French artist, from a family of concert pianists originally from Russia, Yolande Kouznetsov spent her entire career at the Conservatoire Régional – CRR de Lyon, then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse – CNSMD de Lyon (France), where she obtained two Masters: of performing musician and pedagogy. She also obtained the Certificate of Aptitude for piano teaching.
Among her teachers, there are many musical personalities such as Svetlana Eganian, Sergueï Kouznetsov, Marie-Claude Aboulker, Edson Elias, Pierre Pontier, Florent Boffard, Jean Claude Pennetier and Pascal Devoyon.
Her performances are rewarded during international competitions; In May 2019, she won 1st prize and a special prize in the Cantù international piano competition (Italy) and has performed numerous times with an orchestra; in Mozart’s double concerto with Svetlana Eganian, with the Wernigerode Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), under the direction of Christian Fitzner. and also in the concerto in F by Gershwin, the first concerto by Shostakovich and the 4th concerto by Rachmaninov under the baton of Edward Ambartsumyan with the Governor’s Symphony Orchestra of Bryansk (Russia) and the 3rd concerto by Beethoven with the orchestra AGAPé symphony (Agde, France), under the direction of François Durand.
Yolande Kouznetsov has shared the stage with Svetlana Eganian since 2009 in a piano duo for 4 hands and 2 pianos. A CD will be released in 2014 with romantic works for piano 4 hands.
Yolande Kouznetsov is regularly invited to international music festivals as a concert pianist or as a jury member.
She was recently a jury at the Santa Cecilia Piano Competition in the Junior category in Porto (Portugal) 2022 edition, also at the Paris International Festival since 2019, as well as at the César Franck competition in Brussels (Belgium) 2021 edition.
Yolande Kouznetsov is also co-artistic director (with Svetlana Eganian and since its creation in 2009) of the Lyon International Piano Competition.
Among her last significant artistic experiences, she was called upon to appear in a scene of the TV film “Intraitable” filmed in Beaune (France) in 2021, with the actor Fred Testot, where we can hear her interpret the very beautiful standard “The man I love” by G. Gershwin.
Yolande Kouznetsov has taught in numerous french national establishments including the CRR of Lyon (69), the Conservatoire du Pays Roussillonnais (38) where she was professor and head of the piano department, and the CRD of Bourg en Bresse (01).
She currently resides in the town of Beaune and gives master classes all over the world.