Ballet by John Neumeier | Turangalîla
Saturday 15. May. 2021, 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Maxime Pascal is a passionate advocate for contemporary music, and makes it one of the foundations of his musical collaborations. In his operatic work, this has led him to creating Salvatore Sciarrino's latest opera "Te vedo, ti sento, mi perdo" at La Scala in 2016, which he also took to Berlin's Staatsoper, and to perform Luca Francesconi's Quartett with Teatro alla Scala in September 2019, his third collaboration with the opera house.
He also performed Silvia Colosanti's Requiem at both Transart Bolzano and Spoleto festivals, and put together Poulenc's "La Voix Humaine" at Opera di Roma in 2016, in parallel to Wolfgang Rihm's "Jakob Lenz" with Camerata Salzburg at Dialogue Festival. He was also asked to stage Toshiro Mayuzumi's "Kinkakuji" at Tokyo's Bunka Kaikan in 2019, conducting Tokyo Symphony Orchestra – to which he was reinvited for performances of Berg's Lulu in 2020.
He also explores his French heritage in his opera work, having collaborated with Opéra de Paris on multiple occasions to perform pieces such as "Daphnis et Chloé", "Boléro", "L'heure espagnole" and "Gianni Schicchi", and he conducted Debussy's "Pelléas et Mélisande" at Malmö Opera in 2016.
As a founding member of the multi-faceted artistic group Le Balcon, Pascal has developed together with his colleagues a unique vision of the musical performance as a striking and radical experience for the public. Performing a wide range of repertoire, Le Balcon integrates music with advanced sound and lighting systems, in exciting and compelling musical experiences. Their pprojects so far have included "Ariadne auf Naxos", staged by Benjamin Lazar; a video spectacle on "Pierrot Lunaire" created by the Colombian artist Nieto; and Stockhausen's "Donnerstag Aus Licht" at London's Southbank Centre in 2019. This led to a seven-year collaboration with Philharmonie de Paris, where the ensemble will perform Stockhausen's whole Licht cycle, having started with "Samstag" in June 2019 and staging one opera per year.
Maxime Pascal and Le Balcon have collaborated with Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin, Peter Eötvös and Michaël Lévinas, and in September 2016 released their debut album featuring a loose adaptation of Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique" (Le Balcon & BMedia/distributed by Outhere).
Beyond his work with staged productions, Pascal investigates the links between symphonic music from the core repertoire and 20th and 21st-century pieces. He performed Grisey's "Les Espaces Acoustiques" with ORF Radio-Sinfonieorchester Wien at Salzburger Festspiele, but also collaborated with Les Siècles during Berlioz's 150th anniversary celebration at Hong Kong Arts Festival. He conducted Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Chausson's "Poème de l'amour et de la mer" and Rimsky-Korsakov's popular "Scheherazade". In 2020 he will work with Patricia Kopatchinskaja to build a programme around Debussy and Sibelius for Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.
He is establishing himself as a leading conductor in Italy, performing with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI together with Beatrice Rana, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, as well as Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; in Germany, working with Münchner Philharmoniker, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Münchener Kammerorchester, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Ensemble Musikfabrik; and in his native France, with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and Orchestre National de Lille.
photo: Phan Tu
Bertrand Chamayou is one of today's most strikingly brilliant pianists, recognised for his revelatory performances at once powerfully virtuosic, imaginative and breathtakingly beautiful.
Heralded for his masterful conviction and insightful musicianship across a vast repertoire, the French pianist performs at the highest level on the international music scene. He is recognised as a leading interpreter of French repertoire, shining a new light on familiar as well as lesser known works, while possessing an equally driving curiosity and deep passion for new music. He has worked with composers including Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, György Kurtág, Thomas Adès and Michael Jarrell.
In 2019 Bertrand Chamayou won the Gramophone Awards for Best Concerto and overall Recording of the Year for his album of Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos No. 2 and 5 with Orchestre national de France and Emmanuel Krivine. His award-winning discography also includes Ravel's complete works for piano (ECHO Klassik award) and Liszt's complete "Années de pèlerinage", recorded for Naïve ("Choc de Classica"; "Diapason d'Or de l'année" and Album of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2012). He is an exclusive recording artist for Erato.
Chamayou appears regularly at the world's most prestigious concert halls and festivals, such as Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Lincoln Center New York, Philharmonie de Paris, Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Southbank Centre's International Piano Series, as well as Mostly Mozart in New York, Beethovenfest Bonn, Lucerne Festival, La Roque d'Anthéron, Edinburgh International Festival and Rheingau Musik Festival.
He has undertaken several major recitals of substantial bodies of work, most memorably the complete piano œuvre of Ravel, Liszt's Etudes and "Années de pèlerinage", and Messiaen's "Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus". Chamayou also enjoys high profile artist residencies in his name at Radio France, Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Following on from a number of international debuts over the past year, 2019-20 promises another rich concert season, including performances at Munich Gasteig, London's Wigmore Hall, Paris Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zurich, Gothenburg, Detroit and Luzern. He also undertakes diverse projects at Strasbourg's Musica festival including works by John Cage for prepared piano with dancer Élodie Sicard. Chamayou will also make his debut with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, tour with Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, and appear as artistic director and on the jury of the Long Thibaud Crespin Competition 2019.
Bertrand Chamayou performs with the world's finest orchestras, including New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig's Gewandhausorchester, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestre Zurich, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Bamberg Symphoniker and NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, among many others. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with maestros Pierre Boulez and Sir Neville Marriner and counts among his regular partners at the podium Semyon Bychkov, Mikko Franck, Philippe Herreweghe, Philippe Jordan, François-Xavier Roth, Tugan Sokhiev, Stéphane Denève and Emmanuel Krivine.
A passionate chamber musician, Bertrand Chamayou often performs with partners such as cellist Sol Gabetta, violinists Vilde Frang and Renaud Capuçon, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and clarinetist Sabine Meyer.
Bertrand Chamayou was born in Toulouse and makes his home in Paris. He has received France's prestigious Victoires de la Musique Classique prize on four separate occasions and in 2015 was named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.
photo: Marco Borggreve
Biography will be published shortly.