In a career spanning 25 years, French pianist Alexandre Tharaud has established himself as a unique figure in the classical music world, demonstrating an inimitable breadth of artistry and intelligence.
An exclusive Erato recording artist, Alexandre’s extraordinary discography spans repertoire from Couperin, Bach and Scarlatti, through Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms and Rachmaninov, to the major 20th century French composers and beyond. His most recent recordings include Beethoven’s three final sonatas, a tribute to French singer-songwriter Barbara, Brahms duos with Jean-Guihen Queyras, and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
“… in a crowded field, the intelligent French pianist Alexandre Tharaud stands out. He has something to say in this music, and in an engrossing Washington Performing Arts recital on Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Tharaud offered a set of Goldbergs on a remarkably intimate and human scale.” The Washington Post
A regular guest at the world’s most prestigious venues, upcoming performance highlights for Alexandre include: concerto appearances with 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 Cincinnati Symphony; recitals at the Philharmonie de Paris, Wigmore Hall, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Sala São Paulo; and extensive touring in Japan, China and Korea.
Gaetan Le Divelecsays, “I have been an admirer of Alexandre’s artistry from the early stages of his recording career: his 1998 Schubert recital album, his box set of the complete Poulenc chamber music both featured at the top of my playlist in the 1990s and remain all-time favourites. An uncommon depth and breadth of artistic vision shines through everything he does, and I look forward to building on these achievements with him enormously.”
The breadth of Alexandre’s artistic endeavours is also reflected in collaborations with theatre makers, dancers, choreographers, writers and film makers, as well as with musicians outside the realm of classical music. In 2017, he published Montrez-moi vos mains, a personal account of his life and career as a pianist. This followed his first book, Piano Intime, which was co-authored with journalist Nicolas Southon. He is featured as the subject in a film directed by Swiss film maker Raphaëlle Aellig-Régnier: Alexandre Tharaud, Le Temps Dérobé, and appeared as pianist “Alexandre” in Michael Hanneke’s celebrated 2012 film Amour.