Annette Celine

Soprano Annette Céline studied privately in Milan under Mercedes Llopart and Elvira de Hidalgo, and made her European début at the Teatro Regio di Parma in a concert of Mozart arias.

Singing fluently in eight languages, Annette Céline performed at prestigious music festivals throughout Europe, America, South America and Israel. These included the Taormina Festival in Sicily, in Florence, at a recital in the Gardens of Palazzo Pitti, in England at the Deal Festival of Music & Arts and the Camden Music Festival, at the Caracas Festival, and at the Israel Music Festival where she performed with her mother and acclaimed pianist Felicja Blumental.

During her career, Annette Céline performed at distinguished European venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, and a performance on the opening night of the inaugural season of the Ambassador International Cultural. In 1995, Annette Céline also performed at the 50th Anniversary celebrations for the United Nations.

Annette Céline made a number of recordings for the Decca, Vox, Kenwood, Olympia and Claudio labels and collaborated with Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballé in a recording of Verdi’s Luisa Miller for Decca. She also recorded the Complete Chopin Songs with her mother, Felicja Blumental.

Annette Céline was a talented painter and exhibited in various solo and group shows in Paris, London, New York, Tel Aviv and Sao Paulo. A digital exhibition of her work is also available on Saatchi online.

In memory of her mother, Annette Céline founded the annual Felicja Blumental International Music Festival in Tel Aviv, in 1999, and remained the Artistic Director until her death on 3rd June 2017, her 78th birthday.

Annette’s recent recordings for Brana Records, accompanied by pianist Christopher Gould, include

‘Cantigas’ (BR0003) which features lesser-known works by Waldemar Henrique and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

‘Songs With & Without Words’ (BR0006) which showcases a variety of songs by Mendelssohn, Verdi, Grieg, Fauré, Granados among others, and was described as “an expressive set, but what runs throughout this very well-filled disc is the natural sense of the love of music-making which Ms Celine and her partner clearly possess.” (Musical Opinon,).

‘Was It A Dream?’ (BR0011) which focuses on small masterpieces by composers who, more often than not, were recognised as masters of larger scale works, together with a touch of spice from works by exotic Zarzuela composers.

Chris Gould

Christopher Gould read music at Clare College, Cambridge before winning a scholarship with the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with John Streets and Malcolm Martineau.

In 1996, he was the first young pianist to receive an award from the Geoffrey Parsons Trust. He is also a recipient of the Gerald Moore Award (1998) and a first prize winner in the Wigmore International Song Competition (2001).

Annette Celine’s repertoire