French pianist Philippe Bianconi has been described as an artist whose playing is “always close to the soul of the music, filling the space with poetry and life,” (Washington Post) and who offers “an extraordinary exhibition of musicianship, technical control and good taste.” (The London Times) Having appeared as a soloist with the world’s finest orchestras, Bianconi recently concluded his tenure as Director of the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, a post he held  between 2013-2017 and an honor that cemented his reputation as one of the most distinguished artists of his generation. He will continue to teach at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau and in fall of 2018 joined the faculty of École Normale de Musique de Paris.

Bianconi was awarded the Silver Medal in the Seventh Van Cliburn International Competition and made his acclaimed recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 1987. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with leading orchestras, including those of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas, and Montreal, and has performed at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony under James Conlon. He has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Kurt Masur, JoAnn Falletta, Marek Janowski, and Edo de Waart.

In Europe, Bianconi appears regularly with many orchestras, including a recent performance with James Conlon and the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris in the sold-out Paris Garnier Opera House, and with the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Radio Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Orchester der Beethovenhalle in Bonn, and Strasbourg Philharmonic. He has concertized a number of times in Australia, performing with the Melbourne Symphony and the Sydney Symphony.

An active and acclaimed recitalist, Philippe Bianconi has performed around the world, including at New York’s Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, at the Wigmore Hall in London, for the Berlin Philharmonic, and in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Hamburg, Milan, Madrid, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Sydney. His recent recital in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris was a huge success, with Le Figaro acclaiming him “one of the best pianists in France.” The much-in-demand Bianconi will perform throughout Europe and North America during the 2018-19 season. In March 2019, as part of the Festival du Printemps des Arts de Monaco, Bianconi will perform and record Brahms’ first and second piano concertos with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and conductor Michal Nesterowicz.  

Bianconi’s recording of Debussy’s Prèludes for the La Dolce Volta label received a prestigious Diapason d’Or de l’année and a nomination for “Recording of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. Additionally, he has recorded Debussy piano music and the complete solo works of Ravel, as well as solo albums of Schumann and Schubert, for the Lyrinx label. His other recordings include the Brahms Violin Sonatas with Tedi Papavrami on the Aeon label, works of Shostakovich and Prokofiev with cellist Gary Hoffman on Le Chant du Monde label, and the three Schubert lieder cycles with Hermann Prey on Denon. Additionally, in 2014 he released a Chopin album with the four Ballades and in 2016 released a Schumann album featuring Papillons, Carnaval and Davidsbündlertänze, both on La Dolce Volta.

As director of the American Conservatory at the Palais de Fontainebleau from 2013-2017, Philippe Bianconi joined a celebrated coterie of previous faculty and directors, among them Maurice Ravel, Robert Casadesus, Jean Francaix, Henri Dutilleux, Leonard Bernstein, and Nadia Boulanger, who was director from 1949-1979. Founded in 1921, the American Conservatory has trained an enormous number of legendary musicians, including Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter, Virgil Thomson, Astor Piazzolla, Phillip Glass, and Quincy Jones. Bianconi makes his home in Paris when he is not performing around the world. 

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Peninsula Reviews

May 20, 2018

Wisconsin Gazette

April 9, 2017

San Francisco Classical Voice

February 16, 2014

The Buffalo News

February 1, 2014


2019-2020 Program Choices

Program I
Debussy, the complete Preludes (24)

Program II
Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Chopin: Waltzes, Op. 64
Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
Debussy: Preludes (Book II) OR Selection from Preludes (Books I & II)

Program III
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28
Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118
Debussy: Preludes (Book II) OR Selection from Preludes (Books I & II)

Program IV
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28
Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118
Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9

Program V
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16
Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133
Chopin: Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1
Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Chopin: Waltzes, Op. 64
Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54


Select Concertos:

Bach: Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven: Concertos Nos. 1, 4, 5
Brahms: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Fauré: Ballade Op. 19
Grieg: Concerto in A minor
D’Indy: Symphonie sur un chant Montagnard
Liszt: Concerto No. 2
Lutosławski: Paganini Variations
Mozart: Concertos K. 414, 459, 466, 467, 488, 491, & 595
Prokofiev: Concertos Nos. 1 & 3
Rachmaninoff: Concertos Nos. 1, 2, 3, & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Ravel: Concerto in G, & Concerto in D for the Left Hand
Saint-Saëns: Concerto No. 2
Schulhoff: Concerto, Op. 11
Schumann: Concerto in A minor & Introduction and Allegro Appassionato
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1

Please consult with MKI Artists if you’re interested in a concerto not included here.