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Monique Duphil (Piano)

Born: Bordeaux, France

The French-born pianist, Monique Duphil, entered at the age of 10 the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris and studied under Jean Doyen, Marquerite Long and Joseph Calvet. Having won a Premier Prix in piano at 15, she graduated the following year with a Grand Prix in Professional Chamber Music. Among her teachers was also Pierre Pasquier. Later studies were with Harriet Serr and Vladimir Horbowski. She obtained her Artist Diploma from the Musikhochschule of Stuttgart, Germany. She made a Paris debut with orchestra at 15, performing Felix Mendelssohn's G minor Piano Concerto with the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. This was followed by prizes in four international competitions, including the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, which launched Monique Duphil on a worldwide career.

In recognition of her spectacular debut in the USA with the Philadelphia Orchestra, substituting on a few hours' notice for cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, Monique Duphil was honored to be re-engaged by Eugene Ormandy to appear with him four times in 1980 performing two concertos on each occasion. Invited to Berne by Charles Dutoit, she recorded Alberto Ginasteras Piano Concerto No. 1 in live performance for the Swiss Radio. Yoel Levi chose her to premiere Roger Sessions' Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Monique Duphil has performed in more than 50 countries throughout the five continents. While based in Hong Kong, she performed many solo and chamber music concerts in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, but also in Western and Eastern Europe, both North and South America, as well as several tours of the former Soviet Union. She was praised by Hong Kong press as "possibly Asia's finest pianist".

Some of the numerous symphony orchestras Monique Duphil has performed with are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Warsaw, Bern, Münchner Symphoniker, Paris Lamoureux, Caracas, Mexico, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Seoul, Tokyo Metropolitan, Sapporo, Kanazawa, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and all ABC (Australia) orchestras, etc. Some of the conductors were Robert Aitken Akiyama, Charles Dutoit, Louis Frémaux, Fukumura, Sir Alexander Gibson, Erwin Hoffman, G. Hurst, Yoel Levi, Peter Maag, Igor Markevitch, Eduardo Mata, Eugene Ormandy, J. de Preist, Thomas Sanderling, Gerard Schwarz, Maxim Shostakovich, V. Smetacek, V. Verbitsky, Wislocki, and a host of others.

As a distinguished chamber musician, Monique Duphil has partnered with many renowned artists, including, Michel Debost, Pierre Fournier, Karl Leister, Cho-Liang Lin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Ruggiero Ricci, Henryk Szerying, the Musikverein Quartet, the Salzburg Mozarteum Trio, and the Vienna, St Petersburg, Haydn, Chester and American string quartets. She is a member of the Amici and Villa-Lobos trios.

Monique Duphil has recorded for Polydor, Telefunken (Japan), Marco Polo, Naxos and Eclectra (Canada) labels. Her upcoming performances include engagements in Eastern Europe, Japan, South America, and tours with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and orchestras of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Monique Duphil was on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts before her appointment to the faculty at the renowned Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio, USA in 1992..

" ... it was evident that Miss Duphil was in complete command of the instrument and just as evident that her musicianship and feeling matched her formidable technique. She alternated breathtaking subtlety with radiant brilliance." - Washington, The Evening Star
Ginastera Sonata brought the audience to its feet." - Philadelphia Inquirer
" ... and she feels profoundly the underlying meaning of the works, so her extraordinary technique, strength and subtle shading, becomes merely a means of expression." - Bonn, Generalanzeiger
"Monique Duphil displayed all the best attributes: flawless technique, power, and a sound, lively musical imagination. She has just the sort of clarity of touch allied to forcefulness of expression for
Beethoven's music." - Hong Kong, South China Morning Post
"Monique Duphil played her starring role with exquisite refinement." - Cleveland, The Plain Dealer

Source: New Fine Arts Website; Charleston Music Festival Website (2011); Oberlin College Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2011)

Monique Duphil: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Links to other Sites

Monique Duphil - Professor of Piano (Oberlin College)
New Fine Arts: Monique Duphil, piano

Monique Duphil - Biography (Naxos)
Charleston Music Fest: Artist Biographies

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