Monique de La Bruchollerie

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Monique de La Bruchollerie (20 April 1915 – 15 December 1972) was a French classical concert pianist.

Career[edit]

La Bruchollerie was born in Paris. She came from a family of musicians, both François-Adrien Boieldieu and André Messager being among her ancestors. At the age of 7 she entered the class of Isidor Philipp (a friend of her parents) at the Paris Conservatoire, which she left in 1928 with a first prize. After that she was a pupil of Alfred Cortot in Paris, of Emil von Sauer in Vienna and of Raoul von Koczalski in Berlin. A concert she gave in 1932 under the baton of Charles Münch brought her breakthrough as a pianist. Between 1936 und 1938 she went on to take part in more piano competitions, above all in the Chopin Competition of 1938 in Warsaw and the 1939 Brussels Competition.[1]

After the Second World War she developed an international career, above all in the USA and in Poland, and she worked with conductors such as Sergiu Celibidache, Eugen Jochum, Herbert von Karajan, Ernest Ansermet and Jan Krenz. In 1952, La Bruchollerie performed for the Peabody Mason Concerts in Boston.[2] Her concert career ended quite suddenly in December 1966 through a car accident in Romania, as a result of which she suffered a fracture of the skull, lateral paralysis and an irreversible injury to her right hand. Thenceforth she devoted herself to teaching. Among her pupils were Jean-Marc Savelli, Cyprien Katsaris.

She made numerous recordings, notably for His Master's Voice and for American Vox Records labels.

References[edit]

  1. ^ This and the following paragraph are translated from the German Wikipedia.
  2. ^ Boston Herald, 30-Jan-1952, Rudolph Elie, "Monique de la Bruchollerie"

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