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en hommage à mon fils, Raphaël DROUIN - † 22-04-2014

"Les morts sont des invisibles, mais non des absents." - Victor Hugo
"Ne pleure pas celui que tu as perdu. Au contraire, réjouis-toi de l'avoir connu" - Jean-Louis Trintignant

"Même quand la blessure guérit, la cicatrice demeure" - Publius Syrus

Raphaël DROUIN - BIOGRAPHY (Avec toutes mes excuses sur cette mauvaise traduction qui provient d'un logiciel et de mes rares souvenirs scolaires. Je lance un appel aux spécialistes qui pourraient me faire une traduction digne de ce nom)

He was born in Mont-Saint-Aignan (Seine-Maritime) on 1 March 1977.

In 1981 and 1982, he began his schooling in Normandy Lorraine Centre of Mesnil-Esnard near Rouen. This center for young visually impaired, blind or partially sighted, welcomes children whose visual acuity is less than 4/10th. That of Raphael was only 0.5/10th and the use of a large magnifying glass and expanded and adapted textbooks were needed.

In 1983, at the age of 6 years, he left the Rouen region to live in Tarbes where he continued his early education at the same time there began serious musical studies with Mrs. Soule-Debate, music teacher and titular organist of the organ in the cathedral of Tarbes.

In 1991, at the age of 14, he was admitted to Henri Duparc Conservatory in Tarbes, in the class of Thierry HUILLET (first Grand Prix International Competition in Cleveland Robert Casadesus), a teacher who has greatly influenced. He plays the piano four hours a day.

At the end of the school year in 1993, he obtained his diploma from the conservatory tarbais graduation with "Very Good with unanimity" in chamber music and a "Gold medal at the Unanimity 'in piano.

In September of the same year, at the age of 16, he passed the dreaded entrance examination at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris.

He then moved to Paris where he will live alone in a small apartment in the 19th arrondissement near the City of Music.

He is then admitted to the class of Michel Béroff where he plays the piano eight hours a day. He worked with Henri Barda (graduate of the Juilliard School in New York) and Denis Pascal. Subsequently, he was admitted in advanced course in Chamber Music with Michel Strauss.où he knows very quickly be appreciated by its partners.

He regularly participates in numerous "Master Classes" (Hagen Quartet, Bernard Greenhouse, Beaux Arts Trio, Charles Rosen, Philippe Entremont)

Out of this atmosphere and soothe the soul, he relaxes and attended the middle of Scouting. He was "Cub" at the age of 8 years and will be "Chief Scout" for many years.

In 1994, while taking correspondence courses from the "terminal" secondary school, he gave several piano recitals throughout France and obtained his Bachelor A.

In 1996, he brilliantly finished his three years of study at the National Conservatory of Paris, winning the First Piano and Chamber Music Prize unanimously.

On 21 May 1996 he passes the examination graduation in Chamber Music, higher education and he won the First Prize unanimously and with congratulations of the jury. On this occasion, he performed exceptionally well and with a high musical level, the trio opus 8 in B major by Johannes BRAHMS, the trio Opus 1 No. 3 in C minor by Ludwig van BEETHOVEN and the trio in A minor by Maurice RAVEL. This award recognizes an important work of a team consisting : piano with Raphael DROUIN, violin with Suzanne MARIE and cello with Nitzan LASTER.

On 13 June 1996, he passes the examination Graduation in Piano, higher education and he won the First Prize unanimously and with congratulations of the jury. On this occasion, he interpreted the applause of the audience present in the auditorium of the Conservatory, the 12th Rhapsody in C # minor Frantz Liszt, the Six variations in F major opus 34 by Ludwig van BEETHOVEN and 2nd final sonata Serge NIGG.

During the summer of 1996, created the "Geister Trio" (Raphael Drouin piano, violin Anton Matalaev, Virginia Constant cello), which won the Prix Luthiers Normans Musical Forum of Normandy at Dieppe.

In 1997 he received a scholarship from the FNAPEC with "Geister Trio" at the international competition Ensemble Music of Rueil-Malmaison. Geister Trio also performed numerous concerts, including the City of Music, UNESCO (Paris), Dijon, Prague, Cambridge and others.

He is also the winner Clara Strauss Musical Forum of Normandy at the Moulin d'Ande (Eure)

From 1996 to 1998 he attended the Chamber Music advanced course directed by Michel Strauss at the Paris Conservatoire.

Since 1998 he is a disciple of Teresa DUSSAUT, it enjoys the moral and artistic support.

In 1998, as a soloist, he made his debut, playing the Beethoven Triple Concerto and the Schumann Concerto with the Orchestre National de Lyon under the direction of Emmanuel Krivine.

Despite his young age, his career led him to perform in prestigious venues and playing with renowned orchestras. Both in France and abroad, he conquered the audience with his dazzling play, sharp and bright and his extraordinary personality.

In 1999, having a great success for his performance of Shostakovich during a tour in Germany, he recorded a CD, the school of Vienna, for Tamino label trios of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven with violinist Anton Matalaev - Quartet founder Anton - and cellist Virginia Constant.

His qualities as a chamber, unanimously recognized, it has the distinction of playing extra directories partitions without playing all the songs by heart, allowed him to play with people like Patrice Fontanarosa, Christian Ivaldi, Jean-Jacques Kantorow Vladimir Mendelssohn Alain Meunier, Jean Mouillère Gordan Nikolic, Theodore Paraskivesco, Jean Guihen Queyras (with whom he gave a concert broadcast live on Radio France in 1999), Gil Sharon, Joseph Silverstein, Michel Strauss.

He recorded in May 1999 "SONATES DE FRANCE" in the company of Amaury Coeytaux the Violin.

On 3 October 2000, he gave a Russian music concert in the auditorium of the Musée d'Orsay or plays Alexander Borodin and Dmitri Chostakovich.

But Raphael Drouin developing as much in the world of the song than in the so-called "classical" music: He combines in his symphonic arrangements colors and industrial sounds. He re-orchestrated two pieces of Diane Reeves interpreted by the European Pop Orchestra on the occasion of the Armada of Rouen 2008. His Medley "French Song" Accordion Solo, Symphonic Orchestra and Big Band was created during the last show of Transeuropéennes, 2009.

He signed in 2003 the singer of stage arrangements Jean Guidoni and participates in its "Keystone" album released in Wagram in 2004. He also directed several titles for Hauchecome, Orlando, Kardka and a Remix of "Ding, dang, dong "Rita Mitsouko, in collaboration with bassist and arranger Yvan Bonset.

In May 2006, he created the Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra Dominique Preschez.

In 2007, he met RENAUD et Jean-Jacques DEBOUT, where he worked on songs arrangements.

His career has taken him on prestigious stages, both in France and Germany, England, Finland, Czech Republic, Morocco, Japan.

Also a composer, he wrote two piano concertos, several symphonic works as well as chamber music. His friend composer and conductor Thierry PELICANT has commissioned a symphonic work, "Pyramid" which was created in 2008 by the 70 musicians of the Orchestra André MESSENGER.

As part of "Normandy Impressionism" at Rouen on 11, 12 and 13 June 2010, he gave a recital with violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Fauré program, Debussy, Franck (Sonatas for violin and piano), and St. Saens and Chausson (Trios for violin, cello and piano) and finally Fauré and Franck (Quintets for piano and string quartet).

In 2011, he gave the world premiere at the Salle Gaveau "Ports of Call & Landscapes," a work for narrator, piano and orchestra by Dominique Preschez and Thierry PELICANT. A colossal partition that is now the subject of an edition double CD (one Polyhymnia / Bee disk)

In 2012, he participated in the creation of the soundtrack of the film "My lucky star" by Anne FASSIO with Claude Brasseur, Christophe Lambert and Fleur Lise.

In 2012 and 2013 he participated in the 9th and 10th edition of "Chamber Music at Giverny" which takes place every year in late August. As part of this festival, in August 2012, it records at the auditorium of the Museum of Impressionism, DVD duet with Maria Belooussova, a transcript of André Caplet for 2 pianos of the work of Claude Debussy "La mer" .