Nov. 6th 2011
A “brilliant and intense” young pianist “with a profound love and understanding of music,” Christopher Falzone has received critical acclaim and numerous national and international awards including the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Award from the Davidson Institute “to recognize the musical genius’ life-work.” He is an outstanding Winner (Grand Prix Blanche Selva and Laureate of the Dimitri Shostakovich special distinction Prize) of the International Piano Competition of Orléans (2010), Martha Argerich 2009: « Les Virtuoses du Futur » in Switzerland; Russian Music in California, just to name a few.
He has frequently appeared on television and radio programs nationally and abroad, as well as having been an artist-in-residence on numerous occasions. Known as an improvising-composing child-prodigy at age six, Christopher also made his solo debut on Vladimir Horowitz’s legendary “Steinway” piano.
His orchestral debut in Los Angeles occurred when he was eight with Disney’s Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, astonishing all who heard him – in person or on national television – with his extraordinary performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Two years later, he returned at the Hollywood Bowl with Rachmaninoff Concerto No.2, and since then he has been hailed as one of the premiere young pianists of today, pursuing a strenuous performance schedule as a solo recitalist, orchestral soloist, chamber ensemble player and composer-improviser.
In 2011, two world-premieres highlighted commissions by the Gilmore Festival and the Orleans International Competition. They were Yevgeniy Sharlat’s Sonata (2008) and Martin Matalon’s …Del Color a la Materia… premiered with Les Percussions de Strasbourg and performed at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, Théâtre d’Orléans, and Martha Argerich’s Project in Lugano Festival.
Mr. Falzone is graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with the Festorazzi Prize in piano performance, where he studied for five years with Leon Fleisher and Claude Frank and with Gary Graffman.
Flyer : Matinée Christopher Falzone
Jan. 15th 2012
Guillaume Masson was born in 1987 and started playing the piano in Orléans where he studied with Daniel Benzakoun. He received his first prize there in 2003 and won first regional prize in Tours in 2004. In 2005, he was accepted into the Paris Conservatory ( CNSM ) as part of Georges Pludermacher’s class, and later Michel Beroff’s class. He has had the opportunity of working with Claire Desert, François-Frédéric Guy and Denis Pascal. He got his Masters degree in June of 2010. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Christopher Elton.
As part of the classes and master classes that he has taken, he has also worked with Françoise Thinat, Jacques Rouvier, Olivier Gardon, Henri Barda, Edson Elias, Cyril Huvé, Dominique Merlet and Pascal Devoyon.
He won his first contest in 2000 – in Sucy/Brie – under the young talents category. In 2002, he played his first orchestral concert, Beethoven’s 3rd Concerto, with the Munster Orchestra of Germany. His repertoire ranges from classical to modern-day music. In March 2010, he also won first prize in the contemporary music contest, “the Else Cross Modern Piano Prize ” in London. His passion for Chopin also led him to enter the 16th International Frédéric Chopin Competition held in Warsaw ( October 2010 )where he went up to the secound round in the final step of this famous piano competition.
In November 2010 and July 2011, he performed in South Korea and Japan ( notably at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo ). He also performed in various music events in France, such as the Lisztomanias, the 2011 Young Talents Festival in Loudun, the 2011 Young Virtuoso Concert in Dinard.
In August 2011, he recorded and performed his first CD in which he plays works of Chopin, Mozart, Debussy and Ravel (CD available from : firstname.lastname@example.org).
In 2012, in march, he is laureate of the International Piano Campus Competition in Cergy Pontoise and also in June laureate of the 8th International Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in Gaillard ( third prize).In july, he performed to William Kapell international Piano Competition ( University of Maryland)
Apart from his classical repertoire, he shows a keen interest in jazz and likes to make a transcription of the most famous melodies. He does the same for orchestral music drawn from films.
April 1st 2012
HYO JOO LEE
Born in 1985 in Seoul in South Korea, Hyo-Joo Lee started playing the piano when she was six and then follolled the classes of Semi-Kyung Kim and Jin-Woo Chung in the secondary school of Arts “Ye Won”. She won several piano competitions in Korea. In 1999, at thirteen years, she obtained the first price of the International Competition of Cincinnati in the United States. In 2000, she won the first price of the International Competition Chopin for the young pianists in Moscow.
In January 2001, she obtained the Best Price of the International Competition Chopin in Japan. On the same year, she is the winner of the International Competition of Piano of Shanghai in China and is pointed out by the director of the Festival of Auvers-on-Oise who immediately invited for the next season. Hyo Joo Lee gives recitals in Japan, Russia, Poland, Republic Czech, Austria, France, Holland and in Korea. She plays with national and international orchestras such as Korean Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian Youth Orchestra, and the Mozart Symphony Orchestra.
In September 2002, she attended the class of Theodor Paraskivesko in the Higher National Conservatory of Music of Paris and then Jacques Rouvier class in 2003. In March 2003, she won the Gold Piano Campus trophy in Piano Campus – Pontoise, European Days of Piano. In August 2003, she took part in “the Night of the Piano “in the Estival Festival of Annecy where she was very successful. In 2004, the Festival of Auvers-on-Oise – within the framework of its mission of helping to the scenic career and discographic of young artists – invites her to play and proposes her to produce her first CD devoted to the “14 Waltz” of Frederic Chopin.
Hyo Joo Lee gives recitals in Japan, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, France, Holland and in Korea. She plays with national and international orchestras such as the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian Youth Orchestra, and the Mozart Symphony Orchestra.
June 10th 2012
Née à Marseille, le 13 septembre 1987, Justine Leroux commence simultanément le piano et la flûte traversière à l’âge de neuf ans au CRD de Bourg-la-Reine/Sceaux.
Justine Leroux doit une grande partie de son orientation musicale au Centre Acanthes où le dialogue avec les compositeurs et interprètes d’aujourd’hui a nourri sa sensibilité et sa réflexion (Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, R. Muraro, C. Helffer, I. Pace, S. Mauser, …). A la suite de sa rencontre avec Claude Helffer, Justine Leroux suit régulièrement ses cours à Paris en 2003 et 2004. Son goût pour la musique contemporaine s’affirme.
En 2005, après l’obtention de son baccalauréat scientifique (Lycée Lakanal à Sceaux) et, de son diplôme d’études musicales, (CRD de Bourg- la -Reine/Sceaux), elle s’immerge plus exclusivement dans le travail pianistique et suit pendant deux ans la classe de perfectionnement de Jean-Claude Henriot au CRD d’Evry.
Elle est admise dans le cycle « Jeunes solistes » que Roger Muraro a initié au CNR de Reims, puis en septembre 2006, à l’unanimité, au CNSMD de Lyon dans la classe de Géry Moutier et Hélène Bouchez.
Elle obtient en 2007 une Mention au Concours International de Piano Contemporain Olivier Messiaen.
Justine Leroux poursuit ensuite ses études en Master au CNSMD de Lyon dans la classe de Florent Boffard et Svetlana Eganian, au cours duquel elle interprète de mémoire l’intégrale des Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus d’Olivier Messiaen au théâtre Kantor de l’ENS de Lyon. Elle a également l’occasion de réaliser plusieurs créations du compositeur mexicain Victor Ibarra.
En 2012, Justine Leroux obtient le prix Palazzetto Bru-Zane pour son interprétation d’une œuvre de musique française au 10e Concours International d’Orléans.