Chairman of the Jury

Facundo Agudin is a Swiss Conductor of Argentinian descent who was born in Buenos Aires. After a university degree from the “Universidad Católica Argentina” in the conducting classes of Néstor Andrenacci and Guillermo Scarabino, he completed his training by studying Medieval music in Bologna with Pedro Memelsdorff and historical composition at the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis” in Basle.

For six years he was a chorister (barytone) at the “Schweizer Tonhalle Kammerchor” in Zurich where he interacted with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Armin Jordan, Simon Rattle, Gennadii Roshdestwenskii, Wolfgang Sawallisch, David Zinman. Such contacts, and in particular that with Valery Gergiev, enhanced his ambition to become conductor of an orchestra.

In 2004 he created “Musique des Lumières”, of which he has since been its musical and artistic director. He is co-founder of the “Neue Opernprojekte Basel” and of the “Stand’Eté” Festival.

From 2006 to 2008 he was the main guest conductor of the National Opera of Armenia. In 2007 he won the First Prize at the Colin Metters International Seminar with the Saint Petersburg Symphonic Orchestra. Since 2009 he is also the lead conductor of the Patagonia Symphonic Orchestra (Argentina). He has also conducted the Basle Symphonic Orchestra, the Bienne Symphonic Orchestra, the CRT Foundation Orchestra in Turin, the “Sinfonica Aosta”, the “Orchestra Classica Italiana”, the Saint Petersburg Symphonic Orchestra, the Kislovodsk Philarmonic, the “Teatro Colón” Philarmonic Orchestra, the Argentinian National Symphonic Orchestra, the “Teatro Argentino de La Plata” Orchestra, the Paraguay National Symphonic Orchestra and the Regional “Cannes Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur” Orchestra.

Since 2014 he has been a member of the guest conductors at the “Théâtre Mariinsky”, where he made his début with Faust. He also reinforced his partnership with the Argentina National Symphonic Orchestra. In parallel he has led numerous concerts with “Musique des Lumières”, as well as a new production of “La Traviata” at the “Stand’Eté” Festival. He was invited to conduct the “War Requiem” for the close of the first season of the new Buenos Aires Auditorium, the ‘Centro Cultural Kirchner’.

Facundo Agudin has conducted world premieres of works by Christian Favre, Jaqueline Fontyn, Dominique Gesseney, Christian Giger, Elmar Lampson, Andreas Pflüger, David Sonton, Julio Viera, Pablo Ortiz, Marcelo Nisinman. He has also worked closely with Universal Music and has been appointed by the Ricordi publishers in Munich to take part in the promotion of Simon Mayr’s operatic works.

His discography with the « Musique des Lumières » orchestra includes the “Requiem” by Christian Favre (Doron Music), the « Pilgrimage of the Rose“ by Schumann (Doron Music), Demetrio de Mayr (DRS2/Oehms Classics), “Nuevo Tango Nuevo” (Oehms Classics), ”Cantique” (works by Max Reger, Ernest Bloch and Andreas Pflüger), the first volume of a series under the Neos Music label in a co-production with SRF 2 Kultur.

2015-16 saw two new productions : « Proyecto Cortàzar » (created by Nisinman, Ortiz, Viera, NEOS Music) and « Der Kaiser von Atlantis » by Voktor Ullmann (a new version based on the study of the manuscript at the Sacher Stiftung in Basle, Doron Music).

Facundo Agudin is a member of the « Forum des 100 », one hundred celebrities that make up French-speaking Switzerland. He is a Jury member of the Lausanne Competition and of the Argentinian National Symphonic Orchestra.

Photo © Aline Fournier

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Christian Favre, born on 23rd January 1955 in Lausanne, is a Swiss soloist and chamber music pianist, composer and professor.

He studied at his hometown « Conservatoire » with Francesco Zaza. In 1975 he won the First Virtuoso Prize for piano with congratulations by the Jury headed by Louis Hiltbrand. He progressed further with Karl Engel at the Hanover “Musikhochschule”, where he obtained a soloist diploma in 1978.

He also benefited from the teachings by Stefan Askenase in Bonn, by Guido Agosti in Sienna and by Nikita Magaloff in Montreux.

Christian Favre performs in recitals, in chamber music and with orchestra. He has played under such conductors as Armin Jordan, Jesús López Cobos, Franz Welser-Möst, Marius Constant, Marcello Viotti, Tibor Varga, Christian Zacharias, etc. As he is particularly keen to establish close interactions between music, poetry and literature, Christian Favre partnered with actors such as Richard Vachoux, Corine Coderey, Nicolas Rinuy, Anna Pieri, for various poetical recitals based on : Franz Liszt/Victor Hugo, Robert Schumann/E. T. A. Hoffmann, Maurice Ravel/Aloysius Bertrand, Frédéric Chopin/George Sand. Since the beginning of his career he has given concerts in a very large number of European cities. Fascinated by chamber music, he has in particular performed with violinists Jean Jaquerod, Pierre Amoyal, Tedi Papavrami, Gilles Colliard, Gyula Stuller, Raphaël Oleg, Denitsa Kazakova and Frédéric Angleraux, violist Christoph Schiller, cellists Martina Schucan, François Guye, Wen-Sinn Yang, Thomas Demenga and Mark Drobinsky, pianists Martha Argerich, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Brigitte Meyer, Jean-François Antonioli, Paul Coker and Marc Pantillon, the Munich String Trio, the Raymond Quartet, the Amati Quartet, the Sine Nomine Quartet, as well as the Schumann Quartet, of which he is the standing pianist. Christian Favre has produced a considerable discography and has taken part in numerous radio and television programs.

He has composed a Requiem for choir, soloists and orchestra that was first performed in March 2008 in Buenos Aires with the Buenos Aires Filarmónica Orchestra conducted by Facundo Agudin. He is also the composer of several chamber music works , which he played in concert with musicians such as Tedi Papavrami, Gilles Colliard, François Guye, Denitsa Kazakova, Stefan Rusiecki, as well as with the Schumann Quartet. Some of these works have been recorded on a CD produced by Doron Music. His voice and piano-quartet transcriptions of the “Prélude et Mort d’Isolde”, of the “Wesendonck-Lieder” by Richard Wagner and of the “Rückert-Lieder” by Gustav Mahler have been rendered on several occasions in Switzerland, France and Spain by opera singer Dame Felicity Lott and the Schumann Quartet. In 2007 the Aeon company produced a CD of such transcriptions with the same artists.

In parallel with such activities, Christian Favre teaches at the High School of Music in Lausanne (HEMU) and regularly leads master classes in Switzerland and abroad. He is the artistic director and founder of the « Concours d’Interprétation Musicale de Lausanne » and has led the « Printemps de Romainmôtier » interpretation classes. He also leads interpretation classes at the Bienne International Summer Academy.

Amongst the many pupils whom he taught, mention can be made of Cédric Pescia, Jean-Selim Abdelmoula, Christian Chamorel, Mark Farago, Mauro lo Conte, Vittorio Forte, Sylvain Viredaz, Guy-François Leuenberger, Léonie Renaud, Lucas Buclin, Lionel Monnet, Magali Bourquin, Virginie Falquet, Antoine Rebstein, Yukiko Tanaka.

Cédric Pescia, who is both Swiss and French, was born in Lausanne and began studying music at the age of seven. He first studied at the Lausanne « Conservatoire » in Christian Favre’s class (First Virtuosity Prize with Jury congratulations in 1993), then with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva “Conservatoire” (First Virtuosity Prize with honours in 1997). He finished his studies at the Berlin “Universität der Künste” with Klaus Hellwig.

In parallel he perfected his talent with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Henri Barda, Daniel Barenboim, Irwin Gage, Ivan Klansky, Christian Zacharias, Ilan Gronich and with the Alban Berg Quartet. As an accompanist he contributed to several « Lied » interpretation classes given by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

From 2003 to 2006 he was a guest at the «International Piano Academy, Lake Como», where he studied with Dimitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Andreas Staier, William G. Naboré and Fou T’song in particular.

Cédric Pescia won the First Prize (Gold Medalist) at the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition 2002 in Salt Lake City, USA.

Cédric Pescia has given numerous concerts and recitals in Europe, in the United States, in China, in South America and in North Africa, and has played at the Great Hall of the Berlin Philarmonic, at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, at the Laieszhalle in Hambourg, at the Wigmore Hall in London, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, at the Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, at the Tonhalle in Zurich, and has been invited to perform at prestigious international festivals, including the Prague Spring, the Lucerne Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the “Sommets Musicaux” in Gstaad, the Hohenems Schubertiade and the Radio France and Montpellier Festival.

As a soloist he has played with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the « Orchestre de la Suisse Romande », the Utah Symphony, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Lausanne Sinfonietta, the “Orchestre de la Svizzera Italiana”, the “Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi” Orchestra, the “Camerata Bern”, the “Basler Kammerorchester”, the “Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern”, the “Göttinger Symphonie Orchester” and the Lille “Orchestre National”.

Besides his performnces as a soloist, his passion for chamber music had led him regularly to play with famous partners. A longstanding partnership exists between Cédric Pescia and violinist Nurit Stark.

He is a founding member of the Lausanne series of chamber music concerts « Ensemble enScène”, of which since 2006 he is its artistic director. He was also a Jury Member at the Clara Haskil Competitions in 2005 and 2007.

He leads master classes in the United States and Europe, including within the pretigious « Accademia Pianistica Internazionale Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy. In 2012 he was appointed as piano Professor at the High School of Music in Geneva.

In 2007 Cédric Pescia was given the « Prix Musique » by the Vaud Fondation for Culture. He is also the winner of the Lausanne-based Leenaards Foundation scholarship. The duet which Cédric Pescia created with violinist Nurit Stark is supported by the Forberg-Schneider Foundation.

For Claves Records, AEON, La Dolce Volta, BIS, Genuin, he has recorded works by J. S. Bach, F. Couperin, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Busoni, Enescu, Messiaen, Cage, Suslin, Gubaidulina, which CDs have been applauded by critiques.

As a descendant of a multi-generational musical family, Pascal Rogé was early on immersed in a musical environment. As a child prodigy his first public performance took place when he was nine; thereafter, following brilliant studies at the Paris “Conservatoire”, he won several international prizes, first and foremost the supreme award by the “Concours Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud”.

Let us also mention the decisive influence that the great pianist Julius Katchen and the legendary Nadia Boulanger had on his artistic and human developments. From his family Pascal Rogé inherited in particular a passion for French music, which he strived to publicize throughout his worldwide career, thanks to both his discography and his concert tours.

The names of all great French composers are to be found in his significant discography with Decca: besides his investigation of works by Fauré, Debussy and Satie, he recorded two complete works that were much lauded by critique, namely the Saint-Saëns and Ravel piano Concertos conducted by Charles Dutoit. In parallel, one of his recordings of Poulenc won the 1998 Gramophone Award-of-the-year for a Poulenc recording. In the previous year he had won a first Gramophone Award in the Chamber Music category.

Each season he devotes over fifty concerts to French music, be it in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Finland), in the United States (at the Carnegie Hall in particular), in New Zealand, in Asia, in particular in Japan, where he regularly teaches and performs.

« Rogé Edition », which is distributed by Onyx, is now his own recording company and around ten CDs have already been produced under that label, including Claude Debussy’s complete works for piano.

Together with his wife, Ami Rogé, Pascal Rogé has also devoted the past few years to the four-handed, two-piano repertoire.

In 2011 they created a concerto for 2 pianos, which was written for them by Matthew Hindson at the Sydney Opera House and conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy,

3 CDs of French music performed in duet have already been produced. The most recent one includes their own transcription for two pianos of Debussy’s « La Mer », which in September 2013 was selected by the Gramophone Magazine as « CD of the Month ».

This season they played Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos with the « Orchestre National de France » in Paris and with the “Orchestre OFUNAM” in Mexico City, as well as recitals of French music at “Radio France” and the BBC.

Julian Sykes is a music reviewer and radio producer at RTS-Espace 2. He has nearly twenty-five years of experience interviewing international musicians and young talents, writing music reviews and feature articles. For 17 years he was part of the team of the daily newspaper “le Temps” (2000-2017), for which he continues to write reviews.

Julian Sykes also worked for Radio Télévision Suisse since 1999. He hosts the program Musique Matin on Espace 2, from 7 am to 9 am. He has conducted public lectures-interviews, participated in the filming of television documentaries and co wrote a book on the Verbier Festival (Verbier Festival: 25 years at the top published by Noir sur Blanc editions).

Photo © Lea Kloos

Rafael Rosenfeld
Facundo Agudin - Chairman of the Jury
Facundo Agudin is a Swiss Conductor of Argentinian descent who was born in Buenos Aires. After a university degree from the “Universidad Católica Argentina” in the conducting classes of Néstor Andrenacci and Guillermo Scarabino, he completed his training by studying Medieval music in Bologna with Pedro Memelsdorff and historical composition at the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis” in Basle.

For six years he was a chorister (barytone) at the “Schweizer Tonhalle Kammerchor” in Zurich where he interacted with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Armin Jordan, Simon Rattle, Gennadii Roshdestwenskii, Wolfgang Sawallisch, David Zinman. Such contacts, and in particular that with Valery Gergiev, enhanced his ambition to become conductor of an orchestra.

In 2004 he created “Musique des Lumières”, of which he has since been its musical and artistic director. He is co-founder of the “Neue Opernprojekte Basel” and of the “Stand’Eté” Festival.

From 2006 to 2008 he was the main guest conductor of the National Opera of Armenia. In 2007 he won the First Prize at the Colin Metters International Seminar with the Saint Petersburg Symphonic Orchestra. Since 2009 he is also the lead conductor of the Patagonia Symphonic Orchestra (Argentina). He has also conducted the Basle Symphonic Orchestra, the Bienne Symphonic Orchestra, the CRT Foundation Orchestra in Turin, the “Sinfonica Aosta”, the “Orchestra Classica Italiana”, the Saint Petersburg Symphonic Orchestra, the Kislovodsk Philarmonic, the “Teatro Colón” Philarmonic Orchestra, the Argentinian National Symphonic Orchestra, the “Teatro Argentino de La Plata” Orchestra, the Paraguay National Symphonic Orchestra and the Regional “Cannes Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur” Orchestra.

Since 2014 he has been a member of the guest conductors at the “Théâtre Mariinsky”, where he made his début with Faust. He also reinforced his partnership with the Argentina National Symphonic Orchestra. In parallel he has led numerous concerts with “Musique des Lumières”, as well as a new production of “La Traviata” at the “Stand’Eté” Festival. He was invited to conduct the “War Requiem” for the close of the first season of the new Buenos Aires Auditorium, the ‘Centro Cultural Kirchner’.

Facundo Agudin has conducted world premieres of works by Christian Favre, Jaqueline Fontyn, Dominique Gesseney, Christian Giger, Elmar Lampson, Andreas Pflüger, David Sonton, Julio Viera, Pablo Ortiz, Marcelo Nisinman. He has also worked closely with Universal Music and has been appointed by the Ricordi publishers in Munich to take part in the promotion of Simon Mayr’s operatic works.

His discography with the « Musique des Lumières » orchestra includes the “Requiem” by Christian Favre (Doron Music), the « Pilgrimage of the Rose“ by Schumann (Doron Music), Demetrio de Mayr (DRS2/Oehms Classics), “Nuevo Tango Nuevo” (Oehms Classics), ”Cantique” (works by Max Reger, Ernest Bloch and Andreas Pflüger), the first volume of a series under the Neos Music label in a co-production with SRF 2 Kultur.

2015-16 saw two new productions : « Proyecto Cortàzar » (created by Nisinman, Ortiz, Viera, NEOS Music) and « Der Kaiser von Atlantis » by Voktor Ullmann (a new version based on the study of the manuscript at the Sacher Stiftung in Basle, Doron Music).

Facundo Agudin is a member of the « Forum des 100 », one hundred celebrities that make up French-speaking Switzerland. He is a Jury member of the Lausanne Competition and of the Argentinian National Symphonic Orchestra.

Photo © Aline Fournier

Rafael Rosenfeld
Christian Favre
Christian Favre, born on 23rd January 1955 in Lausanne, is a Swiss soloist and chamber music pianist, composer and professor.

He studied at his hometown « Conservatoire » with Francesco Zaza. In 1975 he won the First Virtuoso Prize for piano with congratulations by the Jury headed by Louis Hiltbrand. He progressed further with Karl Engel at the Hanover “Musikhochschule”, where he obtained a soloist diploma in 1978.

He also benefited from the teachings by Stefan Askenase in Bonn, by Guido Agosti in Sienna and by Nikita Magaloff in Montreux.

Christian Favre performs in recitals, in chamber music and with orchestra. He has played under such conductors as Armin Jordan, Jesús López Cobos, Franz Welser-Möst, Marius Constant, Marcello Viotti, Tibor Varga, Christian Zacharias, etc. As he is particularly keen to establish close interactions between music, poetry and literature, Christian Favre partnered with actors such as Richard Vachoux, Corine Coderey, Nicolas Rinuy, Anna Pieri, for various poetical recitals based on : Franz Liszt/Victor Hugo, Robert Schumann/E. T. A. Hoffmann, Maurice Ravel/Aloysius Bertrand, Frédéric Chopin/George Sand. Since the beginning of his career he has given concerts in a very large number of European cities. Fascinated by chamber music, he has in particular performed with violinists Jean Jaquerod, Pierre Amoyal, Tedi Papavrami, Gilles Colliard, Gyula Stuller, Raphaël Oleg, Denitsa Kazakova and Frédéric Angleraux, violist Christoph Schiller, cellists Martina Schucan, François Guye, Wen-Sinn Yang, Thomas Demenga and Mark Drobinsky, pianists Martha Argerich, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Brigitte Meyer, Jean-François Antonioli, Paul Coker and Marc Pantillon, the Munich String Trio, the Raymond Quartet, the Amati Quartet, the Sine Nomine Quartet, as well as the Schumann Quartet, of which he is the standing pianist. Christian Favre has produced a considerable discography and has taken part in numerous radio and television programs.

He has composed a Requiem for choir, soloists and orchestra that was first performed in March 2008 in Buenos Aires with the Buenos Aires Filarmónica Orchestra conducted by Facundo Agudin. He is also the composer of several chamber music works , which he played in concert with musicians such as Tedi Papavrami, Gilles Colliard, François Guye, Denitsa Kazakova, Stefan Rusiecki, as well as with the Schumann Quartet. Some of these works have been recorded on a CD produced by Doron Music. His voice and piano-quartet transcriptions of the “Prélude et Mort d’Isolde”, of the “Wesendonck-Lieder” by Richard Wagner and of the “Rückert-Lieder” by Gustav Mahler have been rendered on several occasions in Switzerland, France and Spain by opera singer Dame Felicity Lott and the Schumann Quartet. In 2007 the Aeon company produced a CD of such transcriptions with the same artists.

In parallel with such activities, Christian Favre teaches at the High School of Music in Lausanne (HEMU) and regularly leads master classes in Switzerland and abroad. He is the artistic director and founder of the « Concours d’Interprétation Musicale de Lausanne » and has led the « Printemps de Romainmôtier » interpretation classes. He also leads interpretation classes at the Bienne International Summer Academy.

Amongst the many pupils whom he taught, mention can be made of Cédric Pescia, Jean-Selim Abdelmoula, Christian Chamorel, Mark Farago, Mauro lo Conte, Vittorio Forte, Sylvain Viredaz, Guy-François Leuenberger, Léonie Renaud, Lucas Buclin, Lionel Monnet, Magali Bourquin, Virginie Falquet, Antoine Rebstein, Yukiko Tanaka.

Rafael Rosenfeld
Cédric Pescia
Cédric Pescia, who is both Swiss and French, was born in Lausanne and began studying music at the age of seven. He first studied at the Lausanne « Conservatoire » in Christian Favre’s class (First Virtuosity Prize with Jury congratulations in 1993), then with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva “Conservatoire” (First Virtuosity Prize with honours in 1997). He finished his studies at the Berlin “Universität der Künste” with Klaus Hellwig.

In parallel he perfected his talent with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Henri Barda, Daniel Barenboim, Irwin Gage, Ivan Klansky, Christian Zacharias, Ilan Gronich and with the Alban Berg Quartet. As an accompanist he contributed to several « Lied » interpretation classes given by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

From 2003 to 2006 he was a guest at the «International Piano Academy, Lake Como», where he studied with Dimitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Andreas Staier, William G. Naboré and Fou T’song in particular.

Cédric Pescia won the First Prize (Gold Medalist) at the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition 2002 in Salt Lake City, USA.

Cédric Pescia has given numerous concerts and recitals in Europe, in the United States, in China, in South America and in North Africa, and has played at the Great Hall of the Berlin Philarmonic, at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, at the Laieszhalle in Hambourg, at the Wigmore Hall in London, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, at the Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, at the Tonhalle in Zurich, and has been invited to perform at prestigious international festivals, including the Prague Spring, the Lucerne Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the “Sommets Musicaux” in Gstaad, the Hohenems Schubertiade and the Radio France and Montpellier Festival.

As a soloist he has played with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the « Orchestre de la Suisse Romande », the Utah Symphony, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Lausanne Sinfonietta, the “Orchestre de la Svizzera Italiana”, the “Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi” Orchestra, the “Camerata Bern”, the “Basler Kammerorchester”, the “Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern”, the “Göttinger Symphonie Orchester” and the Lille “Orchestre National”.

Besides his performnces as a soloist, his passion for chamber music had led him regularly to play with famous partners. A longstanding partnership exists between Cédric Pescia and violinist Nurit Stark.

He is a founding member of the Lausanne series of chamber music concerts « Ensemble enScène”, of which since 2006 he is its artistic director. He was also a Jury Member at the Clara Haskil Competitions in 2005 and 2007.

He leads master classes in the United States and Europe, including within the pretigious « Accademia Pianistica Internazionale Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy. In 2012 he was appointed as piano Professor at the High School of Music in Geneva.

In 2007 Cédric Pescia was given the « Prix Musique » by the Vaud Fondation for Culture. He is also the winner of the Lausanne-based Leenaards Foundation scholarship. The duet which Cédric Pescia created with violinist Nurit Stark is supported by the Forberg-Schneider Foundation.

For Claves Records, AEON, La Dolce Volta, BIS, Genuin, he has recorded works by J. S. Bach, F. Couperin, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Busoni, Enescu, Messiaen, Cage, Suslin, Gubaidulina, which CDs have been applauded by critiques.

Rafael Rosenfeld
Pascal Rogé
As a descendant of a multi-generational musical family, Pascal Rogé was early on immersed in a musical environment. As a child prodigy his first public performance took place when he was nine; thereafter, following brilliant studies at the Paris “Conservatoire”, he won several international prizes, first and foremost the supreme award by the “Concours Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud”.

Let us also mention the decisive influence that the great pianist Julius Katchen and the legendary Nadia Boulanger had on his artistic and human developments. From his family Pascal Rogé inherited in particular a passion for French music, which he strived to publicize throughout his worldwide career, thanks to both his discography and his concert tours.

The names of all great French composers are to be found in his significant discography with Decca: besides his investigation of works by Fauré, Debussy and Satie, he recorded two complete works that were much lauded by critique, namely the Saint-Saëns and Ravel piano Concertos conducted by Charles Dutoit. In parallel, one of his recordings of Poulenc won the 1998 Gramophone Award-of-the-year for a Poulenc recording. In the previous year he had won a first Gramophone Award in the Chamber Music category.

Each season he devotes over fifty concerts to French music, be it in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Finland), in the United States (at the Carnegie Hall in particular), in New Zealand, in Asia, in particular in Japan, where he regularly teaches and performs.

« Rogé Edition », which is distributed by Onyx, is now his own recording company and around ten CDs have already been produced under that label, including Claude Debussy’s complete works for piano.

Together with his wife, Ami Rogé, Pascal Rogé has also devoted the past few years to the four-handed, two-piano repertoire.

In 2011 they created a concerto for 2 pianos, which was written for them by Matthew Hindson at the Sydney Opera House and conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy,

3 CDs of French music performed in duet have already been produced. The most recent one includes their own transcription for two pianos of Debussy’s « La Mer », which in September 2013 was selected by the Gramophone Magazine as « CD of the Month ».

This season they played Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos with the « Orchestre National de France » in Paris and with the “Orchestre OFUNAM” in Mexico City, as well as recitals of French music at “Radio France” and the BBC.

Rafael Rosenfeld
Julian Sykes
Julian Sykes is a music reviewer and radio producer at RTS-Espace 2. He has nearly twenty-five years of experience interviewing international musicians and young talents, writing music reviews and feature articles. For 17 years he was part of the team of the daily newspaper “le Temps” (2000-2017), for which he continues to write reviews.

Julian Sykes also worked for Radio Télévision Suisse since 1999. He hosts the program Musique Matin on Espace 2, from 7 am to 9 am. He has conducted public lectures-interviews, participated in the filming of television documentaries and co wrote a book on the Verbier Festival (Verbier Festival: 25 years at the top published by Noir sur Blanc editions).

Photo © Lea Kloos