Bertrand chamayou


French pianist of international renown, Bertrand Chamayou acquired early recognition thanks to his transcendent technique, the acuity of his interpretations and a very recognizable sound which imprints his singularity through an immense repertoire. He performs on the stages of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, at the Philharmonie de Paris, at the Lincoln Center in New York, at the Wigmore Hall in London, at the Philharmonie in Berlin, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and also at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, among other rooms, and participates in various festivals including the Mostly Mozart of New York, the festivals of Lucerne or Edinburgh, the Beethovenfest of Bonn or even the Roque d'Anthéron, among many others.

As a recitalist, we owe him memorable appearances at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, at the Wigmore Hall, at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie or at the opening of the International Piano Series at the South Bank Center. He was also illustrated on several occasions by sorts of marathon concerts around major cycles. We especially remember the Transcendent Execution Studies to Années de Pèlerinage by Liszt, the complete Ravel or Twenty Views on the Child Jesus from Messiaen.

Bertrand Chamayou also collaborates with the most prestigious orchestras in the world, including the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the orchestra of the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the Berlin Saatskapelle, the Paris Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle Zurich, Academy Nazionale di Santa Cecilia orchestra, NHK Tokyo orchestra and many more. He shares the stage with many chefs, has had the privilege of playing with Pierre Boulez and Sir Neville Marriner and collaborates regularly with Semyon Bychkov, Charles Dutoit, Mikko Franck, Philippe Herreweghe, Gianandrea Noseda, Philippe Jordan, Andris Nelsons, François-Xavier Roth, Tugan Sokhiev, Stéphane Denève or Emmanuel Krivine.


A highly prized chamber musician, one of his favorite partners is the cellist Sol Gabetta, the violinists Vilde Frang and Renaud Capuçon, the pianist Leif Ove Andsnes or the clarinetist Sabine Meyer. Having acquired a solid international reputation for his interpretations of the romantics, Bertrand Chamayou remains an eminent specialist in music of the 20th and 21st centuries, involved in creation and having worked with composers like Henri Dutilleux, Pierre Boulez, György Kurtág , Thomas Adès or Esa-Pekka Salonen. He is also interested in historical instruments, from the Mozartian pianoforte to the pianos of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th and practices them occasionally, collaborating if necessary with the orchestra of the Champs-Elysées and Philippe Herreweghe or the Cercle de l'Harmonie and Jérémie Rhorer.

Bertrand Chamayou records exclusively for Erato. His complete piano works by Ravel has been awarded the ECHO Klassik Prize as well as a Gramophone Editor's Choice. His previous album, dedicated to Schubert, had also received critical acclaim. Before that we can cite, among albums Mendelssohn, Franck or Liszt published by Sony Classical and Naïve, an integral of Pilgrimage years by Liszt covered with prizes, including the Diapason d'Or of the Year or the Victoire de la musique for the best recording of the year.

Bertrand Chamayou was born in Toulouse, and studied at the conservatory in his hometown, where his talent was quickly spotted by pianist Jean-François Heisser, who would later become his teacher at the Paris Conservatory. He perfected with Maria Curcio in London.

He has won the Victoires de la Musique Classique four times.


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