David Bismuth

French pianist (1975)

After a brilliant education under the greatest teachers, David Bismuth has been defending the French spirit and has cultivated a passion for off the beaten path repertoires.

David Bismuth discovered piano by chance, when visiting a friend at age 8. His parents, who were music lovers, encouraged his talents and registered him to classes in Grasse, where Anne Queffélec noticed him and steered him towards joining Conservatory of Nice at age 10. Four years later, he was awarded the First Prize as part of Catherine Collard's class. He then joinded the Paris Conservatory to study with Gabriel Tacchino and then Brigitte Engerer. He graduated with unanimously awarded Prizes in piano and chamber music at age 18. Still of a very young age and willing to further his knowledge before starting a career, Bismuth turned to Monique Deschaussées, former student of Cortot and Fischer, who taught him how to improve sonority through physical relaxation. The last important encounter of his educational path was with Maria-João Pires in Portugal's Belgais Center, which would then be prolonged on stage in a joint interpretation of Mozart's Double Piano Concerto at the Salle Pleyel. He graduated the Royal College of Music in London and made it to the Young Concert Artists Audition's semi-finals in New York.

In numerous festivals (Salzburg, La Roque-d'Anthéron, Bagatelle…), on stage in France or abroad, and in his recording projects, Bismuth has been celebrating Mozart, the Bach family and French composers, both during recitals or concerts or as part of chamber music ensembles.

Six landmark dates in the life of David Bismuth:

1993: Awarded prizes in piano and chamber music at the Paris Conservatory

2002: Met Maria-João Pires

2003: Nominated "One of the 10 most promising young pianists in France" by magazine “Pianiste”

2004: First recording for piano dedicated to César Franck and Gabriel Fauré

2009: Debut with the Orchestre National de France in Mozart’s Triple Concerto

2014: New album, ‘Bach: father and son'

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Biography from Radio France’s document database, April 2014