Anne Queffélec

French pianist (Paris, 1948 -)

With a writer as a father, Anne Queffélec loved literature but chose at a very early age to focus on music. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire where she received two first prizes: one in piano and one in chamber music. She completed her training in Vienna besides Paul Badura-Skoda, Jörg Demus and Alfred Brendel.

In 1968 and 1969, Anne Queffélec won two international competitions (Munich and Leeds) and saw her career thrive. She performed in Europe, in Japan, in the United States, in Canada, alongside prestigious formations such as the symphonic and philharmonic orchestras of London, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Tokyo NHK Orchestra, the Radio France orchestra... She played under the baton of the greatest conductors, including Pierre Boulez, John Eliot Gardiner, or Philippe Jordan. Anne Queffélec is often invited to perform in festivals in France and abroad - let's name La Roque d’Anthéron, the Folle journée de Nantes, the BBC Prom’s.

Anne Queffélec recorded about thirty albums, mainly for the label Mirare. Her wide repertoire spreads from Handel to Dutilleux, without forgetting Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Satie.

Six landmark dates in the life of Anne Queffélec

• 1968: won unanimously the international music competition of the ARD in Munich
• 1969: won the international piano competition of Leeds.
• 1990: received the Victoire de la Musique for the Best Classical Music Performer
• 2003: played the complete sonatas of Mozart at the festival in La Roque d’Anthéron (six concerts broadcasted live on France Musique).
• 2007: member of the jury at the international music competition Reine-Elisabeth-de-Belgique (member again in 2010 and 2013).
• 2013: her album Satie et compagnie wins a Diapason d’or.

Six key recordings by Anne Queffélec

• 2002 : Mozart  (Mirare).
• 2003 : Ravel, Le tombeau de Couperin / Miroirs / Menuet antique / Pavane  (Warner/Virgin Classics).
• 2009 : Bach, Contemplation (Mirare).
• 2009 : Haydn, Sonates et variations  (Mirare).
• 2010 : Chopin, De l’enfance à la plénitude  (Mirare).
• 2013 : Satie et compagnie (Mirare).