Festival Lille Clef de Soleil

Emmanuelle Stephan

 A French pianist, Emmanuelle STEPHAN inherited her passion for piano from her first teacher, Russian: Professor Yuri KLEMPERT, a student of Isaac ZETEL, himself a pupil of the great founder of the Russian piano school: Heinrich NEUHAUS. A competition laureate from a very young age (awarded in Paris the First Prize of the Competition of France’s Musical Academy, and the Gold Clef of the French Association for Musical Expression), she starts her formal piano training at the Conservatory of Music of Luxemburg, notably with concert pianist Jean Müller, and leaves Europe for the USA, where she joins the Juillard School in NEW YORK for 2 years. She continues to polish her skills at the VIENNA Musikhochschule with great pianist Lilya ZILBERSTEIN, and pursuies her piano performance studies at PARIS' Schola Cantorum under the teaching of Gabriel TACCHINO, sole pupil and reference performer for French composer Françis POULENC.

          Emmanuelle is keen on deriving inspiration at the source from Great Masters who are the memory of an authentic tradition of interpretation. Her pianism thus reflects two Piano Schools :

  • The Russian School : by taking advice from Russian pianist Lilya ZILBERSTEIN, who is widely recognised as the reference interpreter for Sergei RACHMANINOFF. Lilya ZILBERSTEIN was the pupil of Alexandre SATZ (himself the assistant of Heinrich NEUHAUS at the MOSCOW Conservatory).
  • The French School : she continues to follow the masterclasses of Gabriel TACCHINO, who was himself a pupil of Jacques FEVRIER and Marguerite LONG, important depositary of the works of DEBUSSY et RAVEL since she has worked and played directly with the composers.

Emmanuelle performs at international festivals and concert series in France and abroad, notably in the CROISETTE Theater in CANNES, in festivals « Musical Nights of Notre-Dame de Vie » and « A Winter in Music » in MOUGINS, at the Festival « Clef de Soleil » in LILLES's Conservatory of Music, at the « Piano Rendez-Vous » in NICE, at the Francis Poulenc Festival of BAGNOLS-EN-FORÊT, at FORT-DE-FRANCE on the national stage « Atrium Tropiques » of MARTINIQUE, in GERMANY at the Robert-Schumann-Haus of TRIER, in BELGIUM at the theater « Le Moulin de Saint-Denis » of MONS, in LUXEMBOURG at the European Communities’ Cultural Cercle and in ITALY at the « Festival di Pasqua dell’ Accademia Europea MOZART » of CERVO.

         2017 HIGHLIGHTS : In 2015, she is invited in CHINA to perform POULENC, DEBUSSY and CHOPIN within the framework of the concert series « Star Pearl Éducation - New Pearl Education - Nouvelle Star »; in April 2018, she plays in VENICE’s magnificent Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista for the Società Veneziana di Concerti. In the beginning of 2017, we could watch and listen to Emmanuelle STEPHAN as « new talent », on the live broadcast media in FR3 television programme and on MARTINIQUE 1st at the occasion of her concert on the national stage of FORT-DE-FRANCE, West Indies. In March 2017, she signs her first contract of participation to a recording around POULENC for the record house WARNER MUSIC. In April 2017, from a most competitive field of some 300 pianists, she is awarded the Second Prize of Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (NEW YORK). In May 2017, she becomes a laureate of the Rising Stars Grand Prix International Competition in BERLIN and also wins Third Prize at the prestigious VIENNA Grand Prize Virtuoso competition. In June, she is reinvited to CHINA for a 15 days concert tour as part of the « China Festival for Cultural Exchanges ». In November 2017, she gives her NEW YORK debuts at the mythic Carnegie Hall with a great success.