Day of the Keyboard 3

Bertrand Chamayou

Cage | Ravel

Sun, 18.11. | 18.30 | No. 18505

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

17.11.-27.11. 2018



    John Cage (1912–1992)
    Primitive for prepared piano
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Pavane pour une Infante défunte
    John Cage (1912–1992)
    Root of an Unfocus for prepared piano
    Bacchanale for prepared piano
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Menuet antique
    John Cage (1912–1992)
    Totem Ancestor for prepared piano
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Menuet sur le nom de Haydn
    John Cage (1912–1992)
    And the Earth Shall Bear Again for prepared piano
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Le Tombeau de Couperin

    Word is out that Bertrand Chamayou is one of the finest Ravel interpreters of the present – and has been at least since the French pianist recorded the composer’s entire piano oeuvre two years ago, winning a number of awards in the process. At the Day of the Keyboard, he will show how Ravel composed dances and suites based on Baroque and Classical models, on Couperin and Haydn, on the minuet and the pavane, crafting an enchantingly beautiful music that pays tribute to the ideal of “clarté,” of clarity, elegance, and sophistication. But there are many ways to dance. Between the Ravel pieces, Chamayou will switch to a second grand piano prepared with pins and nails, felt, rubber, and wood, to play short pieces by the American John Cage created in the 1940s for Valerie Bettis and Merce Cunningham, two pioneers of modern dance. These “preparations” will suddenly open up a completely different soundscape within the familiar keyboard instrument, one more reminiscent of an archaic percussion ensemble. “More fascinating than a dozen percussion instruments,” Pierre Boulez remarked of this work.

    The “Day of the Keyboard Package”
    If you attend all three “Day of the Keyboard” recitals, the total ticket price is CHF 120 (instead of CHF 150). Order Form “Day of the Keyboard Package” here.

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    Bertrand Chamayou

    The French pianist Bertrand Chamayou, who was born in 1981, initially studied at the Conservatory of Toulouse, his native city, before he was accepted at the age of 15 into the piano class of Jean-François Heisser at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He then completed his training with Maria Curcio in London; in addition, he has been significantly influenced by Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Murray Perahia. Chamayou won several competitions early on, including the Concours International Marguerite Long. He has concertized as a soloist with such ensembles as the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin, the London and Rotterdam Philharmonics, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Among the conductors who have been his musical partners are Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Louis Langrée, Andris Nelsons, Michel Plasson, and Leonard Slatkin. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Sol Gabetta, Antoine Tamestit, and the Quatuor Ebène. Chamayou has been a guest artist at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Edinburgh Festival, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Rheingau Music Festival, and the Ruhr Piano Festival. He has given recitals at such venues as Wigmore Hall in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, New York’s Lincoln Center, and the Herkulessaal in Munich. Bertrand Chamayou is the only artist in the history of the Victoires de la musique to have won four times. His recording of the complete piano music of Maurice Ravel won the Echo Klassik Award in 2016. He was named a Chevalier dans l’ordre des arts et des lettres in 2015.

    One previous LUCERNE FESTIVAL appearance: on 24 November 2011 in a Debut recital including works by César Franck and Franz Liszt.

    June 2017

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