Alexandre Tharaud has an increasingly large fan base reaching a whole new audience when he appeared in Michael Haneke’s Oscar winning film Amour.
Alexandre Tharaud was born in Paris on December 9, 1968. His father was a singer and director of operas. At five Alexandre began piano lessons and at 14 enrolled at the Paris Conservatory. Among his teachers there were Germaine Mounier and Théodor Paraskivesco. Tharaud had later studies with Leon Fleisher, Nikita Magaloff, and Claude Helffer.
In 1987 Tharaud won the Barcelona-based Maria Callas Competition and two years later finished second at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich. He quickly drew notice on his concert tours throughout France and Europe. Naxos issued his first recording in 1995, a disc of piano works by Milhaud.
This autumn will see the release of Alexandre Tharaud’s latest disc for Erato (formerly Virgin Classics): Haydn and Mozart concertos with Les Violons du Roy. This follows Autograph, Bach solo concertos, a selection of sonatas by Scarlatti and Le Boeuf sur le Toit. His award-winning discography also includes a series of recordings for Harmonia Mundi of Rameau, Ravel, Bach, François Couperin, Satie and Chopin.
He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Royal Festival Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Taiwan National Concert Hall and Seoul Arts Center, and at festivals including Aix-en- Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron, Edinburgh, BBC Proms, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ludwigsburg, Ruhr Piano Festival, Rimini, Domaine Forget, Lanaudière and the ‘December Nights’ in Moscow.
As a soloist he has performed with the leading French orchestras and elsewhere (notably the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra) under the direction of Lionel Bringuier, Bernard Labadie, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Georges Prêtre, Marc Minkowski, Stéphane Denève and Claus Peter Flor.
His Queen Elizabeth Hall programme opens with Schubert’s Moments Musicaux, tender miniatures that are some of the composer’s best-loved piano pieces. Next comes Tharaud’s own arrangement of the iconic Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No.5. In the second half he juxtaposes works by two French composers of different eras - delicate, ornamental Baroque music of Couperin and Ravel’s Miroirs, six imaginative and characterful sound pictures.