Piano

Florent Boffard

Florent Boffard began his musical studies at the National Conservatory of Lyon at age twelve. He went on to study at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris, where he won the “Premier Prix de Piano” and the “Premier Prix de Musique de Chambre”. He continued his studies in piano, harmony, counterpoint and accompaniment at the Conservatory, where his teachers included Yvonne Loriod, Geneviève Joy and Germaine Mounier. In 1982, he won the International Claude Kahn Piano Competition in Paris and in the following year won the International Vianna da Motta Piano Competition in Lisbon.

From 1988 to 1999, Florent Boffard was soloist of the Ensemble InterContemporain, where he worked with several of today’s most prominent composers, including Boulez, Donatoni, Ligeti… His discography includes Boulez’s Structures for two pianos with Pierre-Laurent Aimard (DGG), Berio’s Sequenza for piano (DGG), Bartok’s 2nd Sonata for violin and piano with Isabelle Faust (Harmonia Mundi) as well as a CD dedicated to Debussy and Bartok’s “Etudes pour piano” (Harmonia Mundi).He has played in numerous Festivals, including those of Salzburg, Berlin, Bath, Brussels, Holland Festival, Aspen, Kuhmo, La Roque d’Anthéron, Musica in Strasbourg with the Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg…, and he has performed under such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, Leon Fleisher, David Robertson…

In 2001, Florent Boffard received the Belmont Prize from the Forberg-Schneider Foundation (Munich), for his commitment to the contemporary music.

 In 1997, Florent Boffard was appointed professor at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris. He teached at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. Since 2009, he has been appointed professor at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Lyon.

In 2013, Florent Boffard starts a collaboration with Mirare. Their first achievement is the release of the CD of Shoenberg's "Works for solo piano"and an exclusive DVD.

Reviews
 "Ligeti's 6th studies Autumn in Warsaw was charged with an impressive virtuosity and an almost overwhelming dramatic density"

 

La Croix

" Taming contemporary music- Boffard makes today's music accessible thanks to his clear touch producing prodigious contrasts, often very marked, which suggest an almost post-romantic expression."

Resmusica Août 2010

Links

Florent Boffard's website on Stockhausen : fboffard.free.fr

E-boutique : Harmonia Mundi

Discography
Mirare
Harmonia Mundi
Harmonia Mundi
Harmonia Mundi
Deutsche Grammophon
Deutsche Grammophon