Pascal Amoyel piano
Victoire de la Musique in 2005 in the category "Instrumental Soloist of the Year", Pascal Amoyel was awarded a 'Grand Prix du Disque' in Warsaw in 2010 by the prestigious Chopin Society for his complete recording of Chopin's Nocturnes with Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire. This recording was described by Classica magazine as « miracle que l’on n’osait plus espérer, qu’on écoute bouche bée par tant de beauté ». His interpretation of Liszt's Funérailles has also been hailed as one of the historical references, and his Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses by Liszt was voted one of the 5 best recordings of 2007 by the Arte channel.
At the age of 10, when he began his piano studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (Marc André's class), he was quickly noticed by Georges Cziffra, whom he followed in France and Hungary. At the age of 17, after a scientific baccalaureate, he decided to devote himself entirely to music. At the same time as his studies, he performed improvising in the cabarets of Montmartre. He obtained a concert degree from the Ecole Normale de Paris, First Prizes in Piano and Chamber Music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (class of Jacques Rouvier and Pascal Devoyon), became a laureate of the Menuhin and Cziffra Foundations, then won First Prize at the Concours International des Jeunes Pianistes de Paris. He also received advice from Daniel Blumenthal, Aldo Ciccolini, Lazar Berman, Maria Curcio, Véra Gornostaeva, Dominique Merlet, Dériré N'Kaoua, Jacqueline Landowski, Lev Naoumov.
This was the beginning of an international career which led him to perform on the greatest stages: Berlin Philharmonic, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Cité de la Musique and Salle Pleyel in Paris, the United States, Canada, Russia, China, Korea...
His recordings, alone or with the cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand, have received the highest awards: Gramophone, Cannes Classical Awards, ffff de Télérama, Diapason d'Or de l'année, "Choc" du monde de la Musique, 10 de Classica, Grand Prix annuel de la critique allemande...
Composer, Pascal Amoyel is a laureate of the Fondation d'Entreprise Banque Populaire. He is notably the author of the cycle Job, ou Dieu dans la tourmente and Lettre à la femme aimée au sujet de la mort (on poems by Jean-Pierre Siméon).
He is also involved in the creation of new concert forms: his show Block 15, ou la musique en résistance (directed by Jean Piat) was described as "very pure and touching research" by the director Peter Brook and was adapted for France Télévisions. He also wrote and created the one-man shows Le pianiste aux 50 doigts ou l'incroyable destinée de György Cziffra, Le jour où j'ai rencontré Franz Liszt, and Looking for Beethoven (directed by Christian Fromont) which were sold out at the Avignon Festival and for several months at the Théâtre Le Ranelagh in Paris, as well as the family show Une petite histoire de la grande musique. As an actor, he has collaborated with and played opposite Jean Piat, Francis Huster and Brigitte Fossey.
As a piano and improvisation teacher at the CRR in Rueil-Malmaison, he created the Juniors Festival in which children are the actors, including those with disabilities. He directs the Notes d'automne festival, which he created, and has sponsored more than forty productions (with Jean-Pierre Marielle, Barbara Hendricks, Natalie Dessay, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Raphaël Enthoven, Richard Bohringer, Anne Roumanoff, Jacques Gamblin, Patrick Bruel...). He is also the artistic advisor of the Estival de la Bâtie d'Urfé.
He is the author of the book Si la musique t'était contée (bleu nuit), and has produced a series of broadcasts on France Culture entitled "Une histoire de la musique". He was awarded the Grand Prix Arts-Deux Magots for "a musician with qualities of openness and generosity", the Jean-Pierre Bloch Prize of the Licra for "the relationship to human rights in his work", and the Gold Medal for the cultural influence of the French Renaissance. He is the patron of the APTE association, which gives music lessons to autistic children.
He was made a Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters and a Knight in the Order of Academic Palms.