Lucas Debargue |

Lucas Debargue |

Lucas Debargue

Date of birth

Lucas Debargue |

The French pianist Lucas Debargue was the opening of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, held in June 2015, although he was awarded only the IV prize.

Immediately after this success, Debargue began to be invited to perform in the best halls of the world: the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theater, the Great Hall of the St. hall in London, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Principal Theater in Munich, the Berlin and Warsaw Philharmonics, New York Carnegie Hall, in the concert halls of Stockholm, Seattle, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Mexico City, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai , Seoul…

He plays with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Andrei Boreiko, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Yutaka Sado, Tugan Sokhiev, Vladimir Fedoseev, and in chamber ensembles with Gidon Kremer, Janine Jansen, Martin Frost.

Lucas Debargue was born in 1990. His path to the performing arts was unusual: having started studying music at the age of 11, he soon switched to literature and graduated from the literary department of the Parisian “University VII named after Denis Diderot” with a bachelor’s degree, which did not prevent him, while still a teenager, from studying the piano repertoire on his own .

However, Luca started playing piano professionally only at the age of 20. The decisive role in this was played by his meeting in 2011 with the famous teacher Rena Shereshevskaya, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory (class of Professor Lev Vlasenko), who accepted him into her class at the Higher Parisian School of Music named after Alfred Cortot (Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot) . In 2014, Lucas Debargue won the XNUMXst prize at the IX International Piano Competition in Gaillard (France), a year later he was a laureate of the XNUMXth Tchaikovsky Competition, where, in addition to the XNUMXth prize, he was awarded the prize of the Moscow Music Critics Association as “a musician whose unique talent, creative the freedom and beauty of musical interpretations made a great impression on the public and critics.

In April 2016, Debargue graduated from the Ecole Normale with the Higher Diploma of a Concert Performer (diploma with honors) and a special A. Cortot Award, awarded by unanimous decision of the jury. Currently, the pianist continues to study with Rena Shereshevskaya as part of the Advanced Course in Performing Arts (Postgraduate Studies) at the same School. Debargue draws inspiration from literature, painting, cinema, jazz, and deep analysis of the musical text. He mainly plays the classical repertoire, but also performs works by lesser known composers such as Nikolai Roslavets, Milos Magin and others.

Debargue also composes music: in June 2017, his Concertino for Piano and String Orchestra (accompanied by the Kremerata Baltica Orchestra) was premiered in Cēsis (Latvia), and in September, the Piano Trio was performed in Paris at the Fondation Louis Vuitton for the first time. Sony Classical has released three CDs by Lucas Debargue with recordings of works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt and Ravel (2016), Bach, Beethoven and Medtner (2016), Schubert and Szymanowski (2017). In 2017, the pianist was awarded the German Echo Klassik recording award. In the autumn of 2017, a documentary film produced by Bel Air (directed by Martan Mirabel) premiered, tracing the pianist’s journey since his success at the Tchaikovsky Competition.

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