Piano

Alexandre Tharaud

In a career spanning 25 years, Alexandre Tharaud has become a unique figure in the classical music world and a key exponent of French pianism.

 

(French biography available in Publicity Pack)

© Marco Borggreve

Introduction

His extraordinary discography of over 25 solo albums, most of which received major awards from the music press, features repertoire ranging from Couperin, Bach and Scarlatti, through Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninov to the major 20th century French composers. The breadth of his artistic endeavours is also reflected in collaborations with theatre makers, dancers, choreographers, writers and film makers, as well as with singer-songwriters and musicians outside the realm of classical music.

Alexandre is a sought-after soloist, appearing with many of the world’s leading orchestras: upcoming highlights include concerto performances with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony. Recent concerto engagements include the Royal Concertgebouworkest, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, London Philharmonic, and hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt.

As a recitalist, Alexandre Tharaud is a regular guest at the world’s most prestigious venues. This and next season’s highlights include recitals at the Philharmonie de Paris, Wigmore Hall, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Sala Sao Paulo and extensive touring in Japan, China and Korea.

Alexandre is an exclusive recording artist of Erato Records. In November 2019, he will release his latest album, Versailles, which pays tribute to composers associated with the courts of the French kings Louis XIV, XV and XVI. Prior to this, in October 2018, he released an album featuring Beethoven’s three final sonatas. His discography reflects an eclectic affinity to many musical styles, with recent recordings including a tribute to singer-songwriter Barbara, a Brahms duo album with Jean-Guihen Queyras (a regular chamber music partner for 20 years), and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Over the course of his career he has made critically acclaimed recordings of Rameau, Scarlatti, Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Italian Concerto, Chopin’s 24 Preludes, and Ravel’s complete piano works.

In 2017, Alexandre published Montrez-moi vos mains, an introspective and engaging account of daily life as a pianist. He had previously co-authored Piano Intime, with journalist Nicolas Southon. He is the subject of a film directed by Swiss film maker Raphaëlle Aellig-Régnier: Alexandre Tharaud, Le Temps Dérobé, and appeared in the role of the pianist “Alexandre” in Michael Hanneke’s celebrated 2012 film Amour.


Performance Schedule

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    20:00 16 Dec 2019 venue TBC, city TBC

    SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 4 in C major D. 46
    BARTOK String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat Sz. 102
    Interval
    FRANCK Quintet for piano, two violins, viola and cello in F minor

    Piano: Alexandre Tharaud
    :: Quatuor Arod

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    20:15 17 Dec 2019 Concertgebouw De Vereeniging, NC NIJMEGEN

    CESAR FRANCK Piano Quintet

    :: Quatuor Arod

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    20:00 18 Dec 2019 BOZAR, BRUSSELS

    BELA BARTOK String Quartet No.5, Sz. 102, BB 110
    CESAR FRANCK Piano Quintet in F minor

    :: Quatuor Arod

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    20:00 09 Jan 2020 Staatstheater Darmstadt, DARMSTADT

    RAMEAU Prélude (aus der Suite en la)
    RAMEAU Le Rappel des oiseaux (aus der Suite en mi)
    BALBASTRE La Suzanne
    DUPHLY La de Belombre
    DUPHLY La Pothouïn
    RAMEAU Suite en La (complete): Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Les Trois mains, Fanfarinette, La Triomphante, Gavotte et six doubles
    Interval
    MAHLER/THARAUD Adagietto (extraits de la 5e symphonie)
    BEETHOVEN Sonate Nr. 31 op. 110 As-Dur

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    20:30 11 Jan 2020 Philharmonie de Paris, PARIS

    DEBUSSY Sonate pour violoncelle et piano
    BRAHMS Sonate pour violoncelle et piano No. 2
    Interval
    CHOPIN Nocturne No. 2 Op. 9 (transcription David Popper)
    DAVID POPPER Sérénade No. 2 Op. 54
    DAVID POPPER Mazurka No. 3 Op. 11
    FRITZ KREISLER Liebsleid
    FRITZ KREISLER Liebesfreud
    BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 1, 4, 11, 2, 14 & 5 (transcription Jean-Guihen Queyras/Alexandre Tharaud)

    Cello: Jean-Guihen Queyras

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    20:00 30 Jan 2020 Palau de la Música Catalana, BARCELONA

    Jean-Baptiste Lully
    Marche des Turcs (arr. Alexandre Tharaud)

    François Couperin
    Cinq Pièces (La Logivière, Les Barricades mistérieuses, Passacaille, Les Ombres errantes, Le tic-toc-choc ou Les maillotins)

    Pancrace Royer
    L’Aimable, Marche des Sythes

    Jean-Henry d’Anglebert
    Fugue grave, Ouverture de Cadmus d’après Lully, Chaconne d’Anglebert, Variations sur les Folies d’Espagne

    46′
    (interval)

    Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Extracts from ‘Suite en mi’:
    Prélude
    Rappel des Oiseaux

    Claude Balbastre
    La Suzanne

    Jacques Duphly
    La de Belombre, La Pothoüin

    Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Suite en la (extraits)
    Allemande
    Sarabande
    Fanfarinette
    Gavotte et six doubles

    40′

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    20:00 06 Feb 2020 Opéra de Rouen Normandie, ROUEN

    PROKOFIEV Sinfonietta
    SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2
    Interval
    BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4

    Conductor: Pierre Dumoussaud
    Piano: Alexandre Tharaud
    Orchestra: Opéra de Rouen Normandie

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    20:00 07 Feb 2020 Auditorium de Radio France, PARIS

    GERARD PESSON Ravel à son âme
    GEORGE BENJAMIN Duet for piano and orchestra
    HANS ABRAHAMSEN Left, alone
    Interval
    CLAIRE-MÉLANIE SINNHUBER New work
    GEORGE BENJAMIN Palimpsests

    Conductor: Sir George Benjamin
    Piano: Vanessa Benelli Mosell
    Piano: Alexandre Tharaud
    :: Orchestre National de France

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    20:00 20 Feb 2020 Couvent des Jacobins Rennes, RENNES

    DAI FUJIKURA Umi
    RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
    BRITTEN Young Apollo
    RAVEL Piano Concerto in G major
    BRITTEN Soirées musicales Op. 9

    Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
    Piano: Alexandre Tharaud
    :: Orchestre de Bretagne

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    20:00 21 Feb 2020 Couvent des Jacobins Rennes, RENNES

    DAI FUJIKURA Umi
    RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
    BRITTEN Young Apollo
    RAVEL Piano Concerto in G major
    BRITTEN Soirées musicales Op. 9

    Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
    Piano: Alexandre Tharaud
    :: Orchestre de Bretagne

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    20:30 11 Mar 2020 Philharmonie de Paris, PARIS

    MAURICE RAVEL Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

    Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
    Piano: Alexandre Tharaud
    :: Orchestre de Paris