After classical music studies, from the Paris Conservatory to the Musikhochschule in Koln with Mauricio Kagel, Marc Monnet is a composer difficult to define.
Definitely contemporary, always inventing, he goes from the instrumental classic writing, to the most innovating research for an opera, which only preserves its name. He passes through the sound exploitation proposed by electronics, up to the transformations realised at the IRCAM (Paris) for his last opera 'Fragments'.
He has worked together with Jean Louis Barrault for the music of his opening show at the Theatre du Rond Point in Paris; with Dominique Bagouet who used his music and title 'Fantasia Semplice' for his ballet premiered at the Opera de Paris (Garnier); with Karin Saporta for the music of a film for the Musée d'Orsay Le Cirque (the Circus); with Anne Torres for a show entitled 'l'Exercice de la Bataille' (the exercice of the battle).
With his company Attentat he has premiered some operas whose form is new, for the voice, the way of playing with body and the absence of text. The achievement of this work is realised in the frame of the Festival Musica in Strasbourg and the Festival d'Automne in Paris with 'Fragments', in collaboration with IRCAM .
François Frederic Guy - piano
François-Frédéric Guy [www.ffguy.com] has a growing reputation for interpretations of authority, intensity and insight. He is especially renowned for his performances of large-scale works in the Austro-German tradition - BBC Radio 3's CD Review selected his Naïve recording of Beethoven's epic Hammerklavier Sonata as the finest in the catalogue. He is currently embarked on a project to perform the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Piano Concertos at major venues around the world over several years.
Guy has performed worldwide with orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Hallé, Helsinki Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon and San Francisco Symphony. In the summer of 2006 he made his BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall performing the Ravel Piano Concerto with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia. Other outstanding conductors with whom he has worked include Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Neeme Järvi, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Michael Tilson Thomas.
In recital, he has performed in cities including London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Vienna and Washington, and at festivals including La Roque d'Anthéron, City of London, Cheltenham and Yokohama. After his debut recital in the Berlin Philharmonie, the Berliner Morgenpost wrote: "Guy is a pianist of astonishing expressiveness, with immaculate pianistic technique... a man of the present even when he plays Schubert..."
Among François-Frédéric Guy's most notable recordings are those of Prokofiev's Sonatas 6 and 8 (Naïve) and Brahms Sonatas 2 and 3 (Meridian). He has also recorded Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Paavo Berglund (Naïve). His chamber music recordings include the Beethoven and Brahms Cello Sonatas with Anne Gastinel and Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with Romain Guyot. As part of his ongoing Beethoven project, he recently completed recording all 5 Piano Concertos with Philippe Jordan and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. The BBC Music Magazine commented: "The performance ... confirms Guy as one of the foremost pianists of his generation" about first CD of the series (Concertos 1 & 5). Guy recently started recording all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, a project to span the next three years.
François-Frédéric Guy studied with Dominique Merlet and Christian Ivaldi at the Paris Conservatoire, where he graduated with the Premier Prix. He is a keen reader of the works of Dostoyevsky and of biographies and memoirs of musicians. In addition to his admiration of Beethoven - whom he describes as "the Alpha and Omega of music" - he has special affinities with the music of Bartók, Brahms, Liszt and Prokofiev and a strong commitment to contemporary music with close links to composers such as Ivan Fedele, Marc Monnet, Gerard Pesson and Hugues Dufourt, who recently dedicated a significant new piano piece Erlkönig to him.
François-Frederic Guy is supported by the Safran Foundation for Music.
For further information -
Marc Monnet: http://www.printempsdesarts.com/
François Frederic Guy: Manager e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and Manager website: http://www.vanwalsum.com/artists/ffg.php