Blandine Waldmann

piano

Born in Paris, French pianist Blandine Waldmann began her musical studies with Christopher Maynard and Désiré N’Kaoua at the Conservatories of Rueil-Malmaison and Versailles. Her graduate studies led her to the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the class of Dominique Cornil, where she won First Prizes in piano and chamber music with honors. Then she was admitted at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Brussels, and awarded a Master with honors in piano, in the class of Aleksandar Madzar and a Master of chamber music with high honor in the classes of Daniel Blumenthal and Viviane Spanoghe.

She continued to perfect her skills by attending various masterclasses in France, Great Britain, Belgium and Italy where she received artistic coaching from such musical personalities as Anne Queffelec,
Jean-Michel Damase, Piet Kuijken, Paul Dombrecht, Luc Loubry, Etienne Siebens, Dirk Vermeulen, Sergei Leschenko, Christopher Elton, Volker Banfield, Vincenzo Balzani and Eugen Indjic.

She is laureate of several International Competitions such as the the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition of New York, the Les Clés d’Or International Piano Competition in France and she has been First Prize winner of the Ranelagh Competition in Paris, the International Eurorchestra Competition in Bari, the Le Note Sinfonie International Competition of Musical Execution in Castel Ritaldi and the Paolo Barrasso International Musical Competition in Caramanico Terme.

She has been invited to play on the French and international stage in recital and as a chamber music performer. She has given concerts across Europe, and has performed in venues such as the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, the Lysenko Column Hall in Kiev, the Bechstein Center in Cologne, the Teatro Comunale of Florence, the Château de Lourmarin (France), Wolubilis in Brussels, Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Castle Heule-Kortrijk (Belgium), the Cultural and Scientific Center of Russia in Brussels, the Great Hall of Concerts in the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, the Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels, Ravenstein Gallery in Brussels, Espace Toots in Brussels, Duke’s Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, the Palazzo Ruspoli in Nemi-Rome, and the Salone delle Feste in Polistena (Italy). Blandine had her Carnegie Hall debut in July 2015, during the Prizewinners’ Gala of the American Protégé International Competition.

Blandine enjoys collaborating with contemporary composers. In 2005 she recorded and worked with Alin Gherman on the creation of the work Grains, fleur et son envol for violin, clarinet, percussion and bass. She has also worked with a major composer of the Belgian contemporary creative scene, Frederik Van Rossum, in Catharsis for two pianos. She also played under the direction of Bart Bouckaert in a contemporary orchestra, with a special focus on the work of Lucien Goethals. During in-depth training in contemporary music, she received advanced coaching from the composer Michel Lysight.

Blandine’s activity as a chamber musician is equally impressive. She has performed with artists such as Sébastien Fournier, Genc Tukiçi, Andrew Hardy and Justus Grimm and formed the Duo Respighi with violinist Michael Scoriels.

Blandine Waldmann’s outstanding work as a performer has been recognized by the Service Général des Arts de la scène du Ministère de la Communaute Française de Belgique. She was invited to participate as a jury member at the Conservatory of Brie-Comte-Robert (France), the Academy of Berchem-Sainte-Agathe (Brussels), the Institut de Culture Musicale de Paris and has chaired the jury of the Conservatory FJ. Gossec of Gagny (France). Her solo recordings dedicated to Liszt and Scriabin were captured on video, as well as two recordings of works by Chopin, Beethoven, Felix Blumenfeld, Franck and Rachmaninoff. With a passion for chamber music, she has recorded with violinists Okasana Ryzhenko, Aram Badalian, Michaël Scoriels and oboist Adrien Eble, performing the music of Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Bloch, Respighi, Dutilleux and Schumann. Blandine Waldmann initiated a project in collaboration with Jonathan Ostlund in 2014, which will see several works premiered and performed throughout a series of concerts in Europe, in the following years.