French pianist Guillaume Coppola plays works by Federico Mompou, Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, Frédéric Chopin, Toru Takemitsu, Claude Debussy and Enrique Granados. The recital was recorded live at Jacques Prévert Theatre and Cinema, in Aulnay-sous-Bois, France, on December 1, 2015.
After five original and unanimously acclaimed CDs, Guillaume Coppola (b. 1979, Besançon, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France) has now "confirmed his prominent place at the heart of the young generation" (Diapason). In addition to a verve and an expressive depth that make each of his performances keenly anticipated, his authenticity and simplicity have won the hearts of music-lovers.
His eclectic and eloquent discography – encompassing Liszt (2009), Granados (2012), Poulenc (2013, with baritone Marc Mauillon), Schubert (2014) and Brahms-Schubert (2016, four hands with Hervé Billaut) – has been enthusiastically welcomed by the world's press, with every release garnering the highest recognition: Diapason d'Or, ffff from Télérama, Selection from Le Monde, Les Echos, the Académie Charles Cros, five stars from BBC Music Magazine, "Maestro" from Pianiste, four stars from Classica, four stars from Pianist and so on.
To date, he has performed in some 20 countries, appearing at prestigious European venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Prague Rudolfinum, the Liège Philharmonie, the Reduta in Bratislava and the Liepaja International Piano Stars Festival, as well as in Asia and South America. In France too, of course: at the Musée d'Orsay, the Salle Pleyel, the Piano Festival of La Roque-d'Anthéron, the Folle Journée de Nantes, the Festival de l'Orangerie de Sceaux, Piano aux Jacobins, the Paris Chopin Festival, Solistes aux Serres d'Auteuil, the Radio France Montpellier Festival, the Lille Piano Festival, the Rendez-vous de Rochebonne, the Nohant Festival, the Auditorium de Dijon, the Auditorium de Bordeaux, MC2 Grenoble, the Dinard Festival and more.
In addition to solo recitals and concertos – the latter with the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Saint-Etienne Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté and the Orchestre Symphonique de l'Opéra de Toulon, under the baton of Arie van Beek, Enrique Mazzola, Laurent Campellone and Maxime Tortelier, among others – chamber music allows him to engage in fruitful collaboration with the violinists Régis Pasquier, Patrice Fontanarosa and Nicolas Dautricourt, the cellist Antoine Pierlot, the Voce, Parisii, Debussy and Alfama String Quartets.
While he occasionally plays four-hands and two-piano repertoire with Bruno Rigutto or David Bismuth, he has for several years performed as a duo with Hervé Billaut. Invited to accompany the baritone Marc Mauillon in a vocal recital, he also appears with the Latvian National Choir, Spirito/Britten Choir, the Bordeaux Opera Chorus under the direction of Māris Sirmais, Nicole Corti, Salvatore Caputo.
Guillaume is a generous musician who takes every opportunity to perform for audiences in prisons, hospitals and retirement homes. He participates in productions combining words and music, along with Marie-Christine Barrault, Didier Sandre, François Castang and Marie-Sophie Ferdane. His collaborations with composers have included giving the premieres of works by Marc Monnet (Paris, 2015), Isabel Pires (who dedicated a piece to him), Gao Ping, Steven Stucky and Sylvain Griotto.
Guillaume studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, in the class of Bruno Rigutto. Having taken first prizes in piano and chamber music, he proceeded to hone his skills in numerous masterclasses in France and abroad, with Jean-Claude Pennetier, Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher and others. At the outset of his career, he received valuable support from sources such as the Radio France Génération Jeunes Interprètes programme, the Lions Clubs, the Cziffra and Bourgeois Foundations, and internationally from the Prix Déclic of the Institut Français and the New Masters on Tour series.
Piano recital by Guillaume Coppola
“Musiques du silence”
1. Federico Mompou (1893-1987): Música callada, No.1 Angelico
2. Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Prélude
3. Federico Mompou: Prélude No.5
4. Erik Satie (1866-1925): Gymnopédie No. 1
5. Federico Mompou: Paisajes
6. Federico Mompou: Música callada, No.15 Lento – Plaintif
7. Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Prelude, Op.28 No.4
8. Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996): Pause Ininterrompue, iii. A Song of Love
9. Erik Satie: Gnossienne No.5
10. Federico Mompou: Impresiones intimas – Secreto
11. Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque, iii. Clair de lune
12. Federico Mompou: Música callada, No.24 Moderato
13. Enrique Granados (1867-1916): Danzas españolas, ii. Oriental
14. Federico Mompou: Prélude No.7 "Palmier d'étoiles"
15. Claude Debussy: Book 2, xii. Feux d'artifice: Modérément animé
Guillaume Coppola, piano
Jacques Prévert Theatre and Cinema, Aulnay-sous-Bois, France, December 1, 2015
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