GABRIEL TACCHINO'S BIO
Gabriel TACCHINO, French pianist born in Cannes, was launched on his international career by Herbert von Karajan who engaged him to play with
the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, and at the Wiener Festwochen.
Following this distinguished début, he has performed under other great
conductors such as Pierre Monteux, Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Erich Leinsdorf, Armin Jordan, André Cluytens, Hiroyuki Iwaki, etc...
He has appeared as soloist with most major orchestras and at many famous
venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berliner Philharmonie, etc...
His teacher Marguerite Long and Jacques Février transmitted him an evident
tradition and understanding in the interpretation of the works of Ravel,
Debussy, Fauré, Saint-Saens. As the sole student of Francis Poulenc, he had
the singular honour of absorbing at source an exceptional tradition as well as
unique insights into the phrasing and style of this Master, so that his
interpretations have become true works of reference.
He has a particular fascination for chamber music, in which he has been
associated with Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Jean Pierre Rampal...
Meanwhile his numerous recordings for EMI, Warner Classics, Vox and Verany
have received awards of the “Grand Prix du Disque“, “Victoires de la Musique“
and “Diapason d’Or”.
In October 2015, he was awarded the international prize “Lorenzo Il Magnifico” from the Xth edition of the Florence Biennale.
EMMANUELLE STEPHAN'S BIO
Initially trained on 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 represent the legacy of an authentic tradition of interpretation. Her piano playing thus reflects two piano schools:
The Russian School: In her beginnings, with Professor Yuri Klempert and later when she received advice at the Vienna Musikhochschule by pianist Lilya Zilberstein, herself widely recognized as a reference interpreter for Rachmaninoff and a student of Alexandre Satz (assistant professor to Heinrich Neuhaus in Moscow).
The French School: with 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 treasure troves of the works of Debussy and Ravel since they directly worked and performed with the composers themselves.
Emmanuelle Stéphan is a laureate of several international competitions including a Second Prize in New York in 2017, and then rewarded with a concert in the mythical Carnegie Hall. That same year, she won the Second Prize among more than 300 candidates at 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.