R. Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 (1838)
Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op. 117 (1892)
R. Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9 (1835)
About the Artist
Emile Naoumoff has been likened to both Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein, displaying, as one critic remarked, the fire of the former and the poetry of the latter. Also a composer, he was signed at age 18 with the music publisher Schott. Naoumoff revealed himself as a musical prodigy at age five, taking up the piano and adding composition to his studies a year later. At age seven, he became the last disciple of composer Nadia Boulanger, with whom he studied until her death. At the same time, he pursued studies at the Paris Conservatory with Lélia Gousseau, Pierre Sancan, and Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux, as well as at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Pierre Dervaux. Upon Boulanger’s passing, Naoumoff took over her classes at the summer sessions of the Conservatoire d’Art Americain in Fontainebleau. He was later appointed at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris, and in 1996, he opened his own summer academy at the Château de Rangiport in Gargenville, France, in the spirit of Nadia Boulanger. Naoumoff is regularly invited to perform with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, Vienna Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony (Washington, D.C.), and Moscow Symphony. He has worked closely with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Igor Markevitch, Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Eliahu Inbal. He has also collaborated with such notable musicians as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Gerard Souzay, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Fine Arts Quartet, among many others. Naoumoff is an avid composer of French mélodies, and is known for his mastery in transcribing music for the piano. He maintains a video journal of daily improvisations on his YouTube channel, and he has recorded for EMI, Sony, Phillips, Naxos, Wergo, and Orfeo. Naoumoff is associate professor of music (piano) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.