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David Bismuth (Piano)

Born: 1975 - Côte d’Azur, French Riviera, France

The French pianist, David Bismuth, began his musical studies at the Conservatoire National de Région de Nice, where he won a First Prize at unanimously (class of Catherine Collard). Aged 14 he enters the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris (CNSM) (class of Gabriel Tacchino then Brigitte Engerer), where he won First Prizes of piano and chamber music at unanimously. He then worked for everal years with Monique Deschaussées, direct descendant of Alfred Cortot and Edwin Fischer, and participated in numerous master-classes: with György Sebők, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Menahem Pressler, Richard Goode and Elisabeth Leonskaja. Noticed and supported by Maria-João Pires, he regularly stays in Portugal to work under her guidance.

In January 2001, Piano Magazine interviewed David Bismuth and distributed an exclusive CD. He was then invited by France 2 (Des mots de minuit). In 2003 he performed on a recording of Berlioz (EMI Classics) with the Orchestre National du Capitole of Toulouse and tenor Rolando Villazón, conducted by Michel Plasson («Diapason d’or», «Choc» of the Monde de la Musique, «FFFF» of Telerama). The same year he was chosen by Pianiste magazine as one of the ten most promising young French pianists of his generation. Bismuth made in 2004 French music recording for AmeSon: CD for piano dedicated to César Franck and Gabriel Fauré («coup de coeur» of Piano Magazine, selection «Indétendances» of the FNAC). In 2004 he was also cited on the «Á suivre» page in the magazine Diapason; performed in various festivals: Piano en Valois, Piano aux Jacobins, the International Frederic Chopin Festival, the Flâneries Musicales de Reims; gave concerts with Maria-João Pires at the Radio France - Montpellier Festival, Spain and Portugal and at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. A new solo record dedicated to Debussy and Dukas was released in 2006, and was cited as the Selection of France Musique, **** in Le Monde de la Musique, 9/10 in Classica-Répertoire.

David Bismuth played with the Orchestre National du Capitole (Jaap van Zweeden), and appears regulatly as guest guest at prestigious musical festivals, notably at «Fêtes Romantiques» in Nohant, Festival «Piano en Valois», Flâneries Musicales of Reims, Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, Chopin Festival of Bagatelle in Paris, Festival de Comminges, Festival Piano aux Jacobins in Salzburg (Austria), Orford Festival in Québec (Canada), in Holland, etc. Bismuth also regularly plays with violinists Laurent Korcia and Marina Chiche. He is also regularly invited by the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in the Halle aux Grains (direction Faisal Karaoui) and the Regional Orchestra of Cannes (direction Philippe Bender). He has given recitals in France and abroad: Paris, Monte Carlo, Toulouse, Nice, Paris, Tours, Orleans, Cannes, Chartres, Perpignan, Spain, Morocco, Austria and so on. Bismuth is regularly invited by Frances Musiques and Radio Classique. The magazine Diapason dedicates a page «A suivre» in its March 2005 edition.

In 2009 David Bismuth made his debut with the Orchestre National de France at Théâtre du Châtelet (A. Nelsons, conductor); gave ecital at La Roque d’Anthéron Festival. His CD B.A.C.H.ianas and Transcriptions was released (AmeSon), receiving FFFF in Télérama. He gave concert in the Opéra Comique with the soloists of the Orchestre National de France. His Prokofiev CD: 2 Sonatas and Five Melodies for Violin & Piano, with Vadim Tchijik (Lyrinx) appeared, **** in Classica. In 2010 he made his debut with the Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel: playing J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Pianos with Maria-João Pires (J-C Spinosi, conductor). The Camille Saint-Saëns/Sergei Rachmaninov CD was released (AmeSon), **** in Classica. He gave recital at La Chaise-Dieu Festival, and performed in Frédéric Chopin’s 200th anniversary at Victoria Hall in Geneva.

David Bismuth’s style is naturally elegant while at the same time innovative and distinctive. South American composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos and Alberto Ginastera, in addition to classical works such as those of Schubert are amongst his large repertoire.

Source: David Bismuth Website (Author: Virginie Schaefer-Kasriel); Arts Musique Europe Website (June 2003), English translation by Aryeh Oron (October 2011) Lauenen Concerts Programme (August 2005)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2011)

David Bismuth: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Links to other Sites

David Bismuth (Official Website)
David Bismuth (Arts Musique Europe) [French]
Lauenen Concerts: Programme 2005 [PDF]

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