Sunday March 12, 2017
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Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2, Movement 1
Mozart Concerto No. 9, Movement 3
Jean-Phillippe Collard, piano
“The Gentleman Pianist”
"With quiet authority, extraordinary strength and delicacy and a tone-production that never grates, Jean-Philippe Collard plays the piano with the ease and confidence of one born to make music. He seems to be a virtuoso without ego." (Los AngelesTimes)
Born in Mareuil-sur-ay, Champagne, Jean-Philippe Collard is one of the most beloved and iconic of French pianists. In addition to his complete mastery of French concerto and recital literature, his interpretations of works by Bartok, Brahms, Gershwin, Haydn, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky have met with great acclaim. To honor his significant contribution to French culture, Mr. Collard was named Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur in January, 2003.
Mr. Collard was admitted to the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris at an exceptionally young age. At sixteen he was unanimously awarded the Conservatory's First Prize, and subsequently he has won many others, including the Grand Prix du Concours National des Artistes Soloistes, Prix Albert Roussel, Prix Gabriel Faure, Prix du Concours International Marguerite Long/Jacques Thibaud, and Grand Prix du Concours International Cziffra.
In addition to recitals throughout Europe, North and South America, Russia and the Far East, Mr. Collard has appeared as soloist with the world's greatest orchestras, including the Zurich Tonhalle, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras; the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon; London's Philharmonia Orchestra; the Orchestra of St. Luke's; the New York, BBC, Royal, Los Angeles and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; and the BBC, San Francisco, London, Vienna, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Boston, and Japan's NHK Symphony Orchestras. He has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Marek Janowski, Eugen Jochum, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Simon Rattle and Charles Dutoit. He has also performed at the London Proms Concerts, and the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Bad Kissingen, Salzburg, Bath, Caramoor, Newport, and Saratoga Festivals. and his recitals are eagerly-awaited events all over the world.
A prolific recording artist with more than sixty titles to his credit on EMI/Angel, Mr. Collard's discography includes the Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux and Brahms Hungarian Dances (with pianist Michel Beroff), both named Stereo Review's Record of the Year in their respective years; the Ravel Concerti with Lorin Maazel and the Orchestre National de France, cited by Gramophone Magazine as Best Concerto Recording; and the Chausson Concert, Op. 21 (with Augustin Dumay and the Muir String Quartet) which won the Grand Prix du Disque. He has recorded all five Saint-Saens Piano Concerti with Andre Previn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the complete Rachmaninov concerti with Michael Plasson and the Orchestre National de Toulouse. Other recordings include the complete Faure and Ravel piano solo and chamber music, the Liszt B minor Sonata, Chopin's 4 Ballades, Sonata No. 3 and a recently acclaimed recording of his 24 Preludes and Sonata No. 2.
Jean-Philippe Collard lives near Paris.