Gabriel Tacchino

Gabriel Tacchino

After studying at the Nice Conservatoire, he studied at the Conservatoire de Paris between 1947 and 1953. He was considered to be the only disciple of Francis Poulenc. the first full record to the disc.

Gabriel Tacchino was a powerful and elegant pianist, winning numerous prizes including the Viotti (Vercelli) prizes in 1953, Busoni (Bolzano) in 1954, Geneva in 1955 and Casella (Naples) in 1956 ...

It is Herbert Von Karajan who notices and invites him to play with his Berlin orchestra or La Scala. He then performed with many conductors including Pierre Monteux, Jean-François Billard, André Cluytens, Erich Leinsdorf, Jascha Horenstein, Riccardo Muti, Paul Paray and George Prêtre.

Tacchino taught at the Conservatoire de Paris from 1975 to 1994, before devoting himself to his career as a soloist or chamber musician. He plays with Pierre Amoyal, Sandrine Tacchino and Bruno Rigutto for the 4-hands piano, the Enesco Quartet and the Fine Arts Quartet. He also holds masterclasses in Canada, Japan, Korea and Switzerland. Among his many students are Olivier Chauzu, Pierre-Alain Volondat, Eric Ferrer, Véronique Roux.

He founded the Festival des Nuits Musicales du Suquet in Cannes in 1975 and the International Festival of Classical Music in 1992.

Since 2006, he is a visiting professor at the University of Fine Arts and Music (Geidai) in Tokyo. Since 2009, he is also a piano teacher at the Schola Cantorum in Paris.

He recorded for record companies ENI (Poulenc ...), Warner, Vox (Concerto for piano of Saint-Saëns, with the orchestra of Radio Luxembourg directed by Louis de Froment) and Vérany.

Alain Raës

Alain Raës jury of the Pianissima International Piano Competition in 2018

After brilliant studies at the Conservatoire National Superior of Music in Paris, crowned by the first prizes of piano and chamber music and his admission in the third cycle, Alain Raës acquired his letters of nobility at the International Competition of Geneva, obtaining Grand Prix and the Swiss Special Prize.
Since then, he has performed with many prestigious symphony orchestras including the Orchester de la Suisse Romande, the Orchester de Vienne, the Orchester National de Lille, the Mihael Jora Orchestra, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra under the directions of Armin Jordan, Ferdinand Leitner, Jean-Claude Casadessus, Oscar Danon ...

His concert tours take him to Europe, Central and South America, and to the United States, where he participates in numerous radio and television broadcasts.

Passionate about romantic music, Alain Raës also has a repertoire and a discography of sixteen titles that prove his deep attachment to the defense of French music, from the most famous to the most unknown, including the complete piano work of 'Albert Roussel, that of Arthur Honegger, an anthology of the work of Florent Schmitt, the work for two pianos by Francis Poulenc (with Tristan Raës), the work of Jean Langlais ... Several titles must appear in the next two years.

He has performed many times with the Douai Orchestra, with whom he has also recorded the recording of Gabriel Pierné's concerto and Fantaisie Ballet.

Alain Raës devoted many years to pedagogy while being professor at the Conservatories of Lille and Roubaix. He currently teaches at the Conservatoire Régional de Douai.

In addition, he has specialized in spectacle conferences, a veritable melting sequence of texts, music and theater, conceived around Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin, Beethoven, Messiaen. but also in conservatories and universities. He also offers numerous musical shows with actors such as Richard Boringher, Brigitte Fossey, Isabelle Carré and Emmanuel Leroy.

Denis Simándy

Denis Simándy jury of the Pianissima International Piano Competition in 2018

Denis Simándy is nourished by a contagious passion for Art and especially for music and its resonances. It has been solo horn of the Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles and is currently horn solo of the ensemble Sturm und Klang; he has been Artistic Director of the Lille Clef de Soleil Festival since its creation in 2002. Denis Simándy has been leading the Master Classes at the Chabenet Castle since 2011, and the "Musitoriques", lecture cycles given at the FNAC in Lille.
Of Hungarian origin, he studied at the Conservatoire National de Région in Lille, in the class of Alain Raës, for the piano, where he obtained a first regional prize, before continuing his training in Paris, with Lélia Gousseau for the piano, and horn, (where he receives an award of excellence), in the class of Georges Barboteu.

Denis Simándy trained in orchestral conducting with Pierre Dervaux. He performs in France, Belgium, Canada, Venezuela, Hungary, Romania, Spain, Italy, North Africa, Chile, Portugal and Scotland.

Passionate about the music of his time, he is solicited for numerous creations of works for horn (Marc Kowalczyck, Jacques Derégnaucourt, Horatiu Radulescu, Tristan Murail, Gualtiero Dazzi, Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram, Roman Vlad, Denis Bosse ... ).

Denis Simándy shares his love for Bartòk, Liszt, Chopin, Sand, Rachmaninov, Bach, Cosima and Richard Wagner, Clara and Robert Schumann, Beethoven, Mahler, Joachim, Nietzsche, Schubert, Paganini and La Callas , La Malibran, Haydn, Lou Salomé, Verdi ..., and participated in numerous radio shows in France and abroad.

As a chamber musician, Denis Simándy is the partner of the Danel quartet, the Fine Arts Quartett, the Elysée quartet, Lovro Pogorelich, Shani Diluka, Gabriel Tacchino, Alexander Paley, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Elisabeth Chojnacka, Alain Raës, Vladimir Soultanov, Amiram Ganz, Vanessa Benelli Mosell, David Walter ....

He is the creator of a performance on Beethoven with Richard Bohringer, and of gypsy tales with Francis Perrin; the Words of Christ with Jean-Claude Drouot and the correspondence between Robert and Clara Schumann with Francis Perrin and Elisabeth Duda ....

Since 1999, he has been the conductor of the Jeune Ensemble Harmonique (JEH) orchestra of Villeneuve d'Ascq.

Damien Top

Damien Top jury of the Pianissima International Piano Competition in 2018

After studying literature - philosophy (Lille), a graduate of the University of Paris X in German language and civilization, Damien Top moved in parallel towards dramatic art and lyrical art (conservatory of Lille). At the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, he entered the class of Nicole Broissin (Atelier Lyrique - Operetta) and costume the classes of Isabelle Aboulker (solfège) and Rémy Corazza (vocal technique). Damien Top has also worked with Galina Vichnevskaya, Jacques Herbillon, Jean-Christophe Benoit and Jacques Pottier. This is a complementary training in the practical school of higher studies. He regularly performs recitals with pianists Alain Raës and Diane Andersen. He is also interested in conducting with Michel Quéval and Sergiu Celibidache. He is a conductor of the Albert Roussel Festival Orchestra, Joseph Jongen Ensemble, The Soloists of Brno, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dieppe Symphony Orchestra, etc.
He is laureate of the Charles Oulmont Foundation - Fondation de France ".

His double training as an actor and a singer allows him to perform on French stages and abroad in a varied repertoire ranging from opera to chamber music, from operetta to melodies recital. Damien Top frequently gives recitals abroad (United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Belgium ...). He also gives poetry stories.

Damien Top is also the author of biographies of Albert Roussel (Séguier), Serguei Rachmaninov (Bleu Nuit Éditeur), René de Castéra (Séguier - Hossegor Book Fair), Émile Goué (Bleu Nuit). He is invited to teach at several universities in the Pacific and North America (Melbourne, Monash, La Trobe, Wollongong, Wellington, Hawaii, Sherbrooke, Montreal, New York ...).

Various composers have written especially for him: Isabelle Aboulker, Edwin Carr, Françoise Choveaux, Maryse Collase-Rouzet, Harry Cox, Marcel Dortort, Houston Dunleavy, Alain Féron, Jean-Jacques Flament, Jacqueline Fontyn, Anthony Girard, Joni Green, Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, Tony Hawkins, Wally Karveno, Philippe Malhaire, Pierrette Mari, Max Pinchard, Jean-Christophe Rosaz, Isaac Schankler, Horia Surianu, Robert Trumble, Felix Werder and Jacques Chailley. Damien Top has recorded well at B.N.L. several cycles of melodies by Jules Massenet as well as the romances of Edmond de Coussemaker and the melodies of Émile Goué at R.C.P.


Damien Top is also involved in the defense of heritage: he is a delegate of the Society for the Protection of Landscapes and Aesthetics of France (SPPEF), administrator of Altarpieces of Flanders and presides over the Friends of the Collegiate Church of Cassel. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation (United States), is a scientific collaborator of the Istituto Musica Judaica de Barletta (Italy), is a director of the Flemish Committee of France, presides the Association of Friends of Claude Delvincourt , the Joseph Canteloube Association, the Emile Goué Friends' Association, and the Albert-Roussel International Center, which he founded in 1992 and heads the Albert-Roussel International Festival.