Christophe Bertrand, Composer
Pianist and composer, Christophe Bertrand (1981-2010) had a career as brief as it was dazzling. Honored with numerous distinctions including the honorable mention of the Gaudeamus festival and the 2002 Earplay prize, winner of the Hervé Dugardin prize from SACEM, as well as the André Caplet prize from the Académie des Beaux-Arts (Institut de France) in 2007 , he was a resident at the Villa Medici in 2008/2009.
The greatest interpreters of contemporary music have unanimously hailed his creative genius and defended his work within specialized ensembles and festivals. Deeply touched by György Ligeti’s music, he challenges by his extreme requirement, his virtuosity, but also his expressiveness. He knew how to mark the musical world with his original, effective style, and never leaves the listener indifferent.
“ Plant from the Sandwich Islands whose flowers are white in the morning, yellow at noon, red in the evening and dead the next day ” (Littré). This poetic definition fits perfectly with the profile of this piece for piano, in which the idea of multiplication (figures, speeds, even the pianist’s hands!) dominates all along the three sections…