AXA Dublin International Piano Competition: "Emmanuel Christien (26, France) went for sobriety and maturity in Beethoven (the Sonata in E minor, Op. 90), Brahms (the Op. 10 Ballades) and two Debussy Études. In the context of so much vain display from other competitors, the effect was genuinely heart-warming. And his performance of Jennifer Walshe’s becher, a dizzying montage of micro-quotations from works familiar and unfamiliar (from her FASTER, FASTER, PUSSYCAT KILL KILL KILL! ), was a genuine tour-de-force." - Irish Times, 2009
At just twenty six years of age, Emmanuel Christien is one of France s most diverse young pianists. Born in 1982, he began playing the piano when he was five years old. Following early musical studies in the National Conservatory of Region of Nancy (CNR), he then studied with Olivier Gardon at the CNR Paris, and during this time was a prize winner in numerous different competitions (Sucy in Brie, Arcachon, Steinway.) Admitted by unanimous jury vote to the prestigious National Conservatory Superior of Music and of Dance, Paris (CNSMDP) as a student of Jacques Rouvier, he obtained the “ Diploma de Formation Supérieure” with a unanimous jury distinction, also receiving the “Feydau de Brou Saint-Paul” award, bestowed each year to the most promising instrumentalist as chosen by the jury. He has performed and participated in masterclasses with celebrated musicians and personalities including Jean-Philippe Collard, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ann Quéffelec, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Aldo Ciccolini.
Emmanuel Christien has won numerous prizes and awards as a pianist, accompanist and chamber musician. In 2004, he was a prizewinner at the International Piano Competition Casagrande (Italy), for his performance of the piano music of Johannes Brahms. As a chamber musician, he has performed under the instruction of Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Daria Hovora, Christian Ivaldi, Michaël Hentz, Claire Désert and Ami Flammer, and being highly commended for his ensemble playing in performance with cellist Aurélienne Brauner. A passionate advocate of vocal music, and a prize winner for the same, he has been coached in this capacity by Jeff Cohen and Ann Grappotte. He has also worked with Ruben Lifschitz during the vocal accompaniment coaching sessions (Lieder and Art Song)at the “Fondation de l'Abbaye de Royaumont”. In 2005, Emmanuel Christien was accepted into the prestigious “cycle de perfectionnement” – the advanced development cycle, at the National Conservatory Superior of Music and of Dance, Paris and for this achievement, he was bestowed a Blüthner piano by Foundation of Alfred Reinhold. He is also a bursary laureate of the Mécénat Musical Société Générale for 2007-2008, and of the Perlemuter Competition.
As a pianist, Emmanuel Christien has made numerous appearances on France-Music and Radio Classic. He has performed in his native France, and elsewhere in Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent performances include those at the Festival Ars Terra in Villers on Authie, Summer Music in Epernay, National Archives, Paris Senate, the Theatre and Auditorium of the City of Music, Chopin Festival in Bagatelle, Roque d' Anthéron, Folle Journée in Nantes, in Pérouse (Italy) and in Mitchell Hall in Aberdeen (Great Britain) and most recently in Japan, invited to participate in the prestigious Kyoto Student Festival. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Orchestra of Caen, the soloists of the National Orchestra of France and the orchestra of the National Conservatory Superior of Music and of Dance, Paris.