04.02 – RENNES – Les Champs Libres
06/07/08/09.02 – Orchestre de Picardie
15/16/17/18.02 – Orchestre Avignon
01.03 – Espalignges (Suisse) Les musicales
Vanessa Wagner is pursuing a career that echoes her original and passionate personality, combining the classical repertoire with contemporary creations, chamber music and the playing of ancient pianos, as well as innovative projects combining art music with video, electronic music and dance.
Born in Rennes, Brittany, she began playing the piano at the age of 7. She was awarded First Prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of 17. In 1999, she received the “instrumental solo revelation” Victoire de la Musique (the French equivalent of the Grammy Awards) for Classical Music. Since then, she has performed all over the world, and her wide-ranging and award-winning discography reflects a vast repertoire and a keen personality, touching on Rameau, Haydn, Schumann, Schubert, Debussy, Ravel, and contemporary music. The great French composer Pascal Dusapin has dedicated several works to her, which she developed. Wagner is also a regular guest of major venues and festivals and is also a favourite of conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Michel Plasson and François-Xavier Roth.
Her first performance as a guest of InFiné’s Workshops was at the Carrière du Normandoux, alongside Mexican producer Murcof, in 2010. Six years later, the Murcof-Wagner duo released Statea, an album of interpretations of the minimalist repertoire combining piano and electronic textures, giving rise to numerous international concerts, from the Barbican and Kings Place in London, to the Jazzhouse in Copenhagen and the Philharmonie de Paris.
In 2019, she dedicated a recording to the minimalist movement in a disc entitled “Inland” (Infiné). This disc includes some rare or unreleased pieces from a repertoire that she is particularly fond of. It too has been very well received, leading to numerous concerts.
To continue her exploration of the post-minimal repertoire, she recorded a follow-up to Inland during the pandemic. “The Study of the Invisible” (March 2022) and “Mirrored” (2022) offer a glimpse of a whole range of contemporary music that is still rarely played by classical musicians, bringing together Nico Mulhy, Bryce Dessner, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Caroline Shaw and Harold Budd in an intimate and powerful journey.