Céline Frisch

French harpsichordist (Marseille, 1974)

Céline Frisch has become one of the greatest harpsichordists of our time, thanks to her masterly performance of the Goldberg Variations. She is also known for the dynamism of her classical ensemble, “Café Zimmermann”.

Céline Frisch first discovered the harpsichord at age six. She received her first prize in harpsichord and chamber music at the Aix-en-Provence Conservatory, and at age 18 she decided to further her training at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Her professors,  harpsichordist and pianist Andreas Staier and leading expert in the field of Basso Continuo Jesper B. Christensen, allowed her to improve her style and to expand her knowledge. She graduated as a soloist diploma and debuted her successful career. In 1996, she was awarded the Juventus prize and later became the first harpsichordist to be selected for the “Victoires de la Musique classique”.

In 1998, she founded the ensemble Café Zimmermann with Pablo Valetti and other colleagues of the Schola Cantorum. She has performed both as a soloist and with her ensemble in the most important music halls in France, Europe, America and Asia, such as at the théâtre du Châtelet, in Radio France’s auditorium, at la Roque d’Anthéron festival, in Washington, Buenos Aires, Seoul, etc.

In 2001, her recording of the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach for the music label Alpha was unanimously lauded by the critics and her audience, and received top distinction from the press. Her repertoire ranges from the English virginalists to contemporary music, focusing also on the music of the 17th century.

6 landmark dates in the life of Céline Frisch:

1992: Received her first prizes in harpsichord and chamber music at the Conservatoire d'Aix-en-Provence

1993: Started performing in concerts

1996: Selected for the Victoires de la Musique classique

1998: Founded the Café Zimmermann

2000: Recorded Bach’s Goldberg Variations

2009: Her works by Rameau were awarded the first prize of the Académie Charles Cros

Official website: http://celinefrisch.com/

Biography from Radio France’s document database, September 2014