Festival Coffee Concert: Debussy 100
Anne de Fornel (piano)
Programme to include:
Debussy Suite Bergamasque:
Prélude, Menuet, Clair de lune, Passepied
Chaminade Au pays dévasté
Admission is either £5 or with the £8 day ticket.
Please note that the Church Café will be open 1.15pm-2.15pm for those wishing to purchase a light lunch between events.
Franco-American pianist, Anne de Fornel marks the centenary of Debussy’s death with some of his most well-known pieces, beloved by pianists around the world, and will also play music by French First World War composers, recorded on her CD “Towards a New Life” (2016).
Franco-American pianist, Anne de Fornel obtained a Master’s degree in piano with highest honors in 2012 from the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon where she studied with Florent Boffard. Participant in masterclasses with distinguished pianists Gabriel Chodos, Arnaldo Cohen, Klaus Hellwig, Zhu Xiao-Mei, Dominique Merlet, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Jacques Rouvier and Françoise Thinat, she has likewise perfected her skills with Emmanuel Mercier.
Anne de Fornel has carried out a number of recordings for the Hortus Label: A Long Voyage (2012) with Trio Steuermann which presents works for solo piano and chamber music by Pierre Wissmer; CD/DVD Tramages (2014) by Ensemble Mesostics, in which she is a soloist of two contemporary works–Trame IV by Martin Matalon and Interstices by Philippe Hurel–as well as the artistic director of the project (awarded five diapasons by the Diapason magazine); Transfigured Night (2015) with the Trio Steuermann that includes works by Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern and Johannes Boris Borowski; Towards a New Life (2016) dedicated to First World War solo piano works. In 2017, with the Trio Empreinte, she recorded a CD entitled Crossing the Line (Klathe Label) devoted to women composers.
Passionate about contemporary music, she has premiered Moth for solo piano by Andrea Agostini, 24 Haïku for solo piano by Jean-Yves Bosseur, Ucelli di Pace for solo piano by Fabrice Grégorutti, Klaviertrio by Johannes Boris Borowski with the Trio Steuermann, Chabrieriana for piano four-hands by William Bolcom with Guy Livingston, as well as Crossing the Line by Graciane Finzi and Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea by Robert Lemay with the Trio Empreinte. She has recently performed at the Palais Brongniart (Musicora), George C. Marshall Center at the United States Embassy in Paris, the Salons France-Amériques, Festival Artenetra, Festival Musicancy, Festival Piano Lille, the Barcelona Auditori, the Kulturhaus in Baden-Baden, as well as part of the “Chagall Performance Art Collaborative” in Boston.
In 2012 she became a Doctor in Musicology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) and was awarded a Specialized Master’s Degree in “Media, Art and Creation” from HEC Paris in 2013. She is co-author of the documentary Pierre Wissmer, a Portrait (2015) directed by Éric Darmon. In 2018 the Éditions Fayard will publish her book dedicated to the composer John Cage.