is a Spanish pianist noticed by critics for her “deep and true sensitivity” and her natural ability to reveal “the hidden face of music”.
Described by the newspaper Le Figaro as “a pianist who shakes things up”, she expressed her interest in other forms of artistic expression from an early age and the desire to escape the traditional recital setting by creating original, cross-disciplinary projects.She likes to tackle rare and mystical repertoires – such as the music of the Catalan composer Federico Mompou. As a committed soloist, she enjoys defending the works of female composers (from the 18th century to the present day). The search for silence in music is also part of her spiritual and legal quest. Her taste for contemporary music has enabled her to create works for which she is the dedicatee; but she is also an interpreter who is attentive to the classical and romantic heritage.
Carmen currently forms a duo with the actor Eric Pierrot. In 2013 they created together the literary concert “Résonance(s)”, a commission of the Festival “Notes d’Automne” around the music of the Catalan composer Federico Mompou. Their new show, “Entre deux guerres”, bears witness to this historical period, bringing together poems and music by Apollinaire, Owen, Eluard, Prévert, Poulenc, Rachmaninov and Kurt Weill. For the latter she also collaborated with the soprano Laia Falcon. Carmen Martínez-Pierret was a student of Manuel Carra and Carles Marquès as well as of the Brazilian pianist Luiz de Moura Castro – assistant to Lili Kraus at the University of Texas, then professor at the Hartt School of Music. She perfected her skills with Paul Badura-Skoda, Josep Colom, Nina Svetlanova and Claude Helffer.
She performs in recital at major venues in Spain – Teatro Real, Instituto Cervantes, Fundación Juan March, Sala Berlanga and Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid, Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Alicante, Noches en los Jardines del Real Alcázar in Sevilla, Festivals “Hoy, Compositoras” and “Ellas Crean” festivals in Madrid, Girona and Barcelona Auditoriums, “Menéndez Pelayo” University in Santander, Marshall Academy in Barcelona, “Eduardo del Pueyo” Auditorium in Zaragoza, “Musical Spring” and “S’Agaró” Festival in Girona, Modern Art Museums in Mallorca and Lanzarote… – and abroad: International Piano Week in Óbidos, Auditorium Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines in Toulouse, Festival “Tons Voisins” in Albi, Classical Concerts in Epinal, Festival “Notes d’Automne”, International György Sébók Academy and Festival “Piano aux Pyrénées”, Rencontres Musicales de Calenzana, Festival “La Musica” in Sarasota, University of Hartford, Cello Festival in Beauvais, etc.
She is passionate about chamber music and has performed with Gérard Caussé, Clara Cernat, Lluís Claret, Michel Lethiec, Joan Enric Lluna, Alain Meunier, Marie-Paule Milone, Aurèle Nicolet, Denis Pascal, Pavel Vernikov and the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, among others. She performs in duo with Angel Luis Quintana, principal cello of the Spanish National Orchestra, and with the soprano Laia Falcon – Grand Prix of the Salzburg Mozarteum in 2010.
She played the role of the composer and pianist Pauline Viardot in the programme “Mujeres en la Historia” on Television Española (TVE 2).