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Sarah Ristorcelli


Sarah Ristorcelli began playing the piano at a very early age at the CCR de Perpignan before joining the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris, under Nicolas Angelich. Curious to discover other teaching approaches and with a passion for pedagogy, she studied under Marc Durand at the Université de Montréal to perfect her technique. She was awarded an international project scholarship by ADAMI, enabling her to study with Marc Ponthus and Julian Martin within prestigious academies in New York and Banff. Throughout her degree course, she received invaluable advice from Françoise Thinat, Henri Barda and Marie-Françoise Bucquet, in order to specialise in 20th century French repertoire in particular. Chamber music and vocal music are an important part of her career. In September 2014, she joined the vocal accompaniment class under Anne Le Bozec and Emmanuel Olivier at the CNSM de Paris and, in September 2016, began conducting classes under Nicolas Brochot. Renowned for her considerable artistic and musical qualities, Sarah Ristorcelli is highly sought after to work on numerous projects both as a pianist and vocal coach. She has had the privilege of working with Waltraud Meier and Bernarda Fink during artistic residencies at Royaumont. She received a grant from the Royaumont Foundation, enabling her to return for a residency in July 2016, with director Arthur Nauzyciel and vocal coach Jean-Paul Pruna on Zemlinsky’s opera: A Florentine tragedy. She forms a duo with the mezzo-soprano Victoire Bunel, with whom she regularly performs. They won the “Déodat de Severac-Fauré” special prize at the VIII Concours International de Mélodie Française (8th International Competition of French Melodies) in Toulouse. Together, they were invited to take part in the Udo Reinemann masterclasses in Brussels which gave them the opportunity of working with artists like Anne Sofie von Otter or Julius Drake, with who she is working in Austria. In addition, on 16th April 2016, they performed on the Génération Jeunes Interprètes programme on France Musique.She performed in November 2016 piano version of Debussy's opera Pelleas et Mélisande. She has been invited with mezzo-soprano Eleonore Pancrazi on France Musique by Rolando Villazon and she will play in recital with mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre in Petit Palais in Paris. In the coming months, Sarah will work on a production of Zemlinsky's opera Le nain, with the Opéra de Lille. Sarah Ristorcelli receives support from the Safran Foundation for music, Société Générale Musical Patronage (MMSG) and the ADAMI.

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