Following an accident earlier this week pianist Philippe Cassard is indisposed and unable to perform at the Clandeboye Festival. We wish Philippe a speedy recovery.
We are very grateful to Florent Boffard for stepping in at short notice to join our other guest artists in the Vive La France programme.
Florent Boffard began his musical studies at the National Conservatory of Lyon. He went on to study at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris, where he won the “Premier Prix de Piano” and the “Premier Prix de Musique de Chambre”. He continued his studies in piano, harmony, counterpoint and accompaniment at the Conservatory, where his teachers included Yvonne Loriod, Geneviève Joy and Germaine Mounier. In 1982, he won the International Claude Kahn Piano Competition in Paris and in the following year won the International Vianna da Motta Piano Competition in Lisbon.
From 1988 to 1999, he was a soloist with the Ensemble InterContemporain working with composers, including Boulez, Donatoni, and Ligeti. His discography includes Boulez’s Structures for two pianos with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Berio’s Sequenza for piano, Bartok’s 2nd Sonata for violin and piano with Isabelle Faust as well as a CD dedicated to Debussy and Bartok’s “Etudes pour piano”. He has played in numerous Festivals, including those of Salzburg, Berlin, Bath, Brussels, Holland Festival, Aspen, Kuhmo, La Roque d’Anthéron, Musica in Strasbourg with the Philharmonisches Rochester Freibur and he has performed under such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, Leon Fleisher, David Robertson.
In 2001, Florent Boffard received the Belmont Prize from the Forberg-Schneider Foundation, for his commitment to contemporary music. In 1997 he was appointed professor at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris and taught at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. In 2009 he was appointed professor at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Lyon.