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Sarah Lavaud


« Sarah Lavaud is among those interpreters that feel (…) every musical idea as though their lives were at stake. » (Jean-Claude Pennetier )

Born in 1982, Sarah draws François-René Duchâble’s attention on herself at the age of 14 and is trained by Bruno Rigutto, Nicolas Angelich, Christian Ivaldi and Michaël Levinas at the Paris Conservatoire national supérieur de musique (Piano, Chamber music, and Analysis summa cum laude First Prizes) and benefits from advice given by Jean-Claude Pennetier, Maria Curcio, Hüseyin Sermet, György Kurtag, Franco Scala and Livia Rev.

She has won prizes at the Città di Pinerolo (2nd prize), Poulenc (3d Prize and Special Prize), Maria Canals and Arthur Rubinstein ­competitions and frequently plays in France and abroad. She has performed alongside François-René Duchâble, Christian Ivaldi, Jean Mouillière… and with several orchestras (Orchestre symphonique de Lyon-Villeurbanne, Orchestre symphonique du Limousin and Orchestre Paul-Valéry from Montpellier).

Her career has been covered by the press: magazines (Pianiste, Diapason…), radio (France Musique), television (the Japanese network NHK).

After a CD that was hailed as a “Découverte” by Classica magazine in 2004, she is currently exploring, with a view to her next recording, Leos Janacek’s works for piano. She has recently received the “2008 Musician grant – special award” from the Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardère for the Koechlin recording.

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