7 January 1948 (age 69)
Paris, Île-de-France, France
The French pianist, Anne (Tita) Queffélec, was the daughter of Henri and sister of Yann Queffélec, both noted writers. She received her initial training at the Paris Conservatoire with Lélia Gousseau (premier prix in piano, 1965) and Jan Hubeau (premier prix in chamber music performance, 1966). Subsequently she pursued studies with Alfred Brendel, Jörg Demus, and Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna. She captured 1st prize at the Munich International Competition in 1968 and 5th prize at the Leeds International Competition in 1969.
These prizes gave her career a more international turn. Afterwards Anne Queffélec toured widely at home and abroad. She appeared as a soloist at the biggest halls of Europe, in Japan, in Hong-Kong, in Canada, in the UUSA. She was a soloist with major orchestras of the world, such as London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle de Zürich, Lausanne, Tokyo NHK Orchestra, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre National and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, under the baton of conductors as Boulez, John Eliot Gardiner, Jordan, Skrowacewsky, Casadesus, Lombard, Guschlbauer, and Zecchi. In England, where she is one of the most esteemed French interpreters, she has played on several famous “Proms” of the Albert Hall in London, at the Festivals of Bath, Swansea, King's Lynn and Cheltenham. She has also been active as a chamber music player.
Anne Queffélec is among the most popular pianists of her generation, appreciated for the diversity of her repertoire, as her impressive discography testifies. In addition to the French repertoire, she became particularly known for her performance of works by Mozart and Scarlatti. Her recordings include works of J.S. Bach, Scarlatti, Liszt, Chopin, Schubert, Mozart, Fauré, and Debussy.
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