Hélène Grimaud

French pianist (Aix-en-Provence, 1969-)

Hélène Grimaud is a pianist of international renown, both as a concert and chamber musician.

Hélène Grimaud studied piano in her home town with Jacqueline Courtin. After a brief time in the Conservatoire de Marseille with Pierre Barbizet, she was admitted at age 13 to the Paris’ Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse. Within 3 years she graduated with a first price in piano category. She then continued her training with Leon Fleischer and György Sándor.

In 1987, Hélène Grimaud gave her first recital in Tokyo, as well as her first concert conducted by Daniel Barenboim’s and the Orchestre de Paris.
At 21, she moved to Florida, where, alongside her musical career, she began studying ethology to open a park and create a foundation for the preservation and rehabilitation of wolves.
In 2003 and 2005, she published two books: Wild Variations and Private Lessons.
She has also dedicated herself to chamber music and regularly performs at festivals, sharing the stage with renowned musiciens such as Sol Gabetta, Thomas Quasthoff, Rolando Villazón, Jan Vogler, Truls Mørk, Clemens Hagen or the Capuçon brothers.

Six landmark dates in the life of Hélène Grimaud:

2013: Deutsche Grammophon published the new album dedicated to the two Brahms concertos performed by Hélène Grimaud and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
2005: Winner of the prestigious ECHO Preiss as Instrumental Soloist of the Year
2003: Creation of the Lamentate by Arvo Pärt
1997: Founded with the photographer J. Henry Fair the Wolf Conservation Centre
1991: Major tour in the United States and first recital at the Metropolitan
1986: Recorded Rachmaninoff's Sonata N°2 and Rachmaninoff's Etudes-tableaux, which earned her the Charles-Cros Academy Record Grand Prix

Official website: http://helenegrimaud.com