BIOGRAPHY // Parcours d’une pianiste éclectique
After brilliant initial studies at the Conservatory of Nice (prize in Piano, Chamber Music, Diction and Dramatic Art), Elsa Cassac was accepted at a very early age to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Prize in Piano and Chamber Music, unanimously with a special commendation from the jury).
Her teachers were among the greatest: Philippe Bianconi, Marie Françoise Bucquet, Catherine Collard, Amy Flammer, Gérard Fremy, Jean François Heisser, Christian Ivaldi, Michel Moraguès, Jacques Rouvier, David Walter.
With her flutist partner Anne-Cécile Cuniot, Elsa Cassac was selected to pursue the postgraduate programme CNSMDP ” premières nommées “.
The duo Cassac – Cuniot toured for a long time in France and Europe, and was acclaimed by critics: ” What sensitivity and freshness! They are most intimately tuned to each other. Pain as well as joy find a happy and warm outcome in contact with this burning desire to live music to the full “.
Winner of numerous competitions, ” Jeune Espoir ” by Musicora, First Prize at the Claude Debussy International Competition, from her first recital at the age of 12 she was invited to perform in France and abroad (Germany, Bulgaria , Croatia, Italy, United Kingdom).
From her very first recitals, critics have emphasized the ” temper, authority, instinct, tasteful brio, clear and deep play “ of a pianist who ” creates her style “ by reaching ” the shores of plenitude… of the unique “ with ” an ineffable caressing sound, a breathing and a more subtle rubato, a more violent and poignant personal involvement, an inner turmoil more suffused with meaning. “
An avid chamber musician, partner of renowned soloists (Thierry Amadi, Nicolas Dautricourt, Adrien Frasse-Sombet, Marie Josèphe Jude, Laurent Korcia, Solène Païdassi, Antoine Tamestit), she is also regularly invited to perform as an esteemed soloist with famous conductors such as Philippe Bender, Benjamin Bergmann, Nicolas Chalvin, Jean Louis Dedieu, Tzvetan Delibozov and soon Sofia Philharmonic, but also to perform in recital at numerous festivals.
Elsa Cassac has remained responsive to the secret solicitation of texts and drama where she was trained: she has created, put on and staged with actor Alexandre Triaca ” Mirrors “, a most beautiful show of poetry and piano acclaimed by critics as ” an original creation served by two talents “, whose success has never wavered.
Elsa Cassac also brings her art to young pianists, as a professor at the Conservatory of Cannes, a lecturer at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, and in numerous master classes in France and abroad.