Fresh Air for the Goldberg Variations
A French perspective on a German myth
So who is Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter? And what motivated this young French pianist to tackle a work of the great Bach?
Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter, a young French pianist, was born in Albi in southern France, birthplace of the great artists and adventurers Toulouse-Lautrec and Lapérouse. Aspects of both these two characters find expression in Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter . At the age of 13, he left his hometown for Paris on a musical adventure, and in the very same year met Krystian Zimerman, who has been an invaluable mentor for him ever since.
Frédéric was more than a pianist. He was a boy whose musicality touched his teachers deeply. Today he is a young man who arouses the admiration of the ?greats? in piano such as Maria João Pires. His sound is unique and impressively musical. His technique is immaculate, his rhythm indescribable.
Last November, his latest project, the combined book and CD ?Monsieur Satie, l?homme qui avait un petit piano dans la tête?, was awarded the Grand Prix of the Academy Charles Cros and the ADAMI. This was his first project entirely done in France, and the outcome speaks for itself.
The Goldberg Variations are more than well-known and have been interpreted by the greatest names in musical history. Years of study, meditation and repeated journeys to Leipzig, the place where Bach lived for 27 years, wrote this masterpiece, and later died, have culminated in Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter?s readiness to accept the challenge that the Goldberg Variations present for every musician. This French talent is ready to pit his strength against the German genius.
The ?Goldberg Variations? started as a tournée and have turned into a two-year project. From April 2007 to September 2009, the audiences in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, South America, USA, and Japan will be able to listen to Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter playing Bach?s masterpiece live on stage. Exact dates and places will be announced on his website in every season.
- Vaysse-Knitter will be the first French pianist to record the Goldberg Variations, a fact that has already attracted much attention in the world of music. Those who know his talent and musical abilities are preparing themselves for a musical gem, and those who have not yet listened to him will undoubtedly revel in the discovery of a great talent.