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Stephane Blet, France

The great pianist and composer Stéphane Blet was born in Paris on 9 March 1969. Disciple of the famous American pianist Byron Janis, who discovered his exceptional talent and invited him to New York in the 1980's, he began a brilliant international concert career in 1986. His triumphal recitals at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Salle Gaveau in Paris have earned him long standing ovations as in his memorable "Liszt Marathon" in february 1987, when he was encored for more than 30 minutes! Blet has recorded several discs for Philips, Forlane, RCA, Saphir, Universal and aXes recordings, with programs of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Moussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Scriabine, Blet... as well as several "live" recitals. In 1992, Blet decides to devote himself not only to his international career as a concertist but also to his second passion: composition. His works, published by Editions Leduc, Durand-Eschig, Zurfluh, Combre, Martin, Lafitan and Lemoine, met straightaway with considerable success and are frequently chosen as compulsory works in major International Competitions. In 1993, Blet caused a sensation in the musical world by transcribing Liszt's complete, monumental "Faust Symphony" for piano (Ed Combre/Lemoine). Since then, 300 scores have seen the day, including other piano sonatas, songs, two concertos, works for violin, including a sonata for violin and piano, and a cycle of 12 Turkish Rhapsodies. A number of his works have been recorded and performed by such leading artists as Byron Janis, Cyprien Katsaris, Alexander Paley, Idil Biret... Stéphane Blet has been the President of the jury for 40 international Piano competitions and is also Vice-President of the "Académie Narionale du Disque Lyrique". He created the "Leyla Gencer Prize". In 1996, he was decorated by the Turkish government for his unique work in favor of that country's folk music. In 1999, he received the silver medal from the "Société d'encouragement au progrès"; then, in 2012, he is decorated with the Gold medal, for his inestimable contribution for Arts in the world. In 2004, he was raised to the rank of Chevalier in the French National Order of Arts and Letters. In 2007, he received the ACEG Grand Prize (Sacem) as "Pianist of the Year" henceforth, Stéphane Blet devotes a large part of his time to teaching- he has been a Professor at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris between 2001 and 2008- and gives numerous masterclasses the world over. He is also the author of an essay on the art of interpreting Chopin's Mazurkas, a piano tutor bearing his name (ed.Leduc) and some dozen musicological works. The famous french magazine "Marianne" defines Blet as "The KING of Keyboard". 

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