Daniel Blumenthal
United States of America, °1952
Born in Landstuhl (Germany), Daniel Blumenthal is of American origin. He began his musical studies shortly after his fifth birthday and is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Music) and the Juilliard School in New York (Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts). He has won several international competitions : Sydney and Leeds in 1981, Geneva and Busoni in 1982, and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1983. He enjoys an international reputation as a soloist, concert musician, and chamber musician. Daniel Blumenthal is professor op piano performance at the Brussels Conservatory and the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark. In 1995 he served on the jury of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition. He has recorded over 80 CDs. Daniel Blumenthal is honorary member of Icons of Europe and musical advisor to this not-for-profit cultural association.
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Jonas Vitaud
France, °1980
Jonas Vitaud started to study the piano at the age of six and the organ at the age of eleven. Trained by Brigitte Engerer, Jean Koerner, and Christian Ivaldi, he won four first prizes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. A laureate of several international competitions (Lyons, ARD from Munich, Trieste, and Vienna), both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, he has performed at prestigious festivals such as the festival of the Lille Piano(s) Festival, Piano aux Jacobins, Août Musical in Deauville, the Festival de la Chaise Dieu, the Fêtes musicales de Nohant, the Festival Chopin de Bagatelle, the Richard Strauss Festival in Germany, the Musical Autumn in Caserta (Italy), the iDans festival in Istanbul, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, and the French May in Hong Kong.

He has performed with orchestras such as the Orchestre du Capitole and the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, the Moravian Philharmonic, the Munich Radio Orchestra, and with vocal (e.g. Sequenza and Les Solistes de Lyon) and contemporary-music ensembles. He is keenly interested in chamber music, which he has played with Bertrand Chamayou, Hwang Sumi, Christian-Pierre La Marca, Geneviève Laurenceau, Yann Levionnois, and the Quatuor Zaïde, among others. Passionate about contemporary music, he has worked with modern masters such as Henri Dutilleux, Thierry Escaich, György Kurtag, and Philippe Hersant. Jonas Vitaud has taught at the CNSM in Paris since 2013. In 2016, Jonas Vitaud was awarded a Grand Prix as an instrumental soloist by the Académie Charles Cros. He is also an associated artist of the Fondation Singer-Polignac.
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David Zobel
David Zobel combines his career as a pianist accompanist with that of a singing coach in France and abroad. Throughout the last ten years, he has been the regular pianist for the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. His first recording with her, a CD entitled The Deepest Desire, was acclaimed by critics worldwide and received a Diapason d'Or for 2007. David Zobel also accompanies other singers, including the French tenor Yann Beuron and the U.S. baritone Stephen Salters. He has collaborated with the tenor Carl Ghazarossian over many years; their first recording, of French songs, Les donneurs de sérénade, came out in 2015 on the Hortus label. He has also been regularly involved with several international competitions, including the Hans Gabor Belvedere in Vienna, the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, and the Operalia Competition founded by Plácido Domingo. David Zobel also works as a singing coach at a number of theatres in France and abroad. He has played under the world’s leading conductors. He took part in the Russian stage premiere of Pelléas et Mélisande, which was conducted by Marc Minkowski, which was awarded the Golden Mask for the ‘Best Opera of the Year’. David Zobel is a graduate of the Conservatoire National in Paris and of the Juilliard School in New York. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.
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