Betsy Schlesinger, American pianist, is passionate about creation and live performance. She recorded the album Recueil de Pierres Vives, pieces for piano solo by the composer Joël Wissotzky (Cézame Argile). In an interview marking the release of this album, Jean-Jacques Bernard (France-Inter) said: “It is simply magnificent, it is aerial, and of a formidable fluidity…”.
Betsy Schlesinger’s career is also closely linked to that of Laurent Grynszpan, with whom she recorded Souvenirs de la Belle Époque (Universal Music Publishing) and several CDs for children, including the audio book À Quand le Cancan? Oliver Minne raconte (harmonia mundi, Taklit Production).
The couple joined the Théâtre à Bretelles in 2009 for the musical show, Méliès! Cabaret Magique, a retrospective of the work of Georges Méliès. The show has been produced more than two hundred times throughout France, including at the Théâtre de la Vieille Grille in Paris and at the 2017 Festival OFF d’Avignon.
In 2017, Betsy Schlesinger and Laurent Grynszpan created the ensemble Le quartet funambule, a musical project which pays tribute to the memory and courage of those who risked their lives against barbarism. In July 2018, the quartet funambule participated in the “plateaux ouverts” at the Espace Alya during the Festival OFF in Avignon. That same year the quartet funambule recorded Pictures of the Past (Ed. PennyBank Tunes).
The quartet funambule is in residence at La Fabrique in July 2021 with the actress and director Delphine Guillaud.