Claire Désert touches her public by the grace, depth and humility of her interpretations. She is a frequent guest at such leading French festivals as La Roque-d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, Lille Piano Festival, and Festival of Radio France Montpellier, and is also present on the international scene, with appearances at the Kennedy Center in New York, in Japan, Brazil, Germany, etc. She appears as a soloist with major symphonic formations including the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the orchestras of Strasbourg, Toulouse, Prague, Quebec, and Japan.
At the age of fourteen she entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she was awarded the premier prix in piano by unanimous decision of the jury in the class of Vensislav Yankoff and a premier prix in chamber music in the class of Jean Hubeau. After being admitted to the postgraduate course in these two disciplines, she came to the attention of the pianist and pedagogue Evgeny Malinin, who invited her to pursue her studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
Claire Désert is a peerless chamber musician. Her partners of choice include Emmanuel Strosser, Anne Gastinel, Gary Hoffman, Philippe Graffin, the Sine Nomine Quartet, and the Moraguès Wind Quintet.
Her extensive discography features notably the Scriabin and Dvořàk Concertos with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, which were awarded a Victoire de la Musique in 1997. She also released three Schumann’s piano works albums (the last one awarded ffff Télérama).
Since 2003, she has been professor of piano and chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
"The gifted French pianist Claire Désert is known equally as a fine chamber musician and a memorable Schumann interpreter. Her recordings of Schumannʼs Novelettes, Davidsbündlertänze, and Intermezziare among the best accounts of these works, graceful, colorful, and mercurial. She brings the same qualities to this new disc devoted to the musical and personal connections of Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms."
Fanfare Mag, USA – 2011