French piano virtuoso Antoine de Grolée will give the final ‘Amigos de Música’ concerts of 2019 at Os Agostos country estate, near Santa Bárbara de Nexe. On Tuesday, December 10 Antoine will play music by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. On Thursday, December 12, the musician will play pieces by Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and Debussy.
Antoine was born in Picardy in northern France in 1984. His interest in music was aroused by his musically minded grandmother and he started playing the piano at the age of six. His musical career began at the National School of Music in Saint-Quentin with Polish pianist Irene Kutin. He graduated with the highest honours from the National Conservatory in Lyon. His piano technique was refined at the Imola Piano Academy.
In 2018, Antoine was a finalist at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. He had previously won the Long-Thibaud Competition in 2007 and the Teresa Llacuna Competition in 2005. He has also won the Pro Musicis prize for chamber music.
He is regularly invited to French festivals including the Les Arcs, Classique au Vert and Le Festival de Musique de Menton. He has played in the Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Salle Molière in Lyon, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Philharmonic in Vilnius, Teatro Marcello in Rome, Mozart Festival in Johannesburg and the Prince of Asturias of Spain as well as in Russia, Austria and Argentina.
As a soloist, Antoine has played with the National Bulgarian Orchestra, the “Nouvelle Europe” Chamber Orchestra, the Moldavian Chamber Orchestra and the National French Orchestra in Salle Pleyel.
He is a lover of chamber music and has played with several quartets. He also likes to accompany singers and has given recitals with well-known sopranos including Anaïs Constans and Shigeko Hata. Since 2014, Antoine has been the Artistic Director of the Festival “Les Moments Musicaux du Tarn”.
Amigos de Música concerts at Os Agostos begin at 7pm sharp. Doors open at 6pm and wine, fruit juices and canapés will be served. There will also be a short interval with refreshments served. Entry donation is €25 per person for guests and non-members.
The Amigos de Música is an international group of around 90 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians.
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For more information about the Amigos de Música and concert programmes, visit www.amigos-de-musica.org