Concert 19e FESTIVAL D’AUTOMNE Anne GASTINEL & Claire DESERT
The 5 october 2021
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Anne Gastinel is one of the most worthy successors of the prestigious French school of violoncello. The launch of her dazzling career has revealed a complete artist with multiple talents.
Born into a family of musicians, Anne Gastinel was only four years old when she started playing the violoncello, the first training she later completed with piano and oboe. A few months after her first concert, she entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon in Jean Deplace's class, at the age of eleven, and was awarded First Prize in 1986. The following year, she became the first musician to enter the 3rd cycle of the Paris Conservatory directly, in Philippe Muller's class.
In 1989 she studied with Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Tortelier and János Starker before winning first prize at the International Competition in Scheveningen, the Netherlands. In 1990 she made her public debut at the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians in Vienna. An international career then opened up for her. In 1994, the Victoire de la Musique 'New Talent' award brought her to the forefront of the music scene. In 1997, Marta Casals-Istomin lent her Pablo Casals' legendary Matteo Goffriller violoncello for a year. Today she plays on a Carlo Giuseppe Testore violoncello from 1690.
In 2003, Anne Gastinel became a teacher of violoncello at the CNSM in Lyon. In 2006, she received the Victoire de la musique 'Soloist of the Year' award. She is also the only instrumentalist to have won an award in each of the categories (Young Talent, Best Recording and Soloist of the Year). In 2008, she was awarded the Chevalier de l'ordre national du mérite. At the request of the greatest conductors and the most prestigious orchestras, Anne Gastinel regularly performs on the biggest French and international stages. Keen to promote the contemporary repertoire, she has forged special links with composers such as Henri Dutilleux and Eric Tanguy. For almost fifteen years, her recordings have regularly won awards.
A pianist of a thousand shades, Claire Désert leads an international career as a concert and chamber musician. A member of the Kandinsky Quartet but also a teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, she is regularly invited to play on the biggest stages at festivals and elsewhere, and her performing and recording activities always earn her the most illustrious praise.
Since the early 1990s, she has performed on stages such as the Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center or the Salle Pleyel and at international festivals, at the invitation of La Folle Journée, Piano aux Jacobins, the Festival Piano(s) of Lille, the Flâneries musicales de Reims, the International Music Festival of Colmar, the Stavelot Festival or the Georges-Enesco Festival of Bucharest3,5,6. In 1997, she was named "new talent of the year" at the Victoires de la musique classique for her performance of concerts by the Czech composer Antonin Dvorák and the Russian pianist and composer Alexander Scriabin, with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra7,8. Claire Désert is also a professor of piano at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.