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    Anne Queffélec

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    Anne Queffélec – Piano
     

    “She places her hands on the keyboard and the absolute naturalness of her playing holds the listener spellbound…”

     

     
    Le Monde

     

    “The composer now was Ravel, and in his “Miroirs” she produced feasts of superb colouring: dark, fuzzy edges in “Noctuelles”, sudden feathery clatters of wings in “Oiseaux Tristes”, a distant glistening clarity in “Une Barque sur l’Océan”.”

     

    Paul Griffiths, The New York Times, August 2006

     

     

    “Satie’s insistence that he wrote furniture music suitable only for idle background chatter receives short shrift from Anne Queffélec.  Her imaginative brio confounds all expectations, ruffles all possible complacency…”
     

    Bryce Morrison, Hi-Fi News and Record Review

     

    “She has more than enough pianistic technique to realize the music without strain, and the intelligence,  wit and humour to reveal to us that which resides beneath the notes.  She is in command of a rich tonal palette and applies it when others traditionally have opted for a more secco approach.”

     
    William Zagorski,  Satie CD,  Fanfare Magazine

     

    “I must confess that this is one of the most charming piano recitals that I have come across in years and it is a most welcome addition to my shelves.  Anne Queffélec has plenty to say, and all the tools with which to say it.”
     
     Kevin Sutton, Beethoven La Lettre á Elise, Classical CD Reviews 2005
     

    Born in Paris, of Breton origin, Anne Queffélec studied music at the Paris Conservatoire, winning first prize for piano in 1965 and first prize for chamber music in 1966.  She continued her studies in Vienna with Alfred Brendel and took part in two major international piano competitions: in Munich, where she won first prize by unanimous decision in 1968, and in Leeds, where she was a prize-winner in 1969.

     

    Since then she has had a busy international career, playing solo recitals and orchestral concerts in the principal cities of Europe, Japan, USA, Israel and Canada, under such conductors as Boulez, Davis, Groves,   Holliger, Gardiner,  Leppard,   Marriner and Ilan Volkov.  Anne Queffélec is a regular visitor to Britain, playing at the Proms and with orchestras including all the BBC Orchestras, and the major orchestras from London, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Liverpool and Scotland.  She is also invited regularly to perform at festivals such as those at Bath, Cheltenham, King’s Lynn, Swansea, La Roque d’Anthéron, La Folle Journée in Nantes etc.

     

    Anne Queffélec is a great chamber music enthusiast and plays regularly with her friends Rafaël Oleg, Augustin Dumay, Régis Pasquier, the Endellion and Chilingirian Quartets and Imogen Cooper in piano duo, with whom she has recorded a CD of Mozart Piano Works for four hands and a box of three Schubert Piano Works for four hands.

     

    One of the most recorded French pianists of her generation, Anne Queffélec has made recordings of works including Scarlatti, Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel,  Bach, Handel,  Mendelssohn,  Fauré, Hummel and Debussy.  Her recording of Satie piano music for Virgin Classics, which was released at the end of 1998, was greeted with enthusiastic critical acclaim.  In 1990, she won the prize for the Best Classical Artist of the Year in the Victoires de la Musique Awards, the highest prize in the French record industry.  Releases by Virgin Classics include two volumes of solo piano works by Ravel, a second volume of piano music by Satie, the Concerto for Two Pianos by Poulenc with Jean Bernard Pommier and the complete piano works of Dutilleux.  Her disc “Contemplation”, dedicated to Bach (Mirare, January 2009) has attracted much attention.

     

    Anne Queffélec is also invited to give masterclasses in Japan, Great Britain, and France and is frequently invited onto major international juries.

     

    In recognition of her achievements as a professional pianist, Anne Queffélec was recently awarded the highly prestigious Chevalier de la legion d’honneur by the French Prime Minister.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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