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Monique Bruchollerie De La

Monique Bruchollerie De La

Monique Bruchollerie De La

*20 IV 1915 Paryż, †16 I 1973 Bukareszt

7th Prize winner, 3rd International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1937). It was a lucky coincidence for Monique de La Bruchollerie's future career that her parents were friends of legendary pianist and teacher Isidor Philipp, who discovered the girl’s talent and immediately started giving her lessons. Barely aged 7, she became a student of the Paris Conservatoire in Professor Philipp's class. At 13 she graduated from the Conservatoire, winning the Premier Prix (1928) and the Prix Pagès, awarded by Conservatoire authorities every five years to the best Premier Prix winner of the previous four years.

Subsequently, Ms. de La Bruchollerie studied with Alfred Cortot in Paris, Emil von Sauer in Vienna and Raul Kochalski in Berlin.

In 1932 she gave a sensational concert at the Salle Pleyel, with the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire orchestra under the direction of Charles Munch, playing three piano concertos. This performance marked the beginning of the 17-year-old's international career and led her into signing an exclusive three year contract with the Société des Concerts

She subsequently took part in three international music competitions: in Vienna (3rd prize, 1936), Warsaw (3rd Chopin Competition, 7th prize) and Brussels (Eugène Ysaÿe Competition, 10th prize, 1938).

Her concert career gained new momentum after World War II. During the 1940s, '50s and '60s she played several dozen concerts a year. She debuted in the United States with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Ernest Ansermet in 1952. Subsequently she appeared as a soloist in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and other US cities. Her five performances given within two weeks at Carnegie Hall are regarded as an outstanding event in the famous concert hall's history. The press rated her performances very highly writing: "an artist of stunning technique and unequalled temperament", "monumental playing coming from the depths of the soul", "the virtuoso playing of Monique de La Bruchollerie is simply superhuman", "a pianist of unusual artistic personality", etc.

She appeared many times in Poland, touring the country in 1938, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1957 and 1958. For example in 1957 she played three times just in Warsaw; the following year she played Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor with the National Philharmonic Orchestra under Jan Krenz.

Polish critics praised her, among them Bohdan Pociej who wrote: "Monique de La Bruchollerie is above all a virtuoso of colossal musical temperament and [...] great musicality".

Her repertoire was very wide, including works by Bach, Mozart, Clementi, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Débussy, Franck, de Falla, Szymanowski, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

In 1969, during a series of concerts in Romania, Ms. de La Bruchollerie was injured in a car accident which ended her stage career. She dedicated the remainder of her life to teaching.

She left a few recordings including piano concertos by Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Franck and Rachmaninov as well as solo pieces by various composers, including Chopin's Ballade in F minor.

She was a jury member at international music competitions in Paris, Budapest, Versailles, Brussels and Munich.

Stanisław Dybowski


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