Florent Boffard I Piano

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Florent BOFFARD began his musical studies at the National Conservatory of Lyon at age twelve. He went on to study at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris, where he won the "Premier Prix de Piano" and the "Premier Prix de Musique de Chambre". He continued his studies in piano, harmony, counterpoint and accompaniment at the Conservatory, where his teachers included  Yvonne LORIOD, Geneviève JOY and Germaine MOUNIER. In 1982, he won the International Claude KAHN Piano Competition in Paris and in the following year won the International Vianna da Motta Piano Competition in Lisbon.

From 1988 to 1999, Florent BOFFARD was soloist of the Ensemble InterContemporain, where he worked with several of today's most prominent composers, including BOULEZ, DONATONI, LIGETI… His discography includes BOULEZ' Structures for two pianos with Pierre-Laurent AIMARD (DGG), BERIO's Sequenza for piano (DGG), BARTOK's 2nd Sonata for violin and piano with Isabelle FAUST (Harmonia Mundi) as well as a CD dedicated to DEBUSSY and BARTOK's "Etudes pour piano" (Harmonia Mundi).

He has played in numerous Festivals, including those of Salzburg, Berlin, Bath, Brussels, Holland Festival, Aspen, Kuhmo, La Roque d'Anthéron, Musica in Strasbourg with the Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg…, and he has performed under such conductors as Pierre BOULEZ, Simon RATTLE, Leon FLEISHER, David ROBERTSON…

In 2001, Florent BOFFARD received the BELMONT PRIZE from the FORBERG-SCHNEIDER FOUNDATION (MUNICH), for his commitment to the contemporary music.

His solo recording dedicated to Schönberg "L'oeuvre pour piano" released for Mirare has been awarded by Gramophone "Editor's Choice" in the September 2013 issue.


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SCHOENBERG by Florent Boffard : GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE
2013-09-02 Gramophone, London
"Schoenberg "L'oeuvre pour piano" for Mirare distribution Harmonia Mundi
Klavierstücke – Op.11, Op.19, Op.23, Op.33 – Suite Op.25
"If this were a Gramophone Collection survey of Schoenberg's piano music, and I'd already discussed the relative merits, or otherwise, of Glenn Gould and Maurizio Pollini […] I 'd still be tempted to hand the ultimate top-choice accolade to this new cycle by the French pianist Florent Boffard."
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(Philip Clark)
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