Bertrand Chamayou was born in Toulouse in 1981, and studied piano and composition in his home-town and in Paris; he counts Leon Fleisher and Murray Perahia among his mentors. Early competition successes include the Kraïnev Piano Competition and the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition.
Chamayou specialises in Romantic and twentieth-century repertoire: his recording of Ravel’s complete solo piano works on Erato in 2016 was a Gramophone Awards finalist, and his Années de Pèlerinage on Naïve prompted the Sunday Times to describe him as ‘a superb Lisztian’ and The Guardian as ‘a pianist of tremendous resources’. His discography also includes numerous chamber-music projects, such as Debussy’s piano trio and sonatas for flute, violin, and flute/viola/harp (Erato, 2018) and the Chopin Cello Sonata with Sol Gabetta. Awards and honours include the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and three Victoir de la Musique Classique awards (in 2006, 2012 and 2016).
Further Reading: Bertrand Chamayou
Two contrasting recitals from award-winning French pianists - one fuelled by melatonin, the other by adrenaline.
The French pianist talks to Katherine about his new recording of the Second and Fifth Piano Concertos and a selection of the composer's lesser-known solo piano works, released on Friday on Erato.