Pascal Amoyel

French pianist and composer (Rozay-en-Brie, 1971 - )

Exceptionally gifted pianist Pascal Amoyel is already part of the great names of this genre. Today, he dedicates his skillful experience to the transmission of knowledge.

Pascal Amoyel began playing the piano very young and was admitted to the Ecole Normale de Musique (ENM) at age 10. Obviously very talented, he was noticed by György Cziffra. After graduating from the ENM, he entered the Paris’ Conservatoire, first in Jacques Rouvier's class and then in Pascal Devoyon's class. In 1992, he won his First Prize and became a laureate of the Menuhin and Cziffra Foundations. He then went on to perfect his skills with pianists such as Lazar Berman, Aldo Ciccolini, Pierre Sancan and Désiré N' Kaoua. His international career began and took him on the biggest international stages in Europe (Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam) but also in the United States and Asia. In 1999, he met cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand. Together, the two musicians form a duo whose recordings are regularly rewarded by the international press: Gramophone, Diapason, Le Monde de la Musique, Classica.

In 2005, Pascal Amoyel was revealed to the general public by the Victoires de la Musique. During the bicentenary of Frederic Chopin's birth in 2010, he released an integral of the Nocturnes. The recording was praised by the discographic critics and the Société Frédéric Chopin awarded him a Grand Prix du Disque. As a theatre author, Pascal Amoyel is known for his theatrical concert Block 15, directed by Jean Piat, among many other pieces such as Le pianiste au cinquante doigts, L’incroyable destinée de György Cziffra, or _Le jour où j’ai rencontré Lis_zt. As a composer, he created the cycle Job ou Dieu dans la tourmente and Lettre à la femme aimée au sujet de la mort, based on Jean-Pierre Siméon’s poems. He also collaborated with Olivier Greif. Enthusiastic and committed to sharing and transmitting his vast knowledge, Pascal Amoyel teaches at the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory of Music. He is the precursor of two festivals, the Juniors Festival as part of the Festival Européen de l’Enfance et des Arts in 1999, and the Festival Notes d' Automne in Perreux in 2009. He is notably to producer of a series on France Culture called Une histoire de la musique.

Six landmark date in the life of Pascal Amoyel:

1992: Piano First Prize at the Paris Conservatory
1994: First Prize at the Young Pianists International Competition in Paris
1999: Beginning of his duo with Emmanuelle Bertrand.
2005: Rewarded by the "Victoires de la Musique" awards
2006: Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters
2010: Grand Prix du Disque for its integral of Chopin's Nocturnes

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Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation