Representation: BENELUX

"The middle piece was Haydn's well-known D Major Piano Concerto No. 11 from 1784, played with wit, sparkle and verve by visiting French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. His hands danced through Haydn's witty turns of phrase in perfect lock-step with Labadie's leadership, underlining the great joys possible when great musical minds think alike." - Toronto Star, November 2012

"Still, if one word could describe Mr. Tharaud's approach to the music at hand – a group of Scarlatti sonatas; Ravel's "Miroirs"; Chopin's Sonata No.2 in B flat minor; Liszt's "Funerailles" – then that word would be "mercurial." The repertory was familiar enough, certainly, but the playing here never lapsed into rote...Seldom have I been so gripped with a sensation of the full span of keyboard music history lying nascent in these gemlike pieces as I was during Mr. Tharaud's last two [Scarlatti] numbers, in F Minor (K. 481) and D minor (K. 141)." - New York Times, October 2012

"Deze volmaakte fusie tussen een parelend toucher en vocaal instinct ontlokt Tharaud ook aan een moderne piano. Die blijkt bij hem het perfecte gereedschap om de diepere lagen in Chopins prelude-cyclus bloot te leggen. Doordrongen van geweld en dood zijn ze. Bij Tharaud is dat waar." - Luister, May 2008

"Visage d'ange mais regarde d'aigle, Alexandre Tharaud est pianiste complet avec une virtuosite a fleur de peau, capable de jouer admirablement Bach comme de creer le concerto de Thierry Pecou...Ses preludes de Debussy offert au public de l'auditorium Cziffra en temoignent, Alexandre Tharaud reussit son coup avec un vrai moment de poesie d'oublie meme." - La Montagne, 31 Aout 2012

Alexandre Tharaud

Piano

Alexandre’s international career continues to flourish with concerts this season in Scandinavia, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Benelux (where he has been invited to be the Eindhoven Muziekgebouw’s Resident- Artist in 2015/2016), Spain (as part of the Great Performers cycle at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid), Italy (debut at Santa Cecilia in Roma), the UK, Austria and in Asia with tours in China, South Korea and Japan (concerts with New Japan Philharmonic and Kansai Philharmonic). The year began emphatically with Alexandre playing with both the Atlanta and Philadelphia Symphony orchestras and at some of the grandest concert halls in the US such as the Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall), Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, during his first US tour with Quebec-based ensemble Les Violons du Roy. 

Alexandre released in September 2016 a CD of the Bach Goldberg Variations for ERATO as well as a film, which was awarded the ECHO Klassik 2016 in the Category “Music-DVD-Production of the Year”. His next recording features Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, together with piano pieces for 2, 4 and 6 hands and will be presented at the Philharmonie, Paris, for a major week-end, together with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vassily Petrenko and numerous guest soloists. 

Recent highlights include the world premiere of Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s new Piano Concerto for the left hand, Left, Alone, at the Cologne Philharmonie, together with the WDR Sinfonieorchester and Ilan Volkov, who conducted the repeat performance with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Subsequent performances will take place in Copenhagen with the DR SymfoniOrkestret in October and the Rotterdam Philharmonisch Orkest, the latter under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Seguin. 

Alexandre’s discography reflects his eclectic affinity to many musical styles. His recordings range from Bach, Mozart and Haydn (with Les Violons du Roy) to Le Bœuf sur Le Toit, a homage to the roaring twenties. Other works on ERATO include Autograph, Scarlatti, Journal Intime (Chopin) and his major release of the 2015/16 season: Bach’s Goldberg Variations. For harmonia mundi he has recorded : Rameau, Ravel’s complete piano works (Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, Diapason d’Or de l’Année, CHOC du Monde de la Musique, Recommandé de Classica, 10 de Répertoire, Pick of the Month BBC Music Magazine, Stern des Monats Fono Forum, Meilleur disque de l’Année de Standaard), Bach’s Italian Concertos (one of the events of the year, 2005), Couperin, Satie (Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2008), and Chopin (Complete Waltzes and the 24 Preludes). 

As a recitalist Alexandre Tharaud has performed across the world: Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra de Versailles, Cologne Philharmonie, Prague Rudofinum, Essen Philharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, John F. Kennedy Centre Washington D.C., Vienna Musikverein, Bern Casino, Krakow Philharmonie, Hoam Art Hall and LG Arts Center Seoul, Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Oji Hall and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. His festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Gergiev Festival, Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ludwigsburg, Ruhr Piano Festival, Nuits de Décembre de Moscou, Rimini, Domaine Forget and Lanaudière. 

As a soloist he has appeared with the main French orchestras (Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de Lyon) and elsewhere (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, as well as the Bavarian, Saarbrücken and Frankfurt Radio, Estonian National, Toronto, Singapore, Taiwan, Sao Paulo, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Umea and Hamburg Symphony Orchestras, and the Japan and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras) under the direction of Lionel Bringuier, Bernard Labadie, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Georges Prêtre, Marc Minkowski, Stéphane Denève, Leo Hussain, David Zinman, Yannik Nézet-Séguin and Claus Peter-Flor. 

Dedicatee of numerous works, Alexandre Tharaud premiered Thierry Pécou’s cycle Outre-Mémoire which included two concertos; L’Oiseau Innumérable, with orchestra and Le Visage – Le Cœur, with the choir Les Eléments at La Roque d’Anthéron Festival under the direction of Joël Suhubiette. In 2012, he premiered Gérard Pesson’s concerto in Zurich, Frankfurt and Paris with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich and RSO Frankfurt. 

Alexandre has both commissioned and premiered three cycles: ‘Hommages à Rameau’, ‘Hommage à Couperin' and ‘Pianosong’, published his first book, Piano Intime, and featured in a film directed by Swiss film maker Raphaëlle Aellig-Régnier, Le Temps Dérobé, which was first presented at the Philharmonie during his Domaine Privé in 2013. Last but by no means least, Alexandre has been invited to revise a new edition of Maurice Ravel's complete solo piano works for the German publisher Bärenreiter. 

July 2016

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