An entire day at the radio station France Musique dedicated to Bertrand Chamayou

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France Musique just can’t get enough of Bertrand Chamayou. The French classical music station has given the pianist free reign across an entire day of programmes on Tuesday 2 October. As Artist in Residence at Radio France, the indefatigable Chamayou will spend the whole day on the airwaves at the Maison de la Radio and other destinations, beginning with the …

Bertrand Chamayou invites Le Figaro to his home studio for a lesson in Saint-Saëns

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Bertrand Chamayou is interviewed at home in the French newspaper Le Figaro today on the release of his new Saint-Saëns album. Recorded with the Orchestre national de France and maestro Emmanuel Krivine, the disc was No.1 in the French classical charts in its first week of release. He spoke to the same publication about other projects that are ‘shaking up ideas …

Bertrand Chamayou's guide to his hometown, Toulouse

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For the latest edition of Point de Vue magazine (with Meghan Markle on the cover), Bertrand Chamayou reveals his best kept secrets in his personal guided tour of Toulouse, the city in South West France where he was born and spent many happy childhood hours cycling along the canal and precociously discusing Frank Zappa with his hairdresser. His favourite haunts include Les …

Bertrand Chamayou's BBC Proms debut: Listen & watch

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Bertrand Chamayou’s spectacular Proms debut on 20 July, in the famed arena of London’s Royal Albert Hall, is available to listen to online. The Times had ample priase for this ‘mercurially light-fingered account of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 by Bertrand Chamayou’, which struck the perfect balance between the work’s bravura and tenderness. The pianist was accompanied by the BBC National …

Bertrand Chamayou debuts with New York Philharmonic

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Bertrand Chamayou has made his highly anticipated debut with the New York Philharmonic at the Lincoln Center, with three more concerts this week on 18, 19 and 22 May. He performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1, by turns grandiose and effervescent, at the David Geffen Hall in the Lincoln Center, with Semyon Bychkov conducting the New York Philharmonic. The programme also …

Chamayou takes on Charles Ives' monumental 'Concord' Sonata

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Bertrand Chamayou has added the formidable Sonata No.2 ‘Concord’ by American iconoclast Charles Ives to his repertoire: one of the most notoriously difficult piano works of the twentieth century – not only for its technical demands but also its complex philosophical and literary musings. He performed the sprawling, 50-minute tour-de-force at the Printemps des Arts festival in Monte-Carlo over the …

Debussy Chamber Music album wins BBC Music Magazine Award

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In London today, Bertrand Chamayou accepted the prize for Best Chamber Music Album in the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards, for his Debussy Sonatas and Trio album. He received the award on behalf of fellow French musicians Renaud Capuçon (violin), Edgar Moreau (cello), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Gérard Caussé (viola) and Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp). Chamayou explained the special connection between the …

The Guardian declares Chamayou a 'formidable Lisztian'

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Last night’s milestone solo recital at London’s Wigmore Hall saw Bertrand Chamayou’s highly-anticipated return to Liszt’s twelve Transcendental Etudes for the first time in over a decade since he recorded them in 2005. In this ambitious and demanding all-Liszt programme, Chamayou opened with the composer’s transcriptions of Chopin, Schumann and Wagner before tackling the entire Etudes cycle in the second …

Debussy Sonates & Trio nominated for BBC Music Magazine Award

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The shortlists for the 13th annual BBC Music Magazine Awards, the only classical music awards in which the main categories are voted for by the public, have been announced. A jury of expert critics selected this year’s 21 nominees across seven categories from over 200 longlisted recordings reviewed in 2017 by BBC Music Magazine, the world’s best-selling classical music monthly. The public …

Bertrand Chamayou on the cover of 'International Piano' magazine

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Bertrand Chamayou is the cover star for the January 2018 edition of International Piano magazine, out now. The in-depth interview delves into the mystery and spirituality of the music of Liszt, Debussy and Ravel. ‘Bertrand Chamayou doesn’t just perform music of the great Late Romantic and French Impressionist composers – he seems to channel their very spirit as he plays. Robert Turnbull met …