Monique (Yver) de la Bruchollerie
piano | France, °1915 - 1973
 
PIANO 1938 : Tenth Prize
It was a lucky coincidence for Monique de la Bruchollerie's (1915-1973) future career that her parents were friends of legendary pianist and teacher Isidor Philipp, who discovered the girl’s talent and immediately started giving her lessons. Barely aged 7, she became a student of the Paris Conservatoire in Professor Philipp's class. At 13 she graduated from the Conservatoire, winning the Premier Prix (1928) and the Prix Pagès, awarded by Conservatoire authorities every five years to the best Premier Prix winner of the previous four years. Subsequently, she studied with Alfred Cortot in Paris, Emil von Sauer in Vienna and Raul Kochalski in Berlin.

In 1932 Monique de la Bruchollerie gave a concert at the Salle Pleyel, with the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire orchestra under the direction of Charles Munch, playing three piano concertos. This performance marked the beginning of the 17-year-old's international career and led her into signing an exclusive three year contract with the Société des Concerts.

She subsequently took part in three international music competitions: in Vienna (3rd prize, 1936), Warsaw (3rd Chopin Competition, 7th prize) and Brussels (Eugène Ysaÿe Competition, 10th prize, 1938).

Monique de la Bruchollerie's concert career gained new momentum after World War II. During the 1940s, '50s and '60s she played several dozen concerts a year. She debuted in the United States with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Ernest Ansermet in 1952. Subsequently she appeared as a soloist in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and other US cities. Her five performances given within two weeks at Carnegie Hall are regarded as an outstanding event in the famous concert hall's history. Her repertoire was very wide, including works by Bach, Mozart, Clementi, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Débussy, Franck, de Falla, Szymanowski, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

In 1969, during a series of concerts in Romania, Monique de La Bruchollerie was injured in a car accident which ended her stage career. She dedicated the remainder of her life to teaching. She left a few recordings including piano concertos by Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Franck and Rachmaninov as well as solo pieces by various composers, including Chopin's Ballade in F minor. She was a jury member at international music competitions in Paris, Budapest, Versailles and Munich.
Program
Final (29/05/1938)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto n. 23 in A major KV 488
Franz Liszt Prélude et fugue sur un thème B-A-C-H
Robert Schumann Carnaval op. 9
Karol Szymanowski Variations in B flat minor op. 3
Fryderyk Chopin Ballade n. 4 in F minor op. 52
Camille Saint-Saëns Toccata in F major op. 111/6
Arthur De Greef 6 Nouvelles études de concert
Monique (Yver) de la Bruchollerie
Orchestre Symphonique de l'INR, dir. Franz André
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