DOMINIQUE WEBER ASSOCIATION
The Association aims to support young musicians during their studies, mainly in Geneva and its surrounding area, through various actions and activities, such as granting the “Dominique Weber Award” and the organization of masterclasses and concerts.
Through its many activities, the Association wishes to explore the common ground between different cultures as well as in music, involving local and international participants.
José Luis Farinha Coelho
After brilliant piano studies, notably with Carlo Zecchi, Eduardo Vercelli and Leon Fleisher – for whom he was an assistant at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore in the United States – Dominique Weber won First Prize at the Young Concert Artist competition in New York, as well as the prestigious Kalichtein and Baldwin prizes. He then had a dazzling start to his international career; his immense talent being hailed by numerous critics. His pianistic virtue and powerful poetic performances are portrayed with “delicate but strong sensitivity, a sober respect of style and a sensual subtlety in the music” (The New York Times), “Coherence in each moment, without fault or compromise” (Journal de Genève), “A pared-down style, never adding the slightest unnecessary effect” (24h, Lausanne) …
However, his life as a performer was suddenly cut short following a skiing accident, gradually depriving him of the control of his right hand. From then on, he devoted himself to teaching at the Haute École de Musique de Genève (1990-2020) and at the Tibor Varga Conservatory in Sion (1993-2004). A dedicated and passionate teacher, Dominique was regularly invited to give masterclasses at international festivals as well as numerous colleges and universities in Europe, the United States and Asia (Julliard School in New York, University of Seoul, University of Saragossa, Prague Conservatory, etc.).
For many years, his physical health was affected by an extremely painful illness, and he only returned to the stage for a few, but memorable recitals. Each performance was a testament to his immense sensitivity, both in power and in delicateness and the luminous perfection of his playing. He committed all his passion and all his artistic integrity to the service of transmission, and touched each student by the uncompromising intensity with which he accompanied them in their quest for meaning, both on their instrument and beyond.