The Paris International Summer Sessions
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 interpreters 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, Sinopoli, Solti, Tennsted, Tilson-Thomas, Zinman.
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 has been 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 include the complete piano music from Debussy for the Japanese label 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's piano music. For the Japanese network NHK, he realized, in 2006, a series 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 Philharmonic for an extensive tour of England and Spain. He undertook three Japanese tours, including one with the Philarmonia with Esa-Peka Salonen, played in concert in Paris the complete works for piano from Debussy and Janacek, and two Prokofieff concerti with the Orchestre de Paris and Christophe Eschenbach.
He also toured extensively in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Korea and China.
A French-American pianist of Russian origin, Eugen Indjic began his study of the piano with Alexander Borovsky and later with Arthur Rubinstein, who remained a mentor and friend. Rubinstein considered Indjic “world-class pianist of rare musical and artistic perfection”.
He already performed on U.S national network television at age 11. “He plays Chopin as a Pole, Debussy as a Frenchman and Prokoviev as a Russian master” an early critic wrote.
At age 12, he made his first recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for RCA Victor on Rachmaninov’s own piano. Boston Symphony Orchestra's conductor Erich Leinsdorf invited him to play Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto in his senior year at the Phillips Andover Academy, making Indjic at age 18 the youngest pianist ever to have performed with that orchestra.
On his graduation from Harvard University, Indjic was called “an extraordinary pianist and musician” by conductor Leonard Bernstein. Russian pianist Emil Gilels called him “a unique and inspired artist”.
Prize-winner of three international contests - Warsaw (1970), Leeds (1972), and Rubinstein (1974) - Indjic has performed with the leading orchestras of the United States, Europe and Asia, and under such conductors as Solti, Bernstein, Leinsdorf, Sinopoli, Gergiev, Fedoseiev, and Zinman, among others.
He has played a series of special concerts in “Homage to Arthur Rubinstein” throughout the United States and Europe, and regularly performs in world capitals and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Scala, Musikverein, and Concertgebouw.
His present discography includes works of Debussy and Stravinsky for Sony, of Chopin for Claves Records, as well as Chopin, Schumann, Debussy for the Andante Spianato and DUX Labels.
In addition to performing, Eugen Indjic regularly teaches master classes in Europe, Japan and the Unites States, and is a frequent jury member of international competitions including the Chopin, Liszt Wroclaw, Rubinstein Tel Aviv, Prague Spring Festival, Lisbon Vianna Da Motta…
In 2010, he was named “artist-in-residence” at the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
MURRAY McLACHLAN - UNITED KINGDOM
Royal Northern College of Music - Chetham's School of Music, Manchester
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'Murray McLachlan is a pianist with a virtuoso technique and a sure sense of line. His timing and phrasing are impeccable, and his tone-full but unforced in the powerful passages, gentle and restrained in the more lyrical- is a perpetual delight' (BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE)
Since making his professional debut in 1986 at the age of 21 under the baton of Sir Alexander Gibson, Murray McLachlan has consistently received outstanding critical acclaim. Educated at Chetham's School of Music and Cambridge University, his mentors included Ronald Stevenson, David Hartigan, Ryszard Bakst, Peter Katin and Norma Fisher.
His recording career began in 1988 and immediately attracted international attention. Recordings of contemporary music have won numerous accolades. McLachlan's discography now includes over forty commercial recordings. His most recent releases feature British Music: In 2020 he recorded for Naxos the complete piano music of Edward Gregson and in 2019, for SOMM, the Ruth Gipps Piano Concerto with the RLPO. Both issues have received international critical acclaim and been broadcast several times on BBC Radio Three.
McLachlan's repertoire includes over 40 concertos and 25 recital programmes. He has performed the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle seven times, as well as the complete piano music of Brahms. He has given first performances of works by many composers, including Martin Butler, Ronald Stevenson, Charles Camilleri, Michael Parkin and even Beethoven! He has appeared as soloist with most of the leading UK orchestras. His recognition has been far-reaching, bringing invitations to perform on all five continents. At the same time, he continues to give numerous concerts and master classes in the UK.
McLachlan teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music and at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester where he has been Head of Keyboard since 1997. He is the founder of the Manchester International Concerto competition for young pianists as well as the Founder/Artistic Director of the world famous Chetham's International Summer school and festival for Pianists, Europe's largest summer school devoted exclusively to the piano.
As a teacher McLachlan continues to be very busy and in demand. Many of his students have won prizes in competitions and continued with their own successful careers as performers.
Murray McLachlan is past editor of the two EPTA (European Piano Teachers' Association) magazines 'Piano Journal' and 'Piano Professional'. Having been chair of EPTA since 2007, in 2021 he was made Vice President. In 2013 the University of Dundee awarded him an honorary doctorate for outstanding services to music. As well as performing and teaching, he is well known internationally for his numerous articles on Piano technique and repertoire. This includes extended columns which have appeared in 'International Piano' 'Pianist' and 'Piano' Magazines. His three books on piano playing 'Foundations of technique', 'Piano Technique in Practice' and 'The Psychology of Piano Technique' have been widely distributed and are published by Faber Music.
MARINA SCALAFIOTTI - ITALY
Conservatorio di musica "G. Verdi", Torino
Marina Scalafiotti is an accomplished Italian concert pianist whose career spans nearly four
Her expertise in both piano and harpsichord ranges from baroque to contemporary music. Having spent the earlier part of her career studying and performing with talented musicians from all over the world, she has since shifted her focus to the field of music education.
Scalafiotti’s virtuosity and talent for musical interpretation make her exceptionally suited to passing on her knowledge of music to others.
Marina Scalafiotti started studying the piano under Amelia Careggio at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” in Turin. After having obtained her diploma summa cum laude, she continued her piano education under Orazio Frugoni. She also studied Chamber Music with the Trio di Trieste, and the harpsichord under Giorgio Tabacco. During these years, Scalafiotti won several important prizes in piano competitions, such first prizes at the International Piano Competition of Stresa in 1981 and the Piano Competition of Treviso in 1992. She was also the recipient of the Spedidam Prize at the Concours International de Musique Contemporaine of Orléans in 2002.
As a result of her numerous accolades, Scalafiotti was offered a scholarship from the Fondazione Romanini of Brescia, allowing her to further advance her studies under Alexis Weissenberg, Maria Golia, Lazar Berman, Boris Petrushansky and Boris Bloch. In 1995, with support from the De Sono Association, she went to Paris to study under Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri – a former pupil of Claudio Arrau – at the École Normale de Musique de Paris “Alfred Cortot”.
Scalafiotti’s career progressed quickly and she has played in many prestigious concert halls as well as in various other venues
across Europe and Latin America.
She has played with several renowned conductors and performed chamber music alongside Philippe Entremont, Ervin Schiffer, Katie Sebestyen, Ran Varon, ...
Many of her performances have been recorded by national radio and television stations, such as Radio Rai, Radio France, Bayerischer Rundfunk, RTBF, RAI, Classica, and Arte.
Nowadays, Marina Scalafiotti is often invited to teach master classes around the world, and
regularly asked to be part of the jury in various piano competitions. Since 2006, Scalafiotti
has been a faculty member of the ICPA (International Certificate for Piano Artist), a project by
the Fondation Bell'Arte.
She is actively committed to promote the love for classical piano playing amongst all generations and does this through organizing cultural events and concerts, as well as the international piano competition “Maria Golia” and the online publishing of numerous piano masterclass videos for “telemasterclass” which she founded in 2020 to address the teaching challenges during the pandemic.
Scalafiotti currently teaches at her alma mater, the Music Conservatory of Turin.
For the past twenty years, Scalafiotti has also headed the Cartesia foundation, which organizes
musical and cultural events in the province of Turin.
PIOTR FOLKERT - POLAND/USA
Piotr Folkert received his Master's degree from The Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland.
After winning several competitions for young pianists, he continued his studies at Yale University in New Haven, Indiana University in Bloomington and The Mannes College of Music in New York City. Mr. Folkert has worked with such distinguished musicians as Professor Andrzej Jasinski, Grant Johannesen, Richard Goode, Oxana Yablonskaya, Murray Perahia.
He 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 is a winner of The Annual Young Artist International Piano Award in New York (1995), The International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanisetta, Italy (1990) among others. He has participated in numerous festivals including The Flaine Music Festival (France), The Summit Music Festival (New York), The Guelph Spring Festival (Canada), Burg Music Festival (Berlin), The Music Festival of Baltic Countries (Poland), Kun-Ming Festival (China).
He was bestowed the honor of performing a special recital for the King of Malaysia at the Royal Palace in Kuala Lumpur. 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".
Concert tours including recitals and concert appearances with orchestras brought Piotr Folkert to the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, New Zealand, Russia, UAE, Turkey, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.
Mr.Folkert has recorded many recitals for radio and television around the world. In addition, Mr. Folkert has recorded solo and chamber music for European and American labels including: Arti, Zuk, Sanibel and Dux. Upcoming releases include solo album with music of F. Chopin (Ballades) and "Piano Concertos" with String Orchestra (Henryk M. Gorecki, Morton Gould and Malcolm Williamson).
Mr. Folkert is on the International Roster of Steinway Artists.
ANAIT KARPOVA - Russia
Académie intercommunale de
Anait Karpova studied piano at the Gnessin School of Moscow with professor Anna Arzamanova, then joined the class of professor Victor Merzhanov at the P. Tchaïkovsky Conservatory of Moscow where she graduated with honours.
She then pursued her studies at the Brussels Conservatory from which she graduated with Great Distinction in 2002, specializing in chamber music and as a soloist, under the tutorship of Viviane Spanoghe and Daniel Blumenthal.
Throughout and after her studies, Anait ’s success was unanimous in National and International competitions: the Slovconcert Prize for the Hummel Competition (Bratislava 1996); Best Student of the Year prize at the Yamaha European Musical Foundation (1999); Grand Prize and Special Prize for Médoc Aquitaine Mérignac Competition (2003); Second Prize at Brest International Competition (2004), Grand Prize at the Catania International Rachmaninov Festival (Sicily 2005).
Since 2002, Anait Karpova has been a soloist in the Philharmonic Society of Moscow, and performs in most concert halls of Moscow, Saint Petersburg and other russian cities. She gives recitals on a regular basis in Belgium (Wallonia Festival, Midis-Minimes Festival, Summer Mosan Festival) but also in the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, France and USA, and plays with various symphony orchestras: in Russia (Moscow), Slovaquia (Bratislava), France (Mérignac, Saint-Emilion).
In 2009, her CD recording of Fuga Libera, a world premiere, by L. Polovinkin, received excellent reviews in Diapason Magazine, Sept 2009. Anait has worked in close collaboration with numerous distinguished vocal artists such as Elena Okolysheva (Mezzo-soprano, soloist at Bolshoy Theatre), has accompanied for recitals of Laura Claycomb, Irina Samilova (Soloist at Bolshoy and La Monnaie) and Jodie Devos .
Anait is also a member of contrasted chamber ensembles such as Het Rode Pomp, specialized in contemporary music; the Krocus Trio, formed in 2011 with Marie-Noëlle de Callataÿ and Sophie de Tillesse, and forms a piano trio with Viviane Spanoghe (cello) and Alexei Moshkov (violin) since 2012. She also used to perform on a regular base with André De Groote.
Anait was part of the "The International Certificate for Piano Artists" program, under the supervision of Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri and Philippe Entremont, while teaching at the Intercommunal Academy of Court-Saint-Etienne and Ottignies.
She has been invited as guest teacher for the annual piano masterclasses MusicA in Braine-l’Alleud, the Paris International Summer Sessions and the Summer Academy of Mérignac, France.
ELODIE VIGNON - FRANCE
Ecole "En blanc et noir", Brussels
After the classical studies in Lyon (Conservatoire Régional de Lyon), Vignon obtained the
Gold Medal in 2001.
She moved to Brussels to study with Daniel Blumenthal (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels). Consequently, Elodie was invited by many music festivals through Europe, and studied intensely with Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri,an exceptional artist who inherited from his masters Claudio Arrau and Georges Cziffra a deep knowledge of the repertoire, great pedagogical skill and unusual generosity.
As an artist in residence of the Bell’Arte Foundation, created by Nelson Delle-
Vigne Fabbri, for 12 years, Elodie Vignon enjoys an extending of her activity as a soloist and chamber
music in both Europe and the USA.
Mrs. Vignon has played as a soloist and under the direction of such distinguished conductors as Ramon Tebar or Philippe Entremont. As a member of the Trio Khnopff, she has been invited to the famous Rencontres Inattendues de Tournai in August 21, to play Olivier Messiaen's « Quatuor pour la fin du temps », with clarinetist Charles Michiels.
As chambrist and soloist, Elodie tries to keep an artistic coherence in creating programs for concerts or for
recordings. Her Debussy album was awarded as part of Debussy Best Performers by the german Pianist Magazine
and obtained 4 stars in the french magazine Classica. She then recorded works by Henry Dutilleux and a commission of Claude Ledoux.
After being nominated for « Les Octaves de la musique », she won the « Octave Point Culture » for this CD. Her third album "Dans l'air du soir" gathers works by Albeniz and Liszt and has been released in November 2021.
The album with the french contralto Sarah Laulan, will follow during the spring 2022.
ALLAN DUARTE MANHAS - BRAZIL/GERMANY
Music Academy "Fanny-Hensel", Music Academy "Leo-Kestenberg", Berlin
Allan Duarte Manhas is an award-winning pianist.
Born in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, he has been performing in traditional concert halls such as Curt-Sachs-Saal (Berlin), Museum Scriabin (Moscow), Chopin's House (Poland), Kravis-Center (West Palm Beach), Chopin Cell (Valldemossa-Mallorca Monastery), Georg-Friedrich-Haendel-Halle and birthplace-museums Haendel House (Halle) and Mendelssohn’s House (Leipzig).
As principal conductor and assistant, he conducted concerts and operas in the Nikolaisaal in Potsdam and the Berlin Philharmonic.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree with honours from the São Paulo University (studio Prof. Fernando Corvisier).
After short interchange studies in Ukraine, he transferred to Germany and earned a Master’s Degree and soloist diploma (Konzertexamen), from the Martin-Luther University in Halle (studio Prof. Marco Antonio de Almeida). After that, he perfected an artistic program at the Fondation Bell'Arte, in Belgium (Prof. Nelson Delle-Vigne, École Normale).
He has received invaluable musical impulses in numerous Masterclasses with artists such as Lilya Zilberstein, Pascal Devoyon, John Perry, Boris Berman, Josep Colom, Jerome Lowenthal, Michel Beroff, Bruno Rigutto and Paul Badura-Skoda.
He has performed with traditional orchestras, such as the Halle State Orchestra, West Palm Beach Atlantic University Orchestra, Halle Academic Orchestra, University of Londrina Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Allan Duarte Manhas was a piano instructor at Martin-Luther University in Halle between 2011 and 2016.
Based in Berlin, he works at the state music schools Fanny Hensel (Central) and Leo Kestenberg (Schöneberg).
Since 2020 he is the director of the Keyboard Department at Music School Giessen (Hessen).
JULIEN LIBEER - Belgium
LUCA School of the Arts, Leuven
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Born in 1987 near Brussels, Belgium, Julien Libeer took up the piano at age six.
For five decisive years, French-Polish pedagogue Jean Fassina was the patient, demanding, wise teacher that any aspiring musician should have the chance to encounter. This experience was followed by the equally intense collaboration with Maria João Pires at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, whose advice and support strongly influenced Julien's views over the last few years.
Julien has performed worldwide as a soloist of important orchestras.
An accomplished chamber musician, he works on a regular basis with Augustin Dumay, Camille Thomas, Frank Braley, Maria João Pires and Lorenzo Gatto, with whom he has performed the complete Beethoven violin sonatas over several seasons (at venues including Wigmore Hall, Louvre and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam). Highlights of last seasons have included invitations of the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wigmore Hall, Flagey (Brussels) and the Steinway International Concert Series (Cardiff). He was a guest at the Enescu Festival, the Beirut Chants Festival, the Miami International Piano Festival and has performed chamber music concerts at De Doelen (Rotterdam), the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Charleroi) and the Théâtre des Abesses (Paris).
Other recent highlights include the completion of Julien's complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas recording with Lorenzo Gatto (Alpha Classics), which won the Diapason d'or de l'Année 2016; his debut concerto album featuring Lipatti's Concertino for piano and orchestra and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, KV 595 (Les Métamorphoses Orchestra and conductor Raphaël Feye, on Evil Penguin Records). In addition, he was the recipient of an Echo Klassik Award in 2017 for his album with cellist Camille Thomas. Julien has then moved on to sign with Harmonia Mundi International, releasing an adventurous Bach-Bartók in 2020, followed in 2022 by A Well-tempered Conversation, a conceptual take on Bach's iconic Well-Tempered Keyboard.
Julien Libeer has studied with Daniel Blumenthal (Royal Conservatory of Brussels), Jean Fassina (Paris) and Maria João Pires, and is an associate artist of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where he also specialized in chamber music with the members of the Artemis Quartet. Furthermore, he has received the advice of Dmitry Bashkirov, Alfred Brendel, Nelson Delle Vigne-Fabbri, Jura Margulis and Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet).
Beyond concertizing, Julien is driven to initiate or collaborate in projects which are rooted in the idea that music, far beyond its esthetic value, can be a force of change for anyone willing to listen. Amongst these projects was Julien hosting a Belgian TV series, that made a case for musical storytelling. He furthermore hosts the Salon Libeer concert series at the Bruges Concertgebouw, in which he joins a fellow musician and a speaker (e.g. philosopher, historian, author), as well as the lecture series Dead or Alive, a philosophical exploration of the shifts in classical music making (in collaboration with LUCA School of Arts and the Catholic University of Leuven.
The Italian virtuoso Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri was born in Argentina. 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, as founder and president of the Fondation Bell'Arte, is 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.
He's the founder and artistic director of The International Certificate for Piano Artists, a pedagogical programme in collaboration with many international institutions with sessions in the U.S., Russia, Italy, Lithuania, Taiwan, Spain, Poland, the Philippines, etc.
After Philippe Entremont's 10-years' presidency, this programme is currently placed under the presidency of Belgian composer Jean Kluger. Jerome Lowenthal is its vice-president, that was preceeded by France Clidat and Lazar Berman.
Nelson Delle-Vigne is the director of the present Summer course.