Cathy Krier: Debussy & Szymanowski Cathy Krier
- Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Images, Book I, L. 110:
- 1I. Reflet dans l'eau05:43
- 2II. Hommage à Rameau07:00
- 3III. Movement03:19
- Images, Book II, L. 111:
- 4I. Cloches à travers les feuilles04:02
- 5II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut05:20
- 6III. Poisson d'or03:27
- Masques, L. 105:
- 7Masques, L. 10504:39
- Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937): Masques, Op. 34:
- 8I. Shéhérazade10:22
- 9II. Tantris le Bouffon05:53
- 10III. Sérénade de Don Juan05:48
Info for Cathy Krier: Debussy & Szymanowski
„In this new album, Cathy Krier takes an original step and goes entirely against the grain of her previous programmatic approach. In her two most recent CDs she had juxtaposed the apparently divergent styles of Rameau and Ligeti, or Liszt vs. Berg/Schoenberg, uncovering astounding new connections among them. The current release now takes the opposite path. At first glance, Claude Debussy – the inventor of musical Impressionism – and Karol Szymanowski – often called the ‘Polish Impressionist’ – would seem to have much in common. Both composers even use the same title in French: Masques (masks). Cathy Krier affirms, nevertheless, that she is much more interested in the differences one can observe between these two works written roughly during the same period. Our listening experience is thus enriched thanks to a new, fascinating aesthetical perspective. “ (excerpts from the booklet notes by Clemens Matuschek)
Cathy Krier, piano
Born in Luxembourg in 1985, Cathy began taking piano lessons at the Luxembourg Conservatoire at the age of five. In 1999 she was admitted to Professor Pavel Gililov´s masterclass at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. In 2000 she recorded Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in G major with the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra conducted by Carlo Jans. Her first solo recording was released in 2008 and features pieces by Scarlatti, Haydn, Chopin, Dutilleux and Müllenbach.
Cathy Krier is the laureate of a number of prizes and scholarships including the Prix Norbert Stelmes, awarded to her by the Jeunesses Musicales du Luxembourg in 2003 and, in the following year, the IKB International Foundation Prize.
In 2005 Cathy joined Cyprien Katsaris for a four-hand performance at the inauguration of the Luxembourg Philharmonie. In 2006 she played at the Ruhr Piano Festival following an invitation by Professor Robert Levin to join his masterclass. Further stepping stones in Cathy’s training as a professional pianist were an invitation to the Académie musicale de Villecroze and her participation in masterclasses with Dominique Merlet, Homero Francesch and Andrea Lucchesini under whom she undertook further study at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.
In 2007 Cathy performed at the Luxembourg European Capital of Culture opening ceremony. She also makes regular appearances at the Bourglinster, Echternach International and Musek am Syrdall Festivals in Luxembourg.
Cathy’s concert engagements included performances in the United States (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Washington, D.C.) and the Netherlands where she played at Rolduc Abbey in response to an invitation by the Euriade Foundation. She also performed at venues across Austria, Spain, Germany, Latvia, Andorra, Italy, France and Belgium and was subsequently invited to play at the Summerclassics Festival and at Pianoplus Bonn, and to perform recitals at the K20/K21 Museum in Düsseldorf, the Nordrhein Medical Association, the Bagno Concert Gallery, the CAPe Ettelbrück, the Luxembourg House in Berlin and the Grand Théâtre and the Philharmonie in Luxembourg-City. In 2012, Cathy performed at the Liepaja Piano Stars Festival, the Falkenhof in Rheine (D), the Midi-Minimes Fesival in Brussels and the Sint-Peter Festival in Louvain, the Spaziomusica Festival in Cagliari (I), the Philharmonie in Luxembourg and at Schoß Elmau (D) among others. Further, she has been invited to be Artist in Residence at the Biermans-Lapôtre Foundation in Paris. In 2013, more concerts including the Leipziger Klaviersommer and the Mendelssohn-Haus are planned.
In addition to her work as a recitalist, Cathy has performed as a soloist with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Solistes Européens du Luxembourg, the Luxembourg-based chamber orchestras Les Musiciens and L’Estro Armonico, the Liepaja symphony amber sound orchestra and the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under various conductors including Jack Martin Händler, Bramwell Tovey, Garry Walker, Pierre Cao, Yoon K. Lee and Atvars Laktsigala.