Festival Lille Clef de Soleil

Pascal Amoyel

Victory of the Music in 2005 in the category “Revelation Instrumental Soloist of the year”, Pascal Amoyel is rewarded in 2010 by a Grand Prix du Disque in Warsaw by the prestigious Chopin Society for its integral of Chopin’s Nocturnes alongside Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire, a recording called “a miracle we no longer dared to hope, that we listened to by so much beauty” by the magazine Classica. Her performance of Liszt’s Funeral was also hailed as one of the historical references, and Liszt’s Poetic and Religious Harmonies were voted among the top 5 recordings of 2007 by Arte.

At the age of 10, when he began his piano studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, he was quickly noticed by Georges Cziffra, whom he followed in France and Hungary. At 17, after a bachelor’s degree in science, he decided to devote himself entirely to music. He obtained a concert license at the Ecole Normale de Paris, the First Prize in Piano and Chamber Music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, became a Laureate of the Foundations Menuhin and Cziffra, then won the First Prize at the International Competition of Young Pianists of Paris.

This is the beginning of an international career that led him to perform on the biggest stages: Philharmonie Berlin, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels, City of Music and Salle Pleyel in Paris, States United States, Canada, Russia, China, Korea …

His recordings alone or with the cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand have won the highest awards: Gramophone, Cannes Classical Awards, ffff of Télérama, Diapason d’Or of the year, “Shock” of the world of Music, 10 of Classica, Grand Prix annual review of German criticism …

Composer, Pascal Amoyel is a Laureate of the Banque Populaire Corporate Foundation. He is the author of the cycle Job, or God in turmoil and Letter to the beloved woman about death (on poems by Jean-Pierre Simeon).

He is also involved in the creation of new forms of concert: his show Block 15, or the music in resistance (staging Jean Piat) was very successful and was the subject of an adaptation for France Televisions ; he also created The Pianist with 50 fingers and The day I met Franz Liszt (directed by Christian Fromont) who were sold out at the Avignon Festival and for several months at the Théâtre Le Ranelagh in Paris. Recently he created the family show A little history of great music.

Professor of piano and improvisation at CRR Rueil-Malmaison, he created the Juniors Festival whose children are actors, including those with disabilities. He directs the Autumn Notes festival he has created, and is the sponsor of more than forty creations (with Jean-Pierre Marielle, Barbara Hendricks, Natalie Dessay, Richard Bohringer, Jacques Gamblin, Patrick Bruel …). He is also artistic adviser of Estival de la Bâtie d’Urfé.

He is the author of the book Si la musique tè contée (bleu nuit), and has produced a series of programs on France Culture titled “A History of Music”. First Grand Prix Arts-Deux Magots rewarding “a musician with qualities of openness and generosity”, Jean-Pierre Bloch Prize of the Licra for “the report to the human rights in his work”, he is the godfather of the APTE association, which offers music lessons to autistic children.

He was elevated to the rank of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters, and Knight in the Order of Academic Palms.


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