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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.