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Philippe Bianconi

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“…force and fire.” – The Buffalo News

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,” (The Washington Post) and who offers “an extraordinary exhibition of musicianship, technical control and good taste.” (The Times of London) 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, 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 will join 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 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, withLe Figaroacclaiming 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.

Philippe Bianconi’s recording of Debussy’s Preludes 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 PapillonsCarnaval and Davidsbündlertänze, both on La Dolce Volta.

As director of the American Conservatory at the Palais de Fontainebleau from 2013-2017, 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.

May 2018 – Please do not edit without permission.