Artists" presided by Philippe Entremont.
She is regularly invited to give of Master Classes in France, Italy, the USA and Belgium and also teaches at the Conservatory of Torino in Italy.
Marina Scalafiotti is a very appreciated interpreter among contemporary compositors, which regularly dedicate their compositions to her.
Her passion for contemporary music recently permitted her to win the "Spedidam" price 2002 at the International Competition for Contemporary Music of Orleans.
Susan Shu-Cheng Lin is currently Professor/ Director of the Graduate Institute of Performing Arts at National Taiwan Normal University and an adjunct professor in the graduate program of the Music Department at Fu-Jen Catholic University.
In recent years, she has worked hard to improve the culture policy of the Taiwan Government, devoting herself to the training of musicians with great potential, expanding international cultural exchanges in the area of music and bringing artists from major international music competitions to Taiwan to deliver lectures and master classes in the hopes of improving the education of Taiwan's leading musicians.
The Council for Cultural Affairs Taiwan, established and asked Professor Lin to lead a "Committee of Elites within Music " to work toward establishing a comprehensive system for the training of students of great promise in Taiwan.
In addition to this, Professor Lin has devoted considerable energies to social charities and the development of culture on Taiwan. She has special place in her heart for children with disabilities and has made them a focus of her efforts.
In 1993, she, together with a number of philanthropists, established the Children's Charity Association of the ROC and was nominated a board member of the Egret Culture Education.
In May 2000, she became president of the board. Presently she continues to work for the improvement of the arts and culture on Taiwan. Beginning in September of 2001, she has serve as a board director member on the National Culture and Art Foundation.
Professor Lin continues to research and has received a prestigious grant from the National Science Council as well as many other private research scholarships as well. Her publications range from monographs the works of Debussy and Beethoven to general works on the Romantic.
Lazar Berman, after whom is named the LAZAR BERMAN FUND, is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of his time.
A student of Alexander Goldenweiser at the Moscow Conservatory, he was influenced by the great Russian pianists Sviatoslav Richter and Vladimir Sofronitsky.
Until his debut in the USA, in 1976, he extensively toured the Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries, all the while winning prizes at several copetitions in the Soviet Union, the Franz Liszt Competition in Budapest, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Emile Gilels has called Berman "the phenomenon of the music world".
The music critics for Milan's Corriere dellla Sera called him a "super-colossus", and he has been compared to Franz Liszt in Hungary.
Berman has performed with virtually all the great conductors, which include Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Daniel Barenboim, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel and Claudio Abbado.
His recording of Liszt Transcendental Etudes" is considered legendary.
Lazar Berman passed away after having on the ICPA-faculty during several years. In his honour, the Fondation Bell'Arte decided to create the LAZAR BERMAN FUND, with the desire to associate his name forever to this program.
Keen of supporting young talents, he put a lot of energy in the ICPA program, since the beginning, combining friendship and music.