Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes
Alexandre Tharaud has distinguished himself as one of France’s leading pianists. Recognized on the international stage as an artist of unique vision and originality, Mr. Tharaud is heralded for his brilliantly conceived programs and bestselling recordings that range from Bach, Chopin, Rameau, and Ravel, to recordings inspired by Paris cabaret music of the 1920s.
This season, Mr. Tharaud’s recital tour of North America includes performances in Montreal and Washington, DC. He continues to appear frequently in Canada and on tour with Les Violons du Roy, with whom he has recorded Bach and Mozart for Warner Classics. In recent seasons, Mr. Tharaud made debuts with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and returned to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Other recent highlights in North America include appearances at Boston’s Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Upcoming highlights include performances with The Cleveland Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Mr. Tharaud has worked with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Bernard Labadie, Daniele Gatti, Lionel Bringuier, Stéphane Denève, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, among others.
In Europe, Mr. Tharaud performs extensively in Germany (Philharmonie Essen, Kölner Philharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, and Ludwigsburg Festival) and France (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Opéra royal de Versailles), as well as at Warsaw’s Philharmonic, Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Brussels’s BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música, Rome’s Santa Cecilia, Zürich’s Tonhalle, Bern’s Grand Casino, Prague’s Rudolfinum, Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw and Concertgebouw, and London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. His festival appearances include London’s BBC Proms, Rotterdam’s Gergiev Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Domaine Forget International Music Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, La Roque-d’Anthéron, Nuits de Décembre de Moscou, Rimini Meeting, and Festival de Lanaudière.
Mr. Tharaud released two CDs this season on the Warner Classics label, for which he records exclusively. The first recording is a tribute to great French singer Barbara, and the second recording is a Brahms CD with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, who has been Mr. Tharaud’s regular chamber music partner for 20 years.
Performance highlights during the next two seasons include a Japanese tour and a European tour with The MET Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Additional tours take place across France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Mr. Tharaud is a Yamaha Artist.