Piano and cello duo: Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel - 2011 Croisements Festival
When: April 23th - 30th, 2011 19:30-21:30
Where:Suzhou Science et Cultural Arts Center, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Kunming Theater, Salle de concert de Qintai
An exceptional duo, sought after the world over, now touring China with two great orchestras by its side: the Shanghai Sinfonietta Orchestra and the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra.
Since 1999 these two talents have received the highest praise for their recordings (Alkan, Liszt, Strauss, Bloch, Grieg, St-Saëns) made under the Harmonia Mundi label, receiving the Annual Golden Tuning Fork at the Cannes Classical Awards, the “Choc” award from Monde de la Musique and a rating of 10/10 from music magazine Classica.
In 2005, these two musicians – both winners at Victoire de la Musique - created the theatrical concert “le Block 15, la musique en résistance”. Directed by Jean Piat, this musical brought to the stage the story of two musicians saved by music during WWII and was performed throughout France and adapted for French television.
Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel have both been named Knights of the Order of the Arts and Letters by the French Culture minister, in honour of their contribution to the promotion of French classical music.
Discovered by the general public when she won the young soloist category at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2001, Emmanuelle Bertrand is today among the foremost representatives of the French school of cellists. She was a pupil of Jean Deplace and Philippe Muller at the Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs de Musique of Lyon and Paris, and went on to win first prize at the Japan Chamber Music Competition in Tokyo and the Prix de l’Académie Internationale Maurice Ravel. She was also awarded prizes by the Fondation d’Entreprise Natexis and the Rostropovich International Competition.
Emmanuelle Bertrand is regularly invited to appear as a soloist with some of the greatest international orchestras, such as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Orchestre Symphonique du Québec, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the Orchestre National de Lille.
Born in 1971, Pascal Amoyel demonstrated impressive piano and improvisation skills from an early age, with no prior training. At the age of ten he entered the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris from where he graduated with a Licence de Concert. At 17 years old he passed his scientific baccalaureate and then dedicated himself fulltime to his music, entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in 1992 and winning the first prizes for piano and chamber. That same year, he won first prize in the Paris International competition for Young Pianists.
Amoyel then commenced an international career as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras in Europe, the United States, Canada, Russia, and Japan, performing with such orchestras as the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Montpellier and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
Voted “Solo Instrumental Discovery of the Year” by the French public and professionals at the Victoires de la Musique in 2005, his Intégrale des Nocturnes de Chopin received the Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin in 2010.
Pascal Amoyel was recently nominated Laureate Composer of 2010 at the Fondation d'Entreprise Banque Populaire.
Cassado Suite for cello solo
Piazzola Le Grand Tango
Liszt Hungarian rhapsody (piano solo)
|April 23 19:30||Suzhou||Suzhou Science et Cultural Arts Center||1 Guan Feng Jie, Suzhou Industry Park||0512-62899899|
|April 25 20:00||Shenzhen||Shenzhen Concert Hall||2016, Fuzhong Yilu, Futian||0755-82841888|
|April 27 20:00||Kunming||Théâtre de Kunming||West Dongfeng Road||0871-3109365|
|April 30 19:30||Wuhan||Qintai Concert Hall||Yuehu Bei’an, Hanyang District||027-84803018|
Organisers: Shenzhen Concert Hall, Kunming Theater, Qintai Concert Hall, Sinfonietta Orchestra, Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra.
With the support of the French Embassy in China, Institut français, Société Générale and ZTE-D
*Information provided by 2011 Croisements Festival