Emmanuel Christien is one of France’s most diverse young pianists. Born in 1982, he began playing the piano when he was five years old. Following early musical studies in the National Conservatory of Region of Nancy (CNR), he then studied with Olivier Gardon at the CNR in Paris. Admitted to the prestigious National Conservatory Superior of Music and of Dance, Paris (CNSMDP) as a student of Jacques Rouvier, he obtained the “Diploma de Formation Supérieure” with a unanimous jury distinction, also receiving the “Feydeau de Brou Saint-Paul” award, bestowed each year to the most promising instrumentalist as chosen by the jury.
In 2005, Emmanuel was accepted into the prestigious “Cycle de Perfectionnement” at the National Conservatory Superior of Music and of Dance, Paris and for this achievement, he was bestowed a Blüthner piano through the Alfred Reinhold Foundation. A bursary laureate of the Mécénat Musical Société Générale for 2007-2008, he has performed and participated in masterclasses with celebrated musicians and personalities including Jean-Philippe Collard, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ann Quéffelec, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Aldo Ciccolini, to name but a few. Emmanuel has also won numerous prizes and awards, most notably at the International Piano Competition Casagrande, Italy for his performance of the piano music of Johannes Brahms, as well as at the Perlemuter Competition, amongst others.
As a chamber musician, Emmanuel has performed under the instruction of Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Daria Hovora, Christian Ivaldi, Michaël Hentz, Claire Désert and Ami Flammer, and has been highly commended for his ensemble playing in performance with cellist Aurélienne Brauner. Also interested in vocal accompaniment, he has been coached in this capacity by Jeff Cohen and Anne Grappotte. He has also collaborated with Ruben Lifschitz at the “Fondation de l’Abbaye de Royaumont”. Other highlights of his chamber music career include performances within France (Folle Journée in Nantes, Saint-Riquier in Picardy, Les Invalides and Salle Cortot in Paris, Cordes sur Ciel in Tarn, Royaumont in Val-d’Oise), as well as international performances in Italy (Pisa and Palma), Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto) and India (Pune and Mumbai).
As a pianist, Emmanuel has made numerous appearances on the radio (Dans la Cour des Grands, l’Atelier du Chanteur). He has performed in his native France, and elsewhere in Europe as a soloist; recent performances include those at the Festival La Roque d’Anthéron, Radio-France Montpellier, Ars Terra, Chopin in Bagatelle, Clef de Soleil in Lille, Soirées des Bords de Save, Cité de la Musique Paris, Archives Nationales Paris, and in Nancy, Perugia, Milan, Aberdeen, Leipzig and Dublin.
As a concerto soloist, Emmanuel has performed with the Orchestra of Caen, the soloists of the National Orchestra of France, the orchestra of the National Conservatory Superior of Paris, the National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova, Orchestra of Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon and Orchestre de Paris. He maintains an active career as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in Paris, where he resides, as well as travelling both within and outside Europe for a variety of concert engagements consisting of familiar and new musical repertoire.
© Emmanuel Christien 2016