Lucas Debargue Trio Recital
Friday 29 September 2017
After a brilliant debut at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Lucas Debargue returns to the stage accompanied by two of his conservatory classmates, David and Alexandre Castro-Balbi, who give this new star of French piano the chance to explore the immeasurable terrain of chamber music.
The concert will be preceded by the preview screening of the documentary "Lucas Debargue - Tout à la musique." at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Fondation (free entrance with the "Lucas Debargue Trio Recital " ticket).
Lucas Debargue first invokes the maturity and anguish of Schubert’s Sonatas nos. 13 and 14, which were completed between 1819 and 1825 by the Viennese composer. Then, he presents the rewards of an unexpected course on his own musical journey: a Trio for strings and piano that he recently composed. Performer, chamber musician, composer. Or how this musician takes pleasure in pushing back the limits of musical categories.
Lucas Debargue, piano
Alexandre Castro-Balbi, cello
David Castro-Balbi, violin
Sonata n°13 for piano in C major D.664
Sonata n°14 for piano in A minor D.784
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Trio for piano and strings
"Not since the arrival of Glenn Gould in Moscow and the victory of Van Cliburn at the Tchaikovsky Competition during the height of the Cold War has a foreign pianist elicited such excitement."
Olivier Bellamy, Le Huffington Post
Though placed ‘only’ fourth at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, Lucas Debargue was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize as a pianist ‘whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom impressed the critics as well as the audience’.
Straight after this incredible breakthrough Lucas Debargue was invited to play solo and with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls in Russia, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, South Korea and with such famous conductors as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Jurowski, Andrey Boreyko, Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Spivakov and Vasily Petrenko.
In March 2016, he released his first album under the Sony Classical label, with works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt and Ravel. His second album, a dialogue between Bach, Beethoven and Medtner was released in September 2016, also with Sony Classical.
Born in 1990, Lucas Debargue was 11 years old when he took his first piano lessons at the Compiègne Conservatory in the class of Christine Muenier. He was fascinated by the virtuoso repertoire, yet it was not until 10 years later, after graduating from Paris Diderot University with a Licence degree in arts and letters, that he decided to return to studying piano at the professional level.
After a year of study at the Beauvais Conservatory in the class of Philippe Tamborini, he was introduced in 2011 to his current mentor, the celebrated Russian professor Rena Shereshevskaya at the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory. This encounter was decisive for Lucas: she quickly recognized in him a performer with a bright future and accepted him in her class at the Alfred Cortot Paris Superior Music School to prepare him for the major international competitions. During his studies he was supported by the Cortot School, the Zaleski Foundation as well as by the Massy Opera Orchestra (led by Dominique Rouits) and the orchestral ensemble Les Voyages Extraordinaires (led by Joachim Jousse). In 2014, he won 1st prize at the 9th Gaillard International Piano Competition (France) before becoming one of the prize winners at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition, when the world instantly took note of this rising pianist. Concurrent with his studies at Cortot School, he obtained a Licence degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSM).
Inspired by literature, painting, film and jazz, deeply committed to a creative approach, Lucas Debargue is keen to present works by lesser-known composers such as Medtner, Roslavetz, Maykapar, and to develop highly personal and incredibly thoughtful interpretations from a carefully selected repertoire. He also composes his own music, and some of his works have already been premiered in Russia as well as in France.
In April 2016, he obtained a Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste and a Special Cortot Prize at the Cortot School. At present he continues to do post-graduate work with Rena Shereshevskaya.
© Felix Broede / Sony Music Entertainment
Alexandre Castro-Balbi was born in 1991 in Besançon, France. With roots in South America, he was raised in a musical family, beginning his study of the cello at the age of seven at Le Conservatoire du Rayonnement régional (CRR) of Besançon in the class of György Adam, obtaining his Diplôme d’Études Musicales in 2004. He continued his training at the CRR of Paris in the class of Marc Coppey, then at the Superior National Conservatory of Music (CNSM) of Paris in the class of Philippe Muller.
He continued to hone his skills in Berlin, Salzburg and Weimar in the classes of Claudio Bohórquez, Clemens Hagen and Wolfgang Schmidt.
Alexandre has won several international competitions as a solo musician and as a chamber musician, notably Second Prize at the Franz Schubert Competition in Austria, First Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Lødz, Poland, Second Prize at the ‘Villa de Llanes’ International Cello Competition in Spain, Second Prize and Best Performance of a Contemporary Piece Prize at the ‘Carlos Prieto’ International Cello Competition in Morelia, Mexico, and was a finalist in the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2010. He was also won scholarships from Fondation Villecroze, Yamaha Young Performing Artist and the Liszt Foundation in Germany.
Alexandre has performed solo with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Brandenburg-Berlin Sinfonieorchester, the Budapest Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Orchestra of Morocco, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the National Symphony Orchestra of Panama, the Peruvian Youth Orchestra and the Collegium Musicum Weimar. He is also interested in pedagogy and orchestral conducting.
Since June 2015, he has been the soloist of the Weimar Opera and Staatskapelle Orchestra.
He plays a cello made by an 18th century Italian master.
David was born to a family with a long musical tradition. He began playing the violin at the age of five at the Conservatory of Besançon in the class of Bernard Mauppin, later obtaining his Diplôme d'Études Musicales (DEM) at the age of 13. In 2007, he was accepted to Le Conservatoire du Rayonnement regional (CRR) of Paris in the class of Larissa Kolos. Two years later, he was the unanimous winner of First Prize. He then continued studying at the Superior National Conservatory of Music (CNSM) in Paris in the class of Svetlin Roussev.
At the age of 15, David was selected for the International Academy of Music under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. The Academy’s concerts took place in June to July 2009 at Victoria Hall in Geneva and at the Champs Elysées Theatre in Paris.
He has won several national and international competitions for violin and chamber music. He won First Prize at the Young Artist Competition in Colorado (USA) and First Prize at the Mirecourt International Violin Competition (France) where he performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D major with the National Orchestra of Lorraine directed by Jacques Mercier. He also won the Audience Prize at the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition Belgrade where he performed Shostakovich’s Concerto no.1 with the Radio-Television Belgrade Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he performed Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No.1 Op.20 and La Havanaise with the Bordeaux string ensemble, directed by Jean-Jacques Kantorow. In 2013, he won First Prize and four special prizes including the EMCY Prize at the International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists in Weimar (Germany).
The Suryana Trio, created by David when he was studying at the CNSM won First Prize at the Bacewicz International Composer Competition (Poland), and Second Prize and the special prize for Best Performance of a Contemporary Piece at the Franz Schubert and Modern Music International Competition in Graz (Austria).
He continued his training at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin with Kolja Blacher and is currently studying at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar with Friedemann Eichhorn.
From 2015 to 2016, David was First Violinist of the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Theatre Altenburg-Gera (Germany).
David plays a 1690 G.B. Guadanini ex-Louis Spohr loaned from the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar.