French Pianist Laure Favre-Kahn Wins
Eighth Annual Pro Piano New York Recital Series Competition, 2001
New York, NY Pianist Laure Favre-Kahn, age 24, of Arles, France has been named The Pro Piano New York Recital Series' 2001 "Recitalist" from a field of 50 international pianists. She was one of five finalists chosen by the blind jury based on CD submissions and live in-person auditions conducted over the four day Memorial Day Weekend. On October 23, 2001 Pro Piano will present Miss Favre-Kahn in recital at The Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City, at which time the "blind jury" will determine if she is to be named "Pro Piano Artist of the Year, 2001."

The Pro Piano Artist of the Year Award includes a fully-paid recording contract with Pro Piano Records and inclusion in an illustrious group of pianists who comprise Pro Piano's artist roster. In total, the combined awards and artist fees can easily exceed $35,000 in value.

In addition to Ms. Favre-Kahn, the finalists included the following artists: Piano Duo Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl from Germany, Piano Duo Antra and Normunds Viksne from Latvia, Etsuko Hirose from Japan, and Svetlana Navasardian from Armenia.

Laure Favre-Kahn was born in 1976 in Arles, France. She studied piano at the Conservatoire d' Avignon before joining the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where she studied with Bruno Rigutto. At the age of 17, she was unanimously awarded the Conservatoire's First Prize. Since then, she has performed with such musicians as Brune Rigutto, Olivier Charlier, Henri Demarquette, David Grimal and has appeared in various festivals such as les Chorégies d'Orange, the Festival Chopin at the Bagatelle in Paris, the festival des Jeunes Solistes d'Antibes and many others. In January 1999, she performed at the Midem Music Festival in Cannes as one of the "Revelation Classiques de l'ADAMI". She has recorded two CD's for the Arion label.