“The greatest French pianist since the late Alfred Cortot” (Jacques Longchampt in Le Monde, July 1986).
Born in Paris in 1955, Michel Dalberto began playing the piano at the age of three and a half. He gave his first concert at five-and-a-half years. Then at thirteen he joined Vlado Perlemuter’s class at the Conservatoire de Paris.
At the age of 20, he won the 1st Mozart Competition in Salzburg and received the Clara Haskil Prize unanimously. The first prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition was awarded in 1978.
He is invited to play in most European music centers with conductors such as Erich Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Charles Dutoit, Sir Colin Davis, Yuri Temirkanov Daniele Gatti. Also in major festivals such as Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, La Roque d’Anthéron, Newport, Miami, Seattle ..
Since the beginning of his career,
Michel Dalberto has been recognized as one of the major performers of Schubert and Mozart. Among his other favorite composers are Liszt, Schumann, Brahms and all the great French composers.
He is to this day the only living pianist to have played and recorded the complete piano work of Schubert. His latest recordings include Fauré’s complete chamber music with Renaud Capuçon and the Ebène Quartet (Erato) as well as Schubert’s “Winter Voyage” and “Schubert’s Song of the Swan” with baritone Stephan Genz.
Several of his recordings have received awards including the Charles-Cros Academy Grand Prix, the French Record Academy Award, the Diapason d’Or or the “cho” Prize in Germany.
he began recording a series of programs dedicated to French music for the label Aparté. Each program will be dedicated to a composer, recorded and filmed in concert. The first volume published in November 2015 – Debussy Preludes 2nd Book, Images 2nd Book and Children’s corner – was recorded at the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua on a Fazioli piano. Then in January 2017 will be recorded at the Salle du Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Paris a Fauré program on a Bechstein piano. In 2017, a César Franck program is also planned and in 2018 a Ravel program.
Renowned chamber musician, he played at the beginning of his career the 10 Beethoven Sonatas with violinist Henryk Szeryng and 2-pianos and 4-hands recitals with Nikita Magaloff, of which he was a close friend.
More recently he has played in trio with Dmitri Sitkovetsky & Lynn Harrell as well as Renaud & Gautier Capuçon, and also in duet with Boris Belkin, Renaud Capuçon, Augustin Dumay, Vadim Repin, Dan Zhu, Nikolaj Znaider, Yuri Bashmet, Gerard Caussé, Henri Demarquette, Truls Mork, Emmanuel Pahud or quintet with the Ebène & Modigliani Quartets.
In the vocal field, he accompanied Barbara Hendricks, Jessye Norman …. He has for many years gained experience as a conductor and has conducted numerous orchestras both in Asia and in Europe (Salzburg Chamber Soloists, UBS Verbier Youth Orchestra, Soloists of Montpellier-Moscow, Bordeaux-Aquitaine Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Budapest Orchester, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Macau Chamber Orchestra, Shenzen Symphony Orchestra).
Along with his career,
Michel Dalberto was, between 1991 and 2004, artistic director of the Academy-Festival des Arcs (Savoie). From 1991 to 2009, he was President of the jury of the competition Clara Haskil. He is still close to the competition since joining his organizing committee. Since September 2011 he is Professor at the Conservatoire de Paris. Previously he also gave numerous masterclasses at the Accademia Pianistica d’Imola as well as at the Hochschule Hannover, Royal College Manchester, Seoul University, Tel Hai International Piano Academy, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art and Tokyo Toho University.
A passionate gastronome, he is a member of prestigious gastronomic clubs in Paris and Geneva. He enjoys skiing regularly in Switzerland where he lives. He is also a graduate of scuba diving and a Formula 1 fan.
In 1996 the Minister of Culture elevated him to the rank of Knight in the National Order of Merit.