What was the first Debussy you studied and what has been your personal journey with his music over the years?

I remember playing one of his early works, Rêverie, a little syrupy for die-hard Debussy fans but nonetheless with its own undeniable charm. I’d had barely a year of piano lessons at that point and had the impression I was floating in the clouds with the gentle lilting of the left hand. I took a liking to his music right away and my piano teacher at the Conservatoire de Toulouse encouraged me to play and listen to more Debussy.

At home my go-to recording was the complete piano works by Gieseking, but I also listened to orchestral works like La Mer and Les Nocturnes. Debussy was the soundtrack of my childhood and adolescence, along with Ravel, Stravinsky, and Falla. Early on I started playing the Préludes, Images, some of the Etudes,...

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