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Claire Rouault - A Candlelight Concert

Claire Rouault - A Candlelight Concert

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  • Fri 14 Jun ’13, 7:30pm


St Andrew's Church, 5 Henry Street, Blenheim Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults - doors sales: $25.00
  • Students: $10.00
  • Free for children under 12: $0.00
  • Adults - pre-sales (booking fees apply): $20.00


Piano on Tour

Acclaimed French pianist Claire Rouault will present a recital of classical piano music. The program will include works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.

Detailed program:

Frederic CHOPIN (1810 – 1849)

Ballade n°1 op.23
Ballade n°3 op.47
Mazurka N°7 op. 7 n°3 in F minor
Mazurka N°10 op. 17 n°1 in B flat major
Mazurka N°1 op. 6 n°1 in F sharp minor
Mazurka N°41 op. 63 n°3 in C sharp minor
Fantaisie Impromptu op. 66 in C sharp minor


Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873 – 1943)
Prélude op.23 n°4 (andante cantabile)
Prélude op.23 n°7 (allegro)
Etude Tableau op. 39 n°8 (allegro moderato)
Etude Tableau op. 39 n°1 (allegro agitato)

Alexander SCRIABIN (1872 – 1915)
Prelude op.11 n°12 in G sharp minor
Poème op.32 n°1 in F sharp major
Prelude op.11 n°8 in F sharp minor
Prelude op.9 n°1 in C sharp minor « For the left hand »
Etude op.8 n°12 in D sharp minor

Claire Rouault began studying piano at five years old and immediately realised that this was to be her instrument. From then on, the piano was an essential part of Claire’s life, and music her main language.

Claire performed her first solo concert with an orchestra when she was 11 years old. She also showed a very early interest for chamber music and accompaniment, and obtained in 1999, at the amazingly young age of 12, her Accompanist Certificate at National Music Conservatoire of Rennes. The following year she obtained both her Chamber Music and Solo Piano Certificates with honours. She gave many chamber music concerts in these early years.

When she was 14, her passion brought her to Paris to study with Professor Jacques Rouvier, and Russian pianist Igor Lazko (a Neuhaus musical heir), who would play a critical role in her musical education. She won the Claude Kahn competition (2001) and the Anton Rubinstein Competition (2003), and was selected to study in the famous National Superior Music Conservatory of Paris (CNSM), France’s top music school, at the age of 15.

The French National Superior Music Conservatory of Paris gave Claire two unique opportunities: intense piano studies with Georges Pludermacher and Claire Désert, and studying musicology, harmonisation, writing and analysis with renowned masters. Master classes all over Europe with Lev Natochenny, Peter Eicher, Adam Wibrowski, Miguel da Silva (Quatuor Ysaÿe), and the composers Eric Tanguy and Jean-Claude Henry, also enriched these period.

Claire brilliantly achieved her Parisian Studies in 2008 at National Superior Music Conservatory of Paris, with three major prizes: a Piano First Prize with honours, a “Diplôme de Formation Supérieure” with honours, including Chamber Music and Accompaniment, and the “Olivier Messiaen” Special Prize.

Whilst carrying on with her studies with Igor Lazko at the Schola Cantorum of Paris, Claire also started teaching piano and accompanying singers and violinists in this famous Parisian School, working notably with singer Anna-Maria Bondi and violinist Patrice Fontanarosa.

During this period, Claire also travelled all over the world, including in New Zealand in 2009 and 2010. After visiting many different cultures and places, she and her partner eventually decided in 2011 to come to New Zealand, where they are now applying for Residency.

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