pianoforte, Marie-Josèphe Jude
Born to a French father and a Sino-Vietnamese mother, Marie-Josèphe Jude began playing the piano (with Juliette Audibert and then Anne Queffélec) and harp (with Elisabeth Fontan-Binoche) in Nice. Encouraged by Gyorgy Cziffra, she entered the Paris Conservatory of Higher Music at the age of 13, followed by Aldo Ciccolini for the piano and Jean Hubeau for chamber music. A very young artist, at the age of 16 she was awarded the First Prize in Piano, Chamber Music and a Diploma in Harp Concert at the École Normale de Paris. She then continued hers 3rd cycle studies at the CNSM in Paris in the class of Jean-Claude Pennetier. Marie-Josèphe then went to London for 4 years with Maria Curcio, a pupil of Arthur Schnabel. Marie-Josèphe was a finalist at the Clara Haskil International Competition in 1989 and was awarded "New Talents" competition award at the Victoires de la Musique in 1995. Since then she has performed all over the world, from Montpellier to Bath, from La Roque d'Anthéron to Kuhmo, from Bagatelle to Locarno, as soloist under the direction of J.Märkl, F.Brüggen, C.Dutoit, E.Krivine, F-X.Roth, J.-.Y.Ossonce, J.Axelrod, A.Tamayo or K.Weise, accompanied by prestigious orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, the Orchestre National de Lyon, Les Siècles, the Orchestre Symphonique de Tours, the Orchestre de l'Académie Chopin de Varsovie, the BBC Scottish Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bâle, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Orchestre Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, to name a few. At the age of 17, Marie-Josèphe met the composer Maurice Ohana, who made her one of his favourite performers for her works, giving her a particular taste for contemporary music. In 2009 Marie-Josèphe created Philippe Fénelon's 2nd and regularly plays the music of his time. Chamber music is a very important part of her activity: since 1997 she has formed a piano duo with Jean-François Heisser, but she also shares her keyboard with Claire Désert or Michel Béroff; for her repertoire she also collaborate with friends and colleagues such as Henri Demarquette, Philippe Graffin, Jean-Marc Phillips, Pascal Moraguès, Xavier Phillips and Michel Portal to mention but few. The 1993 meeting with René Gambini, founder of the LYRINX label, was decisive: she recorded Brahms' complete piano works exclusively for this recording label, then Mendelssohn, Jolivet, Clara Schumann, Dutilleux-Ohana, Beethoven. For the MIRARE label: Berg's Kammerkonzert under the direction of Jean-François HEISSER, who also recorded two Brahms discs.
Marie-Josèphe also devotes a large part of her activity to teaching and has been a professor at the CNSMD in LYON since September 2012.