Initially trained according to the Russian piano school by a musical heir to Heinrich Neuhaus, Professor Yuri Klempert, Emmanuelle Stéphan chose to continue her studies in the United States at the Juilliard School (New York) and in France at the Schola Cantorum (Paris) where she entered in 2016.

She has always been keen on working with great masters who are the memory of an authentic tradition of interpretation. Her piano playing thus reflects two piano schools:

  • The Russian School: At her beginnings with Professor Yuri Klempert and later when she received advice at the Vienna Musikhochschule from pianist Lilya Zilberstein, herself widely recognized as a reference interpreter for Rachmaninoff and a student of Alexandre Satz (assistant professor of Heinrich Neuhaus in Moscow).

  • The French School: by the teaching of Gabriel Tacchino, who was the sole pupil of French composer Francis Poulenc, and a student of Jacques Février and Marguerite Long, both important repositories of the works of Debussy and Ravel since they directly worked and performed pieces with the composers themselves.

Emmanuelle Stéphan is a laureate of several international competitions including a Second Prize in New York in 2017, rewarded by a concert in the mythical Carnegie Hall. The same year, she won the Second Prize among more than 300 candidates to the Bradshaw & Buono International Competition in New York, the Berlin Rising Stars Grand Prix Competition and a Second Prize at the prestigious Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition.

 

In 2017 also, she made her first recording, of Francis Poulenc alongside Poulenc's sole pupil, the great pianist Gabriel Tacchino who according to some "probably represents the last legend of the great French piano". This highly acclaimed recording, published by Warner Classics / Erato, has been described as "a beautiful passing on the baton".

Since then, Emmanuelle Stéphan started an international career both in Italy in Venice where she performed for the public of the "Società Veneziana Di Concerti" in the dazzling "Scuola Grande Di San Giovanni Evangelista", and in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, as well as in China and Latin America (Brazil) on a tour with Mozart's Concerto No. 12 in A major. In Italy, the Toscana Cultura association and the French Institute of Florence granted her the Ponte Vecchio Prize 2019, an award attributed to personalities from the artistic and cultural world. Her performance at the Palazzo Lensi also earned her the Enrico Caruso Medal.

 

In France, Emmanuelle performs in renowned festivals such as the "Clef de Soleil" festival in Lille, "A Winter in Music" in Mougins, the "Rendez-Vous du Piano" in Nice, the "Francis Poulenc Festival" in Bagnols, in venues such as the Croisette Theater and the Majestic Barrière in Cannes as part of the concerts organized by the Cannes Regional Orchestra, on national stages such as the "Atrium Tropiques" in Fort-de-France, etc.

 

For next season, among many other events, Emmanuelle is invited to take part as a guest on "France Music Generations, the live" and will give two Chopin recitals in Warsaw.

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