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December 21, 2014

International Piano Festival Instructors

Philippe Entremont    

The exceptional career of Philippe Entremont began at the age of eighteen when he came to international attention by having a great success in New York’s Carnegie Hall playing Jolivet’s piano concerto and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Since then, he has pursued a top international career as a pianist, and for the last 30 years also on the podium.

Philippe Entremont has directed the greatest symphony orchestras of Europe, Asia and America: Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Minnesota, Seattle, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Montreal, The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquestra Nacional de España, the Academy of Santa Cecilia of Rome, l’Orchestre National de France, the orchestras of Göteberg, Stockholm, Oslo and Warsaw, the NHK of Tokyo, the KBS Orchestra of Seoul, the Vienna Symphony and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bergen, to name a few. He has worked with the world’s greatest soloists, both instrumental and vocal.

He was Music Director of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra between 1981 and 1986, after which he became Music Director of the Denver Symphony. He was also Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra until 2002. After having served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra for almost thirty years, he is now Conductor Laureate for Life. He was also Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and is now their Conductor Laureate.

In 1997 he founded the biennial Santo Domingo Music Festival, of which he is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Festival Orchestra. In October 2004 Philippe Entremont was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony, which he conducts on international tours, as well as throughout Germany. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués. In 2006, in connection with the “Mozart Year”, he will be the conductor in charge of the Super World Orchestra, based in Tokyo.

His renown as an orchestral conductor and his experience at consistently working to develop orchestras’ artistic potential have brought him numerous international tours, playing before full houses: ten tours in the USA and seven in Japan with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, a tour of eleven concerts with the Orquestra de Cadaqués in capitals of countries in the Orient, as well as a recent tour in Switzerland and Germany conducting the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. As Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra he leads several tours in 2005 and 2006, during which he conducts from the keyboard as well as on the podium: 11 concerts in Spain in May 2005, 29 concerts in the USA in October and November 2005 and 15 concerts in England in November 2006.

One of the most recorded artists of all time, Philippe Entremont has appeared on many labels, notably including CBS Sony, Teldec and Harmonia Mundi, and he has garnered all of the leading prizes and awards in the industry. The Swiss label Cascavelle recently released his recording of the complete works of Ravel for solo piano and four hands, as well as his unedited recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, done in 1958 with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pierre Monteux. For that same label Philippe Entremont has recorded two Mozart piano concertos, playing and conducting the Munich Symphony Orchestra.

Officer of the French Legion of Honor, Commander of the Order of Merit, Commander of the Order of Arts et Lettres, Philippe Entremont has also been awarded the Arts and Sciences Cross of Honor of Austria. He is President of the Bel’Arte Foundation of Brussels and is Director of the famed American Conservatory of Fountainebleau, a post formerly held by the legendary Nadia Boulanger.

Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri    
The Italian virtuoso Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri was born in Argentina, where he was instructed by Magda Tagliaferro and Claudio Arrau. In addition to his performing and recording career, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri is also a famed international piano pedagogue. He is a professor of piano at the Ecole Normale “Alfred Cortot” in Paris, and has also been appointed professor extraordinaire at the Chapelle Musicale “Reine Elisabeth” in Belgium. He gives frequent masterclasses in France, USA, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Greece. 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 MUSIC-a Braine l’Alleud, the Paris International Summer Sessions and of the EMS Music Group.


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