| Blandine Waldmann

Piano




French pianist born in Paris, Blandine Waldmann won the First Prize in more than ten international competitions.

The audiences and critics are totally charmed by her musicality and communicative energy. Her contrasting and colourful playing is a result of her creativity and imagination.

| In brief

● Master of piano with distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels’ Dutch section, taught by Aleksandar Madzar
● Master of chamber music with high distinction, taught by Daniel Blumenthal
● Masterclasses alongside such great names as Anne Queffelec, Jean-Michel Damase, Piet Kuijken and Vincenzo Balzani
● Winner of first prizes and awards at numerous international competitions (“American protégé and Bradshaw & Buono International Competition” in New York, International Competition of Geneva, International Competition Erik Satie of Lecce…)
● Recognised by the “Service Général des arts de la scène” of the Ministry of the French community in Belgium

| Her references

● Appeared in such venues as the Carnegie Stern Hall and the Carnegie Weill Hall in New York, the Cadogan Hall in London, the Great Concert Hall of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the “Teatro Comunale” in Florence
● Guest at festivals such as the “Festival de Flandres” in Brussels
● Double CD release based on the music of Swedish composer Jonathan Östlund under the Divine Art label
● CD release Under DUX label in 2017

Blandine Waldmann © Gil Lefauconnier

The pianist, Blandine Waldmann, enchants “La Closerie”

[…] Precise, sometimes gentle, sometimes powerful. She managed to make the hall of the rural theatre gasp. The audience at ‘La Closerie’ were on their feet when they greeted the pianist with a warm applause.

Piano recital at “La Closerie” Theatre in Etais-la-Sauvain 07/27/2016

Under the charm of Blandine Waldmann

[…] The concert pianist Blandine Waldmann offered a superb performance in front of the sold out theatre “La Closerie”. Her career to date testifies of her virtuosity, which is in no doubt. The exceptional accoustics of the theatre enhanced her performance. Numerous music lovers compare it to the famous concert halls. For more than an hour, the public was under her charm, literally transported by this concert pianist whose performance based around Rachmaninov, Ravel, Debussy and Moussorgski was coupled with an elegance and with an absolutely irresistible simplicity.

Piano recital at “La Closerie” Theatre in Etais-la-Sauvain – 07/27/2016

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Blandine Waldmann is a very talented young pianist. Her technique is excellent, the sound is rich in colour and varied, she has a vast understanding of style, and she plays with a degree of emotional involvement and passion that has become rather rare.

Aleksandar Madzar

Miss Blandine Waldmann is an excellent pianist with an impressive technique and a very distinctive style and personality.

Daniel Blumenthal

| Her biography

Her magnificent musicality, her technical mastery and her emotional depth combined with a really unique sensitivity have established Blandine Waldmann as one of the most charismatic pianist of her time. ” Her musicality exuded imploding momentum and professional mastery ” (Roberta On the Arts, New York).
” Returns as the excellent solo pianist ” (Fanfare Magazine) or again as ” A pianist of great merit ” (Est Républicain), the audiences and critics are totally charmed by her stage presence ” She managed to make the hall gasp ” (Le Journal du Centre) and her communicative energy ” The public was under her charm, literally transported by this concert pianist ” (L’Yonne Républicaine). Her play is recognized for its degree of emotional investment ” The young musician played, once again, with a lot of passion, feelings, giving to the interpreted works, a particular light ” (Le Journal du Centre), but also appreciated for the subtlety and the variety of the touch and the sound ” Her refinement of touch did not leave the public insensitive ” (Le Journal du Centre).

Although her temperament turns to the virtuosity pieces of the XIXth and XXth centuries, she wouldn’t want to be qualified as specialist. She develops a natural affinity for a very vast repertoire going from Bach to the music of our time including Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Tchaikovsky, Scriabine, Messiaen.

The 2017-2018 season opens with a piano recital at the Americain Church of Paris on the occasion of a CD release with DUX label that features music by Moussorgsky, Brahms and Scriabin.

Highlights of her 2016-2017 season included a Debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York, invitations at the ” Sala Accademica del Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra ” and the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Roma and engagement at the Villa Campolieto in Ercolano. As a soloist, the season have included returns to the ” Eurorchestra da Camera di Bari ” under the direction of Francesco Lentini, in recital, to the Closerie Theatre and in chamber music, at the Vachères Festival. A fruitful collaboration with the Dutch flutist Eleonore Pameijer has brought both artists on a French – Dutch tour in particular in Paris, Chatou, Vachères, Dordrecht and Oostvoorne.

Highlights of the 2015-2016 season included a Debut at the Carnegie Weill Hall in New York. It is also in 2015 that Blandine Waldmann took the function of Artistic Director of Clavis Production. Other remarkable venues included a tour in Italy (Naples, Bari, Corato, Airola…) as well as a recording in London.

Thank you for granting us and the audience with an amazing performance on July 3rd.

American Protégé

Prize winner recital , Comitee of the International Competition

From 2014 till 2017, she won the first price of nine International Competitions, in particular in the International Competition “Erik Satie” of Lecce (Italy), in the Competition International Eurorchestra da Camera “Nuovi Interpreti” of Bari, in the International Competition E-muse of Athens. She is also a prize-winner of International Competitions such as the “American Protégé International Competition” and the “Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition” of New York as well as the International Competition “Grand Prize Virtuoso” of Salzburg. (See all Awards)

Acclaimed in Europe and in the United States, recent seasons have included venues at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Cadogan Hall of London, the Great Concert Hall of the ” Conservatoire Royal”  and the Wolubilis of Brussels, the Theatre of Florence and Corato, the Congress Hall Nicolaus in Bari, “Reggia di Quisisana” in Castellamare di Stabia, the ” Palazzo Mastelloni ” in Naples, as well as in festivals such as “Vlaanderen International” in Brussels, the ” Festival della Valle dell’ Orfento ” in Caramanico Terme, ” Nuit du Patrimoine ” in Sarlat-la-Canédat.

[…] Blandine Waldmann is extremely polished in the thrilling passage of Britten’s ‘The Young Apollo’, a rarely performed work, accomplished with a surpassing intensity from the soloist and the orchestra.

Original article

La Gazzetta de Mezzogiorno

An avid defender of the musics of her time, Blandine Waldmann likes collaborating with contemporary composers. Passionated about italian culture, she launchs a project of collaboration with the composer Vincenzo Palermo to play his creations, in particular his second piano concerto. She played under the direction of Bart Bouckaert within a contemporary orchestra in Belgium. She played on one of the more ambitious projects of this composer in “Catharsis” for two pianos. In recent years, she has worked with the swedish composer Jonathan Östlund on a double CD under the Divine Art Record Label. The french pianist also recorded and collaborated with the romanian composer Alin Gherman on the creation of the piece ” Grains, fleur et son envol “ for violin, clarinet, percussion and doublebass.

Besides her recitals, chamber music holds an important place in her career. She shares regularly the stage with other exceptional musicians such as Eleonore Pameijer, Ursula Leveaux, Justus Grimm, Vadim Tchijik, Frédéric Pelassy…

On stage as for her recordings, Blandine Waldmann posseses an eclectic repertoire. Her last solo recording featuring Moussorgsky, Brahms and Scriabine is going to be released with DUX label very soon. Among her last releases in 2016, we may note a double CD of contemporary music dedicated to the Swedish composer Jonathan Östlund under Divine Art label, recording which was warmly greeted by the musical press, in particular distinguished by Fanfare Magazine as well as the specialized site HisVoice.cz. Among her previous CDs, she has recorded with the violinists Okasana Ryzhenko, Aram Badalian, Michaël Scoriels and the oboist Adrien Eblé, featuring the music of Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Bloch, Respighi, Poulenc, Dutilleux and Schumann.

Born in Paris, Blandine Waldmann trains with Désiré N’ Kaoua before joining the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where she studied with Dominique Cornil and graduated with honours to the First Prize Diplomas of piano and chamber music. Then, she was offered a place at “Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel” where she studied with Aleksandar Madzar, Daniel Blumenthal and Viviane Spanoghe. She splendidly was awarded a Master’s degree Diploma of piano with honours, as well as a Master’s degree of chamber music with first class honours.

Concurrently, the french pianist continued to perfect her skills by attending various master classes in France, Great Britain, Belgium and Italy, from such musical personalities as Anne Queffelec, Jean-Michel Damase, Piet Kuijken, Dirk Vermeulen, Christopher Elton, Volker Banfield and Vincenzo Balzani, Eugen Indjic, Eugène Pridonoff.

At the end of her academic training, Blandine Waldmann obtains a recognition by the General Department of the Performing arts of the Ministry of the French Community of Belgium.

Awards

1st Prize Concorso Internazionale “Eurorchestra Nuovi Interpreti” 2014
1st Prize Concorso Musicale Internazionale “Paolo Barrasso” 2014
1st Prize Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale di “Le Note Sinfonie” 2014
1st Prize Concorso Internazionale Florestano Rossomandi 2016
1st Prize Concorso Musicale Internazionale “Erik Satie” 2015
1st Prize E-Muse International Competition of Athens 2017
1st Prize Concorso Internazionale di Musica “Lucia Iurleo” 2015
1st Prize Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale di Matera 2015
1st Prize Concorso di Musica “Magna Grecia” 2015
2d Prize American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2015
2d Prize The Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition 2013
2d Prize Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition of Salsbourg 2016
2d Prize Paris International Music Competition Melos 2017
2d Prize Concorso Internazionale “Napolinova” 2015
2d Prize Concorso Internazionale Giovani Musicisti “Luigi Denza” 2015
2d Prize Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale “Rito Selvaggi” 2015
3rd Prize Geneva International Music Competition Melos 2016
3rd Prize Città di Pagani Concorso Internazionale 2016
3rd Prize Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale Città di Airolà 2015
3rd Prize International Music Competition AMIGDALA “Giuseppe Raciti” 2015
3rd Prize International Music Competition Euterpe 2015

(…) The music lovers said that what they had heard was worthy of the best French stages.

Est Républicain

Internationally renowned artist, Blandine wowed the audience with her talent and simplicity! (…) She made us thrill by listening such great musicians as Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Moussorgsky. Those who were wrong are those who have not seized this unique opportunity to meet Blandine Waldmann! As a piano virtuoso, she has enchanted the less music lovers of us!

Diana André

Diana André, Conseillère Générale du canton de Bar le Duc Sud, Deputy Mayor

This young pianist combines both a colourful playing and a flawless technique, and has a lot of commitment and passion.

Sud Ouest

[…] Blandine Waldmann is superb in her keyboard color, unafraid to opt for harsher sonorities when appropriate.
The Impressionist moniker is perhaps not entirely apt, as Östlund’ s range of expression is wider. Some
pieces do, however, sit happily with that description, the lonely and lovely Winter Vigil (expressively played here by Blandine Waldmann) being a case in point […]

(About “Miroir d’un Mirage”) The lumbering gait of the fifth movement is well projected by Blandine Waldmann.
It’ s nice to see a piece for solo bassoon, too: The Frog Pond. Playful in extremis, Ursula Leveaux and Blandine Waldmann clearly have fun in both of its movements […] Colin Clarke

Fanfare Magazine, Jonathan Östlund's CD "Lunaris" released in 2016

A pianist of great merit…”

Est Républicain

It started on a Friday night with a concert performed by a Parisian pianist. Blandine Waldmann, a brilliant young artist, trained at the Brussels Conservatory. Her performance delighted the audience which wants to see her again in our region soon.

Est Républicain

[…] Blandine Waldmann returns as the excellent solo pianist […] Huntley Dent

Fanfare Magazine, Jonathan Östlund's CD "Lunaris" released in 2016