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Pierre Bartholomée
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Pierre Bartholomée began studying the piano at the age of six. He is a laureate of the Royal Brussels Conservatory, where his piano teacher was André Dumortier. In Italy he followed a series of Beethoven piano performance classes given by Wilhelm Kempff.

He is, with Henri Pousseur, a founder of the Ensemble Musique Nouvelle and of the Centre de Recherches et de Création Musicales de Wallonie. After embarking on a career as pianist that enabled him to give recitals, perform with orchestra and play chamber music in Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain, he took the Ensemble Musique Nouvelle not only to the main cities of Belgium but also to many European festivals (Avignon, Paris, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Madrid, Belgrade, Zagreb), while being a producer for the musical services of Belgian television (RTBF). He subsequently devoted thirty years of his career to orchestral conducting, conducting many Belgian, Dutch, French, Italian, Swiss, Austrian, German, Norwegian, Finnish, Spanish and American orchestras, and for twenty-two seasons he directed the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège.

Invited all over Europe, America and Japan to perform a very broad repertory, Pierre Bartholomée has collaborated with soloists such as Arthur Grumiaux, Yehudi Menuhin, Leonid Kogan, Frank-Peter Zimmerman, Boris Belkin, Nikita Magaloff, Yvonne Loriod, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Shura Cherkasky, Martha Argerich, Christian Zacharias, Hélène Grimaud, Jessye Norman, Barbara Hendricks, Montserrat Caballé, José Van Dam, Narciso Yepes, Heinrich Schiff, Janos Starker, Paul Tortelier and made many radio and discographic recordings, awarded with among others a Prix Charles Cros, a Victoire de la Musique, a Koussevitzky Prize and two Cecilia Prizes.

His personal catalogue includes two operas, two oratorios, six works for large orchestra, chamber music, vocal music, instrumental pieces and electronic music. Most of these works have been performed, some in the great international centres for music (Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Washington, Montreal, Quebec, Geneva, etc.). The oratorio Ludus Sapientiae, composed to a text by François Jongen on the occasion of the 575th anniversary of the foundation of the University of Louvain, was given its first performance in 2001 in the Grande Aula of Louvain-la-Neuve, conducted by Jordi Savall, and was also performed in Brussels on 10 June 2007 conducted by Jean Tubéry.

La Monnaie has commissioned three works from him, inspired by Henry Bauchau: Le Rêve de Diotime, a dramatic scene for soprano and chamber orchestra, first performed in 2000 and revived in 2002, and Œdipe sur la route, an opera in four acts, first staged in 2003 in a performance conducted by Daniele Callegari with stage direction by Philippe Sireuil, and with José Van Dam in the title role. In 2008 his opera La Lumière Antigone with a libretto by Henry Bauchau was world premiered.

Having for several years taught musical analysis at the Royal Brussels Conservatory, Pierre Bartholomée was composer in residence at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) where he was guest professor and where he set up and for three years ran an inter-faculty composition workshop. One of his recent works, Fragments des Belles Heures, a song cycle for soprano and small instrumental ensemble, with texts by Liliane Wouters, was premiered in Brussels at the instigation of the UCL.

His 13 Bagatelles for piano and his String Quartet were given first performances in Brussels in 2004. The String Quartet subsequently featured in the programmes of several concerts in Germany. His Sonata for viola and piano was performed several times in 2004, Pentacle for eight instruments, commissioned by the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, was premiered in Switzerland in 2005 and All days are nights (two visions of Shakespeare’s Sonnet XLII), for female voice, flute, cello and piano, was incorporated into a music-poetry production and was published in a CD/book by Éditions Esperluète.

In 2006 a Passacaglia for marimba and live electronics, a commission from the Centre de Recherches et de Formation Musicales de Wallonie, was first performed in Liège and later performed in Brussels, at the Ars Musica Festival, further performances of 13 Bagatelles, Fragments des Belles Heures and of the String Quartet, the premiere in Brussels of Histoire d’un caillou, three songs for soprano and piano to a short poem by Henry Bauchau, the composition of 7 x 7 for 7 concertante instrumentalists, a commission from Ars Musica (the first performance taking place in March 2007), and the completion of two large-scale works, a Requiem, first performed in Brussels in 2007 and Oraisons for cello was premiered in Paris in 2007.

Commissioned by the city of Maastricht, La Rupture des Falaises was created in 2008 for the Ensemble 88. In 2009 Ars Musica Festival has featered Face à face. For its 50th anniversary in 2010, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège commissioned and performed Symphonie. In 2011 he has composed the string quartet Envol et mort d’un papillon and a score for the National Orchestra of Belgium to accompany a silent film by Joris Ivens. A new production of La Lumière Antigone will take place in Switzerland in 2012.

The record labels Cypres, Igloo and Fuga Libera have issued recordings of most of Pierre Bartholomée’s symphonic works as well as a large part of his chamber music output. Several of his discs have won many awards from the international musical press (Choc from Le Monde de la Musique, Joker from Crescendo, etc.).

Pierre Bartholomée is a member of the fine arts division of the Royal Belgian Academy. He has on several occasions presided the jury of the Antonio Pedrotti International Orchestral Conducting Competition in Trento (Italy) and has been a member of juries for the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Gaudeamus Competition (Hilversum), the Queen Marie-José Composition Competition (Geneva), the Composition Competition of the International Besançon Festival, the Geneva International Piano Competition and the International Saxophone Competition of Dinant.

His works are published by Universal (Vienna), Salabert and Jobert (Paris), Cebedem (Brussels) and Quindicesima (Valenciennes).

Editor Mardaga and the Conseil de la Musique de la Communauté française have dedicated a book by Robert Wangermée to him : Pierre Bartholomée - parcours d’un musicien.
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Activities
ActivityFunction
Final piano 2003Member of the jury
Semi-final piano 2003Member of the jury
First round piano 2003Member of the jury
PIANO 2003Member of the jury
Semi-final violin 2001Member of the jury
VIOLIN 2001Member of the jury
Closing concert violin 1997Conductor
Prelude concert violin 1997Conductor
Laureates' concert piano 1995Conductor
Final 1995: Laura MikkolaConductor
Final 1995: Markus GrohConductor
Final 1995: Victor LiadovConductor
Final 1995: Per TengstrandConductor
Final 1995: Yuliya GorenmanConductor
Final 1995: Giovanni BellucciConductor
Final 1995: Corrado RolleroConductor
Final 1995: Victor ChestopalConductor
Final 1995: Jong Hwa ParkConductor
Final 1995: Eriko SanoConductor
Final 1995: Daniil KopylovConductor
Final 1995: Seiko TsukamotoConductor
Final piano 1995Conductor
Laureates' concert violin 1993Conductor
Semi-final singing 1992Composer imposed work semi-final
Closing concert piano 1991Conductor
Prelude concert violin 1989Conductor
COMPOSITION 1989Member of the jury
Closing concert piano 1987Conductor
Prelude concert for the final piano 1987Conductor
Gala concert violin 1985 - European year of MusicConductor
Laureates' concert with the 2nd, 4th and 6th laureate violin 1980Conductor
Videos
Final 1995: Markus Groh Franz Liszt : Concerto n. 2 in A major...
Saturday 27 May 1995 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Franz Liszt : Concerto n. 2 in A major Soloist : Markus Groh Orchestra : Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège Conductor : Pierre Bartholomée
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Final 1995: Laura Mikkola Sergey Prokofiev : Concerto n. 2 in G minor op. 16...
Saturday 27 May 1995 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Sergey Prokofiev : Concerto n. 2 in G minor op. 16 Andantino | Scherzo vivace | Intermezzo (allegro moderato) | Final (allegro tempestoso) Soloist : Laura Mikkola Orchestra : Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège Conductor : Pierre Bartholomée
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Closing concert piano 1987 - Rolf Plagge
Monday 15 June 1987 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Concerto n. 15 in B flat major KV 450 Allegro | Andante | Allegro Soloist : Rolf Plagge Conductor : Pierre Bartholomée Orchestra : Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège et de la Communauté Française
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Closing concert piano 1987 - Akira Wakabayashi ...
Monday 15 June 1987 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto n. 1 in B flat minor op. 23 Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito | Andantino simplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I | Allegro con fuoco Soloist : Akira Wakabayashi Conductor : Pierre Bartholomée Orchestra : Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège et de la Communauté Française
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Audio
Final 1995: Giovanni Bellucci
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto n. 1 in B flat minor op. 23 (OPRL, Pierre Bartholomée)
Final 1995: Giovanni Bellucci
John Weeks : Requiescat (OPRL, Pierre Bartholomée)
Final 1995: Laura Mikkola
John Weeks : Requiescat (OPRL, Pierre Bartholomée)
Closing concert piano 1987
Sergey Rachmaninov : Concerto n. 3 in D minor op. 30
Closing concert piano 1987
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Concerto n. 15 in B flat major KV 450
Closing concert piano 1987
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto n. 1 in B flat minor op. 23
Laureates' concert with the 2nd, 4th and 6th laureate violin 1989
Johannes Brahms : Concerto in D major op. 77
Laureates' concert piano 1991
Ludwig van Beethoven : Concerto n. 4 in G major op. 58
Laureates' concert piano 1991
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Concerto n. 20 in D minor KV 466
Laureates' concert piano 1991
Ludwig van Beethoven : Concerto n. 5 in E flat major op. 73
Laureates' concert violin 1993
Felix Mendelssohn : Concerto in E minor op. 64
Laureates' concert violin 1993
Sergey Prokofiev : Concerto n. 2 in G minor op. 63
Laureates' concert violin 1993
Max Bruch : Concerto n. 1 in G minor op. 26
Works
ComposerWork
Bartholomée PierreAccent (baritone)
Bartholomée PierreAccent (basso)
Bartholomée PierreAccent (contralto)
Bartholomée PierreAccent (mezzo-soprano)
Bartholomée PierreAccent (soprano)
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