Exceptional concert, given for the first time in Buxy by Marie-Annick Nicolas, gifted violinist, and the pianist Agnès Graziano.
Biography Marie-Annick Nicolas :
Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour,
Marie-Annick Nicolas has followed an atypical path.
Her record of achievement is dazzling.
Born in France, in Le Creusot in 1956, first prize at the CNSM in Paris at the age of 13 (1969), she became between 17 and 23, one of the youngest and most prestigious laureates of the great international competitions, in particular:
* Grand Prix Jacques Thibaud (Paris 1973),
* Grand Prix Henryk Szeryng (Paris 1973),
* Grand Prix Tchaikowsky (Moscow 1974),
* Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Prize (Brussels 1976),
* Montreal International Prize (1979).
Paris, 1975, promotion Françoise Giroud : Marie-Annick NICOLAS also receives the Prix de la Fondation de la Vocation.
Noticed very early by David Oistrakh, she studied with Boris Bielinki at the Tchaikowsky Conservatory in Moscow in 1975-1976.
"Marie-Annick Nicolas plays the violin like birds sing. (David Oistrakh, 1974, La Pravda, Moscow)
The Master said of her: "Marie-Annick Nicolas? One of the greatest violinists in the world!
Holder of a PhD (Doctorate Honoris Causa), the violinist was also assistant to Franco Gulli at Indiana University (1977-1978), Bloomington, USA. She was then offered a position at the University of Los Angeles where Jascha Heifetz was teaching, but she declined the invitation, preferring to follow the advice of the great cellist Janos Starker, who suggested that she pursue her career as a concert artist.
From 1980 to 1986, she held the position of Super-Soloist with the Radio-France Philharmonic Orchestra. Her early rise to international fame saw her perform on the greatest stages and in more than 25 countries (USA, Russia, Belgium, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Israel, Netherlands, Great Britain, Cyprus, Luxembourg...).
Applauded and welcomed in recital or as a soloist and unanimously acclaimed by the press, the public and the record critics!
Professor at the prestigious Haute Ecole de Musique (HEM) in Geneva from 1993 to 2018, she divides her time between teaching her art and performing on international stages.
On 31 March 2013, Mrs Marie-Annick Nicolas was awarded the rank of Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur.
To salute this extraordinary artist, the International Astronomical Federation and NASA have paid her an exceptional tribute by naming a planet in our solar system after her. Thus, somewhere in the universe, the name of Marie-Annick Nicolas is inscribed for eternity...
Marie-Annick Nicolas plays an Andrea Guarnerius-Crémone from 1647.
Biography Agnès Graziano :
Born in Lyon in 1984, she started playing the piano at the age of 3 and then became a pupil of Jean-Marc Pont-Marchesi who saw in her a great aptitude. He encouraged her to enter the Conservatoire National de Région de Lyon where she obtained her gold medal in piano, musical training and chamber music at the age of 13.
The same year she entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon (CNSM) in Roger Muraro's class. She finished her studies there at the age of 17.
She also studied piano with François-René Duchable, Maria-Joao Pires, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Stéphane Blet who dedicated a work to her: "Etude".
Since 2001, Agnès Graziano has won several international competitions. In 2005, she won the Special Grand Prize of the Jury at the Piano Campus competition and was invited to the Auvers sur Oise Festival, where she accompanied the trumpeter Romain Leleu.
She also gives numerous recitals as a soloist (Auvers-sur-Oise festival, Radio France festival, Autour d'un piano festival, Liszt en Provence festival, etc.) and with orchestras (Saxe Schonebeck orchestra, Camerata de France, Orléans Symphony orchestra...)
Since 2009, Agnès has been teaching accompaniment at the Conservatoire de Bellegarde sur Valserine and since 2013 at the Conservatoire de Mâcon.