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Fanny Azzuro

Piano

Son attrait pour la musique russe la pousse à graver un premier disque Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Kapustin, sous l’impulsion de deux légendes du piano russe : Boris Petrushansky et Vladimir Viardo.

 

Trois ans plus tard, elle décide de se consacrer à des pages plus fluides : la musique française et espagnole du début du XXe. 1905 Impressions « fruit d’un concept fort » (****Pianist Magazine) est largement plébiscité par la presse.

 

En 2019, elle enregistrera trois albums autour de Schumann, Le Rouge et le Noir, avec le Czech National Symphony Orchestra et le Quatuor Voce dans un programme vaste de Bach à Dutilleux, en passant par Schumann et Chopin.

 

Réceptive à tous les genres musicaux, elle se passionne pour la musique de chambre et partage des instants magiques avec les Quatuors Voce et Van Kuijk. Elle s’engage depuis huit ans avec le SpiriTango Quartet à défendre un répertoire de musique du monde et contemporaine, et s’implique également dans un programme jazz et classique auprès d’Hervé Sellin. Elle vient de créer un « récital dansé » avec la metteur en scène Parelle Gervasoni.

 

Soutenue par la Fondation Safran, le Mécénat Musical Société Générale, la Spedidam et l’Adami, elle enregistre six albums en quelques années après avoir étudié dans les plus prestigieux établissements européens (CNSM de Paris, Accademia Pianistica d’Imola, Sibelius Academy Helsinki). Fanny est artiste Yamaha depuis 2017 et se produit dans des festivals et salles renommés (Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise, Festival de Nohant, Salle Cortot, Opéra de Lyon, Pianos Folies, New York Piano Festival, Musiq’3, Seoul Art Center, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Genève…)

Fanny Azzuro

Piano

Fired by an insatiable curiosity and decided zest for the fusion of musical and artistic styles, Fanny Azzuro, born in 1986, dedicates her first solo recording to the Russian repertoire so dear to her heart, from which she has chosen three contrasting works from the 20th century. “Here is an intelligently put together programme that explores the repertoire of these Russian musicians from a ‘creative’ angle.” S. Friédérich (Classica December 2014)

 

Prize-winner at several prestigious international competitions, including the World Piano Competiton in Cincinnati (World medalist, 4th prize), Lalla Meryem in Rabat, Morocco (Best interpretation of modern music and the Chopin prize), Washington International Piano Competition (semi-finalist), Piano Campus (Best interpretation of modern music), Vulaines-sur-Seine (1st prize), she has been invited to perform on many national and international stages: in Paris, at the military museum in Les Invalides (showcasing young artists just starting their career), at the National archives in Hôtel de Soubise (Festival of young artists) and at the maritime museum; as well as at the Debussy museum in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, at the Abbaye aux Dames (Saintonge Piano Festival), at the Montpellier ‘Radio France’ Festival, at the Debussy Festival, at the Prades Pablo Casals Festival, at the Piano Campus Festival in Cergy-Pontoise, at the Annecy Classic Festival, at the Auditorium de Vaucluse, at the Passerelle national venue in Gap; in Germany, in Austria, at the Salzburg Mozarteum, in Belgium at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire and at the Charleroi Palais des Beaux-Arts, in Luxembourg, in Italy, in Spain and in Croatia. She also performed in the United States (New York Piano Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Texas Piano Festival), Morocco, Djibouti, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and China. She has also been heard on the radio, in broadcasts by France Musique, France Inter, France Culture, RFI and FIP.

 

She started studying the piano in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence with Jean-Pierre Lecaudey and then José Arrué, at the Montpellier Conservatoire with Mireille Michaud and Suzan Campbell, at the Paris Regional Conservatoire with Olivier Gardon then at the Paris National Conservatoire with Théodore Paraskivesco, Laurent Cabasso and Denis Pascal, when she completed –respectively– her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano and Chamber music (in the classes of Jean-Noël Crocq and Ami Flammer with the SpiriTango Quartet). In 2011, she was a pupil of Tuija Hakkila at the Helsinki Sibelius Academy (Finland). Since 2012, she has continued to improve her technique at the ‘Incontri col Maestro’ International piano master-class in Imola (Italy), under Boris Petrushansky.

 

Other encounters helped stimulate her energy and musical curiosity: the unique Russian pianist Vladimir Viardo, the renowned French teacher Dominique Merlet, as well as Dmitri Bashkirov, Jacques Rouvier, Aldo Ciccolini, Jay Gottlieb and Gisèle Magnan.

 

As part of SpiriTango Quartet or together with jazzmen Tigran Hamasyan and Hervé Sellin, Fanny Azzuro breaks down barriers and broadens her experiences as a chamber-music player: dueting with horn-players Pierre Azzuro (her brother), André Cazalet, Hervé Joulain and Matthieu Romand, with violinists Kristi Gjezi, Sora Han and Vanessa Szigeti, as well as with the pianist Audrey Abela.

 

She would like to thank the foundations that awarded scholarships allowing her to pursue many musical projects: the Safran Foundation for music, the Mécénat Musical Société Générale, the Adami, the SPEDIDAM, the Meyer Foundation. She’s also Yamaha Artist since 2014.