Alexandre Tharaud

Opus 3 Artists is very pleased to welcome pianist Alexandre Tharaud to our first class roster of instrumental soloists. Alexandre Tharaud has distinguished himself on the international stage as an artist of unique vision and originality, heralded for his brilliantly-conceived programs and bestselling recordings that range from Bach, Chopin, Rameau, and Ravel to music inspired by Paris cabaret of the 1920's.

In the 2012-13 season, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in a program that included a selection of recently recorded Scarlatti Sonatas, about which The New York Times remarked "seldom have I been so gripped with a sensation of the full span of keyboard music history lying nascent in these gemlike pieces." The night before, he returned to Le Poisson Rouge, New York's celebrated music-club in a program that mixed classical and jazz. His playing has been praised in The New York Times as "exquisite, crisp and beautifully textured" and noted for its combination of "refinement and daring," and in the Philadelphia Inquirer for a "sense of detail that reflected his whole-body commitment to making the piano speak the unspeakable." Future highlights in North America include a return to Carnegie Hall, and performances with the Pacific Symphony and Montreal Symphony. In recent seasons he made his debut with the Toronto Symphony and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Frick Collection in New York, and Shriver Hall in Baltimore.  And he has enjoyed colaborating with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Bernard Labadie, Daniele Gatti, Lionel Bringuier, Stéphane Denève, Vladimir Jurowski, and Jun Märkl, among others.

In 2012 Alexandre Tharaud provided the soundtrack to Michael Haneke’s Oscar-winning Amour, which took the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He also had a featured role in the celebrated film.

Alexandre Tharaud's extensive catalog of recordings includes a critically acclaimed series on harmonia mundi featuring the highly celebrated, best-selling Rameau CD, followed by Ravel (complete piano works), Bach’s Italian Concerti, Couperin, Satie and a series of Chopin CDs (Waltzes, the Twenty-Four Préludes), the last one of which, Journal Intime, was his first Virgin Classics CD. Subsequent, award winning releases include JS Bach’s keyboard concertos and a selection of Scarlatti’s sonatas. 

In 2012, Virgin/EMI Classics released Alexandre's Swinging Paris - Le Boeuf sur le Toit. The disc conjures up the range and atmosphere of the legendary 1920's Parisian cabaret bar, featuring a selection of composers from Ravel to Gershwin to W.C. Handy, and including collaborations with Natalie Dessay and Madeleine Peyroux. 

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