The concerts are held in one of the Water Lilies rooms with works by Debussy, Ravel, etc. There are also performances of more contemporary compositions, including Messiaen and others.
Lidija and Sanja Bizjak
Programme for 4 hands
Maurice Ravel, Daphnis et Chloé Suite no.2
Karol Beffa, Mirages
Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps
Lidija Bizjak - Born in Belgrade in 1976, Lidija Bizjak began studying piano with Zlata Males, and won many young musician prizes. In 1995, she studied at the Paris Conservatoire under Jacques Rouvier. She went on to complete the advanced course for piano and chamber music. She has recorded for ARTE, Mezzo, France 3, RTE (Ireland), Radio Television of Serbia, France Musique, Radio Classique, Radio Prague and SWR Stuttgart, among others.
The winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition in 2000, Lidija Bizjak is one of the few young musicians to have taken part in the "Rising Stars" tour. This resulted in her performing with oboist Alexeï Ogrintchouk in the most famous international concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Cité de la Musique, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and in Athens, Cologne and Birmingham.
Lidija Bizjak performs as a soloist, a chamber musician and with orchestras in France, (Orchestre National de France, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de Picardie), throughout Europe (Sinfonia Varsovia, Britten Sinfonia, RTE-Ireland, Belgrade Philharmonic) and in North America.
She has shared the stage with Anne Queffélec, Claire Désert, Emmanuel Strosser, David Grimal, the Ysaÿe and Terpsycordes Quartets and Moraguès and Aquilon Quintets, and has taken part in festivals such as the Proms in London, La Roque d’Anthéron, Folle Journée in Nantes and Tokyo, Lockenhaus, Colmar, Périgord Noir, "Juventus" in Cambrai, Martinù in Prague, Domaine Forget in Canada, Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove, and Charlottesville (USA), among others.
Lidija Bizjak’s first solo CD with Schubert and Schumann sonatas, released on the Lyrinx label in 2006, was warmly praised by the press, and received a Diapason d’Or Découverte award. Her CD of the Byzantine concerto for piano and orchestra by Serbian composer Ljubica Maric (1909–2003), recorded with the Serbian Radio and Television Orchestra, was released in 2010. The first CD by the Bizjak duo, of Stravinsky’s complete works for piano with four hands, was released in 2012 by the French label Mirare and was highly praised by the critics.
Sanja Bizjak - Born in 1988, Sanja Bizjak began her piano studies in Belgrade with Zlata Males. In 2001, at the age of 12, she was entered the Paris Conservatoire and studied under Jacques Rouvier. In 2004, she was unanimously awarded first prize for piano and chamber music in the Itamar Golan class. Since then she has studied piano with Alexander Satz at the University of Graz, and with Elisso Virsaladze at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich.
She has taken part in master classes by Ferenc Rados, Oleg Maisenberg, Menahem Pressler, Igor Lazko, Felix Gottlieb, Stanislav Pochekin, Andrea Lucchesini, Maurice Bourgue and Irena Grafenauer.
Already at the age of eight she was attracting public attention in Belgrade, playing a Haydn concerto with orchestra. After this initial success, she played regularly, both with orchestras and as a soloist throughout Europe (Orchestre National de France, Essen and Belgrade Philharmonics, Sinfonia Varsovia, Britten Sinfonia, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre d’Avignon, Ukraine Symphonic Orchestra, among others), and made recordings for radio and television (3Sat, BBC 3, Rai Uno, Mezzo, France Musiques and TV France 3).
Laureate of two special prizes at the Munich ARD competition for piano duets with her sister Lidija, and of the Fondation Natixis, Sanja won the grand piano prize at Gradignan, first prize at the Carlet international competition (Spain), second prize at the “Vladimir Horowitz” competition in Kiev, the prize for best young musician in Serbia in 2011, and many other prizes at international competitions for young musicians (Novgorod, Bucharest, Kosice, Prague, etc).
In 2006, Sanja Bizjak gave her first recital at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, and has since performed at festivals such as Roque d’Anthéron, BBC Proms, la Folle Journée, Nantes and Japan, Auvers-sur-Oise, Aix-en-Provence and in famous concert halls and venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Palau de la Mùsica inValencia, Radio France, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Gaveau and Musée d‘Orsay in Paris.
Sanja has been playing piano duets with her sister Lidija since 2002. She is currently studying with Dmitri Alexeev at the Royal College of Music in London.