Born 1981 in Toulouse, Bertrand Chamayou studied with pianist Jean-François Heisser at Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. He completed his training with Maria Curcio in London and was given precious advice by Leon Fleisher, Dimitri Bashkirov and Murray Perahia.
At 20, he was a prize-winner at the international Long-Thibaud competition. In February 2011, he won a Victoire de la Musique as “Soloist of the Year”. His recording of Liszt’s complete Years of Pilgrimage the same year received raving reviews worldwide and got several prizes including Gramophone ‘s Choice.
Bertrand Chamayou has been performing in many venues in Europe and in the United States, such as Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Salle Pleyel in Paris, New York’s Lincoln Center, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts, London’s Wigmore Hall, Barcelona’s Auditori, Moscow’s Tchïkovski Conservatory, etc. He is invited in many festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, New York’s Mostly Mozart, Lucerne, Rheingau, Rotterdam Gergiev Festival, or Klavier-Festival Ruhr.
He has been playing with many orchestras through the world, under the baton of prestigious conductors.
Bertrand has been a regular chamber music player with partners such as Sol Gabetta, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Quatuor Ebène, Antoine Tamestit, Baiba Skride or Nicolas Baldeyrou.
He has already recorded several major albums dedicated among others to Liszt (Years of Pilgrimage, Twelve Transcendental Etudes), Franck and Mendelssohn.
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Classical - Released October 24, 2011 | naïve classique
Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica
Recorded in the spring and summer of 2011, Bertrand Chamayou's set of Franz Liszt's Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) was released just in time to honor the composer's 200th anniversary in October. That year saw a number of releases and reissues of the complete Années, and this ambitious collection of picturesque vignettes became increasingly popular despite its considerable length. The years in the title were the late 1830s, when Liszt and the Countess Marie d'Agoult traveled across Switzerland and Italy, and the pieces summon the full range of Romantic piano gestures and techniques, put at the service of poetic description and expressive power. Chamayou presents the music with great vitality and brilliance; indeed, the Années can only be played well by a virtuoso, which he certainly is. Yet there is always an undercurrent of reverie and restless wandering that he conveys, which shows a true sympathy with Liszt's aims, as well as an uncanny ability to create and maintain tension for extended periods, even when the music might offer some kind of resolution or release. A kind of "extreme pianist," Chamayou has dazzled critics with his concert performances of this expansive work, and he has impressed them with his stamina in pieces of similar difficulty and duration. The resonant recording in the Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers adds a certain haziness in the soft, dreamlike sections, though loud passages and the most thunderous climaxes are sonorous and quite clear.
Keyboard Concertos - Released September 7, 2018 | Warner Classics
Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
Classical - Released September 7, 2018 | Warner Classics
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