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Our Guest Professors

We're honored to have as guests at our Festival incredible musicians and professors

from the most prestigious Universities, Conservatories and Hochschulen in Europe.

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Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse - Paris

Hortense Cartier-Bresson

Hortense Cartier-Bresson is an established and important figure on the international music scene, and is regularly invited to perform in France and abroad.

She was appointed piano professor at the CNSM in 2011 having taught piano and chamber music at the CNR de Boulogne-Billancourt for many years. During this time she also directed a chamber orchestra.

In 1979 Hortense Cartier-Bresson had a decisive encounter with Gyôrgy Sebök, and following her studies at the CNSM, she studied with him in Bloomington, Indiana.

She was rapidly considered ‘one of the most remarkable pianists of her generation’, and in 1981 she won the 3rd prize in the LISZT-Bartok competition (the 1st prize not being attributed). A brilliant career thus began, leading her to play as a recitalist around the world, and also as soloist with symphony orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris directed by Ricardo Chailly, or the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Antal Dorati ...

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Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler - Berlin

Susanne Grützmann

Famous for her inspired playing, subtle sense of sound and virtuoso furor, Susanne Grützmann is one of the leading pianists of her generation.
She has received awards at major international competitions, winning the rarely awarded first prize at the ARD Competition in Munich. Furthermore, she won prizes at the Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, at the Concurso Vianna da Motta in Lisbon and at the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig.

Susanne Grützmann masters an extensive repertoire of piano concertos and has played with major orchestras such as the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, the Dutch Philharmonic, the Slovakian Philharmonic, the Arcos Chamber Orchestra New York and many others.

Her conducting partners were Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Masur, Hans Zender, Krzysztof Penderecki, Udo Zimmermann ...

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Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana - Lugano

Royal Northern College of Music - Manchester

Roberto Plano

Italian native Roberto Plano performs regularly throughout North America and Europe – notably at Lincoln Center, Sala Verdi, Salle Cortot, Wigmore Hall and the Herkulessaal. He has appeared with orchestras all over the world, under the direction of renowned conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, James Conlon, Pinchas Zuckerman, Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

Mr. Plano was the First Prize Winner at the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Prize Winner at the Honens, Dublin, Sendai, Geza Anda and Valencia Competitions and Finalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn and the Busoni Competitions, in addition to having won 15 First Prizes in National Competitions in Italy. In January 2018 he won the American Prize in the solo professional division.

Mr. Plano has been described by The Chronicle as the “Pavarotti of the Piano” for his lyricism and defined by Chicago radio commentator Paul Harvey as the heir to Rubinstein and Horowitz.

Frequently invited in international juries around the world, in 2025 he will be one of the five members of the 2025 Van Cliburn Competition Screening Jury.

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