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Marc Laforêt

Marc Laforêt

Marc Laforêt

Marc Laforêt – 2nd Prize winner, 11th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1985). Marc Laforêt began learning piano at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt and the Paris Conservatoire with Pierre Sancan. He graduated obtaining the Grand Prix in 1983. He took private tuition with Artur Rubinstein in Paris. He also received scholarships from the Cziffra Foundation and the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.

In 1985, Laforêt’s career was firmly established when he was awarded at two major piano competitions. In February he won the Young Concert Artist International Auditions in New York, and in October he took 2nd Prize and Polish Radio Award for best mazurka performance at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw.

Mr. Laforêt appeared in many European countries, the US and Japan. He has performed as a soloist with top orchestras such as La Scala Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de La Suisse Romande, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and has worked with conductors Kazimierz Kord, Serge Baudo, Georges Prêtre, Armin Jordan, Rudolf Barshai. His performances at the Salle Pleyel in Paris and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam were highly praised by critics.

Mr. Laforêt has performed several times in Poland. He participated in the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, giving a recital of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin (1983), and has performed with the National Philharmonic Orchestra at a gala concert for 40th anniversary of the United Nations. On 1st March 2004, he played Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F minor with the National Philharmonic Orchestra under Antoni Wit at a National Frederic Chopin Institute gala concert in Warsaw in celebration of the composer’s 194th anniversary.

Mr. Laforêt has recorded EMI, notably Chopin’s Sonata in B flat minor, Scherzo in B flat minor, Mazurkas Op. 24 and 63,4 Ballades and a selection of Waltzes and Nocturnes.

Stanisław Dybowski


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