Vanessa Wagner

French pianist (Rennes, France, 1973 - )

Vanessa Wagner is a French pianist whose rich and eclectic repertoire ranges from Rameau to Berio, Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Scriabine and Debussy.

Performing pianist from a very early age, Vanessa Wagner has been known to the stage since the age of 12. 

At 17, she received the Paris Conservatory’s First Prize for piano in Dominique Merlet's class and then continued her professional development with Jean-François Heisser. In 1995, she moved to Italy to further her training with Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia and Alexis Weissenberg. Throughout her musical studies, she took part of many master classes and received advice and encouragement from Vlado Perlemuter, Aldo Ciccolini, Bruno Rigutto, Richard Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov and Renato Curcio.

Vanessa Wagner is the French composer Pascal Dusapin’s favourite pianist, who dedicated several of his works to her.

She is often invited by conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Michel Plasson and François –Xavier Roth as well as several orchestras in France and Europe. Passionate chamber musician, she often performs alongside Augustin Dumay and Sasha Rozhdestvensky.

Six landmark dates in the life of Vanessa Wagner:

1985: First prize in the "jeunes talents de l’Ouest" competition.
1992: Laureate of the Crédit National Foundation
1995: Recorded for Lyrinx
1999: Named "instrumental soloist of the year" at the Victoires de la musique classique.
2004: Participated in the recording of concerts for "Les Pianos de la Nuit" by La Roque d'Anthéron.
2005: Recorded her album "Claude Debussy" which received a very good reception in the press.

Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation