Marcel Ciampi

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Marcel Paul Maximin Ciampi (29 May 1891 – 2 September 1980)[1] was a French pianist and teacher. He held the longest tenure in the history of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris[2] and also became head of piano classes at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England.[3]


Ciampi was taught by Louis Diémer at the Paris Conservatoire and won the first prize for pianoforte in 1909. He had a career as a concert pianist, appearing with orchestras in France, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague, Warsaw, Sofia and Athens. He worked with Claude Debussy.[4][5]

He turned to teaching and had a particular influence on Hephzibah Menuhin and her sister Yaltah Menuhin. He accepted Yaltah at age four, after hearing her play Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen.[6] His students also included Yvonne Loriod,[7] Cécile Ousset,[8] Thea Musgrave,[9] John Carmichael,[10] Mícéal O'Rourke,[11] Jean-Marc Luisada,[12] Pierre Hétu, Kathryn Stott, Melvyn Tan,[13] Nancy Bricard,[14] Avi Schönfeld,[15] Beryl Sedivka,[16] Andree Juliette Brun,[17] Grant Foster,[18] Anna-Marie Globenski,[19] Eric Heidsieck,[20] Jacqueline Cole,[21] and Sally Sargent.[22] Another of his students was John-Paul Bracey, who was to become his biographer.[4]

Ciampi recorded some early electrical solo and chamber music discs for French Columbia.[23] His available recordings on CD include César Franck’s Piano Quintet with the Capet Quartet.[24]

His wife, Yvonne Astruc, was a violinist.

His compositions include Six Studies for the piano. He was a jury member on competitions such as the Alexander Brailowsky Competition in Liège and the Eugène Ysaÿe Competition in Brussels.

Ciampi was appointed an Officer of the Légion d'honneur and the Belgian Order of Léopold. He died in 1980.


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  18. ^ Australian Music Centre Archived 15 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Stella Plante (2 July 1929). "Encyclopedia of Music in Canada". Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Bach cantatas". Bach cantatas. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Viktor Ullmann Foundation Newsletter". Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  22. ^ Association des amis d'Harmoniques, Bulletin n. 16 (Mars 2011), p. 6
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  • Eric Blom, ed., Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 5th edition (1954)

Further reading[edit]

  • John-Paul Bracey, A Biography of French Pianist Marcel Ciampi: Music To Last A Lifetime

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