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Claire Désert

Being used to performing at prestigious festivals in France (festival de la Roque-d’Anthéron, piano aux Jacobins, Lille piano festival, festival de Radio France Montpellier, etc…), Claire Désert is also present on international stages (Wigmore hall in London, Kennedy Center in New York, Japan, Brazil, Germany, etc…) and performed as a soloist with esteemed symphonic formations such as the orchestras of Paris, Philharmonique de Radio-France, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Prague, Québec, Japan… She playеd under the direction of de M. Janowski, J. Bělohlávek, L. Foster…

Following her admission in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, at the age of 14, Claire Désert was unanimously given first award by the jury of the piano class of V. Yankoff, as well as first award for chamber music in the class of J. Hubeau. She was then accepted into an advanced course (R. Pidou’s chamber music class). Noticed by the pianist and pedagogue E. Malinin, she was invited to continue her studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.

Claire Désert is a spectacular chamber musician. Among her esteemed professional partners are Emmanuel Strosser, Anne Gastinel, Gary Hoffman Philippe Graffin, Régis Pasquier, le Quatuor Sine Nomine, le Quintette Moraguès…

Her rich discography includes, among others, A CD of Schumann novelettes (crowned with a “10” from the repertoire), a CD of concerts by Scriabin and Dvořák with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, which won the Victoire de la Music in 1997, and several recordings made with Emmanuel Strosser, Anne Gastinel, Gary Hoffman. Three other discs dedicated to Schumann have also been released by Mirare. The last one of these was awarded ffff by Télérama as well as Choc by Classica magazine.

Claire Désert is a professor of piano and chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and a recipient of the 2020 Interpretation Award from the Académie des Beaux-Arts.