born on 23/3/1981 in Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Bertrand Chamayou (Toulouse, 23 March 1981) is a French pianist. Studied at the Conservatoire de Toulouse under the tutelage of Claudine Willoth, making his first forays into contemporary music and composition. At the age of 15, with the encouragement of pianist-conductor Jean-François Heisser, Chamayou continued his studies at the CNSM de Paris.
At the same time, he began to work with Maria Curcio in London, receiving advice from such mentors as Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov and above all Murray Perahia, who "has left a profound mark" on him. In 1998, he became laureat of the Kraïnev Piano Competition in Ukraine, going on to win the International Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition at the age of 20.
Chamayou has since established himself at the highest level on the international music scene, performing in venues such as the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Lincoln Center, the Herkulessaal Munich and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has appeared at major festivals including New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Lucerne Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn and Klavier-Festival Ruhr.
In the 2015/16 season, Bertrand Chamayou made his debuts with the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Cinncinati Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. He is the only artist to have received the French Victoire de la Musique Classique award three times, most recently in the category of Instrumental Soloist in 2016 (previously 'Revelation of the Year, Solo Instrumentalist' in 2006, and 'Recording of the Year' in 2012).
An exclusive Erato recording artist, in 2016 he released a double-album on that label of the complete works for solo piano of Maurice Ravel, recorded in his hometown of Toulouse and hailed in Gramophone magazine for "revelatory performances of breathtaking beauty".
Although perhaps best known for his interpretations of Romantic music, Chamayou is equally 20th- and 21st-century music, having worked with composers including Henri Dutilleux, Pierre Boulez, Karol Beffa and György Kurtag, and performing the piano concertos of Thomas Adès and Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Présences Festival.
He became a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2015.
- Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Complete Works for Solo Piano, Erato (2016)
- Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): The Chopin Album, Sol Gabetta (cello), Sony Classical (2015)
- Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Works for Solo Piano, Erato (2014)
- Franz Liszt: Klavierkonzert Nr. 1. Bertrand Chamayou, Julien Chauvin (violin), Le Cercle de L'Harmonie, Jérémie Rhorer
- Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Années de Pèlerinage
- Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Piano Works, Naïve
- César Franck (1822-1890): Prelude, Choral & Fugue, Bertrand Chamayou, Olivier Latry, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stéphane Denève, Naïve
- Henri Reber (1807-1880): Symphonie Nr.4 op.33, Berlioz: Reverie & Caprice for violin and orchestra op.8
- Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (2015)
- Pianistes du XXe siècle: critique, pédagogie, interprétation - Page 14 Danièle Pistone - 2007 "Où même ensuite Bertrand Chamayou (born 1981), Jean Dubé (1981-), Lise de La Salle (1988-) and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger(1986-)."
- Ashley, Tim (2011-01-04). "Betrand Chamayou – review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
- "Bertrand Chamayou". harrisonparrott.com. 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
- "Victoires de la Musique Classique : le pianiste toulousain Bertrand Chamayou récompensé". Côté Toulouse (in French). Retrieved 2017-01-24.
- "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres juillet 2015 - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication". www.culturecommunication.gouv.fr (in French). Retrieved 2017-01-24.
- Erato, Warner Classics /. "Bertrand Chamayou // Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano". Warner Classics. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
- "Sol Gabetta". www.solgabetta.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
- Erato, Warner Classics /. "Bertrand Chamayou // Schubert: Wanderer". Warner Classics. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
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