Brigitte Garzia-Capdeville (France/USA)
Brigitte Garzia-Capdeville was born in Los Angeles where she started her musical studies at the age of nine. She quickly distinguished herself in numerous national and international competitions such as the National Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, Cypress College Piano Competition, Music Teachers Association «Voce» Competition and the International Piano Recording Competition. She has also been recognized by the Rotary Club of Pasadena for her work as president and organiser of concert series to promote young artists.
She pursued her studies at the University of Michigan School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, receiving her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Master of Music in Piano Performance degrees with highest honors.
The Polish government awarded her a scholarship which allowed her to obtain her Concert Diploma at the Frederic Chopin Academy in Warsaw (now Uniwersytet Muzyczny Fryderyka Chopina ) under the tutelage of renowned pianist Regina Smendzianka. Following her studies, the Chopin Academy offered her a position as vocal coach in the opera department, a position she held until 1997. She also served on the piano faculty at the Conservatoire de Musique, de Danse et d’Art Dramatique du Pays de Montbéliard from 1999 to 2006, where she was also head of the polyphonic instruments department. She is currently Professor of Piano and head of the keyboard department at the Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse de Saint-Louis, a tenured position she holds since 2006.
Brigitte Garzia-Capdeville is a laureate of the International Paderewski Piano Competition (Bydgoszcz, Poland) . She has performed in recitals, as a soloist with orchestra, and in chamber music ensembles in France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Singapore, Russia, The United States, Morocco and Taiwan. She has been a guest at renowned music festivals such as the Basler Sommerserenaden, Museumsnacht Basel, Chamber Music Series of the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Festiwal Jesienno-Zimowi in Zelazowa Wola (Chopin’s Birthplace), Festiwal Pod Pomnikiem Chopina, Epsival, Olsberg, Les Doges, the Schauenberg Piano Festival. In 2012-2013, the composer Laurent Riou wrote his Triptyque for trombone and piano (IMD edition) for the Duo Garzia, a duo that Brigitte Garzia-Capdeville forms with her husband, Henri-Michel Garzia, Principal trombone of Sinfonieorchester Basel. The Swiss French horn player and arranger Jean-François Taillard dedicated his arrangements of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for piano and large brass ensemble and brass quintet to her, which she has performed regularly with the Grand Ensemble de Cuivres d’Alsace (GECA Brass) and the Basel Chamber Brass.
Brigitte Garzia-Capdeville was invited by Soochow University of Taiwan in April 2017 to give a Piano masterclass and a recital performance with the Duo Garzia.