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Born in Paris in 1965, Marc Laforêt gave his first recital at the age of 8 at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. He graduated from the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt, which was followed by the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Professor Pierre SANCAN, where he received unanimously first prize, which was followed by master classes given by world wide international musicians.
Marc Laforêt had the great privilege of being personally teached by Maestro Arthur Rubinstein who gave him the warmest encouragements. He received the gold medal of Georgy Cziffra and Yehudi Menuhin Foundations. New York 1985: Marc Laforêt wins: “Young Concert Artists International Auditions”. Warsaw 1985: Marc Laforêt wins: Silver Medal of the XIth International Frederic Chopin competition in Warsaw, and the prize of Mazurkas.
Ever since, Marc Laforêt’s career’s became international and he is regularly invited by prestigious orchestras among which: Orchestre de Paris, la Scala di Milano, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, La Haye, Zurich, Suisse Romande, Tokyo Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonia, Leipzig, Saint-Petersburg, Orchestre National de France, Symphonic Euskadi, Philharmonique de Radio-France, Monte-Carlo, Prague, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Shangai Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille… With prestigious conductors as: Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Eliahu Inbal, Georges Prêtre, Klaus-Peter Flor, Rudolf Barshai, Vassili Sinaïski, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Serge Baudo, Alain Lombard, Kasimierz Kord, Jan Latham-Koenig, Arie Van Beck, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Antoni Wit, Jean-Claude Casadesus…
He performs recitals in Paris, New York, Washington, Moscow, Tokyo, Osaka, Shangai, Berlin, St-Petersburg, Munich, Vienna, Milano, Roma, London, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Stockholm…
Marc Laforêt’s talent had great recognition through his recordings, among which the two Chopin Concerti with the “London Philharmonia” conducted by Maestro Rudolf Barshai (EMI), the 24 Chopin Preludes and Sonata N°3 (Berlin Classics). A CD of complete set of Chopin Waltzes (Arion) received the most enthusiastic press releases.
He recorded a CD and DVD dedicated to Frederic Chopin in which he performed the two Concerti with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Kazimierz Kord (Maxell)
Known as an outstanding specialist of Frederic Chopin he was privileged to play in the composer’s house, place Vendôme in Paris on October 17th 1999, the very night of the composer’s 150th death anniversary.
He takes great pleasure to play chamber music with partners such as Renaud Capuçon, Vladimir Spivakov, Sergei Krylov, Henri Demarquette, Gautier Capuçon, Modigliani Quartet…
His recent performances include recitals at the prestigious « La Roque-d’Anthéron » festival, the « Folle Journée de Tokyo », the « Folle Journée de Nantes », the Warsaw Philharmonic in the series « Before the Great Competition » …
Since July 2003, Marc Laforêt is the founder and Artistic Director of the Music Festival “Les Grands Crus Musicaux”, which takes place every July, in prestigious Wine Castles around Bordeaux in France. He is since last year artistic advisor to the « Cziffra Foundation » in Senlis. The “Del Duca Foundation” associated to the “Académie des Beaux-Arts” awarded Marc Laforêt the first Grand Prize for Musical Interpretation.
Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise in E flat major op. 22
4 Mazurkas op. 24
G minor no. 1
C major no. 2
A flat major no. 3
B flat minor no. 4
Ballade in G minor op. 23
Nocturne in D flat major op. 27 no. 2
Scherzo in B flat minor op. 31
Martín García García is a pianist born in Gijón, Spain. He began his musical studies at the age of 5, with his teachers Natalia Mazoun and Ilyà Goldfarb. Graduated from Reina Sofía School of Music, he studied there for more than a decade with Galina Eguiazarova -receiving from Her Majesty the Queen Sofía the prize for the Best Student of the chair-, he is also Master in Piano by Mannes School of Music in New York.
Martín has won first prize in several national and international competitions, highlighting his victory at 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition, and his 3rd Prize at XVIII International Chopin Piano Competition (and the special award for the Best Concerto), the most relevant competition on the world stage. Furthermore, he got the 1st Prize at 2018 International Keyboard Institute & Festival, held in New York, which allowed him to obtain the scholarship with which he was able to establish himself there. He resided in New York City for the past two years completing his artistic training with the distinguished pianist Mr. Jerome Rose.
He has given concerts as a soloist in venues around Europe and United States, receiving very positive reviews from musicians and pianists of the stature of Vladimir Kraniev, Dmitri Alexeev, Arcadi Volodos, Dimitri Bashkirov, Joaquín Achúcarro or Tatiana Copeland (Sergei Rachmaninov’s grandniece), among others. He has also been invited to the International Ruhr Piano Festival under the sponsorship of Maestro Radu Lupu.
After all the success of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, held during October 2021, Martin has planned several tours in Japan, Europe, and USA.
Waltz in E minor op. posth.
Waltz in A minor op. 34 no. 2
Waltz in A flat major op. 34 no. 1
Waltz in C sharp minor op. 64 no. 2
Nocturne in E flat major op. 55 no. 2
Scherzo in B flat minor op. 31
Impromptu in G flat major op. 51
Ballade in G minor op. 23
Ballade in A flat major op. 47
Polonaise in A flat major op. 53