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Vitality, assurance, musicality : with what she has, Miss Carbonel will go far ». This was the reaction of The New-York Times critic Peter Davis, after hearing the pianist play the formidable Liszt “ Totentanz “ at Carnegie Hall.

Sylvie Carbonel, studied at the Paris National Conservatory with the renowned pianist and pedagogue Pierre Sancan. She was awarded the First Prize with honors in piano, musical analysis and chamber music. She is a laureate of the George Enesco International Competition in Bucharest and winner of the International Messiaen Prize.

When she was awarded the New York’s prestigious Harkness Fellowship, she went on to live five years in the United States where, continuing her career as a concert pianist, she graduated both from the Julliard School (Jeaneane Dowrs) and from Bloomington (I.U) where she worked with Gyorgy Sebök and was awarded the Artis Diploma. she has also been a close friend and disciple of Radu Lupu in New-York, London and Paris.

Sylvie Carbonel has performed in most of the world’s musical capitals: Paris, New York, Chicago, Washington, Brussels, Hamburg, Munich, Amsterdam, Rome (Villa Medicis 2009), Mexico City, Singapore, Hong Kong, TaĆ®wan...

She has played with such distinguished orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, the American Symphony, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, other American orchestras, the Radio Philharmonic Orkest of Holland, Scandinavian and Latvian orchestras, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, and the National Orchestras of Toulouse, Lyon, Montpellier, the Camerata of Lausanne, the Camerata of France... under the direction of Lorin Maazel, Ernest Bour, Sergiu Comissiona, Jorge Mester, Isaïah Jackson, Michel Plasson, Serge Baudo, Daniel Tosi...

She has been on the piano Faculty of the Paris National Conservatory. She gives master-classes in France and in the United-States. Sylvie Carbonel frequently serves as a member of a Jury, to judge Piano competitions in France and internationally.

Her musical curiosity has also led Sylvie Carbonel to play the repertory of our time, and she has played the works of Bartok, Schönberg, Messiaen, Mossolov (the First Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France) among others.

Sylvie Carbonel played at the Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Gaveau in Paris, and made an eleven concert tour in North America (Miami, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Denver, Tulsa, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., Seattle) . She has also been featured on a Musical Cruise devoted to “Mozart and his time” (Italy, Malta, Lybia, Tunisia).

In 2003, she has created the festival “ Moments Musicaux de Chalosse ” in South West France , of which she has been the Artistic Director from 2003 to 2016. Since 2017, she is the Artistic Director of the Festival “ Musique Vivante dans les Landes ”

She has recorded the complete piano works by Mussorgsky and made other recordings of Schumann, Mozart, Chabrier-Desbrière and Liszt.
In january 2024, she has just released a 10 CD set, gathering the ensemble of all her "live concerts" at Radio France, since several decades, plus her studio recordings, in piano solo, with orchestra and in chamber music. All together, can be heard 3 centuries of music, from Bach and Mozart, passing through all the romantic music (Schumann,Chopin, Brahms...) until the 20th century music with Prokofiev, Messiaen and Louvier...
These recordings have already received high praise from the critics in France, other European countries, America and Asia.

Sylvie Carbonel has been a guest artist at numerous musical festivals including Aspen (U.S.A.), Menton, Festival of Ravello (Italy), Santander, the Mostly Mozart Festival of New York among others. With friends such as Pierre Amoyal, Gérard Caussé, Patrick Gallois, Gary Hoffmann, Michel Portal, Saskia Lethiec, Frédéric Lodéon, Guy Comentale, Patrice Fontanarosa, Michel Lethiec, Olivier Charlier, Svetlin Roussev and others, she shares the joys of playing chamber music; and she also performs literary and musical shows with the actors Anny Duperey, Daniel Mesguich, Pierre Hentz.

Press Reviews :

These "Pictures" reveal a strong personnality, a fertile imagination, and a contagious enthusiasm
CD Moussorgsky,
Jean Gallois, Les Petites Affiches

When Sylvie Carbonel reached her best playing a group of Debussy's Preludes, the performance became one to remember...
J. McLellan, The Washington Post

... the intensity and sensitivity of the extraordinart French pianist, Sylvie Carbonel
The Los Angeles Times

A musical charisma and an extraordinary maturity. Listening to a talent like this in a great concert hall enriches one's musical life.
Allgemeine Zeitung

These Ten Picturesque Pieces combine great refinement... with roguish rusticity. Sylvie Carbonel understands the spirit of Chabrier. She manages to create a universe filled with poetry and nostalgia.
CD Chabrier,
Alain Steghens, Le Monde de la Musique

She is an explorer of the unknown with a vivid personality... Mozart has a completely natural sound... A simple yet luminous recording.
CD Mozart,
Etienne Moreau, Diapason

This is one of the outstanding Schumann piano discs in recent years... Her healthy, extroverted sweep and meaningful shadings of line, give an exceptional level of conviction to the performance
CD Schumann,
Manildi, American record guide

The strength ans richness of this impassioned playing come straight from the heart; she has the temerity to bring out the contrasts in the music. these qualities are too rare to be missed.
CD Schumann,
Alain Cochard, Diapason, France

In Sylvie Carbonel, we discover a sensitive and fascinating pianist and musician. Every piece is a delight. Il recommend this recording highly.
CD Moussorgsky,
James H. North, Fanfare, U.S.A

A magician at the keyboard of fascinating intensity : what a range of abilities, from Mozart to Messiaen !
Svenska Dagbläder

Artistic ecstasy : Sylvie Carbonel is a fascinating figure in contemporary music. The breath-taking nuances in her feel and her personal approach to the interpretation of Schönberg, instantly create the most sensational emotions.
Jacques Longchampt, le Monde

Her powerful playing, impressive energy, pure style, both restrained and passionate, are fascinating to hear.
Die Welt

Energy and bravura technique to spare, articulating cascades of parrallel octaves and intricate passagework with formidable clarity, precision and tonal glitter, as a devislishly clever virtuoso. She is amongst the world's most prodigious pianists.
Peter Davis, The New York Times

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