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Biography

 

Hortense Cartier-Bresson is a key figure in the musical landscape and has been invited to perform in numerous programs in France and abroad.

She was appointed as teacher of Piano at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris” after having taught piano and chamber music at the “Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de  Boulogne-Billancourt”  for many years. In doing so, she conducted a chamber orchestra for five years.

In 1979, Hortense Cartier-Bresson met the great pianist György Sebök ; she left to study his teaching at the University of Indiana Bloomington (USA) after obtaining five first prizes at the national music Conservatory of Paris : for piano, chamber music, harmony, counterpoint and accompaniment ; in the meantime, she's admitted to the Advanced Piano Course.

Very quickly considered to be "one of the most remarkable pianists of her generation", in 1981 she won third prize at the Liszt-Bartók Competition in Budapest (1st prize not awarded). From then on, a brilliant career began, taking her on the international stages in recitals or as a soloist, with major groups such as the Paris Orchestra under the direction of Ricardo Chailly, or the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Antal Dorati.

Her recording devoted to the works of Bartók (Accord/Universal), as well as the two Chopin Concertos in the version for String Quintet and Piano (Maestria Records) were warmly welcomed by the media. A new recording of Brahms' late works (Aparté) has just been released on January 17, 2020.

Singular and passionate musician, it is with the utmost integrity that Hortense Cartier-Bresson approaches music in all its forms. As a particularly appreciated chamber musician, she has played in the company of many subsequent figures including Roger Muraro Pierre Fouchenneret, Ayako Tanaka, Raphaël Oleg, François Salque, Xavier Gagnepain, Nicolas Baldeyrou and the Ebène Quartet.

Hortense Cartier-Bresson is the art director of the chamber music festival “Musique à La Prée”.

Renowned teacher, she has been invited to give numerous master classes in France and abroad, in Germany, Spain, Finland and Switzerland, and regularly gives summer courses, notably at the MusicAlp Festival and at the International Summer Academy in Nice. She is also invited as a member of the jury of major international competitions.