Matthieu Stefanelli - Pianist

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Matthieu Stefanelli, pianist and composer

Born on 8th March 1985 in Nice, Matthieu Stefanelli is a multi-faceted musician.  He was 6 years old when he started at the Nice Conservatoire. He studied composition, musical analysis, chamber music, choral singing and specifically the piano with Cécile Collin and Odile Poisson.  He joined the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) when he was 16, studying with Jacques Rouvier and Prisca Benoît, and subsequently with Bruno Rigutto.  He attended master classes and had the benefit of advice from well-known pianists such as Natalia Gutman, Menahem Pressier, Ferenc Rados, Dmitri Bashkirov, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Vladimir Krainev, John O’Connor, Oxana Yablonskaya and many more.  He has won numerous international competitions:  the “Prix Albert Roussel” at the Orleans International Piano Competition in 2014, “Mozartpreis” at the Bremen Klavierwettbewerb in 2009, and obtained the First Prize at the San Sebastian International piano Competition in 2005 in the chamber music category.

He won 3 first prizes from the CNSMDP (where he studied orchestral conducting with Philippe Ferro) and a prize for orchestration from the CRR in Paris.  He is passionate about chamber music and in 2007 created the Metabole Trio with Besa Cane and Julien Lazignac.  They all worked with Claire Désert, Ami Flammer and the Ysaye Quartet.  In 2009 they joined the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) where over three years they participated in a number of master Classes, specifically those of Hatto Beyerle, one of the founder members of the Alban Berg Quartet.  They were awarded the Interpretation Prize at the FNAPEC International Competition in 2010 and were joint First Prize winners at the Normandy Forum in 2011.  With initial sponsorship from the Marc de Montalembert Foundation and subsequently from the FNAPEC, they recorded a first CD with Syrius in 2008 dedicated to Albanian composers, then two CDs for the Passavant label in 2013:  one of French female composers and the other of Joseph Haydn trios.

Matthieu Stefanelli has performed at major festivals such as the Roque d’Anthéron, Prades and Villecroze (in the context of the ensembles in residence), the Orangerie de Sceaux, Epau, Musique dans les Vignes and Biarritz, as well as in Paris (salle Playel, Radio France, salle Cortot, Cité de la Musique and les Invalides) etc.  He has also performed abroad, in Tokyo (Suntory Hall, the Universities of Geidai and Toho), in Zurich (main auditorium Musikschule Konservatorium), in Vienna (Haydn room at the Music Academy) in Israel (Haifa and Beer Sheva) in Germany, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Morocco and Lithuania.  He has been invited to the France Musique programmes of Gaëlle Le Galic and Stéphane Grant.

Matthieu Stefanelli is also a composer, and has worked with Bernard Cavanna. He was a finalist in the international composers’ competition in Boulogne Billancourt (France) and Schubert in Graz (Austria). He has composed about 15 pieces from solos to orchestral works. They have been published by Henry lemoine, Combre, Gérard Billaudot, Delatour France, Klarthe and Lacroch’ and have already been played on France Musique by numerous ensembles and orchestras (Musique en Seine, Millésime, etc.).  Matthieu Stefanelli is composer in residence at the Groix Music Festival for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He received a price from the Charles Oulmont Foundation in 2015 as pianist and composer.

In 2016, he created Choeurs Lacryma Voce, great vocal ensemble for concerts each year with sacred music.
 

Participation in festivals

Concerts au Triton – Les Lilas (93) – Jean-Pierre Vivante 2013 avec Trio Métabole et commande de composition pour Nima Sarkéchik 2015
Festival « Les Alizés » – Essaouira (Maroc) – Dina Bensaïd 2012 avec Trio Métabole
Festival « la Roque d’Anthéron » – (13) 2009 et 2011 avec Trio Métabole dans les ensembles en résidence
Festival « Musiques en scène » – Arcangues (64) 2011 avec Trio Métabole = Biarritz Piano Festival – Thomas Valverde
Festival de « l’Abbaye de l’Epau » – (72) 2011 avec Trio Métabole
Festival « Pau Casals » – Prades (66) 2010 et 2011 avec Trio Métabole
Festival de Montauroux - (83) 2010
Festival « Musique au cœur de l’Estérel » - (83) 2009
Festival « Musique dans les vignes » - (84) 2009 avec Trio Métabole
Festival « Jeunes Talents » - Paris – Hôtel de Soubise 2008 solo et 2009 Trio Métabole
Festival « Ars Terra » - Villers-sur-Authié (80) 2006