Emile Naoumoff

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Emile Naoumoff revealed his prodigious musical talents early on, first as as a pianist and soon after in composition . At the age of eight he became the last disciple of Nadia Boulanger, who referred to him as "the gift of my old age". He studied with her until her death in 1979.  Mlle. Boulanger arranged for him to work with Clifford Curzon, Igor Markevitch, Robert and Gaby Casadesus, Nikita Magaloff, Jean Francaix, Leonard Bernstein, Soulima Stravinsky, Aram Khachaturian and Yehudi Menhuin. Lord Menhuin conducted the premiere of Naoumoff's first piano concerto with the composer as soloist when he was ten years old.  Concurrently Naoumoff pursued studies at the Paris Conservatory with Lelia Gousseau, Pierre Sancan and Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux (piano), and at the Ecole Normale with Pierre Dervaux (conducting).

Upon the death of Mlle. Boulanger, Naoumoff took over her classes at the summer sessions of the Conservatoire d'Art Americain in Fontainebleau. Later, in 1984, he was appointed professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (Paris). In 1981, at age 19, he was signed as a composer with the music publisher Schott, Mainz.  He was the youngest on their roster.

Naoumoff's reputation as a piano virtuoso dates from 1984, when he substituted without notice for a stricken pianist in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Monte Carlo. Since then, he regularly appears as guest soloist with the world's premier orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony (Washington, DC), Moscow Symphony, the NHK Symphony and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France among others.  Naoumoff has collaborated closely with renowned conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Igor Markevitch, Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Eliahu Inbal. He earned a personal invitation from Rudolf Serkin to perform at the Marlboro Festival and has given recitals throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. Naoumoff was invited to the Evian Festival, presided by M. Rostropovich, with whom he performed. He has also collaborated with renowned musicians such as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Gerard Souzay, Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, Olivier Charlier, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Philippe Graffin, Philippe Bernold, and Gerard Caussé, Jean Ferrandis, Dominique de Williencourt and the Fine Arts Quartet.

Some highlights of his performing career include a performance of the Grieg Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and a performance of his own piano concerto version of Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich. He has received numerous awards, including the Médaille d'honneur de Paris, an honour bestowed upon him by Jacques Chirac, and the Prix de Composition de l'académie des Beaux Arts. Recent years Naoumoff has been invited to numerous music festivals such as the San Francisco friends of chamber music's Menuhin seminars, Santander Summer Masterclasses, the Verbier Academy Festival in Switzerland. Naoumoff also enjoys regular invitations for mini residencies at Conservatory of Barcelona (ESMUC). In 1996, he opened his own summer academy at the Chateau de Rangiport in Gargenville, France in the spirit of Nadia Boulanger. Since 1998, Emile Naoumoff is a professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.