The Franco-Albanian pianist, Marie-Ange Sopiqoti-Nguci, received her music school diploma cum laude at the age of 10. In 2011, she entered the class of Nicholas Angelich and Denis Pascal at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP). In June 2012, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Musicology with honors at the Paris-Sorbonne University. In June 2014, she obtained her Master of Music degree in Piano performance from the CNSMDP with first class honours by unanimity and distinction of the jury. In June 2016, she received the highly selective Artist Diploma of Piano Performance from the CNSMDP. Endlessly curious both musically and intellectually, she is currently pursuing her studies in Doctorate of Music (PhD), as well as in Master’s degree of Musical Analysis and Musicology, at the CNSMDP and the Paris-Sorbonne University. A year spent at Vienna’s famed Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst allowed her to study orchestra conducting. She is also holding the Diploma of Ondes Martenot, as well as a Master’s degree in music pedagogy and the Certificate of Aptitude of Professor, conferred by the CNSMDP.
Marie-Ange Nguci's talents were recognized early on since she won her first competition, with the First Prize at the Lagny-sur-Marne International Piano Competition (France), in 2011. More recently, in August 2015, she has been awarded First Prize at the MacKenzie Awards International Piano Competition at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York (IKIF). She is also recipient of major grants from the Foundation L’Or du Rhin, the ADAMI and the Meyer Foundations, the French American Piano Society in New York, the International Academy of Music in the Principality of Liechtenstein (where she participates in intensive music weeks), the Yamaha Music Foundation. She receives the Charles Oulmont 2016 Award for Music, and is laureate of the “l’Europe du Piano” project.
Marie-Ange Nguci has already positioned herself as an outstanding young artist of her generation. Her technical prowess and exceptional musicality has allowed her to develop a unique and poetic tonal quality, dazzling audiences in performance. Her extensive repertoire includes Baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary works. Particularly attentive to the music of our time, she has worked with composers such as Thierry Escaich, Bruno Mantovani, Graciane Finzi, Alain Abbott, Fabien Touchard, or Michèle Foison, to prepare the interpretation of their works.
Marie-Ange Nguci has given numerous recitals and repeatedly performed as a soloist with orchestra. Her performances, as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician have taken her to leading concert venues such as the Cité de la Musique - the Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées or Salle Cortot in Paris, Palais de l’Athénée in Geneva. She takes part in numerous festivals among which the Festival de piano de La Roque d’Anthéron, Festival Les Solistes à Bagatelle, Chopin Festival in Nohant, Festival Chopin de Bagatelle, Festival Les Musicales d’Arradon, Centre de Musique de Chambre de Paris, Kissinger Sommer in Bad Kissingen, Beethovenfest Bonn, Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Klavierfestival Essen, Klaviersommer Wesel, Festival It’s all about piano in London, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, or Elebash Recital Hall in New York. In May 2016, she gave her USA debut recital at the French Consulate in New York. The program included Scriabin, César Franck, Thierry Escaich, and Camille Saint-Saëns.
Most recently, Marie-Ange Nguci recorded works by French composers César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré, Olivier Messaien and Thierry Escaich, examining different historical periods and aesthetics.