Jonathan Fournel

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2021
International Prizes & Awards
Sun 14 Apr ’24 14:15 uur

Jonathan Fournel, piano 

Schubert - Fantasy in C 'Wanderer-Fantasie ' 
Franck - Prélude, fugue and varaities, opus 18 
Szymanowski - Variateis on a Poola theme, opus 10

Sun 14 Apr ’24
14:15 uur
  • Sun 14 Apr ’24
    14:15 uur
    Small Hall
  • A drink is included in the price

One day, Franz Schubert decided: there is more to it. My song Der Wanderer turned out pretty well, it is full of longing and 'dort wo du nicht bist ist das Glück', but let me do something else with it. Schubert composed the Wanderer Fantasy, on themes from his wanderer's song. A feast, this work. A catalogue of romantic emotions. Feast especially for the listener, as the pianist has to toil to reach the finish line. It is Schubert's most virtuoso piano work. For a pianist who manages to win first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, it is a great challenge.

Thirty is this Frenchman, with already a wonderful track record. He has performed with musicians such as Gauthier Capuçon, Augustin Dumay, Julien-Laferrière and with the Akilone and the Modigliani Quartet. Fournel has a cupboard full of prizes: the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (second prize), the Thomas Kuti Competition (second prize), the Gian Battista Viotti International Piano Competition (first prize), the Scottish International Piano Competition (also first prize) and, of course, that first prize in Brussels. Besides Schubert, he plays César Franck's romantic Prélude, fugue et variation and, by Poland's Karol Szymanowski, his brilliant, highly virtuoso Variations on a Polish folk theme from 1904.