photo: Su Guanming

Sylvain Blassel

harp

Sylvain Blassel was born near Nantes and graduated from the Lyon Conservatory, where he studied under the tutelage of Fabrice Pierre. Fascinated by the art of conducting, he worked for two years as assistant conductor in Ensemble InterContemporain. This provided him with an opportunity to meet such composers as Pierre Boulez, György Kurtag and György Ligeti. The meetings turned out to be significant in the context of his future career. Sylvain Blassel performs with major French orchestras. He also took part in a concert tour with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he played under the direction of such eminent maestros as Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski and Claudio Abbado. Constantly striving to expand his repertoire, the artist has specialised in transcribing and adapting works from many periods. His album of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (Warner), which Sylvain Blassel has arranged for the harp for the first time in history without changing a single note met with with unanimous approval of music critics. The artist is fascinated by old harps and at the same time continually refines new techniques to enable arrangements of virtuoso piano repertoire faithful to the original, such as Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies or Beethoven’s late sonatas.

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