Toulouse: youth bonus at the Piano aux Jacobins festival

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The 2021 edition of Piano aux Jacobins, which begins tomorrow Wednesday, gives pride of place to young talents and the names of confirmed faithful are not lacking.

The 42nd edition of the festival dedicated to the piano is looming for more than two weeks of pleasures of music lovers and neophytes caught up in the relevance of the programming and the beauty of the places where the event takes place. Its director Catherine d’Argoubet traces the prospects for this almost “normal” year …

Can we say that the festival is regaining its full potential this year?

We proposed an edition last year even if it was indeed a little constrained by geographical constraints. Unfortunately, we had to cancel all the concerts given by artists who resided outside the Schengen Area by obligation, so that’s why this year Simone Dinnerstein is the perfect example, she who comes from the United States and opens the festival this Wednesday at 8 p.m. It is an edition as special as the others, which brings together talent, youth, personalities to discover for some and others more confirmed like Elisabeth Leonskaja who is kind of our godmother, but all of them are very exciting.

So it is the youth that predominates for this edition?

Yes the youth and the talent which are mixed and these young artists illustrate it perfectly with very specific and particular programs. Matan Porat for example embroidered a program around the Schumann Carnival (Wednesday 22 at 8 p.m.) and each one presents some very exciting programs. And jazz will also be recognized thanks to Shai Maestro (Friday 17 at 8 p.m.) and Dan Tepfer (Saturday 11 at 8 p.m.) for a white card. And the young Israeli artist, Tom Borrow, Barely 20 years old, will make his debut (Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) in a performance that will also be captured by France Musique as well as that of Vadym Kholodenko (Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.). This edition is announced with a lot of curiosity, appetite, desire to listen to all these personalities.

A focus is, as always, on the French piano school …

Yes with Nathanael Gouin (jThursday 23 at 8 p.m.) which has a recital with a program of magnificent French romantic music since we have a partnership with the Bru Zane Foundation (Center for French Romantic Music in Venice). And Emmanuel Christien will play a very diverse and poetic program (Wednesday 15 at 8 p.m.). We will also welcome Varduhi Yeritsyan who is a Franco-Armenian of great talent and will perform a very beautiful program of works by Liszt (Tuesday September 21 at 8 p.m.). We will also receive Célia Oneto Bensaid which will come to close the festival in Altigone Saint-Orens (Sunday 26 at 4 p.m.) which mixes contemporary music and French music in a very well harmonically constructed program. And Celimene Daudet which takes us into a very romantic universe with works by Liszt and very beautiful pages by Scriabine. At last, Marie-Ange Nguci who is an immense talent who can play everything, his piano is a piano organ! (Monday 20)

Are you already working on the next editions?

Yes it is always a “work in progress” (“work in progress”) because the search for talents is always carried out through competitions, meetings, recordings that we are sent. We are working on the 2022 edition but milestones have already been set, dates already set for 2023.

From Wednesday September 8 to Saturday September 25 at the Jacobins cloister in Toulouse and Sunday September 26 at 4 p.m. at Altigone Saint-Orens (health pass compulsory). Prices: from 6 to 40 €. Phone. 0 826 303 636. www.pianojacobins.com