FRENCH-AMERICAN PIANO SOCIETY

PASCAL ROGE
2016 Fall Gala Recital Guest Artist

Pascal Rogé exemplifies the finest in French pianism. Born in Paris, he was a student of the Paris Conservatory and was also mentored by Julius Katchen and the great Nadia Boulanger. Winner of Georges Enesco piano competition and 1st prize of Marguerite Long Piano competition, he became an exclusive Decca recording artist at the age of seventeen. His playing of Poulenc, Satie, Fauré, Saint-Saëns and especially Ravel, is characterized by its elegance, beauty and stylistically perfect phrasing.

One of the world’s most distinguished recording artists, Pascal Rogé has won many prestigious awards, including two Gramophone Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque and an Edison Award for his interpretations of the Ravel and Saint- Saens concerti along with the complete piano works of Ravel, Poulenc and Satie.

Several years ago, Mr. Rogé began a new and ambitious recording project for Onyx called the Rogé Edition. With the Vienna Radio Symphony under Bertrand de Billy, he has recently recorded two CDs of both of the Ravel Piano Concerti and the Gershwin Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue.


JULIE ALCARAZ
2016 Scholarship Recipient

Pianist first and foremost, the French-born Julie Alcaraz is a multifaceted musician, equally nourished by her activities as both singer and cellist. Spanish music – doubtless linked to her family’s origins – holds a special place in her heart, and she has been particularly attached to defending the music of Albeniz and his Iberia in particular.


Currently enrolled in the Paris Conservatoire’s prestigious Artist Diploma Programme where she works with Denis Pascal, her playing has been informed by encounters with leading French pianists Jacques Rouvier, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, François René Duchable and Jean-François Heisser, to name but a few.

 

As “French Music Ambassador” to Japan for gala concerts in 2008, she has also performed in recital on tour in Portugal. A regular in Parisian festivals and major venues – from the Chopin Festival to the Cité de la Musique -  she also plays often in her native Southwest France, and in particular the Basque region.

 

Eager to share her love of chamber music, she has twice won the Ravel Academy’s Prize for performances of the  Debussy Trio and Fauré’s C minor Quartet. She collaborates regularly with musicians from the Bordeaux Aquitaine and Bayonne Côte Basque orchestras and has been featured on French National Radio, most recently  alongside the cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand on Gäelle Le Gallic’s programme dedicated to outstanding young performers.

 

This winter and spring will see her performing in Valencia, Spain, at the Pianissimes Festival in Lyon, at the Fontainebleau Château, and in a solo recital on French National Radio.

 

A laureate of the Cziffra Foundation, she has been awarded grants by the bank Société Générale and the Meyer Foundation, and is preparing her first CD, devoted to works by Spanish composers with a special focus on Albeniz.

JOSQUIN OTAL
2016 Scholarship Recipient

As a musician who embraces the full breadth of the piano’s repertoire, Josquin Otal’s approach to performance is as painterly as it is architectural, for he seeks to expose the piano’s full gamut of colours whilst revealing to listeners the many building blocks of the works he performs. His search for distinctive, painterly sounds have led him to perform Schumann, Liszt and Ravel; his love for dance in particular have inspired his incursions into the world of Spanish music.

 

Following studies at the Lyon and Marseille conservatoires, he entered the Paris Conservatoire in 2010, and has studied with Anne Quéfellec, Denis Pascal, Pierre Laurent Aimard, and David Walter. Equally at home as a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in Spain and in leading French venues, including Paris’ Chopin Festival, Jeunes Talents,  Cité de la Musique, Garnier Opera House, the Châtelet Theatre as well as festivals in Nohant, Gavaudun, and Prades. A national and international piano competition prize-winner, he has been honoured at the Rhodes Competition, the Claude Bonneton Competition, Piano Campus, and most recently was named “Classical Revelation” by the ADAMI.

 

Josquin Otal is currently studying in Paris Conservatoire’s Artist Diploma Program, and is a grantee of the Blüthner Foundation as well as the ADAMI.

Future projects include a recording of Granados’  Goyescas.

VICTOIRE-THEODORA PRUVOST
2016 Scholarship Recipient

Born in 1996, French pianist Victoire-Theodora Pruvost began studying piano at the early age of seven. Soon after, she began studying with Romano Pallottini and obtained her Prix de Piano et de Musique de Chambre à l’Unanimité avec Felicitations du Jury. 


In 2013, she was accepted at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon and continued her studies with world-renowned pianists, including Marie-Josephe Jude, Igor Lazko,Jacques Rouvier,Jean-Claude Pennetier,Stanislav Ioudenitch as well as William Grant Nabore. Last summer, she participated in several prestigious festivals, including the Ferrara Piano Festival, Académie d’été de la ferme de Villefavard, Académie d’Eté Maurice Ravel, and LakeComo Summer Piano School.

 

In 2012, she Pruvost made her solo debut with orchestra playing Beethoven’s 3rd Concerto with conductor Olivier Kaspar for the Lion’s Club Gala. She performs regularly at the Piano à Riom in France, and has given recitals internationally including Italy, Germany, the Rimsky- Korsakov Conservatory in Russia, and the Victoria Eugenia Theater in Spain. 

A gifted chamber musician, Pruvost also enjoys contemporary music and has worked closely with composer Thierry Escaich on ‘Nocturne’, a piece for cello and piano. Pruvost is the first prize recipient numerous competitions, including the Concours International Scriabin Paris, Concours International d’Ile de France, Concours Flame, Concours Steinway, and Concours para Jovenes de San Sebastian
TIMOTHEE URBAIN
2016 Scholarship Recipient

Raised in a family of musicians, Timothée Urbain began studying piano at an early age with Anne-Lise Gastaldi and David Braslawsky in Paris. His natural talent for the instrument was clear and in 2013, he was accepted into the studio of Florent Boffard at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyon. 


During this time, his interest in improvisation and composition led him to study composition at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris with Thierry Escaich and Michaël Lévinas, where he received his Master’s degree.



In 2015, Urbain was granted a scholarship from the Erasmus Programme, a European Union student exchange educational program which allowed him to study at the Lübeck Academy of Music in Germany with Professor Konstanze Eickhorst. Timothée Urbain participated has worked with world-renowned pianists and esteemed teachers including Marie-Josèphe Jude, Jean-François Heisser, Eric Vidonne, and Emile Naoumoff.


As a versatile musician, Timothée Urbain performs as a soloist and chamber musicians, and enjoys a variety of genres including classical, French song, and jazz.

LISE DE LA SALLE
2015 Fall Gala Recital Guest Artist

"She might just be the most exciting young artist in classical music right now." -Pioneer Press

 

  Since 2001 Lise de la Salle has been following an impressive international career performing in the major concert halls of Europe, the United States and Asia such as: The Berliner Philharmonie, Avery Fisher Hall New York, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, Grand National Theater in Beijing,...

  She is working closely with the conductors Fabio Luisi, James Conlon and Osmö Vanska amongst others. She has also played under the baton of Lorin Maazel, Sir Andrew Davis, Semyon Bychokov, Marek Janowski, Sir Neville Marriner, James Gaffigan, Lawrence Foster, Andrew Litton , Louis Langrée, Christoph König, Dennis Russell Davis, Peter Oundjian, Robin Ticciati, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Charles Mackerras.

  Lise de la Salle is regularly invited to perform with orchestras including: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Wiener Symphoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State, Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Boston Symphony Orchestra..

  Lise de la Salle, born in 1988, started playing the piano at the age of four and gave her first concert, broadcast live by Radio France, when she was nine. At the age of 13 she made her Concerto debut with Beethoven`s Concerto No 2. From 1998 to 2006 she studied with Pascal Némirovski. She also attended the post graduate cycle at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris – CNSM. 

KYLE ARMBRUST
2015 Fall Gala Recital Guest

“Armbrust's viola tone was an artful chameleon…”  --expressmilwaukee.com

 

Violist Kyle Armbrust started playing the viola at age three. He has performed as soloist with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Lake George Chamber Orchestra, and Musica Bella Orchestra. His New York solo debut with Kurt Masur and the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall was described as “assured, brilliant, and stylish” in The New York Times. He leads a versatile musical life as skilled chamber musician, experienced soloist, orchestral leader, contemporary music specialist, and recording artist.

Kyle’s dedication to chamber music has led to festival appearances at Aix en Provence, Caramoor, Marlboro, Moritzburg, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Schleswig Holstein, and Verbier. An active proponent of contemporary music, he has worked with many composers including Elliot Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Osvaldo Golijov, Herbie Hancock, Steve Reich, and John Zorn.


Kyle is a founding member of the Knights Chamber Orchestra and a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). He is principal viola of the Westchester Philharmonic, and has performed as principal viola with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 and 2013 Kyle was invited to join the Lucerne Festival Orchestra with Claudio Abbado.


Kyle has recorded for the Ancalagon, Cedille, Interscope, Naxos, Ondine, Phil.harmoni, and Sony labels.Kyle received three degrees from the Juilliard School. He plays a Carlo Antonio Testore viola made in Milan in 1752.

TANGUY DE WILLIENCOURT
2015 Scholarship Grant Recipient
IKIF 2015 Piano Competition Semi-Finalist

A true Renaissance musician, pianist Tanguy de Williencourt is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist who is also pursuing studies as a vocal coach and conductor. 


After having completed his Master’s degrees in piano, accompaniment and vocal coaching with highest honors at the  Paris Conservatoire, he  recently entered the prestigious Artist Diploma Programme there. The pianists who have particularly influenced him include Roger Muraro, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Anne le Bozec, and Claire Désert. A recipient of the Blüthner Foundation award given annually to one outstanding pianist at the Paris Conservatoire, Tanguy has also been a prize winner at the Yamaha and Fauré competitions.


Tanguy’s solo and chamber music performances have taken him to French National Radio, the Berlin Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Hall, Kyoto’s Alti Hall, and leading French venues, including La Roque d’Anthéron, the Folle Journée de Nantes and the Cité de la Musique.


Tanguy and cellist Bruno Philippe perform regularly as a duo : their recording of Brahms and Schumann will be published next fall. Solo performances have included Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Matheus Ensemble,  Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2  with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Moroccan Philharmonic. 


Upcoming projects include a recording dedicated to piano transcriptions of Wagner/Liszt, a passion which brings together Tanguy’s experience as a pianist, vocal coach, and conductor.

 

MARIE-ANGE NGUCI
2015 Scholarship Recipient

At the age of 18, Franco-Albanian pianist Marie-Ange Nguci has already positioned herself as an outstanding young artist of her generation. Her technical prowess and exceptional musicality has allowed her to develop a unique and poetic tonal quality, dazzling audiences in performance.

 

Nguci’s talents were recognized early on when she was awarded First Prize at the Lagny-sur Marne International Piano Competition in 2011. After winning the 2015 Dorothy MacKenzie Competition at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York (IKIF), Nguci has been invited to give a solo recital at the French Consulate of New York in 2016.

 

Performing frequently as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra, Nguci enjoys engaging with contemporary classical music and worked directly with composers Thierry Escaich, Graziane Finzi, Alain Abbott, and Fabien Touchard. Most recently, she recorded works by French composers César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré, Olivier Messaien and Thierry Escaich, examining different historical periods and aesthetics.

 

Nguci received her Bachelor’s degree in Musicology at the Paris-Sorbonne University and her Master’s degree in Piano performance with highest honors at the Paris Conservatoire. She is currently enrolled in the Paris Conservatoire’s prestigious Artist Diploma course in piano while studying ondes Martenot and completing additional Master’s degrees in musical analysis and music pedagogy. She is a recipient of major grants from the Meyer and L’Or du Rhin Foundations and the French-American Piano Society in New York.

 


 

OLOF HANSEN
2015 Scholarship Recipient

Born on 10 December 1990, Olof Hansen first  studied piano and violin at the Perpignan Conservatory. 

 

At the age of nine,  he won the local Ventsislav Yankoff competition, and two years later he performed Mozart's Piano Concerto in G major, K453 under the baton of Daniel Tosi.

 

He studied with Georges Pludermacher and Michel Dalberto at the Paris Conservatory. 

 

He is currently preparing his concert diploma with Henri Barda at the Ecole Normale de Musique  de Paris, whilst also attending the National School of Economics and Statistics (ENSAE). 

 

He has given recitals and performed with orchestras across France, including in the Nancyphonies and Boulou festivals.

 

AUDREY LONCA ALBERTO
2015 Scholarship Recipient

Born in a family of musicians, Audrey Lonca-Alberto was surrounded at her youngest age by an artistic crowd and began playing the piano at the age of five. After starting her musical studies in Dordogne than in Limoges where she received at the age of 13 her Diploma of Musical Studies (DEM) with highest honors, she obtained two years later her Diploma in Performance at the "Perfectionnement" level.

 

At the age of 15, she received a 3rd Prize at the Donostia San Sebastian International Piano Competition in Spain. Laureate from many national and international competitions, she also received a scholarship from the Musical Academy of Val d'Isère in 2012.

Since 2008, she pursues her education at the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris in Erik Berchot's class from which she recently received her "Diplôme Supérieur d'Exécution" with highest honors, and in 2014, her "Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste" with M. Aldo Ciccolini as member of the Jury. 

 

She had the chance during her studies to benefit from the teachings of such great pianists as Jacques Rouvier, Bruno Rigutto, Pascal Devoyon, Mikhail Rudy, François-René Duchâble and chamber music coachings from violinist Devy Erlih. 

 

Audrey has done recordings for Mezzo and France Bleu. She has been playing as a soloist, in chamber music and with orchestra since the age of 13. She most recently performed the Ravel concerto in G with the Ensemble Instrumental of Dordogne with the conductor Bruno Rossignol.

 






THIERRY VATON
2015 Spring Benefit Recital Guest Artist

This musician with a powerful style and impeccable technique discovered his passion in Martinique in 1972. Born into a family of musicians, at first he did not show a preference for any specific instrument. Finally, after trying drums and flute, he opted for the piano. At 16 years old, he decided to devote himself fully to this instrument, which he began studying with the intention of becoming a professional pianist. He joined the Conservatoire de musique du 8e arrondissement in Paris and completed his training at the American School of Modern Music in Paris from 1984 to 1987.

He began playing on stage with Elik Tara and Gazoline in the late 1980s. Shortly after, he was invited for the first time by Dédé Saint-Prix to manage the musical arrangements on the album Lerdou (1987), and Joël Filin offered him the opportunity to showcase his compositions on the album Just Liquid (1988). This turned him into one of the most popular musicians of the day, regularly invited to accompany different groups and musicians, such as Kaoma, Kassav’, Angélique Kidjo, La Compagnie Créole, Dédé Saint-Prix, etc., in concerts given throughout the world.

From the late 1990s until today, he has regularly collaborated with many artists like Philippe Lavil, Dany Brillant, Patrick Saint-Éloi, Mory Kante, Myriam Makeba, Ralph Thamar, Jean-Philippe Marthely and Mizikopéyi, the first Caribbean big band, a concept that he created and implemented with Tony Chasseur.

Just like his model Quincy Jones, Thierry decided to use his talent as an arranger, composer and director to promote a broad range of musical styles and cultures. His musical language combines rhythms from his Caribbean heritage and the musical influences he has culled through his many exchanges and trips worldwide. As a band leader, he brilliantly oversees and directs a significant number of concerts and studio recordings.

GEORGES GRANVILL
2015 Spring Benefit Recital Guest Artist

In 1999, Georges first encountered a piano during a trip at the age of 15. Upon his return to Martinique, he studied classical music for 2 years. In the early 1990s, he again returned to Martinique after completing his studies and military service. His meeting with Olivier Jean-Alphonse was pivotal: from 1994 to 1997, he played regularly on stage with the band Théorème, whose other band members included Éric Virgal, Pier Rosier and Dédé Saint-Prix.


Influenced by many great pianists such as Alain Jean Marie, Marius Cultier and Keith Jarrett, in 1997 Georges joined the Bill Evans Academy in Paris where he studied for 3 years. This school focuses on improvisation and perpetuates the jazz culture.


Since then, Georges has been playing on stage in France and worldwide with Dédé Saint-Prix, Beethova Obas, Bélo, John Ellison, Tony Allen, Gérard Mendès, Zouk Machine, Tony Chasseur, Kali, Denise Reis, and has recorded a few albums with some of these artists. He has taught piano at the Institut de culture musicale since 2002.


MATTHIEU ACAR
2014 Scholarship Winner, 
New York's 2014 IKIF Semi-Finalist
An eclectic musician who is equally at home as a soloist and chamber musician, Matthieu Acar completed Masters’ degrees in piano and in chamber music with Bruno Rigutto and Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Paris Conservatoire. He is currently completing the highly selective post-graduate Artist Diploma course in Contemporary Music and Creation there.


Naturally curious and eager to explore all types of repertoire, Matthieu Acar has developed a particular affinity with the music of our time, one he delights in sharing with his audiences in original and often surprising programmes, as for example his participation in the American composer Julius Eastman’s French premier of a two-hour triptych for four pianos at the Parisian avant-garde Palais de Tokyo 2012 Triennial. He regularly premieres works with electronics, using prepared piano, and even pianos with quarter tone tuning… Nicolas Mondon’s Third Piano Sonata was awarded the Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud Composition Prize as a result of Matthieu’s performance at the Orléans Music Competition, one in which Matthieu won the André Jolivet and Ricardo Vines prizes. Additionally, he has won prizes in numerous international competitions, most notably for his performances of contemporary works.


An accomplished chamber musician, Matthieu created the Atopsys Duo in 2008 with the saxophonist Alexandre Souillard. The two have performed at the Palazzetto Bru-Zane’s French Romantic Music Centre in Venice, at the Lima International Contemporary Music Festival (Peru), and on many European stages. In 2011, Atopsys won the Societa Umanitaria’s Milan Competition. Matthieu is also an active member of the Ensemble InSoliTus.


Matthieu teaches piano at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatoire near Paris and in his native Normandy, and is a gifted arranger.

MAROUSSIA GENTET
2014 Scholarship Winner

Gifted with the fiery energy of her namesake, the Ukrainian heroine of Pierre-Jules Stahl’s novel, the precocious Maroussia Gentet entered Géry Moutier’s piano class at the Lyon Conservatoire at the age of 13 and completed her high school diploma specializing in science a mere two years later.

 

Following completion of her Master’s degree in 2009, she met the much sought-after Russian pedagogue and pianist Rena Shereshevskaya – an encounter which was to prove decisive. She entered Shereshevskaya’s class at Paris’ Ecole Normale de Musique, completing the Advanced Performance Diploma there the following year.

 

 

Maroussia is currently completing the Paris Conservatoire’s prestigious Artist Diploma course, working with the pianist Claire Désert. During this time, she has performed the Prokoviev Piano Concerto No. 2 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto, both with the Conservatoire’s Graduate Orchestra. Her playing has been profoundly inspired by the artistry of Jean-Claude Pennetier.

 

Particularly attuned to the music of our time, Maroussia is also a fervent adept of classical and romantic repertoire, and in particular the works of Robert Schumann. Her talents have been recognized and supported by the Zaleski Foundation, the SPEDIDAM, the L’Or du Rhin Foundation, and she has been a prize-winner at numerous international competitions, notably Ferruccio Busoni (Bolzano, Italy, 2010).


Equally at home as a chamber musician and as a soloist, she is regularly invited to major musical seasons and festivals throughout France, and performs often at Paris’ Salle Cortot and Cité de la Musique.

NATHANAEL GOUIN

2014 Scholarship Winner

« Tomorrow, Nathanaël Gouin will count as one of France’s great pianists…” (Culture Box)

 

Nathanaël Gouin is a versatile musician, equally at home performing as a soloist, in chamber ensembles, accompanying and coaching singers, and composing. Beginning piano and violin studies at the age of four, he was performing with Toulouse’s Chamber Orchestra by ten.

 

Nathanaël obtained his Master’s degree at the Paris Conservatoire in 2011 in Michel Béroff and Denis Pascal’s studio. He is now completing  the Artist Diploma Program there, with a special focus on the work of Maurice Ohana. In 2010, the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation awarded him a scholarship for a semester at New York’s Juilliard School.

 

Over the years, Nathanaël has perfected his artistry with Maria Joao Pires, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Menahem Pressler, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Elisso Wirssaladze, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Eric Le Sage, and Christophe Eschenbach.

 

As a chamber musician, Nathanaël has performed in the Séverac Duo (violin-piano) with Guillaume Chilemme, and as a member of the Werther Trio, which he co-founded. Both groups have won prestigious prizes in international competitions in Austria, Sweden, Barcelona, and Lyon. His chamber activities have led him to perform with Jean-Claude Pennetier, Claire Désert, and the Voce Quartet, to name but a few.

 

As a soloist, he has performed with Toulouse’s Orchestre National du Capitole and Mozart Orchestra, the South Bank Orchestra, and the Paris Conservatoire student orchestra.

Selected in 2011 for the Banque Populaire Young Performers Foundation’s prestigious program supporting promising artists, he is currently in residence at Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where he works closely with Maria Joao Pires.

HELENE TYSMAN

2014 Inauguration Recital Guest Artist

New York's 2012 IKIF First Prize

Hailed as "poetic" by The Daily Telegraph, praised for her Chopin interpretation which "mixed excitement with eloquence" by the Gramophone Chopin Express, French pianist Hélène Tysman first broke out onto the international music scene as a laureate of the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Hélène has been awarded First Prize in the European Darmstadt Chopin Piano Competition (Germany) and was prizewinner in England (Newport International Competition For Young Pianists), Germany (Nauen International Piano Competition), China (Hong-Kong International Piano Competition) and the U.S (Minneapolis International Piano -e-Competition). She is  a laureate of the Georges Cziffra Foundation (France) and the Chopin Foundation (Hanover).


Her Chopin interpretations have been acclaimed by critics and audiences all over the world and have led to the 2010 and 2013 of an all-Chopin recording for Oehms Classics.


Hélène Tysman won the First Prize at the 2012 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York and has been the inspiration and the catalyst of the creation of the French-American Piano Association and its related Piano Competition Grant.


Hélène Tysman Website