Jonathan Fournel

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


Schubert - Fantasy in C major 'Wanderer-Fantasie ' 
Franck - Prelude, Fugue and Variations, opus 18 
Szymanowski - Variations on a Polish theme, opus 10

Sun 14 Apr ’24
14:15 uur

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 a hard time reaching the finish line. It is Schubert's most virtuoso piano work. Even for a pianist who manages to win First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, it's still a massive challenge.

Thirty is this Frenchman, with a wonderful track record already. He has performed with musicians such as Gauthier Capuçon, Augustin Dumay, Julien-Laferrière and with the Akilone and the Modigliani Quartet. Fournel has a whole 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 Karol Szymanowski's brilliant, highly virtuoso Variations on a Polish folk theme dating from 1904.

After the concert

After the concert, we will serve a good glass of wine and a delicious cheese platter. This is included with your ticket.