Marcos Pujol, bass-baritone

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Suite à ses études avec Patricia Kern à l’Université de Toronto, ainsi qu’à Banff, Tanglewood et Ravinia, le basse-baryton Marcos Pujol intègre la troupe de la Canadian Opera, puis le Studio Lyrique de l’Opéra National de Paris. Par la suite, il est Cithéron (Platée), Seneca (Poppea), Isménor (Dardanus) avec les Musiciens du Louvre, La Vengeance (Zoroastre), Cithéron (Platée) avec Mark Morris et Nicholas McGeggan, Plutone (Orfeo) au Festival d’Aldeburgh, le Muphti (Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme) et Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride) avec Les Paladins, Adonis (Venus and Adonis) avec Opera Atelier Canada, Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte) à l’Opéra de Dijon, Leporello (Don Giovanni) au Festival de Dartington, Zuniga (Carmen) au Grand Théâtre de Tours, le jeune matelot dans Juliette de Martinu à l’Opéra de Paris, l’Envoyé dans Le Balcon de Peter Eötvös au Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, le poète dans Drôles d’Oiseaux de Stephane Leach sur des textes de Prévert. Il enrégistre avec Les Musiciens du Louvre, Neues Orchester Köln et Almasis Ensemble.

Le Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris

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Music at the Regional Conservatory of Paris

The Regional Conservatory of Paris offers four courses of musical studies instruction: the dual school-artistic curriculum, the specialized program, the professional development program and the soloist program. Altogether, these programs admit 1500 students and scholars.

– The dual school-artistic curriculum is meant for the youngest students who attend partner schools from the fourth grade to the Baccalaureate.

– The specialized curriculum, which exists in all Parisian conservatories under the auspices of the CRR, offers the widest range of courses in France.

– The curriculum of professional development directly follows the specialized program destined for younger DEM degree holders who plan to pursue higher education (Higher Centers, National Superior Conservatories and foreign universities or graduate schools).

– Finally, the soloist curriculum, not included in the higher educational system, provides students with the opportunity to perfect their instrumental skills in order to become professional musicians.

The Regional Conservatory of Paris is also an integral part of the Paris Boulogne-Billancourt Higher Artistic Education Center, the best training reference for aspiring young professional musicians in comprehensive course studies leading to the DNSPM (Higher National Diploma of the Professional Musician).


La musique au Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris

Les études musicales au CRR de Paris sont proposées sur quatre parcours : le double cursus scolaire – artistique, le cycle spécialisé, le cycle de perfectionnement et le cycle concertiste. L’ensemble de ces cursus accueille 1500 élèves et étudiants.

– Le double cursus scolaire – artistique s’adresse aux plus jeunes, scolarisés dans les établissements scolaires partenaires du Conservatoire, à partir du CM1 jusqu’au baccalauréat.

– Le cycle spécialisé, concernant l’ensemble des Conservatoires de la Ville de Paris sous le pilotage du CRR, propose le panel de disciplines le plus vaste de France.

– Le cycle de perfectionnement est le prolongement immédiat du Cycle spécialisé, il s’adresse aux plus jeunes titulaires du DEM qui ont pour objectif d’accéder à l’enseignement supérieur (Pôles supérieurs, CNSM ou écoles supérieures et universités étrangères).

– Le cycle concertiste enfin, qui en marge de l’enseignement supérieur, offre une phase de perfectionnement instrumental et plus largement artistique dans un but d’insertion professionnelle proche.

Le CRR de Paris s’investit également très fortement dans le Pôle Supérieur d’enseignement artistique Paris Boulogne-Billancourt qui est le lieu de formation par excellence des jeunes musiciens futurs professionnels dans un parcours très complet menant au DNSPM (Diplôme National Supérieur de Musicien Professionnel).

Varese…et Mozart

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Le 5 février 2014, le quatuor Varèse a remporté le deuxième prix et le prix spécial pour la meilleure interprétation de Mozart au concours Mozart à Salzburg.

American Embassy

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A confirmed partner for the Festival, the US Embassy Cultural services have been providing advice and assistance. We are in discussion about a birthday reception for the Bolcoms, to be held at the Hotel Talleyrand in one of their elegant ballrooms, complete with a Steinway D grand piano.

William Bolcom

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Named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America, and honored with multiple Grammy Awards for his ground-breaking setting of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, William Bolcom is a composer of cabaret songs, concertos, sonatas, operas, symphonies, and much more.  He was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Music for hisTwelve New Etudes for piano.

As a pianist he has recorded for Advance, Jazzology, Musical Heritage, Nonesuch, Vox, and Omega. With his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, he has performed in concert for 40 years throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad.
Premieres in 2012:  Second Piano Quintet by the Pro Arte Quartet and pianist Christopher Taylor in Madison, Wis.;Chestnuts [4 songs] by Emalie Savoy, soprano, Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano, Dimitri Pittas, tenor, Joshua Hopkins, baritone, and Warren Jones, piano in Carnegie Hall/New York; Gettysburg, July 1, 1853 by Nathan Wyatt, baritone and Lucas Wong, piano in Los Angeles, CA; Ninth Symphony by Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra [Rice University], Larry Rachleff, conductor in Houston, TX; and The Jersey Side by soprano Christine Brewer and pianist Roger Vignoles in wigmore Hall/London.

Premieres in 2010:  Romanza by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco; La fantome du Clavecin by harpsichordist Andreas Skouras in London; The Hawthorn Tree by mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle and members of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York; and Prometheusby the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Chorale, pianist Jeffrey Biegel, and conductor Carl St. Clair in Costa Mesa, CA.  The latter work has also been performed by the other 8 commissioning orchestras.

2009 saw the premieres of First Symphony for Band in February by the University of Michigan Symphony Band in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Shakyamuni in February by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for the reopening of Alice Tully Hall; and in May, Introduzione e Rondo:  HAYDN GO SEEK by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt in Eisenstadt, Austria and Lady Liberty by The Master Singers of Lexington [Mass.] and The Ann Arbor Vocal Arts Ensemble.

In February 2008 his Eighth Symphony was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by James Levine in Boston, MA and Carnegie Hall/New York. Within the same month the Guarneri and Johannes String Quartets premiered Bolcom’s Octet:  Double Quartet.  Other 2008 premieres: Ballade in January 2008 by pianist Ursula Oppens; Lucrezia, a one-act comic opera for 5 singers and 2 pianists, in March 2008 by New York Festival of Song; Four Piedmont Choruses in May 2008 by the Piedmont Chamber Singers; A Song for St. Cecilia’s Dayin June 2008 at the University of Chicago.

In 2007 Bolcom was feted in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, with a two and a half-week festival of his music, including master classes, recitals, and concerts of his organ and chamber music. Titled Illuminating Bolcom, the festival was highlighted by two performances of Songs of Innocence and of Experience accompanied by animated projections of Blake’s illuminations. The animations were commissioned by VocalEssence and created by projection designer Wendall K. Harrington.

In September 2006 Bolcom’s Canciones de Lorca with tenor Placido Domingo, the Pacific Symphony, and conductor Carl St. Clair, was premiered at the gala opening concert of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA.

Bolcom taught composition at the University of Michigan from 1973-2008. Named a full professor in 1983, he was Chairman of the Composition Department from 1998 to 2003 and was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in the fall of 1994.  He retired from teaching in 2008.

In addition to their performances, Bolcom and Morris have recorded over two dozen albums together. Their first one, After the Ball, garnered a Grammy nomination for Joan Morris. Recent recordings include:  two albums of songs by lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg and Gus Kahn on Original Cast Records; Bolcom’s complete Cabaret Songs, written with lyricist Arnold Weinstein, on Centaur; and Someone Talked!  Memories of World War Ii with tenor Robert White and narrator Hazen Schumacher.

Recent recordings of his works include:  From the Diary of Sally Hemings, written with playwright Sandra Seaton, performed by soprano Alyson Cambridge and pianist Lydia Brown, and available on White Pine Records; Little Suite of Four Dances and Concert-Piece with clarinetist Maureen Hurd and available on MSR Recordings. 

Photo credit: Katryn Conlin

Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris

© Olivier Chatelain
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34, avenue de New York

Built at the end of the nineteenth century, the hotel particulier, or Parisian townhouse, was reconfigured for Mona Bismarck in the late 1950’s by the celebrated French interior decorator Stéphane Boudin. The building retains the style of her era through the magnificent woodwork from a dismantled chateau, intricate and colorful Chinese wallpaper and spectacular chandeliers.

The airy, light-filled first floor salons have stunning views of the Seine and Eiffel Tower while the MONA Café on the ground floor leads out to a quiet, spacious terrace and private garden, providing an oasis of tranquility in the center of a bustling Paris.

The townhouse complements the cultural offerings of an elegant Parisian arrondissement that includes the Musée d’Art Moderne, Palais de Toyko, Musée Guimet and Musée Galliera.

The legendary Mona Bismarck (née Strader, 1897-1983) lived a glamorous and luxurious life, defying convention and later sharing her good fortune to support the arts, fashion and culture.

Following her marriage in 1926 to Harrison Williams, reputed to be among the very wealthiest men in America, Mona swiftly became known as one of the most glamorous and beautiful women in New York, and was named ‘the best-dressed woman in the world’ by the luminaries of fashion. Williams’ vast wealth and elevated position afforded Mona a lavish lifestyle, dividing their time between residences in New York, Palm Beach, Paris and Capri. Several years after the death of Harrison Williams in 1953, Mona married her longtime friend, Count Edward von Bismarck, the grandson of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck.

Her social circle included statesmen and politicians such as American Presidents Roosevelt and Eisenhower; royalty – the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Princess Grace of Monaco; and an impressive number of writers and artists, including Greta Garbo, Cristòbal Balienciaga, Hubert de Givenchy, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Paul Newman and Enrich Maria Remarque.

The Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris is a confirmed partner in our festival.

Guy Livingston

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Guy Livingston leads a dual career as a pianist and producer. Based in Paris, he has performed all over the world, notably as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Orchestre Nationale de France, and as a recitalist at the Centre Pompidou, the Théâtre du Chatelet, the IJsbreker, the MuziekGebouw, the Library of Congress, The Knitting Factory, Miller Theater, and Lincoln Center.

His recordings of the 20th and 21st century repertoire include prize-winning albums of music by John Cage, George Antheil, and over 100 other composers from around the world. Guy Livingston’s best-selling first recording (Don’t Panic) contained 60 one-minute premieres by composers from eighteen countries, and was featured in Le Monde, Gramophone, Diapason, Piano MagazineSports Illustrated, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio. He has recorded for New World, Wergo, and Mode Records.

Guy Livingston is one of the foremost performers of George Antheil’s music today. He organized the Paris Antheil Centennial Concert, and was Artistic Director for the 2003 George Antheil Festival in Trenton. In seven recitals over five years, he performed the complete piano music of George Antheil at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Livingston holds degrees with honors from Yale University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands. Prizes and awards include the Huntington Beebe Scholarship, the Gaudeamus New Music Competition, the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, the Orléans Twentieth Century Piano Competition and the Sitges-Barcelona Concorso de Piano Segolo XX.

Livingston is the co-founder of Paris Transatlantic Magazine, artistic director of Le Piano Ouvert (Paris), and manager of Stichting Transatlantic for Music and Art (Amsterdam).

Guy Livingston est actif en tant que pianiste des deux côtés de l’Atlantique. Basé à Paris, il joue au Louvre, Châtelet, et au Centre Pompidou, aux Pays Bas (MuziekGebouw, Paradiso, Korzo, Vredenburg, IJsbreker), et également en Russie, Italie, Pologne, Allemagne, et en Afrique du Sud. A New York, M. Livingston se produit au Miller Theater, Knitting Factory, Cooper Union, et au Lincoln Center.

Guy Livingston est le principal interprète de la musique du futuriste George Antheil aujourd’hui. Son disque des sonates perdues d’Antheil (« éblouissant » – Le Monde) est sorti chez Wergo en 2003. Un autre disque chez New World en 2006, offre la création du 2e concerto pour piano.

Elève d’Alexander Edelman et Claude Helffer ; diplômé de l’université de Yale, du Conservatoire de New England, et du Conservatoire Royal des Pays-Bas, Livingston remporte plusieurs prix dont le Prix Gaudeamus en piano; ainsi que lauréat du Concours International Piano du XXème Siècle d’Orléans et du Concurso Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Sitges (Barcelona).

Son premier enregistrement a connu un succès extraordinaire (« Pas de Panique », Don’t Panic: Wergo CD 6649-2) et comportait 60 morceaux d’une minute commandés à des compositeurs de 18 pays. Le deuxième volet « One Minute More » vient de sortir, avec 60 nouvelles pièces, qui sont illustrées par des jeunes vidéastes néerlandais. Ce programme tourne en concert et dans les festivals de cinéma actuellement (New York, Boston, Radio France, Strasbourg, Montréal, Chicago, Washington, Amsterdam, Shanghai).

Livingston collabore souvent dans les performances avec des écrivains, des danseurs (aux Spectacles Sauvages), et avec des comédiens (The Nothing Doing Bar, Shirazmataz, Dada Suisse, Nuit Blanche Parisienne). Livingston a joué récemment en soliste avec l’Orchestre National de France, le NCRV Radio Orchestra (Pays-Bas), les Philadelphia Virtuosi, et le Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Anne de Fornel

photo by Paul Grandsard
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Musicienne franco-américaine, Anne de Fornel conjugue avec talent différentes activités artistiques : pianiste, membre du Trio Steuermann, directrice artistique de l’Ensemble Mesostics et musicologue. Titulaire du Diplôme d’Etudes Musicales (première nommée à l’unanimité avec les félicitations du jury) du Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris (classe d’Olivier Gardon), elle obtient en 2012 son Master de piano du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon (Mention Très Bien), où elle étudie avec Florent Boffard et Svetlana Eganian.