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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 …

Live broadcast: listen to Bertrand Chamayou play Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

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Bertrand Chamayou was special guest soloist at the Festival Radio France in Montpellier over the weekend, performing Ravel’s thrilling Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. He was accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and brilliant young Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali. As an encore – with his two hands – he delighted the audience with the same composer’s Pavane …

Bertrand Chamayou to release new album of Saint-Saëns concertos and solo piano works

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Although best-known today for the delightful Carnival of the Animals, the rollicking Danse Macabre and the majestic Organ Symphony, the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was one of the greatest piano prodigies of the 19th century, composing five concertos for the instrument, alongside a body of solo works including 18 Études. Though rarely heard or recorded today, the latter are …

A feast of summer festivals: Bertrand Chamayou at Beethovenfest, Roque d'Anthéron and more

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Bertrand Chamayou dives into a busy summer schedule over July and August with concerts and festivals in Norway, England, France, Germany and on the Amalfi Coast. He begins his summer tour north of the Arctic Circle on the Islands of Norway, as Artistic Director of the Lofoten Piano Festival 9-15 July.  There, he joins Leif Ove Andsnes, Lise de la …

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 …

Bertrand Chamayou - piano

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The complete programme of the 2018 BBC Proms has been revealed, with Bertrand Chamayou set to take the stage at Royal Albert Hall for the first time on Friday 20 July. He performs Mendelssohn’s precocious Piano Concerto No.1 in G Minor, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Thomas Søndergård, in a programme that also includes music by …

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 …