Brigitte Engerer (French: [ɑ̃ɡəʁɛʁ]; 27 October 1952 – 23 June 2012) was a French pianist.
Engerer was born in Tunis, French Tunisia. Having started music at age five, she entered the Paris Conservatoire in the class of Lucette Descaves. She obtained in 1968, aged 15, a first prize in piano, the first named unanimously. In 1969, she won the Concours International Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud, following which she was invited to undertake further training at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she joined the class of Stanislav Neuhaus: she studied there for nine years.
In 1980, her career took a decisive turn when Herbert von Karajan invited her to play with the Berlin Philharmonic. Her subsequent career was divided between giving recitals and teaching at the Paris Conservatoire.
She was married to the writer Yann Queffélec, with whom she had a daughter, Leonore. She later married Xavier Fourteau, and together they had a son, Harold Fourteau. She died of cancer in Paris in 2012.
- Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Emmanuel Krivine
- The Complete Nocturnes by Frédéric Chopin
- Sonatas by Beethoven, Grieg and Schumann with Olivier Charlier
- Work for two pianos and piano duet of Rachmaninoff with Oleg Maisenberg and Boris Berezovsky
- A German Requiem by Brahms in a version for two pianos and chorus (London version) with Boris Berezovsky and Accentus Choir conducted by Laurence Equilbey
- Schumann's Carnaval and Scenes from Childhood
- Concertos by Clara and Robert Schumann; Orchestre régional de Cannes-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur/Philippe Bender
- The works for cello and piano by Chopin; with Henry Demarquette
- Childhood memories (Russian Music); booklet essay by Yann Queffélec (2007 Mirare) ("Choc" du Monde de la Musique)
- L'invitation au Voyage (French music) with Henry Demarquette ("Choc" du Monde de la Musique)
Brigitte Engerer images appear repeatedly in Sophie Laloy's film Je te mangerais (released 11 March 2009), in which she is admired by Mary, the main character. She is also the interpreter of classical pieces for piano used in the film.
International awards and honours
- Competition Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud
- Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow
- Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium
- Grand Prix du Disque for his recording with Philips Carnival op. 9 and the Carnival of Vienna Robert Schumann
- Corresponding member of the Institut de France, Academy of Fine Arts
- Win honor for lifetime achievement, the Victoires de la musique 2011 classic
- Chevalier of the Legion of Honor
- Commander of the Order of Merit
- Commander of Arts and Letters
- "French virtuoso pianist Brigitte Engerer dies at 59". France24. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
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- "Décret du 13 mai 2011 portant promotion et nomination" (in (French)). Legifrance. Retrieved 2012-06-24.