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Pianist accompanists
Pianist accompanist
Born in Landstuhl (Germany), Daniel Blumenthal is of American origin. He began his musical studies shortly after his fifth birthday and is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Music) and the Juilliard School in New York (Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts). He has won several international competitions : Sydney and Leeds in 1981, Geneva and Busoni in 1982, and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1983. He enjoys an international reputation as a soloist, concert musician, and chamber musician. Daniel Blumenthal is professor op piano performance at the Brussels Conservatory and the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark. In 1995 he served on the jury of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition. He has recorded over 80 CDs. Daniel Blumenthal is honorary member of Icons of Europe and musical advisor to this not-for-profit cultural association.
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David Zobel combines his career as a pianist accompanist with that of a singing coach in France and abroad. Throughout the last ten years, he has been the regular pianist for the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. His first recording with her, a CD entitled The Deepest Desire, was acclaimed by critics worldwide and received a Diapason d'Or for 2007. David Zobel also accompanies other singers, including the French tenor Yann Beuron and the U.S. baritone Stephen Salters. He has collaborated with the tenor Carl Ghazarossian over many years; their first recording, of French songs, Les donneurs de sérénade, came out in 2015 on the Hortus label. He has also been regularly involved with several international competitions, including the Hans Gabor Belvedere in Vienna, the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, and the Operalia Competition founded by Plácido Domingo. David Zobel also works as a singing coach at a number of theatres in France and abroad. He has played under the world’s leading conductors. He took part in the Russian stage premiere of Pelléas et Mélisande, which was conducted by Marc Minkowski, which was awarded the Golden Mask for the ‘Best Opera of the Year’. David Zobel is a graduate of the Conservatoire National in Paris and of the Juilliard School in New York. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.
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