Guest Performers

EURORDIS Awards & Black Pearl Evening 2017

Lara Boschkor Lara Boschkor is a prodigious, young violinist who has already amassed numerous awards, including prizes at the 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, the Henryk Szeryng and Carl Flesch International Violin Competitions. At the age of 15, Lara has also won prizes at the Hindemith, Postacchini, Jeunesses and Brahms International Violin Competitions. Lara’s family is affected by a rare disease.


EURORDIS Awards & Black Pearl Evening 2016

Florent Héau Florent Héau studied at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM de Paris) in Michel Arrignon’s class. After having received several First Prizes between 1991 and 1995 in international competitions, Florent Héau has quickly established himself as one of the most important figures of the French clarinet school; a brilliant tradition he himself relentlessly perpetuates worldwide, by both giving concerts and master-classes.
Florent Héau has contributed to several premieres such as “Chant des Ténèbres” (concerto for clarinet and orchestra) by Thierry Escaich, “Aizgor” by Félix Ibarrondo, “Sonatina lapidaria” by Nicolas Bacri and “Encore” de Karol Beffa. He has appeared as a soloist with the European Camerata, the Orchestre de Bretagne and the Prague Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.
In addition to being an exceptional musician, Florent Héau is also a skilled showman, whose multiple talents are revealed through performances with “Bons Becs” a musical theatre ensemble with whom he not only plays the clarinet and the ‘musical saw’, but also tap dances. A renowned teacher, Florent Héau is clarinet professor at the Paris CRR and at the Osaka College of Music in Japan. He is regularly invited to teach in many countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Marc Bouchkov was born in 1991 in France to a Russian family of musicians. He received his first lessons at the age of five from his grandfather, Mattis Vaitsner. His first public appearance was just one year later. In 2001, he joined Claire Bernard’s studio at the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique; he transferred to the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) in 2007. There, he began studies with Boris Garlitzky, who has been his mentor ever since, and offers him invaluable guidance for honing his craft. The following years saw participation in master classes and invitations to festivals in Moulin d‘Ande, Troyes, and Bordeaux (France), Viterbo (Italy) and New Hampshire (USA).
Marc Bouchkov’s artistic development has been marked by numerous international prizes and awards. He won First Prize at the highly-regarded “International Violin Contest Henri Koch,” as well as at the “2010 European Young Concert Artists Audition” in Leipzig. That same year, he received the First Prize for Violin with Special Distinction from the Jury at the CNSM Paris; the prestigious Ebel Prize followed in 2011. In 2012, he was a finalist and award-winner at the 2012 “Queen Elizabeth Competition” in Brussels. Marc Bouchkov’s artistry is driven by expression. His violin playing is grounded not only in a thorough knowledge of the score, the historical content and the authenticity of the interpretation, but also in his belief that performance is a way to communicate directly with his listeners. The closeness of the violin’s sound to the human voice is his inspiration for expressing feelings and emotions in music, turning these into a musical experience for the audience.
Marc Bouchkov

EURORDIS Awards & Black Pearl Evening 2015

Anne Ducros is a celebrated French jazz singer who has built a long-standing career based on critical success and collaborations with some of the most celebrated musicians from all over the world.
Originally classically trained as a singer at the Music Conservatory of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Anne decided to pursue a career in jazz in the mid-80s and in 1990 she began a ten your tour of the world with musicians such as Chick Corea, Jacky Terrasson, and Kenny Barron.
During her music career, Ms Ducros has received various awards and nominations, in one year alone she received the Billie Holiday Academy Award for jazz, an OR DJANGO and a victory of the music (best vocal artist), an extremely rare occurrence for a jazz artist. Her cover of the song “Taking a Chance on Love” was used in the 2005 Chanel Chance perfume commercials.
Anne is an incredibly talented and versatile performer, described by Francis Marmande of Le Monde as an artist who sings ‘with authority, intelligence, swing, charm and skill.’ To this day she sings songs from the Beatles and Carole King to Stevie Wonder and Serge Gainsbourg.
Ms Ducros has demonstrated passion and aptitude for teaching: she has been director of PRELUDE school, an institute dedicated solely to vocal jazz structure, in Paris since 1992. For 20 years PRELUDE has run workshops and master classes in not only France but around the world, in Europe, the USA and Japan. Anne is also a principal singing coach on the TF1 show Star Academy.

EURORDIS Awards & Black Pearl Evening 2014

Jean-Guihen Queyras Jean Guihen Queyras is a world-class cellist with exceptional experience and success both as a soloist with international orchestras and conductors, as a chamber musician, and as a solo performer.Jean-Guihen Queyras has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, such as the Philarmonia, l’Orchestre de Paris and the NHK Symphony, as well as playing regularly as a soloist with several music ensembles such as Freiburg Baroque and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. His repertoire has allowed him to join many projects acting as “Artist in Residence”, a position he is pursuing over the 2013-2014 season with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. His recordings for Harmonia Mundi have received much critical acclaim, and have led to nominations for prestigious awards such as Soloist of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique and Artist of the Year by Diaposon’s readers in 2009. In 2002 he won the Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in Toronto. Between renditions and recordings, Jean-Guihen Queyras is a Professor at Musikhochschule Freiburg, and the artistic co-director of the Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence. Jean-Guihen Queyras will tonight be playing a cello made by Giroffredo Cappa in 1696, which he has been using on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale since November 2005.

EURORDIS Awards & Black Pearl Evening 2013

Pascal Amoyel Voted “Solo Instrumental Discovery of the Year” by the French public and professionals at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2005, Pascal Amoyel has established himself over the past few years as a significant personality on the musical scene.
As a teenager he was profoundly influenced by his encounter with György Cziffra, with whom he studied in France and Hungary for several years. After receiving a Licence de Concert from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, he was awarded Premier Prix in piano and chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in the same city, where he studied with Jacques Rouvier and Pascal Devoyon. He was awarded scholarships by the Menuhin and Cziffra Foundations, then won first prize in the Paris International competition for Young Pianists. He undertook advanced studies with Lazar Berman, Aldo Ciccolini, Pierre Sancan, and Charles Rosen, among others.
Pascal Amoyel has received the Premier Grand prix Arts-Deux Magots, awarded to “a musician with qualities of openness and generosity”. In 2006 the French Minister of Culture appointed him Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
His recording as a duet with Emmanuelle Bertrand or as a soloist (on Calliope, including Chopin’s Nocturnes, Scriabin’s Poèmes, and Liszt’s Harmonies poétiques et religieuses) have received the most prestigious awards.
Pascal Amoyel


Emmanuelle Bertrand Emmanuelle Bertrand Discovered by a wide public when she won the young soloist category at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2002, Emmanuelle Bertrand is one of the leading representatives of French cello.
She was a pupil of Jean Deplace and Philippe Muller at the Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs de Musique of Lyon and Paris and went on to be a prizewinner in the 1994 Rostropovich International Competition in Paris. In 1996, she received first prize in the Japan Chamber Music Competition in Tokyo and was also awarded the Prix de l’Académie Internationale Maurice Ravel. Emmanuelle Bertrand held a grant from the Fondation d’Entreprise Natexis from 1995 to 1999.
In 1999 she met the composer Henri Dutilleux, who has said of Ms Bertrand “Among the young artists of her generation, Emmanuelle Bertrand belongs to those who impressed me the most… Her interpretation and the transparency of her playing filled me with great satisfaction; I do not hesitate to say that she is for me a real revelation”.
Her recordings released by Harmonia Mundi (solo or duo with Pascal Amoyel) have all received the highest awards: 10 in Répertoire/Classica, CHOC du Monde la Musique, ffff In Télérama, Diapason d’Or de l’Année, Cannes Classical Award…
In 2004, the Ministry of Culture named her “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”.

EURORDIS Awards & Black Pearl Evening 2012

Natalia van der Mersch was born in Germany and studied with Valery Gradow, Zakhar Bron, Igor Ozim and Igor Oistrakh. She has received several prizes including the 1992 Aalto-Bühnenpreis of the friends of the Theatre and Philharmonia (Essen), one of the most renowned cultural awards in Germany. She has played numerous recitals and concerts with renowned orchestras and conductors such as the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Campus Orchestra in Tel Aviv. She has appeared at numerous international music Festivals throughout Europe.Natalia lives in Luxembourg and Belgium. Natalia is the mother of six children including Léa Rose who was diagnosed with SMA and passed away in 2006 at the age of five months. She dedicates her music to children affected by rare diseases and together with her husband, raises funds through the Léa Rose Fund ( Natalia is an inspired and faithful angel to EURORDIS, present at every important moment such as our memorable 10-year anniversary at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and today for this first EURORDIS Black Pearl Gala Dinner.

Natalia plays a violin made by Joseph Gagliano in 1780.

Natalia van der Mersch