The Paris International Summer Sessions
Bruno Rigutto studied the piano in CNSM of Paris in the class of Lucette Descaves, chamber music with Jean Hubeau, composition and direction of orchestra.
He also had the chance to be, during ten years, one of the rare adherents of Samson François.
Laureate of Competitions Margaret Long in Paris and Tchaikowsky in Moscow, Bruno Rigutto started very early his international career, invited by most important conductors: C.M. Giulini, L. Maazel, G. Prêtre, S. Skrowaczewski, K. Masur, S. Macal, S. Baudo, etc.
He is also the soloist of prestigious orchestras such as Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Orchestra of Cleveland, the Orchestra of Paris, Royal Liverpool Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK of Tokyo, orchestra of the Santa Caecilia of Rome, orchestras of Barcelona, Madrid, Leningrad, Monte Carlo, the Orchestra of Foundation Gulbenkian, etc.
Bruno Rigutto dedicates himself, moreover, to the chamber music, through which he scoops out the substance of his researches.
His partners are Isaac Stern, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Pierre Amoyal, Raphaël Oleg, Patrice Fontanarosa, Brigitte Engerer, Olivier Charlier, Barbara Hendricks, Michel Portal, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Arto Noras, Yo Yo Ma, etc. His discography is important.
He recorded for Decca, EMI, Forlane, Denon, Lyrinx, and got several Grand Prizes of the Disc. Conductor since 1984, Bruno Rigutto also composed several musics of stages and of films.
He teaches in CNSM of Paris where he succeeded Aldo Ciccolini. He also teaches in the Ecole Normale of Paris, and offen in masterclasses in Japan an Korea.
Jacques Lagarde graduated from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and has also a Masters degree in Musicology and in Arts and Letters.
During his career he performed with major orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, the chamber orchestra of Salzburg, the orchestra of the ORTF, … in prestigious concert halls as Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, Salle Pleyel, …
In 1997, he founds the International Piano Competition "Francis Poulenc ".
Currently, he dedicates his major time to teaching the new generation. He's on the faculty of the Ecole Normale de Musique and is the president of its Teachers' Association. He has also been on the faculty of the University of Paris 8.
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.
Piotr Folkert is widely regarded as one of the most gifted and sensitive pianists performing today.
His "stellar technique and insightful interpretations" have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his orchestral engagements or his growing catalogue of recordings. His broad repertoire ranges from music of the Baroque period to new works of contemporary composers, with some especially commissioned and written for him. His performing schedule regularly takes him to the great concert stages of North America and has been highlighted by frequent engagements at the Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has appeared in cultural capitols of Europe, Australia, Americas and Far East.
Mr. Folkert has recorded many recitals for radio and television around the world, including a live performance on New York's WNYC and WQXR Radio Stations, Washington's "Performance Today" on National Public Radio, Dublin's RTE Radio, Polish Radio and Television, and a live recording from Ongakonotomo Hall in Tokyo among others. During the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta his performance and musical tribute to Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and the Olympic Committee at Spivey Hall was broadcast nationwide on NPR's "Performance Today".
Mr. Folkert is on the International Roster of Steinway Artists.
Born in Palma de Mallorca, Miquel Estelrich Serralta is one of the most significant pianists of the Balearic Islands.
He started his music studies in the Conservatorio de Baleares, graduating afterwards from the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia. His teachers have been Joan Moll, Bartomeu Jaume and Perfecto García Chornet. He has also followed master clasess with Manuel Carra, Ramón Coll, Paul Badura Skoda, Emilio Muriscot and Miguel Zanetti.
Miquel Estelrich has performed in recital or as orchestra soloist in the main cities of the European continent, with orchestras such as Orquesta Ciudad de Palma, Orquestra Simfònica de Balears, Grup Instrumental de València, Orquesta de Cannes, Orquesta de Marburg, etc, in prestigious concert halls (Palau de la Música de Valencia, Festival Chopin de Valldemossa, Festival de Pollensa, Fundación Botín de Santander, Zaragoza, Madrid, Barcelona). His performances have been broadcasted in France, Japan, Great-Britain, U.S.A. etc.
He's the official pianist of the Orquestra Simfònica de Balears since its creation in 1989; Miquel Estelrich is also the founder of the Trio de Mallorca. Involved in recovering and protection of Mallorca's composers, he has received in 1987 the National Award from the Minister of culture.
Miquel Estelrich is the chairman of the piano department and founder of the Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears (director from 2001 thru 2006). He's doctor of the University of Mallorca
Pianist and harpsichordist, Paola del Giudice graduated with top marks from the "G. Nicolini" Conservatory in Piacenza, in piano under the guidance of Olga Scevkenov and in haprsichord under Mariolina Porrà.
She then perfectioned piano with the maestros: V. Vitale, M. Tipo, A. Ballista, B. Canino1 and chamber music with maestro Piero Guarino as well as at the Chigiana Academy in Siena with the duo Gulli-Cavallo.
Winner of many national and international Competitions, she performed alongside illustrious artists in Italy and abroad: Valli Theatre in Reggio Emilia, Municipal Theatre in Piacenza, Bonci Theatre in Cesena, Regio Theatre in Parma, "Rosetum" Theatre in Milano, Stadttheater in Konstanz, Concert Hall in Losanna… As a pianist and harpsichordist she collaborated with Symphonic Orchestras such as the "Toscanini" Foundation Symphonic Orchestra in Parma, the "OFI" in Piacenza, the "Barocco Veneziano" Ensemble and the Camerata Opera Ensemble under conductors M° Neuhold, M° Garbarino and M° Gavazzeni.
With the above mentioned orchestras she toured in Germany, Austria, Sweden, France and Japan at prestigious halls such as the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Konzerthaus in Vienna... She has been an accompanist pianist and teaching assistent at numerous perfection courses.
Paola de Giudice performed premieres regularly contemporary music, some of them dedicated to her, and she recorded under labels as Fonit Cetra, Rusty Records and Mondo Musica.
A CD of Antionio Lolli's works for violin and harpsichord under the label Dynamic (at the violin: Luca Fanfoni has recently been released.
For a few years now she dedicated herself to the fortepiano repertoire both as a solist and in chamber formations.
Alongside her concert activity she has an intense didactic activity and many of her students have been awarded in national and international competitions.
Paola del Giudice teaches piano at the "Nicolini" Conservatorium in Piacenza.
Praised for her "a part of the wave of new pianists with an ability to act the part of a star" (Suburban Chicago News), pianist Kyung-Ah Kim has won numerous competition awards including the USA Beethoven Competition, the Leos Janacek International Competition, the Sorantin International Competition, the St. Charles International Competition and many others.
Since she has been selected as the 2013 artist in Seoul Arts Center, she has given many concerts.
Kyung-Ah Kim has toured for many recitals, concerts, and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
She has collaborated with leading conductors such as John Williams, James Orent, Petr Atrichter and has performed with orchestras including Boston Pops Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, NEC Philharmonic Orchestra, BU Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmomic Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra and Kyunggi Philharmonic Orchestra among others.
She received Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory, and DMA from Boston University, studying with Russell Sherman, Wha Kyung Byun, and Boaz Sharon.
She is currently teaching at Seoul National University.
Chiara Cipelli graduated with Highest Honours from the Conservatory "G.Nicolini", Piacenza,under the guidance of Lucia Romanini and from Musikhochschule Freiburg i. Br. where she studied with James Avery and Chamber Music with Felix Gottlieb. She continued her studies with Nelson Delle Vigne Fabbri at "Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot"(Paris) where she awarded the scholarship "A.Roussel" and holds the "Diplome Superieur de Piano".
She was prize winner of many national and international competitions (Coppa Pianisti d'Italia-Osimo, Rassegna Kawai-Como, Premio Carlo Soliva, Casale Monferrato, Pavia Piano Competition, Premio Città di Pisa, Premio Città di Cesenatico, International Piano Competition "Città di Pietra Ligure, International Piano Competition Fausto Zadra...)
Ms. Cipelli was invited to perform in many concert halls in Italy and abroad (Taiwan, France, USA, Belgium, Germany,Canada ...) receiving outstanding reviews. As solo she has performed with the Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra and the TNSO and collaborated with the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana,Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali of Miland and Gruppo Strumentale Ciampi, playing with conductors Amedeo Monetti, Fabrizio Dorsi, Ramon Tebar, Lee-Hsih Wen,etc.
Ms. Cipelli is currently Professor of Piano at the Scuola Civica di Musica "C. Monteverdi" in Cremona and the Istituto Superiore Studi Musicali "A. Peri" Reggio Emilia and holds Masterclasses in Italy,Spain,France and Belgium.
The Italian virtuoso Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri was born in Argentina, where he was instructed by Magda Tagliaferro, Gyorgy Cziffra and Claudio Arrau.
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.
Teaching at the Ecole Normale "Alfred Cortot" in Paris during 40 years, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri was also appointed professor extraordinaire at the Chapelle Musicale "Reine Elisabeth" in Belgium and Honorary Professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida, USA.
He gives regularly master classes in France, China, Lithuania, Russia, Taiwan, Canada, USA, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, South Korea, etc.
Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri 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, LyricA Braine l'Alleud 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 (http://www.internationalcertificate.org), a pedagogical programme in collaboration with many international institutions with sessions in the U.S., Russia, Italy, Lithuania, Taiwan, Spain, Poland, ...
After Philippe Entremont's 10-years' presidency, the programme is currently placed under the presidency of Belgian composer Jean Kluger. Jerome Lowenthal is its vice-president.
Nelson Delle-Vigne is the director of the present Summer course.
Marilyn Mims' performed over a hundred performances of seven major roles at the Metropolitan Opera (Violetta, Fiordiligi, Konstanze, Gilda, Lucia, Rosalinde, and Donna Anna) including two live Saturday afternoon broadcasts as Violetta and Fiordiligi.
She has performed with nationally and internationally acclaimed conductors and stage directors including James Levine, Carlos Kleiber, Nello Santi, and Franco Zefferelli.
Mims' career as a professional operatic soprano included appearances in the most prestigious opera houses and with orchestras spanning five continents. Her performance on the Metropolitan Opera's recording of Wagner's Die Walküre earned her a "Grammy" Award.
She joined the Music Faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2001 as Vocal Artist in Residence where she teaches voice and directs the Opera Workshop. Her professional students have sung with New York City Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Kentucky Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Glyndebourne, and other major houses throughout the world.
She has judged numerous vocal competitions and been a featured Master Class presenter and judge for the Classical Singer Convention.
In 2014 Marilyn Mims was named a master teacher for the 2015 National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program.
Margarida Codina Natividade studied at the National Conservatorio of Lisbon, the Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She also worked with Elena Dumitrescu-Nentwig (Brussels), Vera Rosza (London) and David Jones (New York).
She then joined the Studio-Opera of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Bruxelles (Despina - "Cosi' fan tutte" and Pamina - Die Zauberflöte). She will be committed by La Monnaie, the Vienna Festwochen, the Berlin Hebbeltheater and the Zurich Theater Spektakel.
The contemporary music will also figure in her repertoire (Raymond Quenau, Samir Bendimered...) Margarida Natividade's voice is also perfect for ancient and baroc music. She will be Belinda ("Dido and Aeneas" - H. Purcell) and will be the soloist of the Concertus Antiquus and the Quarteto Renascentista of Lisbon as well as in certain oratorios (Albinoni, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Händel, J.S. Bach).
She performs regularly in Portugal, Tunisia, France, the Netherlands, Germany,... and rmade several recordings.
Margarida Codina Natividade teaches at the "Escola Superior de Mùsica de Catalunya" (Barcelona) and teaches master classes all over Europe.
Lloyd Mims is Dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Dr. Mims has sung numerous recitals and performed roles with Kentucky Opera and Mobile Opera, sung solo performances with Ballet Florida, the Louisville Chorus, the Louisville Orchestra the Louisville Bach Society, the Asunción National Philharmonic (Paraguay), The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches, and the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches.
He recently completed an eight years term on the Board of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as national Secretary-Treasurer. He has hosted numerous NATS events and chaired several national committees.
He has judged numerous regional and state vocal festivals as well as Classical Singer Convention competitions. Lloyd Mims has been a guest choral conductor in Germany, France, and the Southeastern United States.
He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.