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Renowned as both pianist and pedagogue, Bruno Rigutto is one of the rare disciples of Samson François. A laureate of the Marguerite-Long Competition, then the Tchaikovsky Competition, he has toured widely in Europe, the United States, and Japan. He has performed with the great conductors, including Carlo-Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Georges Prêtre, Kurt Masur, and others. In chamber music, he partners with Jean-Pierre Wallez, Isaac Stern, Pierre Amoyal, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Yo Yo Ma, Barbara Hendricks, and more. Appointed professor of piano at the national conservatory (CSNM) of Paris, succeeding Aldo Ciccolini, he has nurtured numerous young talents.
Having started in a scientific field, Delphine Co decided to change her path in 2012 and to perfect her piano skills with Romain Descharmes at the CRR of Paris and with Bruno Rigutto at the Schola Cantorum. She graduated from both schools with honors and congratulations of the jury in 2014. She then entered the Bachelor’s program at the Haute École de Musique de Genève and is currently finishing her 2nd Master’s degree in the class of Marc Pantillon and Cédric Pescia. She regularly performs in four-hand concerts with Marc Pantillon, in chamber music and as a soloist. She is a prizewinner of several major international competitions.
Born into a family of musicians, Laure Cholé began playing the piano at the age of 4 with Jeannine Collet. She then joined the CRR of Grenoble in the class of Florence Cioccolani. In 2019, she is admitted to the CNSM of Paris in the class of Michel Dalberto and Claire Marie Le Guay. In 2021, she joins the class of Hortense Cartier Bresson. During numerous academies and masterclasses she was taught by Bruno Rigutto. In October 2020, she joins the chamber music degree course, in violin piano sonata with Celio Torina in the class of Itamar Golan. As a duo, they obtain the chamber music degree in July 2021 with unanimous approval of the jury.
Charles Heisser is a versatile young pianist who blends his various passions with care and integrity. He explores various repertoires, from jazz to classical solo piano, including chamber music, contemporary creation and composition. He already takes part in major French festivals such as the Nice Classic Live, the Ravel Festival in Saint-Jean de Luz or Jazz à La Défense. In 2019, he won the Crest International Jazz Competition with his group Nota Bene and was a finalist in the same year at the Jazz à La Défense competition with his group Epic Saga.
Born in 2001, Ionah Maiatsky, a pianist of Franco-Russian origin, has already distinguished himself in international competitions: in 2021 he received the first prize at the Albert Roussel competition in Paris, and in 2022 the second prize as well as the Belle Saison prize at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition with cellist Paul-Marie Kuzma. Trained first in Lausanne in piano, organ, improvisation and chamber music, he entered the CRR of Paris in 2014 before joining the CNSM where he perfected his skills with Marie-Josèphe Jude and Jonas Vitaud in particular.