Bertrand Chamayou
Piano

“Chamayou is a remarkable musician, no question.” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian)

Contacts

Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Stephanie Haller +49 (0)89 6797 10434

Biography

Bertrand Chamayou has mastered an extensive repertoire displaying striking assurance, imagination, artistic approach and remarkable consistency in his performances. He is a regular performer in venues such as the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Lincoln Center, the Herkulessaal Munich and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has appeared at major festivals including New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Lucerne Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn and Klavier-Festival Ruhr. 

The 2017/18 season will see him make his debuts with New York Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, Atlanta Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Québec and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Further highlights include his return to Orchestre National de Belgique, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre National de France. He will perform as soloist on tour in South Africa with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.

Bertrand Chamayou has mastered an extensive repertoire displaying striking assurance, imagination, artistic approach and remarkable consistency in his performances. He is a regular performer in venues such as the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Lincoln Center, the Herkulessaal Munich and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has appeared at major festivals including New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Lucerne Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn and Klavier-Festival Ruhr. 

The 2017/18 season will see him make his debuts with New York Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, Atlanta Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Québec and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Further highlights include his return to Orchestre National de Belgique, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre National de France. He will perform as soloist on tour in South Africa with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.

Chamayou is a regular chamber music performer, with partners including Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Quatuor Ebène, Antoine Tamestit and Sol Gabetta. The pianist will open the season at London’s International Piano Series and perform in recitals at Wigmore Hall, Kissinger Sommer, Lakeside Arts Center Nottingham, in Monte Carlo, Vilnius, Essen, at Salzburg’s Easter Festival and Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, New York. 

Bertrand Chamayou has made a number of highly successful recordings, including a Naïve CD of music by César Franck, which was awarded several accolades including Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice. In 2011, Chamayou celebrated Liszt’s 200th anniversary with a recording of the complete Années de Pèlerinage - also for Naïve - which he performed in several venues throughout the world. The album received rave reviews worldwide – including Gramophone Choice. The only artist to win France's prestigious Victoires de la Musique on four occasions he has an exclusive recording contract with Warner/Erato and was awarded the 2016 ECHO Klassik for his recording of Ravel’s complete works for solo piano.  

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Contacts

Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Stephanie Haller +49 (0)89 6797 10434

Reviews

“Bertrand Chamayou's Wigmore debut recital was an exceptional occasion, marking the young French pianist out as a force to be reckoned with… His Liszt, combining weight with smoothness, was simply formidable. The bravura of Orage, with its faultlessly negotiated multiple octaves, formed a sharp contrast with the introspection of Vallée d'Obermann, a piece that can sometimes seem shapeless but in this instance was superbly controlled, its emotional trajectory emerging, for once, as logical and clear. The outer movements of Venezia e Napoli bristled with fierce energy, while the central Canzone was all brooding morbidity. Chamayou's technical wizardry was never in doubt for a second…  Chamayou is a remarkable musician, no question – someone to watch out for.” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, January 2011)

“Bertrand Chamayou's Wigmore debut recital was an exceptional occasion, marking the young French pianist out as a force to be reckoned with… His Liszt, combining weight with smoothness, was simply formidable. The bravura of Orage, with its faultlessly negotiated multiple octaves, formed a sharp contrast with the introspection of Vallée d'Obermann, a piece that can sometimes seem shapeless but in this instance was superbly controlled, its emotional trajectory emerging, for once, as logical and clear. The outer movements of Venezia e Napoli bristled with fierce energy, while the central Canzone was all brooding morbidity. Chamayou's technical wizardry was never in doubt for a second…  Chamayou is a remarkable musician, no question – someone to watch out for.” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, January 2011)

“What Chamayou did with Orage (Storm) took the breath away, as did his treatment of Vallée d’Obermann… By letting this work unfold at a leisurely pace, and by deploying the biggest sound I’ve heard in [the Wigmore Hall] for years, he allowed Liszt’s creation to expand to its full magnificence… Tarantella simply tore along, changing colour all the time. Not many players could have brought this off with such casual aplomb: as an opener for the celebrations of Liszt’s anniversary year, this 29-year-old French pianist’s London debut has set the bar high.” (Michael Church, The Independent, December 2010)