Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
Born: 23rd March 1981, Toulouse
Artist's website: https://www.bertrandchamayou.com/
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
The French triumvirate pays early tribute to the centenary of the composer's death with lucid, affectionate accounts of the Violin Sonata No. 1, Cello Sonata No. 1, and Piano Trio No. 2.
The French pianist talks to Katherine about his beguiling collection of lullabies by composers including Lyapunov, Liszt, Alkan and Mel Bonis, released in October on Erato.