Born in Brussels, Michèle Gurdal comes from a multicultural family - her father is Belgian, her mother a Japanese artist. At the age of 9, she made her first appearance on Belgian TV, performing Haydn’s concerto in D major accompanied by the Belgian Chamber Orchestra.
At 17, she completed her studies with honors at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where her major subjects were piano, chamber music and music history. This was followed by lessons with Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover. She continued her studies with Homero Francesch in Zürich and with Anatol Ugorski at the Musikhochschule Detmold, obtaining the concert diploma with highest distinction. In 2005, she was awarded a fellowship at the International Piano Academy Lake Como. Michèle Gurdal has a large repertoire as a solo pianist, of concerti with orchestra as well as chamber music, with extensive concert activity, from the age of nine, in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.A. Among others she performed at the Ruhr Piano Festival with the Chamber Orchestra of Cologne, at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Theater Ghione in Rome and with the Belgian National Orchestra, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and with the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra on Spanish TV, on French TV (FR3) and Italian TV (RAI 3). Photo: Thorsten Heideck