of Anny Coronel-Plesman by M. Garady
Coronel-Plesman studied at the conservatorium of ''Het Muzieklyceum''
in Amsterdam. Her teachers included Kees van Baaren, Luctor Ponse and
Karel Hilsum. In 1977, having taught music at the Berlage School Community
and the Vossius Gymnasium, where she produced several operas (including
J.J.Rousseau's Le Devin du Village), she was admitted to the Masterclass
of the internationally renowned pedagogue Peter Feuchtwanger, who advised
her to devote more time to giving concerts. She did so successfully,
giving recitals in London, Manchester, Taipei (Taiwan), Deiá
(Mallorca), Agay (Southern France) and, in 1986 and 1994, Amsterdam's
Concertgebouw. In 1994, her compact disc recording of works by François
Couperin (1668-1736) received positive reactions. Since 1995 she has
formed a duo with the cellist Els Knaven, with whom she has given concerts
in Amsterdam, Amersfoort and Eindhoven as well as Caracas and Maracaiba
many years Anny Coronel chaired the Amsterdam Chapter of the Royal Dutch
Musicians Association (KNTV), in which capacity she initiated and organised
the Lunchtime Concerts in South Amsterdam. Despite being attended by
many loyal listeners, these concerts have unfortunately had to be discontinued,
as a consequence of the arts funding cuts
article ''A Mini-Piano'', published in various professional journals,
created a stir in the piano teaching world and, as a result, she is
hopeful that in the interests of very young children this instrument
will actually be built. The need for such a ''mini-piano'' was the focus
of an investigation. The results of that investigation are available.
Coronel's extensive repertoire ranges from the keyboard works of Henry
Purcell (1650-1695) up to and including compositions by Galina Ustvolskaya
(b.1919) and Peter Feuchtwanger (b.1939).
On 18 March 2013 Her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix appointed Anny Coronel-Plesman
a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau. She received this honour from
the Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard Van der Laan in the Grote Zaal of the
Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam on Friday 26 April 2013. After the ceremony
there was a festive gathering of family members, students and former
students in the Pushkin Hall of the Hermitage to celebrate the memorable
Beurs van Berlage 26 april 2013
Met oud-leerling Albert Brussee
d'avis de Vevey' (Zwitserland) 30 September 1977:
"Nous avons pu entendre A. Coronel dans deux intermezzi de
l'opus 116 de Brahms. Pages sereines interprétées avec
une grande sensibilité par l'artiste hollandaise".
Feuchtwanger, May 1987:
"Anny Coronel is a most sensitive musician. I have seldom heard
anyone play a more beautiful and profound "Arioso dolente"
in Beethoven's Sonata opus 110. It was a most moving occasion".
Hilsum, May 1987:
“In addition to her inspiring activities as a gifted teacher,
she has gradually developed into an excellent artist”.
van Noord-Oost Friesland, 29 November 1989:
“Her interpretation of Frederic Chopin’s Sonata in B
flat minor, with the famous Marche Funèbre, was especially interesting”.
Nannen, 22 June 2000, Kerk Christus' Geboorte Amsterdam:
“It was a joy to hear her play the piano. With her love of
music she showed us her youthfulness, experience and flexibility. Her
audience witnessed a splendid and subtle performance of wonderful, highly
May 2004, an observation by Frans Schreuder, former head of the piano
department and teacher of piano methodology at Rotterdam’s music
school and conservatory respectively: “On 22 May of this year
I attended a concert given by the pupils of piano teacher Anny Coronel-Plesman.
I was struck by the variety of the programme, which clearly reflected
the various levels and possibilities of the performers: young and older,
beginners as well as professional pupils. The expression was always
there, as well as a well-developed sound. The afternoon concert took
place in a relaxed atmosphere because no one had to over-reach (which
is something that often happens, with sad consequences). I wish Anny
Coronel had been my teacher when I was young!”
October 2006, Hans Goddijn in "Piano World":
In musical circles, particularly among older piano enthusiasts,
Anny Coronel-Plesman is a well-known pianist and outstanding pedagogue.
It was at the encouragement of Peter Feuchtwanger in particular, who
greatly admired her musicality and with whom she had masterclasses,
that in the nineteen eighties and nineties Anny Coronel devoted her
energies to giving concerts and recitals both at home and abroad.
such recital took place on 29 September 1990 in the Recital Hall of
Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. The recording made of it was stored
away, however, only appearing by coincidence last year. It turned out
to be so successful that it was recorded on compact disc. And rightly
so, because on it this musical lady immediately captivates the listener.
She begins with three Scarlatti sonatas (K 534, K 24 and K 490), which
she plays with great sensitivity and an almost uncanny sense of timing.
And the Steinway grand does full justice to these three pieces. The
same goes for J.C. Bach’s Sonata in A major op. XVIII no. 5. Moving
away from the Baroque, Mrs Coronel then plays Beethoven’s ‘Five
Variations on Rule Britannia’. The interval is followed by music
of Alkan, with three pieces from Esquisses op. 63: Le Legatissimo in
D major, Le Staccatissimo in F minor and Confidence in A flat major.
Although this music is quite different and highly romantic, the pianist
nevertheless embraces the style flawlessly and her musicality is in
full bloom. New to me is Feuchtwanger’s Tariqa I (‘Study
no. 4 in Eastern idiom’), although it unfortunately does little
for me. The programme ends with Debussy’s Ce qu’a vu le
vent d’ouest, La puerta del vino and Feux d’artifice. These
provide great enjoyment, the performance itself contributing in no small
measure! Experience it yourself, particularly the wonderful Baroque
interpretations and also the encore Aragonesa by Manuel de Falla.
Marisse Huizing in PIANOBULLETIN 2008/2 (EPTA Nederland)
Anny Coronel-Plesman, piano
At a time in life when most pianists would only listen to CDs, 85-year-old
Anny Coronel-Plesman sat once again at the piano in the Recital Hall
of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw to succesfully record one. A notable
CD focusing after her recording ten years ago of music by Couperin
on Russian music. Anny Coronel is typically not one to follow
the trodden path, instead keeping an eye open for new discoveries. The
clear naturalness of her pianism can be heard in all of the works she
plays, but is especially effective in her performance of the twelve
Preludes by Galina Ustvolskaya, who died in 2006. The character of each
Prelude is beautifully delineated at times playful and dance-like,
then somber, dark and solemn with Anny Coronel achieving great
expressiveness with but a few notes. The recording of the piano, too,
which is rather direct, is very suitable here. In the Moment Musical
by Rachmaninov one could wish for a more spacious acoustic, something
that would have worked well with the romantic atmosphere of this piece.
The largest work on the CD is the Sonata in B-flat by Mili Balakirev.
Though not so demanding a piece as his Islamey, it is nonetheless very
challenging. Anny Coronel still seems to have an excellent technique
at her command, as can be heard for example in her vigorous chord-playing
in the Finale. That she succeeds in bringing structure to this somewhat
fragmented composition is no small achievement. She concludes the CD
with a Romance by Anton Rubinstein, transporting the listener to a Saint
Petersburg salon in which this Grande Dame sits at the piano
and surprises her attentive guests with her playing.
Goddijn in PIANOWERLD, 2008/11
Grand old lady Anny Coronel-Plesman
Rachmaninov, Balakirev, Ustvolskaya, Rubinstein
an age when most people would be enjoying a well-earned rest, Anny Coronel-Plesman
sat down at the piano in the Recital Hall at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw
and made a new CD. It presents music by Russian composers, of which
the Sonata in B-flat by Mily Alekseyevich Balakirev (1837-1910) and
the twelve preludes by Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) form the main
How admirably Anny Coronel-Plesman gives form to these relatively modern
works. You are held breathless, listening to this interesting music
that places high demands on the pianist. You realize that Mrs. Coronel-Plesman
still has a technical command that many younger pianists would be jealous
of. In fact, Mrs. Coronel-Plesman should still be a regular performer
on the concert stage. Aside from the pieces by Balakirev and Ustvolskaya,
she plays the Moment Musical in B-flat minor, opus 16 no. 1, by Rachmaninov,
and she concludes with the Romance in E-flat major, opus 44 no. 1, by
Anton Rubinstein a beautiful and worthy encore. The quality of
the recording (of the splendid Steinway grand piano) is excellent, though
relatively direct. But that gives the impression that Anny Coronel-Plesman
is sitting in your living room. And what a delight it is to have her
as a visitor.