Sunday 19th September at 17 h at the château

Pascal AMOYEL, piano

Having won a Victoire de la Musique in 2005 in the category “Instrumental soloist: revelation of the year”, in 2010 Pascal Amoyel was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque by Warsaw’s prestigious Fryderyk Chopin Society for his complete recording of Chopin’s Nocturnes, a distinction previously accorded to the cycles by Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire. The magazine Classica described the recording as a “miracle of a kind one no longer dared to hope for, which one listens to open-mouthed at so much beauty”. His interpretation of Liszt’s Les Funérailles has also been hailed as one of the all-time key performances, while his Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses was chosen as one of the five best recordings of 2007 by the Arte TV channel.

Soon after he began to study piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, aged 10, Pascal Amoyel was spotted by Georges Cziffra, with whom he studied in France and Hungary. At the age of 17, after a scientific Baccalauréat, he decided to devote himself entirely to music. He received a performance degree from the Ecole Normale de Paris, won first prizes in piano and chamber music from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, became a Laureate of the Menuhin and Cziffra foundations, then won first prize at the Paris International Competition for Young Pianists.

So began an international career that has seen him perform at the most prestigious venues: the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Cité de la Musique and Salle Pleyel in Paris, as well as in the United States, Canada, Russia, China, Korea and so on.

His recordings, as a solo performer and with the cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand, have won the highest accolades: an Editor’s Choice from Gramophone, a Cannes Classical Award, an “ffff” from Télérama, a Diapason d’Or of the year, a “Choc” from Le Monde de la Musique, a 10 from Classica, and a “Bestenliste” award from the German Record Critics’ Award.

As a composer, Pascal Amoyel is a Laureate of the Fondation Banque Populaire. His compositions include the cycle Job, ou Dieu dans la tourmente and Lettre à la femme aimée au sujet de la mort (on poems by Jean-Pierre Siméon). He is also involved in creating new kinds of concert: his stage show Block 15, ou la musique en résistance, directed by Jean Piat, was highliy successful and was adapted for France Télévisions. He also devised Le pianiste aux 50 doigts and Le jour où j’ai rencontré Franz Liszt (directed by Christian Froment), which played to full houses at the Avignon Festival and for a run of several months at the Théâtre Le Ranelagh in Paris. Most recently he devised the family show Une petite histoire de la grande musique.

As professor of piano and improvisation at the Regional Conservatoire of Rueil-Malmaison, he created the Juniors Festival, in which the actors are children, including some with disabilities. He directs the Notes d’Automne festival, which he also founded, and has sponsored over forty premieres (with Jean-Pierre Marielle, Barbara Hendricks, Natalie Dessay, Richard Bohringer and others). He is also artistic advisor to the Estival de la Bâtie d’Urfé. He is the author of Si la musique t’était contée (published by bleu nuit), and produced a series of broadcasts on France Culture entitled “A history of music”. He has received the Arts-Deux Magots first prize in recognition of “a musician with qualities of openness and generosity” and the International League against Racism and Antisemitism’s Prix Jean-Pierre Bloch for “his work’s relevance to human rights”. He is a patron of the APTE (Autism, Piano and Educational Therapy) organisation, which provides music teaching to autistic children.

Pascal Amoyel has been appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

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Emmanuelle BERTRAND, cello

By her own admission, Emmanuelle Bertrand is not one of those ‘competition junkies’ who are addicted to the pursuit of international prizes. All the same, she does hold diplomas from the Paris and Lyon conservatoires, is a Laureate of the Rostropovich Cello Competition, has won first prizes from the Japan Chamber Music Competition and the Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel, a Révélation Classique award from ADAMI, a Grand Prix de la Critique and so on. It was a Victoire de la Musique that drew her to the public’s attention in 2002, and since then every one of her recordings has been hailed as an event by the national and international press, which has showered her with distinctions: a Diapason d’Or of the year, a “Choc” from Classica, a Gramophone Award, a Cannes Classical Award, a “Bestenliste” award from the German Record Critics’ Award and so on.

With her radiant and generous personality, Emmanuelle Bertrand has a rare gift for making bold choices of repertoire accessible to the widest audiences, along with an insatiable curiosity. She has inspired and had dedicated to her new works that she has then premiered, by Bernard Cavanna, Thierry Escaich, Pascal Amoyel, Nicolas Bacri, Edith Canat de Chizy and others. She also writes and creates stage shows such as Block 15, ou la musique en résistance (directed by Jean Piat), which tells the true story of musicians whose lives were saved by music during the Second World War, or more recently Le violoncelle de guerre in homage to Maurice Maréchal and the makeshift cello he had made for him in the trenches of the First World War. Both these productions were adapted for France Télévisions.

As early as 1999, the composer Henri Dutilleux spotted Emmanuelle Bertrand’s exceptional talent, describing her as a “real revelation”. More recent verdicts have included the following:

“Emmanuelle Bertrand projects (such a rare thing) a voice that is hers alone, and that seems imbued with a superabundance of soul and love…” La Terrasse

“It is hard to know what to admire more: the unending virtuosity or the vibrant elevation of the discourse, the marvellous fluency of line or the incredible timbral palette.” La Croix

“Emmanuelle Bertrand is a passionate musician, always demanding high standards and pondering her mysteries. She can transcend mere technique to let the mind take wing.” Télérama

“She can make a washing line sing like a nightingale! She has a touch that is light, precise and fluent, yet with an imperturbable firmness.” La Montagne

As a soloist, Emmanuelle Bertrand has performed with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Busan Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Musica Vitae (Sweden), the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra (China), the National Orchestras of Lille, the Ile de France and Lorraine, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Strasbourg and Monte Carlo, and others.

She is an enthusiastic chamber musician and for the last 15 years has performed in a duo with the pianist Pascal Amoyel, with whom she explores unpublished works just as much as the core repertoire. Keen to transmit her art and also continually to rethink the musician’s role in society, Emmanuelle Bertrand devotes some of her time to teaching chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire and cello at the Gennevilliers Conservatoire as well as in international masterclasses.

Voted Artist of the Year in 2011 by Diapason magazine and France Musique listeners, she is the artistic director of the Beauvais Cello Festival and a patron of the Estival de la Bâtie in the department of Loire. She is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) - lied « immer leiser wird mein Schlummer "

Johannes Brahms - Sonate n.1 en mi mineur pour violoncelle et piano op38

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) - extraits du Carnaval: Pierrot, Arlequin, Valse noble, Eusebius

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907) - Sonate n.1 en la mineur pour violoncelle et piano op36