The inner fire of Vanessa Wagner Pierre Froment, a student of Alfred Cortot, was Vanessa Wagner's teacher at the Rennes Conservatory.
He prepared her for the Paris Conservatory where she learned with Dominique Merlet and Jean-François Heisser, after which she studies with Alain Planès. From all theses teachers she inherited the French taste for a "beautiful sound" suffused with radiance and colour, and developed a touch that includes both poetry and presence. Her first recording, released in 1996 and dedicated to the music of Rachamninov, earned high marks from the critics, who praised her 'maturity' and 'lucidity'. In 1999 her Scriabine genre piece album received numerous honours and led her being awarded, at age 25, the Instrumentalist Soloist revelation prize at the French Music Victories. Vanessa Wagner has proven that she revels in surrounding herself with those whose artistry is bound up at once with their highly-developed sensitivity and their spontaneous expressiveness. As these qualities also resonate with her deepest aspirations, it was natural that she should turn to the works of Debussy at the dawn of her mature days. (Naïve)