Festival Lille Clef de Soleil

Shani Diluka

Considered “one of the great of his generation” by Piano Magazine, “Revelator”, “sound depth”, “winged virtuosity”, are all terms that can be read about this “out of the ordinary” performer according to Le Figaro .

Noticed at the age of six by the program established by Princess Grace of Monaco, Shani Diluka is then selected to participate in a specialized program of the Prince Rainier III Academy in the Principality. Very quickly, we note his first commitments: at 9 years his first recital, 12 years in the first part of a concert of Hélène Grimaud. That same year, conductor Lawrence Foster, impressed by the talent of this young musician, advised her and encouraged her to continue her studies at the highest level. After brilliant studies crowned by a first prize unanimously at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, the meeting with Leon Fleisher will philosophically and definitely guide his career.

The same year, during her advanced training at the CNSM in Paris, she met Maria Joao Pires, Menahem Pressler and Murray Perahia, all of whom invited her to work with them. Other beautiful encounters followed in 2005, when she joined the prestigious Fondation de Come presided by Martha Argerich and where only a few pianists are chosen each year in the world.

Guest of the big halls, Shani Diluka regularly performs in recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Salle Pleyel or at the Philharmonie de Paris, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mozarteum in Salbourg, at La Fenice Theater in Venice, at La Roque Festival d’Anthéron, of which she is one of the most faithful artists, at the Arsenal of Metz, at the Auditoirum de Bordeaux, at the International Menton Festival, Auditorium of Dijon, at the Philharmonie de Bucharest, Auditorium of Radio France or in Tokyo, where she opens the Mad Day, closing the Verbier Festival, and pianist of the Zubin Mehta Festival …

Solo guest of many orchestras – the Radio France Philharmonic, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wurttenberg Orchestra, the Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra, the Royal Swedish Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Bremen, the Friborg Symphony Orchestra, the Tonkunstler Orchestra of Vienna, the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Japan, etc., collaborates with great conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Vladimir Fedosseev, Ludovico Morlot, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Kwame Ryan and Gabor Takacs. …

Passionate about chamber music, Shani Diluka is also the regular partner of renowned ensembles such as the Ebène, Ysaÿe, Prazak, Modigliani and Belcea quartets, or legendary soloists like Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg quartet, Teresa Berganza, Michel Portal or the huge Natalie Dessay.

Listening to her time, she collaborates with great composers of today: G.Kurtag, W.Rhim or B.Montovani which she created “5pieces in tribute to Paul Klee”. Concerned by the young audience, she wrote several record books: Chopin, “The Story of Babar” with Natalie Dessay, Editions Didier Jeunesse-Hachette, “Babar and Father Noel” with Natalie Dessay at La Dolce Volta, books all three receiving praise from the press as the prestigious heartfelt Charles Cros and late 2017 a book-disc of Russian music with Elodie Fondacci of Radio Classique.

His solo recordings of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Grieg garner multiple awards (Music Shock, Gold RTL, Choice of Arte, Mezzo, Vogue Japan, 5 Diapasons, Gramophone, Fanfare USA, Diapason, Musikzen, Japan Arena Award …). His performances are also regularly broadcast on international radio stations such as BBC, Radio France, Espace2, ABC Australia, ORF in Austria, Deutscher Rundfunk, or ARTE televisions, France televisions, NHK in Japan, the Zygel Music Box on France 2 or the “Victoires de la musique” of 2015 and 2017.

In addition, Shani Diluka records the official record of the Folle Journée 2014 on the American avant-garde music “Road 66” which receives an unprecedented public and critical success. In 2016, his new recording dedicated to Schubert with the great D960 Bb sonata, which won numerous awards and a double box set dedicated to him at Mirare, appeared. The 2016/2017 season will take her to prestigious programs at the Champs Elysées Theater (Jeanine Roze production), the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the foundation of Zubin Mehta, Salzburg Mozarteum, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Schubertiades in Austria, La Folle Journée Nantes, in Russia and Japan, at La Roque d’Anthéron, at the Philharmonie de Paris … The release of the album “Symphonie des Oiseaux” with Geneviève Laurenceau and the bird singers Johnny Rasse and Jean Boucault at Spring 2017 at Mirare receives an enthusiastic media and public reception.

In 2018, among others, the release of an exceptional record project on historical piano and modern piano on a subsidiary relationship between Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach and Mozart with the support of the Fondation Royaumont at Mirare and the Potsdam Kammeracademie Orchestra, and the edition of his first collection of Poesie chez Editions Art3.

In addition, Shani Diluka has collaborated several times with big names in film such as Sophie Marceau, Gerard Depardieu, Hippolyte Girardot or Charles Berling.


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