Armand Ferté (born October 22, 1881, Paris – died February 13, 1973, Paris), a famous French pianist, conductor and music teacher, Professor of the Paris Conservatory (1927-1951), the editor of the Charles-Louis Hanon’s piano technique book The Virtuoso Pianist.
Emile Georges Armand Ferté was born in 1881 in Paris. His musical talent appeared at a very early age. Ferté started playing the piano at the age of four. When Armand was ten, he began studying at the Paris Conservatory under Émile Decombes, who was one of the last pupils of Frédéric Chopin in Paris.
After graduating in 1898, a year later Ferté performed with Jules Massenet playing four hands at the piano. They performed Massenet’s works. Ferté also performed with Louis Diémer and violinist Marcel Chailley and gave concerts with the Colonna Orchestra. By the beginning of the First World War, he had to abandon his career due to poor health.
Conductor and editor
In the 1900s debuted as a conductor. Ferté conducted the orchestra in Grenoble, then directed the casino music program in Dieppe. In 1919 he conducted the premiere of Marseille Samuel Rousseau’s opera Taras Bulba. From 1927 to 1951 Ferté was Professor of the Paris Conservatory. Germaine Mounier, Pierre Barbizet, Jacques Castérède and Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur were among his most notable students.
Armand Ferté was the editor of the famous Charles-Louis Hanon’s piano technique book The Virtuoso Pianist. He prepared an expanded edition and abridged edition for beginners.
Emile Georges Armand Ferté died on February 13, 1973 in Paris.
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