Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach, saxophone




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"Fisbach is currently considered as one of the leading specialists in the interpretation of contemporary repertoire for the saxophone." (Daniel D'Adamo)


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Born to a bicultural French-South American artistic family, Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach has consistently sought to explore and expand the saxophone’s repertoire. Above and beyond the more traditional works he performs as a soloist (Auvergne Orchestra, Ekaterinburg Philharmonic, Lamoureux Orchestra) and within the Duo Denisov and Duo Azar, the Neva and Module Quartets. He collaborates regularly with composers (Régis Campo, Bernard Cavanna, Frédéric Durieux, Christian Lauba, Bruno Mantovani, Luis Naón, Gérard Pesson, Juan Arroyo, Benjamin Attahir, Yumiko Yokoi, Mathieu Bonilla, Keita Matsumiya et al) and ensembles (Ensemble Intercontemporain, Red Note Ensemble) and is a member of the “Futurs composés” network dedicated to new music.


Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach regularly gives concerts in France (in Paris, the Grand Salon des Invalides, the Orsay museum, the Louvre museum, the Orangerie museum, the Cité de la Musique, the Cent Quatre, the Centre Pompidou, the Salle Gaveau, the Théâtre des Champs Élysées) and abroad. At the beginning of his career, in 2005, he became a member of the Spivakov Russian Foundation, thanks to which he gave concerts in Moscow (Kremlin, Moscow International house of Music). In 2006 and 2007, he was invited to play as a soloist with orchestra in Yekaterinburg and gave several masterclasses at the city Conservatory. In 2006, he played with his saxophone quartet in Ljubljana (Slovenia) for the 14th World Saxophone Congress event. In 2008, he went on a tour across the United-States to perform with the Saxophone Ensemble of the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP).


In 2010, he premiered a concerto entitled Voiceless Letters by Japanese composer Yumiko Yokoi at the Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva. In 2011, he performed Troisième Round by Bruno Mantovani conducted by the composer himself, at the Paris Conservatoire. The 2012-2013 season led him to Wales, Japan, Germany, Peru, Russia, Austria (Vienna Saxfest), etc. In August 2013, he played the concerto entitled Le Chant des Ténèbres by Thierry Escaich, with the Orchestre d’Auvergne, conducted by Roberto Forés Veses. In May 2014, he premiered the concerto Quale by Daniel Fígols Cuevas, in Glasgow, with the Red Note Ensemble, conducted by Garry Walker (Plug Festival).


Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach integrates transcriptions into his repertoire, including tango. This open and eclectic approach has led to invitations to perform in international festivals and prestigious venues ( “Flâneries musicales de Reims”, “Ars Musica” in Brussels, “Archipel Festival” in Geneva, “International Contemporary Music Festival” in Lima, “Yilan-Taiwan Art Festival”, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the 1905 Re-Creative Space Shenyang, the Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Teatro de Santa-Fe, the Konzerthaus Berlin).


His recordings feature Hispanic repertoire (Duo Azar, PAI Records, 2011) and new works for saxophone and cello (Bestiaire, Denisov Duo, Meyer Foundation, 2014). A CD for saxophone and percussion with original arrangements by Piazzolla and new works is released in 2016 (Tango Continuo, Paraty–Harmonia Mundi). Very much engaged with society and willing to be an artist-citizen of the world, Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach collaborated with NGO ERART during the 2014-2016 season in order to develop music teaching in Peru.


Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach is supported by Selmer, Vandoren, Mécénat Musical Société Général, the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, the Meyer Foundation, the Sasakawa Foundation. A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), he is a prize-winner in several national and international competitions and the winner of the SYLFF Leadership Initiative Award of the Tokyo Foundation.


DUO AZAR, saxophone & piano

It is a real artistic frenzy which pushes Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach (saxophone) and Wang Wenjiao (piano) to reclaim all repertoires, including transcriptions from Bach to Poulenc, while remaining at the forefront in the era of contemporary music. Dedicatees of several works, the two musicians collaborate regularly with composers such as Marco Stroppa, Frédéric Durieux, Bruno Mantovani... The cultural field of the two inexhaustible-energy performers has led them to play in places such as the Museum of Orsay, the Orangerie Museum, the Maritime Museum, the “Grand Salon des Invalides”, the “Cité de la Musique” or the castle of Nantes. Duo Azar is regularly invited to perform in France and abroad. Summer 2011 led them especially to Beijing and to Buenos Aires for concerts and public lectures.


Formed in 2008, Duo Azar obtained a Master of chamber music (First Class Honours voted unanimously with honors) in 2012 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the classes of Claire Désert and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Duo Azar recently distinguished itself by obtaining prizes in the Saxiana international chamber music competition with saxophone, the Adolphe Sax International Competition / Paris, the international competition of Dreux. Having both studied at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSMDP), Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach and Wenjiao Wang are also both prize-winners at numerous national and international competitions - Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, Safran Foundation, Alfred Reinhold Foundation, the National Competition of China. A first album based on Spanish music and tango was released in March 2011 at P.A.I Records (Duo Azar plays Albéniz, Ravel, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla).





"The arresting expressivity and phrasing of these musicians captivate the listener. Without a doubt, this recording plunges us deep into the world of two talented artists to watch." (Daniel Tiroloco Piazzolla)


CD: Tango Continuo. Paraty Label – Harmonia Mundi, 2016


Based in Paris, Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach grew up in a dual French and South American cultural environment, with a strong Argentinian influence. David Christopher Panzl, based in Vienna, bathed in South American music as a child, through his parents – both musicians and aficionados of guitar repertoire. The two artists met by chance in Japan, during a moving event in memory of the tsunami victims of the March 2011 earthquake. Since then, a strong artistic bond has developed between them, of which the recording Tango Continuo is the first fruit. The works featured there include several adaptations of Astor Piazzolla’s music with which Fisbach and Panzl have many affinities. They also show their commitment to the music of today, by celebrating the work of Luis Naón, an emblematic Paris-based Argentinian composer, who strives to preserve his culture’s roots in his music. They also feature Serbend by avant-garde composer Mathieu Bonilla, written for the Fisbach-Panzl duo during Bonilla’s extended sojourn on the Iberian Peninsula.


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