Fanny Azzuro piano
“Fanny Azzuro’s expansive and welcoming piano”
Her motto is “to tell a story with honesty, humility and ability, while creating a strong human bond through a harmonious moment of sharing”. Fanny Azzuro is a pianist whose solo career is reaching new heights. At 33 years old, she has established herself on prestigious stages in the musical world, playing in a poetic and vibrant manner, always with deliberate intention. Her 2018-2019 season was filled with concerts in prestigious venues and festivals, such as Carnegie Hall, the International Piano Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Nohant Chopin Festival, the Lille Piano Festival, Piano Folies, Salle Cortot in Paris, the opera houses in Toulon, Lille and Avignon, the Grand Theatre in Angers, and also in Zurich, Brussels, New York (French Piano Society), Washington D.C. (Friday Morning) and Dallas. In 2020, she will play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Thionville Theatre, perform on a Ponant cruise ship during the 5th Festival de piano en mer, at the Studio Ansermet in Geneva (RTS) and in Chicago, as part of the Myra Hess concert series. She will also record the complete Preludes of Rachmaninov, her third solo album.
In 2017, Fanny Azzuro recorded with Paraty Harmonia Mundi 1905 Impressions, an album which was nominated at the International Classical Music Awards and received many accolades: Pianiste Maestro, 5 quavers from Pizzicato and 4 stars from Pianist Magazine. It was also selected by Concertclassic: “Fanny Azzuro’s recording is a little gem!” It is still regularly played on Radio Classique and France Musique.
In 2014, her album Russian Impulse had already been highly praised by Classica (“expansive and lyrical playing”), where she was compared to Lazar Berman and Nikolaï Lugansky. BBC Music Magazine described her as a “brillant young pianist”.
An all-round inquiring musician, she has a passion for chamber music and has shared magical moments with the Voce, Hermès and Van Kuijk quartets through playing Franck’s, Schumann’s and Fauré’s quintets. In the last year, she’s been playing original works and arrangements in a vibrant duo with the percussionist Adélaïde Ferrière. She has also been fully engaged for the past eight years with the SpiriTango Quartet, performing programmes and highly personal versions of tango nuevo and contemporary tango. Their third album was acclaimed by the press and in particular by Le Monde, which classed them “in the tradition of the great string quartets”.
She recently created Movement, a new project with the dancer Andréa Moufounda, staged by Parelle Gervasoni, with the aim of opening out classical music to a wider public. Furthermore, she frequently plays with the renowned jazz pianist Hervé Sellin in a jazz and classical music programme called Passerelles.
One of her great sources of inspiration is the pianist Boris Petrushansky, a master of the Russian school of music. She still works with him at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale in Imola (Italy).
After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (degree and master in piano and chamber music), she then studied with Tuija Hakkila at the Helsinki Sibelius Academy. This solid background enabled her to succeed in many international competitions, including the World Competition in Cincinnati, the Washington International Piano Competition, the Lalla Meryem in Rabbat (Morocco) and Piano Campus in Pontoise (France).
Officially a Yamaha Artist, she is also supported by many foundations and sponsors, among which the Mécénat Musical Société Générale, Safran Foundation for Music, Spedidam, Adami, Meyer Foundation, Music Academy of Villecroze and Nouveaux Virtuoses.