Marcel Ciampi and Capet Quartet play Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor
Marcel Paul Maximin Ciampi (29 May 1891 – 2 September 1980) was a French pianist and teacher. He
held the longest tenure in the history of the Conservatoire National Supérieur
de Musique de Paris and also became head of piano classes at the Yehudi Menuhin
School in England. He worked with many of the great names of the 20th century,
including Claude Debussy, Pablo Casals, Jacques Thibaud, Georges Enesco, Alfred
Cortot, Vlado Perlemuter and Lazare Lévy
Ciampi was taught by Louis Diémer at the Paris
Conservatoire and won the first prize for pianoforte in 1909. He had a
brilliant career as a concert pianist, appearing with orchestras in France,
London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague, Warsaw, Sofia and Athens. He turned to
teaching and had a particular influence on Hephzibah Menuhin and her sister
Yaltah Menuhin. He accepted Yaltah at age four, after hearing her play Robert
His students also included Yvonne Loriod, Cécile
Ousset, Thea Musgrave, John Carmichael, Mícéal O'Rourke, Jean-Marc Luisada,
Pierre Hétu, Kathryn Stott, Melvyn Tan, Nancy Bricard, Avi Schönfeld, Beryl
Sedivka, Andree Juliette Brun, Sally Sargent, Grant Foster, Mary Lou Muller,
Anna-Marie Globenski, Eric Heidsieck, Jacqueline Cole, and many others. Another
of his students was John-Paul Bracey, who was to become his biographer.
Ciampi recorded some early electrical solo and
chamber music discs for French Columbia. His available recordings on CD include
César Franck’s Piano Quintet with the Capet Quartet. His family also had
international careers. His assistants were Denyse Rivière and Blanche
Bascourret de Guéraldi.
His compositions include Six Studies for the
piano. He was a jury member on competitions such as the Alexander Brailowsky
Competition in Liège and the Eugène Ysaÿe Competition in Brussels.
Ciampi was appointed an Officer of the Légion
d'honneur and the Belgian Order of Léopold. He died in 1980.
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