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The Fondation Bell'Arte




Artistic Director & Founder
Robert ROUX
François-René DUCHABLE Michel BEROFF Jean-Philippe COLLARD

Were also on the faculty

Jean-Michel DAMASE Stéphane LEMELIN David LIVELY


For many years, the activities and objectives of the Fondation Bell'Arte have been dear to Jean Kluger. The master-classes organised by the Foundation are always for him an opportunity to meet young musical talents whom have come from around the world. Since September 2015, he is the president of the pedagogical program: The International Certificate for Piano Artists (ICPA).

Jean Kluger was born in Antwerp, Belgium. He began his career as a music editor with his father, Jacques Kluger, at the World Music Company. At World Music Company, he worked internationally with musicians from including: Ray Martin in England; André Popp, Jean Bouchety, Claude Bolling and, Francis Lai (1rst album of Pierre Barouh) in France; Digno Garcia (Los Paraguayos) in Paraguay; Walter Scharf (BOF Harold Lloyd) from America.

He participated to the recordings of celebrated classical musicians such as Alexis Weissenberg, Naum Slusczny, Reg Owen (Manhattan Spiritual). In 1960 he was acclaimed with the groups The Cousins (Kili Watch) and Los Mayas (La Playa); he also became the producer of Robert Cogoi (Si un Jour). In '64 he founded the Editions Jean Kluger in Brussels where he worked lenghtily with Dutch artists such as: Will Tura, Johan Verminnen and Marva.

Three years later, he opened in Paris with his wife Huguette Ferly, the Bleu Blanc Rouge Editions which experienced worldwide acclamation with the Casatschok. He edited the film music of Borsalino, written by Claude Bolling and created with him the group Les Parisiennes (Il fait trop beau pour travailler). With Daniel Vangarde he wrote the lyrics and music for the songs of the Compagnie Creole, Ottawan, Gibson Brothers and many songs for Petula Clarck, Dalida, Claude François and others. His musical eclecticism encompasses the tango of Gustavo Beytelmann, Thierry Caens' trumpet and through some of the greatest Belgium musicians: Toots Thielemans and Philip Catherine.



Jerome Lowenthal, American classical pianist, teaches the Juiliard 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 as Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson, Leonard Bernstein, Thomas, Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Eugene Ormandy and Pierre Monteux. 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 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 Liszt Third Piano Concerto edited by his former student Jay Rosenblatt.

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 de Paris "Alfred Cortot",and has also been appointed professor extraordinaire at the Chapelle Musicale "Reine Elisabeth" in Belgium.

Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri gives frequent master classes in France, USA, Canada, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, South Korea, Taiwan, etc. 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 MusicA Braine l'Alleud, the Paris International Summer Sessions and of the EMS Music Group. 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" and many other international institutions, worldwide.

Maestro Delle-Vigne Fabbri participates on the jury of many international competitions as panel member or president of the jury.

François-René Duchâble, born 1952, in Paris, 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, 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 Yehudi 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.

Michel Béroff was born in France in 1950.
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, …. As a chamber music partner, he has been very active playing with Martha Argerich, Barbara 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 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 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, Liszt, Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Gershwin, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Mozart have met with great acclaim.

Mr. Collard was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur 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. 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.

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.



Mikhail Karpov has a reputation of the one of the most subtle higly professional pianist and teacher.
He graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky under professor Yakov Milshtein.

Mikhail Karpov teaches since 35 years at the College of this same conservatory, preparing the young pianists aiming a professional career to enter to the Conservatory. He also teaches piano chamber ensembles.

Several of his students are winners of prestigious international piano competitions, developping their career in Russia and abroad.

Josep Colom was born in Barcelona, Spain, in the difficult years of the Spanish post-war. He began piano lessons in Barcelona with his aunt Rosa Colom, and later moved to Paris to study at the École Normale de Musique.
His many awards include First Prize at the Santander Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition (1978) and First Prize at the Jaén and Épinal International Competitions. Since his debut at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris in 1979, he has regularly toured the five continents giving recitals and concerts with orchestras and performing chamber music with a wide variety of ensembles and artists.

He made his first recordings in 1982 with the complete Sonatas of Manuel Blasco de Nebra (Etnos), for which he was awarded the Spanish Ministry of Culture Prize. In 1989 he recorded the complete works of Manuel de Falla (Circe), an album that Fanfare magazine hailed as the best version of Falla’s works. He has also recorded the complete works of Frederic Mompou, the complete concertos and variations of Johannes Brahms, as well as works by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel and Brahms in collaboration with the pianist Carmen Deleito.

Mr Colom has served as jury of many important piano competitions, including the Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition and the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. In 1998 the Spanish Ministry of Culture awarded him the Premio Nacional de Música.
Since 2010 he regularly teaches in Valencia at the Musikeon Postgraduate Programs,[2] and gives masterclass in Spain (Aula de Música de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares), Switzerland (Cours International de Blonay) and France (École Normale de Musique de Paris), among others.

Daniel Blumenthal enjoys an international reputation as soloist, concert musician and chamber artist. He is professor at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium. He is artist professor at the Thy Masterclass Chamber Music Festival, Denmark. Mr Blumenthal has recorded more than 80 compact discs.

Born at Landstuhl in Germany, Daniel Blumenthal is of American origin. He started his musical studies when just shy of 5 years-of-age. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Music) and The Juilliard School, New York (Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts).

Daniel Blumenthal is a laureate of several international competitions: Sydney and Leeds in 1981, Geneva and Busoni in 1982, and the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium in 1983. In 1995 he was on the jury of the Queen Elisabeth Competition of Piano.

Mr Blumenthal is honorary member of Icons of Europe and musical advisor to this not-for-profit cultural association.

Boaz Sharon is a pianist, recording artist and professor of piano at Boston University as well as Director of Piano Studies at Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

He is a frequent performer in the U.S., China, Russia, Czech Republic and other countries.

He was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and studied there with Emma Gorochov, and from the age of 13-19 with Stefan Askenase in Brussels, Belgium. He later pursued his piano studies in the US with William Doppmann and with Leonard Shure. B

efore his present position as Chairman of the Piano Department and Professor at Boston University he was Pianist-in-Residence at Duke University, and Professor of Piano at the University of Florida.

He is a frequent judge at competitions including the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition, Prague, the Liszt International Piano Competition-"Dedication to Franz Liszt", Moscow and the Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain. Having directed the Prague International Piano Masterclasses for the last 13 years he is also on the artist faculty of the Ruza International Piano Festival in Russia, and was on the faculty of the International Certificate for Piano Artists (organized by the Fondation Bell'Arte-Brussels, supported by the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot, Paris and other important international institutions).

He is first-prize winner and gold medalist at the Jaen International Piano Competition, Spain, and has received the Jubilee Medal from Charles University, Prague, on the 600th anniversary of that university's foundation, given for "significant contributions" to Charles University.

Sharon is Honorary Fellow at Charles University, Prague. In 2009 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the China Conservatory in Beijing.

Pianist, Dr. Chin-Chuan Chang, is currently chairman of the music department at the National Taipei University of Education. He was the First Prize winner of the "Franz Liszt" International Piano Competition in Los Angeles in the Category C, age 17-32, and the Best Etude Prize. During his studies in Europe, he was a prize winner in the "Ciudad de Manresa" International Competition in Barcelona, Spain; the "Le Muse" International Competition in Salerno, Italy, and the "Ataurfo Argenta" Competition in Santander, Spain.

Dr. Chang began his piano studies with his father, and studied later with Professor Francis Wu in Taiwan. As a child, he was selected for the "Gifted child" program of the Minister of Education to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid in Spain. During that period, he was a prize winner of the National Kawai piano Competition, and won the First Prize at the National Taiwan Piano Competition in both the Children and Youth categories. At age 14, he entered in the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, Spain, to study with Prof. Fernando Puchol. He was selected by the "Juan March" Foundation as one of the young pianists to tour Europe. Later he graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid in Spain with the highest honor. In 1990, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studied with Prof. Solomon Mikowsky and Prof. Donn-Alexandre Feder. During his stay in New York, he won the First Prize at the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, as well as several other concertos competitions, including the Manhattanville Symphony Concerto Competition and the Bergen Philharmonic Concerto Competition. After he obtained his Master of Music degree in 1993 at Manhattan School of Music, he was awarded an assistantship and full scholarship at the College-Conservatory of Music in the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with Professor William Black.

In 2000, he obtained the degree of Doctor of Music Arts, and returned to Taiwan. He has performed as soloist with several orchestras, and performs extensively throughout Taiwan, China, other Asian countries and Europe; he also conducts master classes all over the world, such as 2010-2016 "The Paris International Summer Sessions" organised by The Fondation Bell'Arte in France, 2010 "Forum Internacional de Musica de Orihuela" in Spain and 2010 "Forum Internacional de Musica de Torrelodones" in Spain. Currently, not only he is a professor at the National Taipei University of Education; he is also artist-in-resident with the Fortune Art Enterprise Agency. He has been interviewed several times by the Taipei Philharmonic Radio Station and recorded various Public Broadcast TV programs.

Were also on the ICPA faculty



The exceptional career of Philippe Entremont began at the age of eighteen when he can to the international attention by having a great success in New York's Carnegie hall; since then, he has pursued a top international career as a pianist, and for the last 30 years also on the podium.

Philippe Entremont has directed the greatest symphony orchestras of Europe, Asia and America. He worked with the world's greatest soloists, both instrumental and vocal. He was Music Director of the New Orleans Phil-harmonic Orchestra between 1981 and 1986, after which he became Music Director of the Denver Symphony. He was also Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra until 2002. After having served as Music Director and Chief Director of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra for almost thirty years, he is now Conductor Laureate for Life. He was also Music Director of the Israel Chamber and is now their Conductor Laureate.

In 1997, he founded the biennial Santo Domingo Music Festival, of which he is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Festival Orchestra. In October 2004, Philippe Entremont was named Principal Conductor of the Munich Symphony, which he conducts on international tours, as well as throughout Germany. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta de Cadaqués. In 2006, in connection with the "Mozart Year"; he was in charge of the Super World Orchestra based in Tokyo.

His renown as an orchestral conductor and his experience at consistently working to develop orchestras' artistic potential have brought him numerous international tours, playing before full houses. As Principal Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, he lead several tours in 2005 and 2006, during which he conducted from the keyboard as well as on the podium. He also has been active as a teacher of the ICPA program.

Philippe Entremont has been the President of the ICPA program during the last 10 years.(2005-2015) 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.

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 been 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.

France Clidat (+ 2013) begins very early her brilliant career, from the numerous first prizes obtained to the Superior National Academy of Paris.
But it is the Liszt prize carried off in the Competition of Budapest in 1956, that establishes her international fame. She gives more than 2700 concerts, plays with the most prestigious orchestras, most famous conductors, and crosses the world, carried by an exceptional temperament.

If she retained of her masters the rigour (Lazare Lévy), the meaning power (Emil Gilels), and the refusal of the ease (Lelia Gousseau), it is indeed to herself that she owes her supple and creative phrasing, her rare gestural sobriety in front of the instrument, and her tone of a matchless grandeur.

This great lady of the music possesses the fancy and the virtuosity of the great performers of past, but she is especially a tremendous ambassadress of the current French piano.

Her numerous recordings were awarded in France as abroad, to begin by first and famous complete Liszt in 26 discs, which received, among others, the prize of the Academy of the Hungarian disc. The 3rd concerto of Rachmaninov, the complete of Erik Satie's work, the concerto of Landowski, the concertos, the mazurkas and the Polonaises of Chopin, etc., show that it would be reducing to confine the talent of France Clidat in the only performance of Liszt's works. Her repertoire covers all the periods and all the styles of the music, and we do not count any more the works which she created or which are dedicated to her.

In spite of her international commitments, France Clidat attaches a quite particular attention to her teacher's activities. She teaches to the École Normale de Musique de Paris and gives numerous masterclasses worldwide, in particular in Japan. France Clidat is Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, Officer of the National Order of the Merit, Medal of Vermeil of the City of Paris and Commander of the Arts and Letters. She has been vice-president of the ICPA program during several years.

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, ...

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.

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.



Jean-Michel Damase (1928-2013) composed in a style often compared to that of Fauré, Poulenc, Ravel, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Roussel, incorporating many of the rhythmic and harmonic intricacies that are associated with French music of the twentieth century.

Throughout his career, Damase has remained a traditionalist "continuing the line of post-tonal Debussy and Ravel without the modish interest in their deeper-seated implications. "

Or, in the words of the composer: "I prefer the sincerity forced to innovation. "

His music is accessible without being lightweight; melodic, often employing "obsessive" motifs; tonal, although, paradoxically, harmonically complex; rhythmically surprising; playful; respectful of tradition and form; and always suberbly crafted.

Jean-Michel Damase used to teach regularly in Master classes during the Paris Summer Sessions or the ICPA program.

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 important ensembles such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, ... in collaboration with such pres-tigious conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Kurt Sanderling, Sir Colin Davis, …

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. 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.



Einar Steen-Nøkleberg is a leading Norwegian pianist, having made continuous international appearances and more than 50 recordings. He studied with Nicolai Dirdal and Hans Leygraf.

Among other prizes and distinctions, some of the most important are the German Hochschulwettbewerb, the Norwegian Piano Competition in 1972, the Norwegian Critics' Prize for Best Performance in 1975 (for the interpretation in Grieg's Piano Concerto at the Bergen Festival), the Norwegian Recording of the Year in 1976 for a recital of Norwegian Baroque Composers, the Lindeman Prize ("Performer of the Year") 1984, the Grieg Prize in 1985 (Bergen) and 1992 (Oslo).

He is a Knight of the St. Olav Order, appointed by the King of Norway for his activities for Norwegian music in general.

From 1975 to 1981 Einar Steen-Nøkleberg was Professor of Piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany, an appointment which made him Germany's youngest professor.

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg's international career has included repeated solo recitals in London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, Hamburg and Copenhagen. He toured the U.S.A. and the former Soviet Union several times. Concerto appearances include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Copenhagen Royal Chapel, the China Philharmonic, Beijing, the Yumiori Philharmonic Orchestra and the NHK in Tokyo and the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras in Norway. His recording of the Grieg Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra was chosen by the BBC Saturday Review as the best version of this much-recorded concerto.

His recently released monumental recording of all Grieg's piano music, a 14 CD set, for Naxos Records is recieving international acclaim. He is currently publishing H. Kjerulf piano works (3 CD's) on Simax, and H. Saeverud piano works (5 CD's) on Naxos.

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.

Prof. Lin was born into a family of artists. She graduated with distinction from National Taiwan Normal University, majoring in piano and minoring in vocal music, the violin and oboe. Afterwards, she studied at the Graduate School of Musashino University of Music where she majored in Piano Performance? Pedagogy and Accompaniment, and upon returning to the R.O.C. performed on numerous occasions in recital at Taipei, Tai-Chung, Tainan and Kaohsiung city.

In recent years Prof. Shu-cheng Lin, in addition to her teaching responsibilities in piano, has maintained a very active schedule outside the university making an outstanding contribution to music education. Since 1985, she has served as an evaluator and judge for the Education Ministry and in 1995 took over coordinating activities for the work of junior members of the group. In 1999, she becomes co-director of the National Music Section Evaluators and in addition, she invited to assume the role of judge at all national music competitions. At the same time, she developed and expanded international culture exchange opportunities.

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.

The pianist Marina Scalafiotti was born in Settimo Torinese (Turin). After brilliant studies at the "G.Verdi" Conservatory of Turin, Marina Scalafiotti starts an international career of concert performer.

At the age of 16, she won 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, conducted by Ovidiu Balan, Gian Andrea Noseda, Piero Bellugi, Herbert Soudant and Pierangelo Gelmini.

After her first prize at the prestigious Treviso Piano Competition in 1992, Alexis Weissenberg encouraged 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 pedagocial section of "The International Certificate for Piano Artists" presided by Philippe Entremont.

Marina Scalafiotti is regularly invited to give Master Classes in France, Italy, the USA and Belgium and teaches at the Conservatory of Torino in Italy.

Her passion for contemporary music recently permitted her to win the "Spedidam" price 2002 at the International Competition for Contemporary Music of Orleans.

Recently appointed Music Director the Orquesta de Valencia and of Florida Grand Opera (Miami, US), Ramon Tebar becomes the first Spanish conductor to lead a major American Opera Company.
He has also been appointed Music Director of Palm Beach Symphony becoming the youngest Spanish conductor taking charge of an American Symphony Orchestra.
Since his arrival in the US in 2005, he has been part of the musical staff of Palm Beach Opera and Cincinnati Opera, working in around 30 opera productions, while maintaining a full schedule in Europe.
He has recently been honored with the 2010 Henry C. Clark Conductor of the Year Award by Florida Grand Opera in Miami, Florida, US.

Among the highlights from last and next seasons are: Madame Butterfly, Italiana in Algeri, and La Boheme with Renata Scotto as stage director; a national broadcasted concert with Spanish Radio Television Orchestra returning for a Gala concert in 2011; Opening Night Gala Concert with Ben Heppner in Santo Domingo’s Music Festival, returning in 2011 and 2013; an Italian tour performing Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and a very successful new production of the Italian premiere of Iphigenie auf Tauris by Gluck in Richard Strauss’ revision in Martina Franca (Italy); Final Concert of Montserrat Caballe’s Competition etc.

Ramon Tebar has worked with orchestras like: Extremadura Symphony, Cordoba Symphony, Castilla y Leon Symphony, Navarra Symphony, City of Oviedo Symphony and Spanish Radio Television Orchestra in Spain; St. Petersburg Symphony, Ishjek Opera Orchestra, Lugansk Philharmonic, Pilsen Philharmonic; Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, Orchestra Sinfonica di Cagliari, Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, Orchestra Teatro Regio of Turin and Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy; Miami Symphony Orchestra, Naples Symphony Orchestra, Palm Beach Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Atlanta Symphony in the United States.

He has performed with singers like: Montserrat Caballe, Teresa Berganza, Ileana Cotrubas, Mariella Devia, Renata Scotto, Daniela Dessi, Ruth Ann-Swenson, Fabio Armiliato, and Dawn Upshaw, in theaters like the National Auditorium in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Raymond Kravis Center, Music Hall of Cincinnati, Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Kolner Philharmonie in Germany and Grand Hall Oktyabrsky in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Ramon Tebar began his conducting career at the age of fifteen, already in the opera world, as an assistant conductor and pianist in his home town.
Later he started to conduct his first symphonic concerts and made his operatic debut soon after with Don Pasquale.
In the meantime, he graduated with honors, Special Honor Award in Piano and Chamber Music Degrees, Bärenreiter Prize, Special Prize in the Musical Youth of Spain Competition, Medaille d´Honneur “Villa de Claira” (France) and an Award in the III International Conducting Competition “Luigi Mancinelli” (Italy).
During this time, he studied under Luca Chiantore, while keeping in touch with some of the greats artists worlwide like Rostropovich, Labeque sisters, M. Maisky, R. Norrington, L. Berman, J. Achucarro, A. De Larrocha, and actually with Phillipe Entremont who is one of his most important mentors.

After winning a Competition for Conductors with Youth National Orchestra of Spain, he started to work as assistant conductor with the orchestra for two seasons.
Since then, Tebar has shared his conducting activities between symphonic and operatic repertoire in Europe and United States.

Yasmin Alami  & Myriam Barbaux Robert Roux & Yujin lee

Chiara Cipelli

Philippe Entremont

Jerome Lowenthal teaching

During a session at
Ottawa University

Palm Beach
After the concert