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Gabriel Tacchino

Gabriel Tacchino, a French pianist born in Cannes, began an international career when Herbert Von Karajan heard him, hired him to play with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Alla Scala Orchestra in Milan, and the Wiener Festwochen.

Following this exceptional meeting begins a collaboration with the greatest chefs: Pierre Monteux, Georges Priest, Eric Leinsdorf, Riccardo Muti, Pierre Dervaux, Michel Plasson, Louis de Froment, Emmanuel Krivine, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Philippe Bender, Shlomo Mintz, Lawrence Foster, Stanislav Skrowaczewsky, Alexander Myrat, Kent Nagano, Christoph von Dohnany, among others.

Gabriel Tacchino will also be the soloist of the most prestigious international orchestras, Boston Symphony, Berliner Philharmonisches, London Symphony, Alla Scala di Milano, French-speaking Switzerland, Orchester de Paris, National Orchestra of France, National Capitol of Toulouse, Philharmonie de Salzburg, National Lille, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Nice Philharmonic, Cannes Regional Orchestra, etc …

It can be heard in such halls as: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Milan Scala, Salzburg Festspielhaus, Berliner Philharmonie, Musikverein Vienna, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Beijing Beijing Hall, Royal Festival Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Theater Champs Elysees, Victoria Hall Geneva, Tchaikowsky Moscow, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Santa Cecilia Rome, Sala Verdi Milan, San Carlo Naples, the Fenice of Venice …

His Masters – Marguerite Long and Jacques Février – played a leading role for him in the transmission of details of the teaching they had received from Ravel, Debussy, Fauré, Saint-Saëns and Satie, among others.

The only student of Francis Poulenc, Gabriel Tacchino has collected at the source an indisputable tradition on the style and the phrasing of his music, his interpretations refer to.

His numerous recordings for EMI, Erato, Warner Classics, Vox and Verany have been very often rewarded “Grand Prix du Disque”, “Victoires de la Musique”, “Diapason d’Or”.

Continuing his career as a chamber musician and with partners he particularly likes, Gabriel Tacchino was heard including Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jean Pierre Rampal, Maxence Larrieu, Pierre Amoyal, Patrice Fontanarosa, Manfred Stilz , in a four-handed recital with Bruno Rigutto, Emmanuelle Braun, in quintet with the Enesco Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet and the Pražák Quartet.

He was the founder and artistic director of the Festival “Les Nuits du Suquet” in Cannes for thirty-five years.

After teaching piano several years at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, he decided to devote himself to his piano career while giving Masterclasses in France, Canada, Korea, China, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg .

He participates as a jury member and president at prestigious international competitions such as: Busoni in Bolzano, Viotti in Vercelli, Casella in Naples, Marguerite Long in Paris, Francis Poulenc in Brives and Tulle, Cidade de Ferrol in Spain, World Music Masters in Montecarlo, Tokyo International Competition, BNDES in Rio de Janeiro, Thymis in Thessaloniki, Pozzoli in Seregno, Enescu in Bucharest, etc.

Gabriel Tacchino has been a visiting professor at the Tokyo National University for Fine Arts and Music (Geidai) for two years, and gives advanced courses at the Accademia Europea Mozart in Cervo (Italy) at the International Summer Academy in Nice, at the International Sommerakademie Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg, as well as in the framework of the International Meisterkurse in Luxembourg.

Since 2009, he holds a piano class at the Schola Cantorum in Paris.

Gabriel Tacchino is Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, Knight of the National Order of Merit, Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor. In October 2015 he was awarded the Lorenzo Il Magnifico Prize of the Florence Biennale for the merit of his artistic career.


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