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© 2018 Maud Caillat

Biography

" An artist blessed with both natural gifts and outstanding musicality ".

The New York Times

Maud Caillat
 

Maud Caillat is an accomplished composer, concert soloist and recitalist. She started her musical training at 8, studying piano, eurhythmics and baroque singing in a children choir. Her formal piano studies began in Paris, where she met the Swiss pianist and pedagogue Claudine Perretti, a former pupil of Alfred Cortot and Magda Tagliaferro, who passed on to her the French performance traditions as well as other interpretative devices. She went onto studying harmony, counterpoint and orchestration at the Geneva High School for Music, from where she graduated with a Master of Arts HES-SO in Composition and Music Theory. She also entered the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot of Paris where she received a Diplôme Supérieur d'Exécution in piano performance. In the meantime she was given advices by Marcel Bitsch who encouraged her to continue composing. In 2001, she was awarded a full scholarship by the Orford Arts Centre (Canada) that enabled her to participate in master-classes given by Menahem Pressler, André Laplante and Robert Silverman.

 

Maud Caillat won further recognition in international music competitions, receiving a grant from Zonta International-Paris I, 2004, an Accomplished Musician Award at the IBLA Grand Prize Composition Competition, 2006, the Stravinsky Prize from the Igor Stravinsky Foundation, 2012 and a First Prize at the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in the duo category in 2013.  

 

A specialist of Scarlatti, Mozart, as well as romantic and 20th century Russian piano works, she has performed extensively in concert venues and music festivals, in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, USA and Canada: the Château de Coudrée concert series, UNESCO Headquarters, the Salle Cortot, the Feast of Music, the Studio Ernest Ansermet for Mozart Year, the Frank Martin Hall, La Schubertiade d’Espace 2, Le Hameau de Verbier, the Ragusa Ibla Festival, the Orford Music Festival and Carnegie Weill Hall.

As a composer, she has works to her credit such as a Piano Concerto, a Fantasy for piano and orchestra, solo piano pieces and an Opera “Rasputin” that is at the planning stage. Her compositional language is sometimes reminding of Russian late romanticism, which gives a particular beauty to her works, with specific lyricism and noticeable sense of form.

 

Maud Caillat holds a PhD in Musicology and Cultural History from Paris-Sorbonne University with a thesis entitled " East and West Cultural Confrontation During the Cold War At the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition (from 1947 to 1979), whose content focuses on the links between French and Soviet piano schools as well as the mechanisms of international competitions. Since 2008, she has held a teaching position in Music Management and Musicological Research at this university. Both her musicological and compositional skills led her to complete Mozart’s Fantasy in d minor K. 397, which is available on Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fog_y-nBQxg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpmC0ikVaPA .

 

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