Considered by the international press, as the “Grand Lady” of the Belgian Piano , Diane Andersen has a shining career both as soloist (playing under the baton of famous conductors like Maderna, Boulez, Sawallisch, Prêtre, Kamu etc), and pedagogue.
She has been giving concerts through the world in prestigeous venues such as Carnegie Hall - Rudolfinum(Prague) - Concertgebouw (Amsterdam)- La Fenice (Venice) - Sint Martin's in the Field (London).
Award and prizes: "International Steinway Artist", "Grand Prix du Disque de l' Académie Charles Cros" (Paris), "Trophée Fuga Union des Compositeurs Belges» (Belgium), Harriet Cohen Bach Medal (Londres), "Cannes Classical Music Award" (France).
Numerous CD's, many in world premiere (Tansman, Biarent, Goué, Delvincourt, Paray, de Castera etc), complete piano work by Pierné (EMI) and Jongen (Pavane). Just released the piano works by Claude Delvincourt and the sonatas for violin and piano and cello and piano by Paul Paray (Azur Classical).
Her privileged contacts with great musicians like Kodaly, Tansman, Nono, Gertler (duo partner and personal friend of Bartok) and the legendary Hungarian pianist Annie Fischer, will be of great importance for her artistic and musical developement.
Honorary professor of the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels, she is now conducting master classes in the universities of North and South America, Canada, Japan, China, Corea, Taiwan and Europe.
Currently invited as member of the jury of international piano competitions. Member of the jury and the artistic commission of the world famous Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition Brussels.
has graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Hannover as a student of the famous Professor Karlheinz Kämmerling. But his first important teacher was Drahomir Toman, a student of Theodor Leschetizky himself.
In 1983 Wolfgang Manz was the first German pianist getting a Second Prize at the prestigious piano competition "Queen Elisabeth of Belgium". Laureate of many international piano competitions such as "Mendelssohn competition" (Berlin-First Prize winner), Leeds, Van Cliburn (Texas).
Manz has played in famous venues like Berlin Philharmony, Beaux-Arts Brussels, Salzburg Festspielhaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Tokyo Suntory Hall , Albert Hall London a.o. as a soloist and with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Prom's in London, Berlin Symphony etc.
His repertoire is wide and is spending over 250 years, from 18th to 21st Century, and more than 50 piano concertos with orchestra.
Together with Rolf Plagge (another Queen Elisabeth prize winner!) they formed a highly esteemed duo, touring all over the world.
CDs for Arte Nova (Brahms concerti) Chandos, Telos and Torofon (two pianos works).
Since 1986 Manz pursues also an interesting career as pianist in important ballet productions at different theaters like Zurich, Leipzig (Mozart concerto KV 271, Bartok 1st, Rachmaninov 3), Munich, Dresden, Karlsruhe (Sacre du Printemps - 2 pianos version).
Manz is currently Professor at the Nurnberg Musik University after having been teaching at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe et "Ferris" University in Yokohama.
Master classes in South Korea, Austria, Belgium.
Jury member at international competitions, Rachmaninov (Moscow), Enesco (Bucarest), Ettlingen and "Jugend musiziert" (Germany) etc.
His students are prize winners in many international competitions.
Chair of EPTA UK (European Piano Teachers’ Association). He is head of Keyboard at Chetham’s School of Music since 1997 as well and a Senior Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.
McLachlan has made over 40 commercial recordings, (including the six piano concerti by Alexander Tcherepnine and the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Rodion Shchedrin!) which have consistently received outstanding reviews, including ‘key recording’ and ‘rosette’ status in the Penguin Guide to CDs.
He has performed on all five continents. McLachlan’s repertoire includes over 40 concertos and 25 recital programmes. He has performed the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle six times, as well as the complete piano music of Brahms. He has given first performances of works by many composers, including Martin Butler, Ronald Stevenson, Charles Camilleri, Michael Parkin.
McLachlan serves also regularly on juries of main international piano competitions.
McLachlan is founder and artistic Director of the Chetham’s International Summer school and festival for Pianists, Europe’s largest summer school devoted exclusively to the piano (www.pianosummerschool.com)
In 2007 McLachlan launched the first Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists (www.pianoconcertocompetition.com) an event which will be presented again in August 2017.
McLachlan is also a well-known writer, and has contributed many articles on piano technique and music to magazines in including ‘International Piano’ and ‘BBC Music Magazine’.
He was editor of ‘Piano Professional’ Magazine from 2007-14 and is currently editor of "Piano Journal".
In June 2012 the University of Dundee awarded him an honorary Doctorate for 'outstanding services to music and education'.
His books for Faber ‘Foundations of Piano Technique’ and ‘Piano Technique in Practice’ were issued in 2014 an 2015 to wide acclaim.
Born in 1960, he won the second price of the International “Senigallia” Contest, the third prize of the International “Busoni” Competition and third prize at the “Queen Elisabeth” Contest, while still a student in the State Conservatory of Sofia.
In 1986 and 1987, he receives the “Fulbright Grant” for a special study with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore.
Since then he was regularly invited in Europe, the U.S., Canada and Japan. He performed in prestigious concert halls such as the “Palais des Beaux-Arts” in Brussels, “Concertgebouw” in Amsterdam, “Palais de la Musique” in Strasbourg, “Smetana Hall” in Prague, “Suntory Hall” in Tokyo or the “Radio Hall” in Toronto.
For the last 20 years he has shown a lively interest in ancient instruments, on which he recorded numerous CD’s with music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy...
He is also active in the field of composition and improvisation, often in collaboration with jazz musicians, choreographers or filmmakers.
Presently he is a professor of piano, pianoforte and improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In 2003, 2007 , 2010 and 2016 he was a member of the jury of the Queen Elisabeth Contest.
Dominique Cornil gave her first public performance with orchestra at the age of 10. She graduated at 14 from the Royal Conservatory in Mons and at 18 from the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris.
She became laureate of the "Fondation de la Vocation" and was a prize-winner of the Lisbon, Naples, Geneva and Brussels (Queen Elisabeth of Belgium) international piano competitions.
Since then she has taken up a concert career spanning Europe, Canada, Latin America, China and Japan. She regularly performs under famous conductors, including A. Vandernoot, G. Octors, P. Bartholomée, J. Fürst, C. Davis, Y. Levi, J. Rolla, M. Venzago, M. Shostakovitch, A. Dmitriev, E. Bergel, T. Guschlbauer,...
She appeared on the stage with famous orchestras including the Zagreb Soloists, Philomusica of London, R.T.L., Suisse Romande, Hamburg Radio, Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, St-Petersburg Philharmonic, F. Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, Reykjavik Symphonic, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, European Festival Orchestra, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble,...
A much sought after chamber artist, Dominique Comil regularly joins forces with artists such as V.Bogaerts, P. Amoyal, Y. Horigome,L. Prunaru, M. Hallynck, M. Maisky, A De Groote, M. Grauwels, W. Boeykens, R. Van Spaendonck, L. Lethiec, the Ysaÿe String Quartet,...
Is since 1998 the Musical Director of the "Juillet Musical d'Aulne" summer festival. Her many recordings, in solo and with orchestra, include works of C. Franck, W.A. Mozart, J. Haydn, S. Joplin, S. Prokofiev, E. Nazareth, B. Martinu, A. Huybrechts, P. Tchaikovski, R. Wagner and F. Martin. She was invited by the widow of the famous Swiss composer Frank Martin at the Conservatoire de Genève to perform solo piano and chamber music works on the occasion of the General Assembly of the Frank Martin Society.
Dominique Cornil is professor of piano performance at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and has taught at the Chapelle Musicale "Reine Elisabeth".
She is often invited to attend as a member of the jury national and international piano contests. She gives regularly concerts at the festivals of Seneffe, "Eté Mosan", "Nuits musicales de Beloeil", "Festival Mozart",...