For French pianist Gwenaëlle Rouger, the concert is conceived as a moment of experimentation, as much for the audience as for the performer; a time and space in which questions are expressed by engaging the senses. This explorative approach provides the creative impetus for the development of her performances, which bring together notated contemporary composition, improvisation, live electronics and installation.
Gwenaëlle Rouger completed her initial training in Paris and received a Diplome d'Etudes Musicales in 2005. Her interest in contemporary music and its aesthetic discourse led her to pursue four years of further studies with the composer and pianist Carlos Roque Alsina. She graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, in 2014 with a Master’s in Contemporary Music Performance.
In 2008 Gwenaëlle Rouger was a finalist in the X. Montsalvatge International piano competition for contemporary music performance and since has played as a soloist or as a member of chamber music ensembles in a number of venues internationally, including the Palace of Congress (Girona, Spain), the Arsenal (Metz, France), Opera (Lille, France), the 104 (Paris), the Cadogan Hall and the Cafe Oto (London), the Centralstation (Darmstadt, Germany), the BOZAR (Brussels), the Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon). She particularly enjoys collaborating with young composers, which has resulted in her premiering many of their works. She is the pianist and co-artistic director of the new music ensemble, soundinitiative, in Paris.