Biennale of the Berlin Philharmonic

Piano recital Bertrand Chamayou

Bertrand Chamayou (photo: Marco Borggreve)

At the beginning of the 1950s, a new generation of unconventional and revolutionary composers was emerging. The French pianist Bertrand Chamayou introduces us to works by composers who we now count among the leading figures of New Music, and who never ceased to surprise us with their ideas: John Cage, György Ligeti, Luciano Berio and Olivier Messiaen turn the piano into a percussion instrument and an experimental laboratory for new tonal and rhythmic effects. Karl Amadeus Hartmann, on the other hand, recalls the horrors of the Nazi dictatorship in his sonata “27 April 1945”.

Bertrand Chamayou piano

John Cage

Daughters of the Lonesome Isle for prepared piano

Karl Amadeus Hartmann

Sonata “27 April 1945”

Luciano Berio

Cinque variazioni

Olivier Messiaen


György Ligeti

Musica ricercata

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Bertrand Chamayou

“He shines with amazing flexibility and an inexhaustible emotional commitment that never wanes, even during sweeping torrents of arpeggios or thundering octave passages,” the Tagesspiegel wrote about pianist Bertrand Chamayou. As a leading interpreter of French music, his wide-ranging repertoire includes the complete piano works of Maurice Ravel, Franz Liszt’s Études and Années de pèlerinage as well as Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus. At the same time, Chamayou is also a passionate interpreter of contemporary music – he actually wanted to become a composer – and has collaborated with Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, György Kurtág, Thomas Adès, Bryce Dessner and Michael Jarrell. Chamayou, who studied with Jean-François Heisser at the Paris Conservatory and with Maria Curcio, a pupil of Artur Schnabel, in London, is a regular guest at concert halls such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Wigmore Hall, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Elbphilharmonie, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and naturally with leading international orchestras and festivals. The musician, who was born in  Toulouse in 1981, has also recorded many award-winning albums, four of which received the prestigious French Victoires de la musique classique award. He makes his debut in concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation with this recital.

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